Seeking Compensation After Construction Accidents in Pennsylvania

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September 25, 2019
Legally Reviewed By Attorney Rand Spear, Esq.

Construction workers seem as if they are always on the job, working to create and improve structures throughout Pennsylvania. This can include buildings, roads, sidewalks, and more. While working in this field, employees are often put at risk for serious injuries, as they use dangerous tools in potentially hazardous locations. It is because of this that construction jobs are constantly ranked as one of the most dangerous. In order to prevent injuries on the job, it is important to follow safety regulations. However, accidents and injuries can still happen. When they do, it is important to know that there are ways in place to receive compensation for workplace injuries.

Types of Accidents

At work, construction employees are exposed to dangerous conditions. This has the potential to cause life-changing injuries to an individual if something goes wrong at work. Generally, the majority of construction companies implement the proper preventative measures and provide safety equipment to ensure employees are not harmed. However, mistakes can be made and accidents can happen. Common construction accidents can include but are not limited to the following:

  • Dangerous falls
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Ladder and scaffolding accidents
  • Falling debris
  • Electrical accidents
  • Construction vehicle accidents
  • Explosions
  • Collapsing buildings
  • Unsafe property conditions
  • Supervisor negligence

Workers’ Compensation

After a workplace accident occurs, it is crucial that the individual report their injuries to an employer. This is because then the employer must report it to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. Workers’ compensation insurance is offered by the majority of Pennsylvania employers to provide employees with coverage for any damages stemming from the accident. This is because, when a construction worker is injured on the job, they may sustain injuries that need medical attention. This can lead to medical bills and lost wages from being unable to return to work. It is because of this that workers’ compensation provides the injured employee with coverage for these. It is important to know that if the employee accepts workers’ compensation, they cannot pursue legal action against their employer.

Third-Party Lawsuits

While a construction worker cannot take legal action against their employer, they can do so against a third party. If another party was involved in causing the accident and their injuries, the injured party can hold them liable while still receiving workers’ compensation. This requires the individual to collect evidence that proves the third party’s negligent actions that led to the accident. It is important to note that if the employee receives additional compensation from a third party, they may have to pay back the workers’ compensation they received.

Contact our Firm

If you or a loved one has been in a personal injury accident in Pennsylvania, it’s important that you contact an experienced Philadelphia personal injury attorney to help you with your case and to make sure that you are not taken advantage of. Contact Spear Greenfield to get the right attorney in your corner.