Richmond Construction Accident Lawyer
We Protect the Interests of Construction Workers Hurt in Industrial Accidents in Richmond.
There are numerous state and federal laws in place to protect workers from being hurt in construction accidents. But despite the best efforts of employees, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), and employers, construction accidents still happen. Each year thousands of construction workers are injured on the job, and many lose their lives. The statistics show that construction injuries are all too common in Richmond, Chesterfield County, Hanover County, Henrico County, and elsewhere in Central Virginia.
As a construction worker, you know that an industrial job site is a dangerous place to work. Many things can go wrong: from defective machinery to forklift accidents to slip and falls to electrocution and fire, and more.
Though workers’ compensation may be available for the injuries you suffered in the construction accident, it is rarely enough to cover all of your damages – especially if you suffered serous injuries. That’s where personal injury attorney Corey Pollard can help you pursue a third-party construction accident claim while you receive the temporary total disability and lifetime medical benefits you deserve through workers’ comp.
If you have been hurt in a construction accident, talk to experienced Richmond construction accident lawyer Corey Pollard. We have successfully represented clients who were hurt on construction sites throughout Central Virginia. We can help both with your workers’ compensation claim and with identifying negligent third-parties who may be responsible for your injuries so that we can maximize your recovery.
Construction Accidents and Injuries in Richmond, Virginia
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 991 fatal construction injuries in the United States in 2016. These fatalities are in addition to thousands of other occupational injuries sustained by construction workers performing their job-tasks. Despite some improvements in construction site safety, the fact remains that too many injuries and deaths happen on construction sites.
When you are the victim of a workplace injury, turn to an experienced Virginia construction accident lawyer for the best chance to get the maximum compensation you’re owed.
There are two options for recovering damages.
Workers’ compensation is one option for recovering damages for personal injuries sustained in a construction accident.
A tort action, or third-party personal injury case, is your second option.
There are key differences between workers’ comp and personal injury claims:
- Workers’ compensation is a “no-fault” system. You may recover cash and medical benefits if you suffered an injury by accident arising out of and in the course of the employment, even if your employer did nothing wrong. Personal injury cases, on the other hand, require that you prove that someone was at fault for your injuries.
- Workers’ compensation benefits are paid pursuant to the statutory limitations found in the Workers’ Compensation Act. These statutory limitations cap the amount of compensation you can receive. Further, all workers’ compensation settlements are voluntary – there is no law that forces the parties to settle. As such, recovery is often greater in a successful personal injury claim, especially if the defendant has adequate insurance coverage and you are able to obtain punitive damages.
- You may bring a civil action against any party that contributed to your construction accident, whereas workers’ compensation claims are limited to your employer or, if you work for a subcontractor, the general contractor the job site.
The injuries you sustain in a construction accident may have a life-long impact on your ability to work and on your qualify of life. It is in your best interest to contact a Richmond construction accident lawyer to see if you may file both a personal injury lawsuit and a workers’ compensation claim. For example, you may be able to file a third-party construction accident lawsuit against the manufacturers of defective machinery, the owners of the industrial job site for failing to provide a safe workplace, or a negligent contractor whose actions contributed to your construction accident and damages.
How to Recover Damages After Richmond Construction Accidents
Whether you are able to recover compensation after a construction accident through a third-party personal injury lawsuit depends on many factors, including the cause of your construction accident, the employers and people on the job site when you got injured, and the location of your accident.
We routinely serve as workers compensation attorney and construction accident lawyer to employees hurt by: heavy lifting; falls from heights; electrocution; forklift accidents; heavy objects; falls in holes; slip and falls; scaffold accidents; ladder accidents; fires; electrical accidents; explosions; work-related motor vehicle accidents; and more. The first step in determining whether you have both a workers’ comp and third party personal injury case is investigating who was on the job site and who was responsible for each task or piece of machinery involved in your construction accident.
From there, we will determine whether any party violated a state or federal workplace safety statute. If your injury was caused by the violation of a safety standard, we will have a better chance of proving that the party violating the safety law is at fault for your personal injuries. Even if there was no violation of a safety law or OSHA regulation, we may be able to prove that the third-party acted negligently and was more careless than a reasonable party would have been so that you can maximize your recovery through a personal injury lawsuit.
We understand that there is a lot on the line in every construction accident case. You may be unable to return to your line of work and face expensive medical bills because of your construction injuries. That’s why we want to help you recover damages including:
- Past medical bills
- Future medical bills
- Lost income
- Loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability
Discuss Your Richmond Construction Injury Claim With Corey Pollard Now
You have nothing to lose by calling Corey Pollard to discuss your construction accident claim. We offer free consultations and receive no fee unless you recover. We will explain your workers’ compensation and third-party personal injury claim options following a construction accident in Richmond or throughout Virginia. Call 804-251-1620 or 757-810-5614 now, or complete the form to your right. We are ready to work for you!