Standing Up for Construction Accident Victims in North Carolina
Construction may be hard work, but it should not be dangerous work. Employers should take the appropriate steps to keep their workers safe and when there are injuries, they should provide fair workers’ compensation. At the law firm of Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C., our 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.
Get the help of experienced Charlotte construction accident attorneys to help with your case. Call (704) 850-6322 for a free consultation.
Strategizing for Your Case
Construction accident cases can be a challenge. Since there are usually multiple layers of authority, everyone seems to point the blame at someone else. Our goal is to find out who is responsible for the accident. Through investigation, it’s common to find that an employer has a record of safety violations and may even have received multiple OSHA violations for failing to provide safety equipment. Clear signs of negligence like these are used to build strong cases for our clients.
We handle all types of construction accidents, including:
- Crane accidents
- Trench collapse
- Falling accidents
- Road construction accidents
How Often do Construction Accident Claims Arise?
When we look at data available from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we can see that the construction industry presents incredible dangers to workers. During the latest reporting year of data, approximately 20% of all workplace fatalities in the US occurred in the construction industry. About one out of every five worker deaths in the country were construction employees.
When we look at the information available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we can see that around 1.7% of construction workers suffer an injury serious enough that they miss workdays each year. The BLS data also shows that the construction industry accounts for around 8.5% of all injuries that result in lost workdays.
Will This be a Workers’ Compensation Claim?
The reality is that there are various ways that injured construction workers may be able to recover compensation for their losses. The vast majority of construction accident claims will be handled as workers’ compensation claims.
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. 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 lawsuit against the at-fault party. This opens the door to additional types of compensation being recovered, including pain and suffering damages.
It is critical to have a skilled construction accident attorney in Charlotte fully investigate the injury incident so that they can determine which route an injured worker should use to pursue compensation for their losses.
Time Limit to File Construction Accident Claim in Charlotte
If the construction accident claim is going to be handled through the workers’ compensation system, there are various deadlines that injury victims need to be aware of. First, employees are required to report any work injury, regardless of how minor, to their employer within 30 days from the day the incident occurs. However, 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.
If the construction accident injury is going to be filed as a third-party personal injury lawsuit, then the North Carolina personal injury statute of limitations will apply. All lawsuits in this scenario must be filed within three years from the date the injury occurs.
Call Price Petho & Associates P.L.L.C. at (704) 850-6322 today. We handle all job site injury and death cases on a contingency basis, meaning you only pay if we recover compensation for you.
Our Commitment to Our Clients
With every case our law firm takes on, we make a commitment to our client: to put forth every effort, striving to see that you get fair compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other costs. For more than 25 years, our team has provided strong representation to accident victims in Charlotte and throughout North Carolina, building a record of success that includes numerous multimillion-dollar recoveries, such as a recent 1.6 million dollar recovery in a construction accident case. When you enlist us, we will apply the same level of dedication that has allowed us to achieve this strong record of success.