A construction accident lawyer can fight to get you the compensation you deserve. Unfortunately, 1 in 10 construction workers will get injured in their line of work each year. These injuries can occur because of falls from high places and improperly braced cranes. The economy is also contributing to the high accident rate, as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration projects that there will be more than 1000 deaths due to work-related accidents next year. If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact a lawyer as soon as possible.
Employers have duty to provide reasonable and proper protection to workers
The Occupational Safety and Health Act places certain requirements on employers. One of those requirements is known as the “General Duty Clause,” which states that employers have a duty to protect workers from recognized hazards that are likely to cause harm. In most cases, this means that an employer violates this duty when a hazard could have been eliminated or greatly diminished by the employer. In this case, the employer failed to protect his workers from falling trees. He could have significantly reduced the risk by training employees to stay away from the fall zone.
The duty to protect workers is applicable in a wide range of circumstances, including at work. In order to protect employees, an employer must provide a safe environment and a safe system of work. In addition to training and providing safety equipment, an employer must also provide information and warnings about any risks. Despite the duty to provide adequate safety measures, employers should also make sure that employees follow the rules and regulations. In addition, employees should be trained not to take risks that could result in injuries or illnesses.
Third-party lawsuits for faulty equipment
Injuries can occur due to faulty equipment, as a result of improper use or maintenance. The manufacturer or company that produced the equipment may be held responsible, as a result of the lack of warnings or instructions. Other responsible parties include the property owner or general contractor, who failed to provide a safe working environment. In some instances, a third-party present on the job site may be held partly or completely responsible for the accident.
Injuries from faulty equipment or dangerous machinery at construction sites are typically the result of a design or manufacturing defect. Faulty equipment may cause injury or even death to workers using it in the proper manner. Many products are regulated by government agencies. Because of this, any entity in the chain of distribution may be responsible for the damages. In addition, a product may be deemed defective if the manufacturer didn’t test the design thoroughly and did not adequately check its products for quality and safety.
Damages for pain and suffering
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be wondering how to recover maximum compensation. In addition to the monetary damages, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. Unfortunately, there is a strict statute of limitations in Missouri. For workers’ compensation claims, you have two years to file your claim. However, for third-party lawsuits, the deadline is five years. These factors are all important to consider if you need to seek maximum compensation.
The first thing to consider is how much pain and suffering a person has endured after an accident. Even minor injuries can be costly. In addition, the injuries themselves may keep the person from earning a living. Although workers’ compensation can cover some of these costs, it is limited to medical bills and lost income. Damages for pain and suffering are much more comprehensive and may cover other factors, such as loss of enjoyment of life.