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Dangerous accidents on construction sites are all too common, many times leading to serious injuries. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation insurance does not always cover the full range of damages and expenses an injured worker may face. If you have been involved in a construction site accident in the Birmingham area, you need a skilled attorney who has experience handling the complex third-party claims that can arise from such accidents.
A Birmingham construction site accident lawyer could provide legal representation and pursue financial compensation for your injuries and help you file the right kind of claim for damages. They could help you determine if you have a third-party claim against the construction site owner or a manufacturer of defective equipment, chemical manufacturer, or provider of protective clothing. Most of these construction site accidents must be litigated in State or Federal Court to fully advance and defend the rights of the injured worker. En Español.
Construction sites can be extremely dangerous, rife with with toxic chemicals, heavy equipment, power tools, and hazardous materials and treacherous situations. The best training and equipment cannot protect a construction worker from every risk. Even the most experienced worker can be subject to equipment failures, weather-created hazards, and other construction accidents.
Construction workers often have jobs requiring they work at great heights or on unstable surfaces. Some typical construction site accidents include falls from roofs, scaffolding, ladders, derricks, and other construction equipment; woodworking and welding accidents; electric shock; harm from faulty or poorly maintained tools; fires and explosions; motor vehicle collisions; and forklift and other heavy equipment accidents.
Bystanders can also be injured by falling debris, trip hazards, or other unexpected dangers, and they may also have a right to compensation. Regardless of the specific cause, construction site accidents can lead to many types of injuries, including broken bones, joint injuries and sprains, burns, permanent disability, and death.
A Birmingham construction site accident attorney could help assess the injured party’s damages and work to identify the responsible individual or entities involved in the accident.
Workers’ compensation benefits probably will not cover all the costs related to a construction site accident, and an employer may not be totally or at all responsible for an injured worker’s accident. Parties other than the injured worker’s employer may be at fault. For example, an accident might be caused by the negligence of a subcontractor or other party at the construction site. If a defectively designed or manufactured piece of equipment or material hurts a worker, the manufacturer may be liable for the worker’s damages.
Under theories of negligence or product liability, injured workers may be able to bring a third-party claim against one or more parties for damages sustained from their injuries, including lost earnings, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
The unique and complicated interplay among Alabama’s personal injury, product liability, and workers’ compensation laws in seeking damages from a construction site accident, can make a Birmingham construction site accident attorney particularly valuable in third-party claims.
Construction site accidents can negatively impact you and your family’s life and financial well-being. Your income may vanish and, your health may be compromised as the result of a serious and unanticipated accident. If you have suffered injuries from a construction site accident, reach out to a Birmingham construction site accident lawyer today.
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In Alabama a personal injury claim or lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident. In other words, if someone was injured on November 30, 2020, the deadline to file your personal injury claim or lawsuit is November 30, 2022.