Goldsboro Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction sites are among the most dangerous environments in which to work or visit. They involve constantly changing scenes of heavy equipment, moving equipment, power tools, scaffolding, and other hazards that can lead to serious injuries and even death. Unfortunately, many people who work at these sites suffer injuries that occur through negligence, such as a lack of adherence to safety standards. The construction company, its contractors and subcontractors, and the manufacturers of construction site equipment and tools may all be responsible for these injuries. In any scenario where you are injured at a construction site, you are generally entitled to some type of compensation.
In the wake of a serious injury, you may not have the necessary attention or stamina to pursue the compensation you need and deserve through legal action. Having the support of a trusted attorney who can represent you through this task can be invaluable. At Strickland Agner Pittman, we are here to put our professional experience to work for you, whether through pursuing workers’ compensation or a personal injury claim or lawsuit. Our team is adept in both fields and has amassed many successful case outcomes on behalf of our clients.
Construction Accident Personal Injury Claims
As an employee of a construction company, you are generally eligible to seek workers’ compensation benefits when injured while on the job. Because North Carolina requires most employers to carry workers’’ compensation insurance, most workers are covered. However, workers’ compensation does not cover certain damages, such as pain and suffering. Furthermore, in some circumstances, workers may have the grounds to file a personal injury claim as well after being injured while working.
Personal injury claims and lawsuits in these situations fall under the rule of the “third party” exception. This means that you can pursue a claim when a negligent party other than your employer caused your injuries. Because construction sites often have many third parties engaged in activities in the area, any of these parties may have contributed to or been responsible for your injuries.
These third parties can include:
- General contractors and subcontractors
- Equipment manufacturers of tools, machinery, etc. that prove to be defective or poorly maintained
- Scaffolding manufacturers
- Manufacturers of concrete forms and shores
When prevailing in a third-party injury claim, you generally are entitled to all of the types of compensation available in these cases, including pain and suffering, emotional distress, lost earning capacity, and any other related losses anticipated in the future. You have three years to file third-party claims in North Carolina.
Wrongful death claims can also be filed when a construction accident results in a fatality. These must be filed within two years. In every third-party personal injury or wrongful death claim, you bear the burden of proving negligence against the at-fault party.
Why You Need a Goldsboro Construction Accident Attorney
Third-party personal injury claims stemming from construction accidents are complex cases. You will need to identify all those parties who may be held liable. This involves in-depth investigation to gather the details about how the accident occurred so that evidence can be presented proving fault. These parties may also have their own legal teams working every angle to deny their liability. At Strickland Agner Pittman, we know how to fight back in protecting your rights and best interests through experienced case preparation, advocacy, and tenacity.