Even when workers and visitors follow safety procedures and act responsibly, construction sites are still dangerous places with many opportunities for accidents. To make matters worse, identifying the at-fault party and recovering fair compensation for injuries sustained can be a complex process, especially in situations where traditional workers’ compensation is not an option.
If you or a loved one suffered injuries on a construction site, it is crucial that you get legal help as soon as you are able. A Norristown construction accident lawyer can help you pursue a settlement or verdict that gets you the compensation you deserve. Our winning team at Ostroff Injury Law has extensive experience handling construction cases for injured or deceased clients, having recovered money for clients in all 67 counties of Pennsylvania. Recently, we were able to obtain a $1.2 million settlement, after extensive litigation, for a client who suffered serious burn injuries from an electrical shock on the job. Let us help you with your case– give us a call today.
Establishing Negligence on a Construction Site
Accidents on construction sites can take many forms. Our construction site injury attorneys can work to build a successful claim around:
- Falls from heights
- Defective construction equipment or machinery accidents
- Electrical shocks
- Scaffolding and/or building collapses
- Burns and other injuries caused by caustic chemicals
- Fires and explosions
- Impacts from falling objects
- Collisions involving construction vehicles
- Crane accidents
Depending on exactly how an injury occurs, fault may lie with an individual worker, the company that employs them, a third-party supplier or manufacturer, or even a site visitor who acted recklessly or carelessly. In situations where multiple parties bear fault, each individual defendant can generally only be held responsible for the percentages of damages they are specifically to blame for, unless one party is more than 60 percent at fault compared to all defendants combined.
Additionally, 42 Pennsylvania Consolidated Statutes §7102 prohibits injured parties from recovering compensation if they are more than 50 percent at fault compared to all defendants combined. If you are found to be partially liable for your accident, your compensation award will be reduced in proportion to your level of fault. It is crucial to work with an experienced attorney in these cases, as companies and their insurers will often try to move blame onto you to reduce the amount that they have to pay. A skilled lawyer can defend against any unfair accusations of fault and ensure that a fair recovery is obtained.
Recovering for Specific Injury-Related Losses
Any economic or non-economic form of harm that you suffer as a direct result of negligence on a construction site could be factored into an ensuing settlement proposal or lawsuit. With the help of an attorney, you can pursue compensation for both past and future losses, including long-term losses of consortium, enjoyment of life and lost earning capacity.
It is important to recognize that 42 P.S.A. §5524 sets a two-year filing deadline for virtually all personal injury claims, regardless of how serious your losses are. Because of that, it is essential to contact a skilled lawyer in Norristown as quickly as possible after a construction accident, to give them ample time to build your case.
Speak with a Norristown Construction Accident Attorney Today
Accidents on construction sites can have debilitating and very often deadly consequences for both workers and people nearby. If you were hurt recently because a construction worker, company, or affiliated third party acted irresponsibly, you have legal rights.
A seasoned Norristown construction accident lawyer can provide the custom-tailored help you need for your case, pursuing fair and thorough compensation on your behalf. Founding Partner Jon Ostroff and the rest of our team are dedicated to making things right for you in your case, so do not hesitate to reach out and schedule your free initial consultation.