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Damages in a Construction Accident Personal Injury Claim

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Rockford personal injury lawyersThere is no question that construction workers have an extremely dangerous job. One out of every five worker fatalities in the United States occurs in the construction industry. Non-fatal injuries including traumatic injuries and receptive motion injuries are also common. These injuries can lead to steep costs – both financial and personal.  If you were injured or a loved one was killed during construction work, you may be able to seek compensation for your losses through a personal injury claim.

Workers Compensation Versus a Personal Injury Lawsuit

Businesses with one or more employees must carry workers’ compensation insurance by law. If you or your loved one’s construction accident occurred at work, you are likely entitled to compensation through workers’ compensation. However, the compensation you get through workers’ compensation may not even come close to fully compensating you for your losses. Furthermore, workers’ compensation only covers economic damages like medical bills and part of your lost income.

A personal injury lawsuit may allow you to recover your full lost wages, the damage to your earning capacity, and non-economic damages. You may be entitled to compensation for the physical pain caused by your injuries as well as the emotional and mental suffering you experienced. If your loved one died in a construction accident, you may be compensated for:

  • The loss of your loved one’s financial support
  • Loss of companionship, society, and/or parental guidance
  • Funeral and medical expenses
  • Lost inheritance
  • Emotional distress

What You Must Prove to Get Compensation Through a Personal Injury Claim

Unlike workers’ compensation coverage, personal injury cases are fault-based. To recover compensation through a personal injury or wrongful death action, you must show that a third party’s negligence caused the accident. If the negligent or careless actions of a contractor, subcontractor, property owner, product manufacturer, engineer, architect, or other third party caused the accident, you may be able to bring a claim against that party. Determining who is liable for a construction accident is often quite complex. A personal injury attorney with experience handling construction site injuries and deaths can investigate the circumstances of the accident and find evidence to support your case.

Contact a Skilled Winnebago County Construction Accident Injury Lawyer

If you were hurt or your loved one was killed in a construction accident, it is important to explore all of your options for seeking restitution. You may be able to bring a personal injury or wrongful death case in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. A Rockford construction accident attorney from Mannarino & Brasfield can help. Call 815-215-7561 for a free consultation.

 

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