Bethlehem Construction Accident Lawyer

When you go to work, you expect your job site to be a safe place, free from dangerous hazards or unsafe work practices. But, unfortunately, even if your employer follows the safety protocols set forth by OSHA or if you and your coworkers make sure your equipment is in good working order at the beginning of the workday, construction accidents still occur.

Data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) shows that there were 123,400 employer-reported workplace injuries and illnesses in Pennsylvania in 2022. Of those, approximately 5,200 were in the construction industry. That means over 5,000 preventable accidents that have changed the lives of those workers and their families.

At Laffey Bucci D’Andrea Reich & Ryan, we understand the nuances of workers’ compensation laws and how to help you with your injury case so that you can have the best possible outcome. So, contact a Bethlehem construction accident lawyer in our office now for a free consultation to discuss your case.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

Between the need for hard hats, reflective vests, or fall-prevention equipment, it’s clear that construction work sites are dangerous places, so it’s no wonder that accidents occur, they can easily cause severe injury.

Some of the most common ways that workers on construction sites can be injured or even killed are the following:

  • Falls
  • Crush Injuries
  • Struck by or against
  • Defective equipment
  • Electrocution

Workplace injury data from the National Safety Council (NSC) suggests that from 2021-2022 there were 450,540 injuries caused by slips, trips, and falls and an additional 450,050 caused by contact with objects and equipment. Slip and fall incidents have long been one of the most common types of accidents, causing such injuries as sprains, strains, and tears.

What You Should Do After Your Workplace Accident

If your work causes an injury, illness, or disease, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. However, it is important to note that if the injury is deemed to be intentionally self-inflicted or caused by an employee’s violation of the law or use of illicit or illegal substances while working, then it may not be covered by workers’ compensation.

If you are injured while working, here is what you should do:

  • Seek medical attention immediately
  • Reach out to your employer to report your accident
  • Gather any witness statements, photos, etc.
  • File for workers’ compensation
  • Contact a construction accident attorney

According to Pennsylvania regulations outlined by the Department of Labor and Industry (DLI), injured workers must report their workplace injury within 120 days of the injury for compensation to be allowed. Additionally, if the employer denies the claim, the injured worker has three years from the date of their injury to file a claim petition.

What If Workers’ Compensation Isn’t Enough?

Although all companies (with very few exceptions) across the United States must carry workers’ compensation insurance, that coverage doesn’t always take care of all of your needs. This is when your Bethlehem construction accident attorney can help you file a personal injury claim against a third party that may be held liable for your accident and resulting injuries.

These other parties could be:

  • A delivery service
  • Machinery or parts manufacturer
  • Subcontractors
  • Site visitors
  • Parts suppliers

By filing a personal injury claim with the help of your Bethlehem construction accident lawyer, you not only may receive workers’ compensation benefits for your workplace injury but will also likely receive additional compensation from other at-fault parties for the injuries and damages you’ve suffered.

Construction accidents generally occur because companies and employers fail to take the necessary precautions to keep their workers safe. In many cases, the companies at fault deny any wrongdoing and instead have their insurance companies attempt to underpay accident victims or discredit their claims. Injured workers who have legal assistance on their side are more likely to recover the proper compensation, but because every claim is different, it isn’t possible to know how much you may receive until your attorney has successfully negotiated a settlement with the at-fault party.

Workplace injury cases can quickly become complex and confusing, and you shouldn’t have to do it on your own. Contact a Bethlehem construction accident lawyer for your free initial consultation and see how our legal team can assist you in filing for workers’ compensation or seeking justice against others who caused you harm.

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