Charlotte Construction Accident Attorneys
Standing up for construction workers injured on the job in in North Carolina
Workers in any profession can become injured, but those who work in industry, including construction, manufacturing, or many other professions all face significantly increased hazards every day. That means construction and industrial workers often experience accidents and injuries on the job at far higher rates than those who work in commercial businesses.
Construction may be hard work, but it should not be needlessly dangerous work. Employers must take the appropriate steps to keep their workers safe and, when there are injuries, they should provide fair workers’ compensation. At Price, Petho & Associates, our Charlotte attorneys take pride in our ability to take on negligent employers in construction accident cases. We take pride in our ability to do what is right for our clients.
What would you like to know?
What types of construction accidents does your firm handle?
Construction accident cases can be a challenge, especially for victims just trying to recover from their injuries. Since there are typically multiple layers of authority in these types of incidents, everyone seems to point the blame at someone else. Our goal is to find out who is responsible for the accident. Through investigation, we often find that an employer has a record of safety violations and may even have received multiple Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations for failing to provide safety equipment. We use these clear signs of negligence to build strong cases for our clients.
We handle all types of construction accidents, including:
- Crane accidents
- Trench collapse
- Falling accidents
- Road construction accidents
No matter what caused your injuries, our attorneys will work to ensure you or your loved one secure the proper compensation for your losses.
How often do Charlotte construction accidents occur?
Data available from the OSHA shows that the construction industry presents incredible dangers to workers. During 2019, approximately 20 percent of all workplace fatalities in the United States occurred in the construction industry. About one out of every five worker deaths were construction workers. Further, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that 1.6 percent of construction workers suffer an injury serious enough that they miss workdays each year.
What are the most common causes of construction accidents?
Compared to other jobs, construction work poses a significantly higher risk of severe injury or wrongful death. Due to the inherent dangers workers face daily, OSHA requires construction companies to enforce strict safety policies. Unfortunately, many employers disregard these protections to meet deadlines and/or make a profit and risk the lives of their workers in the process. Common causes of construction site accidents include:
- Falls from heights
- Being struck by an object
- Explosions and fires
- Toxic chemical exposure
Although most employees injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, securing compensation can be challenging without experienced legal representation. In some instances, an employer or their insurance company may attempt to deny an injury claim – which means injured workers may have to pay their own medical bills or even lose their jobs for missing work days while recovering from their injuries.
Am I entitled to workers’ compensation after a construction accident?
The reality is, it depends. However, the vast majority of Charlotte construction accident claims are handled under workers’ compensation. Just about every employee in the state of North Carolina is covered through the workers’ compensation system. In most situations, injured employees are barred from recovering compensation through a third-party lawsuit if they sustained an injury on the job. Instead, they will receive compensation for their medical bills and lost income directly through the workers’ compensation system.
However, if it is determined that a third party other than the employer caused the injury, a construction worker may be able to file a personal injury action against the at-fault party. This opens the door to additional compensation, including damages for pain and suffering. The skilled Charlotte construction accident attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates fully investigate your accident to determine the best route to pursue compensation for your losses.
Who is liable for my Charlotte construction accident and injuries?
Even with workers’ compensation in place, some construction site accidents happen due to another party’s negligence. In cases like these, a personal injury action may be more appropriate than a workers’ compensation claim. Personal injury (or third-party) claims may also be the only avenue for workers ineligible for workers’ compensation. Potential liable parties for these claims can include:
- Your employer. When an employer or supervisor fails to implement safety standards implemented by OSHA, they have breached their duty of care to their employees. In cases like these, they may be liable for injuries suffered by construction workers.
- Tool and equipment manufacturers. Construction workers depend on certain products to get their jobs done, like ladders, power tools, and heavy machinery. If any of these malfunction, product liability law allows workers to file an injury claim.
- Third parties. In the event a negligent third party caused your injury, like an on-site contractor, reckless co-worker, or motor vehicle driver, you may be able to file both a workers’ compensation claim and a personal injury claim. Our Charlotte attorneys can explain more about how to do this.
If your loved one lost his or her life in a construction accident, we can also talk to you about your options with a wrongful death action. We’re happy to meet with you in a free consultation whenever you are ready.
How long do I have to file a Charlotte workers’ compensation claim?
When handling a construction accident claim through the workers’ compensation system, there are various deadlines of which injury victims need to be aware. First, employees are required to report any work injury, regardless of how minor, to their employer within 30 days. This does not count as the actual filing of the workers’ comp claim. After an injury is reported, workers have a two-year statute of limitations deadline with which to file the workers’ compensation claim. However, consulting with an attorney as soon as possible gives you the best chance for a successful outcome.
If you and your attorney decide to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit instead, then the North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations will apply, meaning you must file within three years from the date the injury occurs. Our Charlotte attorneys can discuss which avenue is best for your circumstances in a consultation.
Do you have a construction accident attorney near me?
Price, Petho & Associates has offices at 1420 Elizabeth Ave in Charlotte. We also maintain offices in Rockingham and Rutherfordton for your convenience. If you are too injured to come to us, we can visit you at home or in the hospital.
Experienced Charlotte construction accident attorneys at your service
With every case our law firm takes on, we make a commitment to our clients – to put forth every effort, striving to see that you recover fair compensation for your injuries. For three decades, the attorneys at Price, Petho & Associates have provided strong representation to construction accident victims in Charlotte and throughout the state. To schedule a free consultation, call us at 704-372-2160 or fill out our contact form today. We proudly serve clients in Charlotte, Rockingham, Rutherfordton, North Carolina, and South Carolina.