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Construction workers do very important work in ever-changing environments and conditions. Even the most experienced workers can find themselves in a dangerous situation that may result in an injury. If you are hurt on the job, you may be out of work for a long time, and your medical bills can add significantly to your living expenses. As St Louis construction accident lawyers with decades of experience, we know how difficult it can be for you and your family. We understand that every job injury is unique, and recovery requires a complete knowledge of the state’s workers compensation laws. Do not hesitate to call one of our experienced St. Louis work injury lawyers if you have been hurt on a construction job.
The lawyers at The Cagle Law Firm have helped many people recover the financial compensation that they deserve after being hurt at work. To speak with us about your work-related injury and how we can help during a free, initial consultation, call (314) 276-1681 or contact us online.
Construction Jobs Present Many Risks For Serious Injuries
Few lines of work are as dynamic as construction. You may be working with powerful tools that you have years of experience using, but a dangerous job site or the careless actions of another can put you at great risk.
We have investigated many construction accidents, and some of the most common causes of these accidents have included:
- Poorly built or maintained scaffold collapses
- Trip and fall accidents caused by debris, dangerously placed tools, or water or ice
- Falling objects such as debris or tools
- Electrocutions, explosions, or burns
- Accidents with machines being improperly used or maintained
Each construction injury is different, and it’s very common for injuries to develop slowly and not be noticed for a long time. Construction accidents are also quite common, and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that about 150,000 construction workers are hurt on the job each year in the United States. Many of these injuries will require long absences from work to heal, and some involve long-term or permanent disability.
Common construction job accidents can result in:
- Broken and fractured bones
- Back injuries
- Damaged joints
- Serious organ injuries
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Loss of limbs
Recovering With Workers’ Compensation In Missouri
Workers’ compensation is insurance coverage that all construction employers in Missouri must have to pay damages for any of their workers hurt on the job. Since workers’ comp is a no-fault system, you don’t have to prove what happened or who was responsible; you simply have to demonstrate that you were hurt while in the normal course of your job. While you are required to go to a doctor of your employer’s choice in your workers’ comp claim, your lawyer can demand a new doctor if your employer is doctor-shopping for someone who is especially inconvenient for you and helpful for your employer and their insurance company.
Under a workers’ compensation claim, you can recover financial help for medical bills, lost wages, and ongoing disabilities. It’s important to have an experienced Missouri construction accidents lawyer who understands how your award total will be calculated. We understand that your ongoing medical needs must be met, and you cannot recover an insufficient amount of money in your claim. Our knowledge of Missouri workers’ comp laws can secure you the temporary or permanent disability benefits that you need.
A Third-Party Claim In Addition To Your Workers’ Compensation Claim
Workers’ compensation allows for the victims of workplace injuries to recover money without proving fault, but this system does not allow you to sue your employer personally for their negligence. However, you might be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a responsible third-party in addition to your work comp claim. This third-party could be anyone who is unaffiliated with your employer but who holds some responsibility for your workplace injury.
Examples of third-party defendants would include:
- A motorist whose negligence caused your car accident while you were driving on the road between job sites
- A co-worker whose reckless actions added danger beyond what is normally faced in your line of work
- An inspector or other contract worker who negligently left a workplace in a dangerous condition that caused your injury
- The manufacturer or distributor of a defective product that you used at work and caused your accident
- A third party who assaults you while you’re at work, or trespasses and makes your workplace dangerous
It’s important to have a skilled lawyer working both your workers’ compensation action and your third-party suit. This is because the workers’ compensation insurance provider may have a claim on your third-party recovery. Our lawyers understand how both of these different actions will proceed, and how your potential third-party lawsuit could affect your workers’ compensation recovery. We know how to negotiate a reduction or removal of the claim that the workers’ compensation insurance provider may have on your third-party damages, and make sure that you and your family recover as much as possible.
The Construction Accident Lawyers At The Cagle Law Firm Can Help You
Accidents on construction sites can be devastating, and your injuries may affect you for years or the rest of your life. At The Cagle Law Firm, our Missouri construction accidents lawyers know how difficult this situation can be for you and your family. Our knowledge of the Missouri and Illinois workers’ compensation laws will help you financially recover for medical bills and lost wages. Additionally, we can discuss your options regarding a separate third-party personal injury claim depending on the details of your case.
To speak personally with a St. Louis construction accident lawyer in a free, initial case evaluation, contact The Cagle Law Firm at (314) 276-1681 or via our online form.