Construction sites are notoriously dangerous workplaces. In fact, one in five worker deaths in the United States is that of a construction worker. Every ladder, walkway, platform or rail has the potential to turn into a slip or a fall. At John M. (Jack) Purcell, Attorney at Law, I strive to help injured construction workers and their families get the compensation they need to move on.
Nearly every item, tool or machine on a construction site is capable of causing injury. Workers routinely experience injuries due to falls, falling objects, crushing, and exposure to dangerous materials. The most common causes of worksite deaths are falls, falling and moving objects, electrocutions and workers getting caught or stuck in between surfaces. I work to get injured workers and their families justice regardless of the cause of the accident.
Those who have been hurt on Pennsylvania worksites will have different legal rights and remedies depending on the cause of their injury. Depending on who is responsible for the actions or conditions that caused your injury, I can help you file a workers compensation claim or bring a third-party claim against a negligent party.
Workers compensation is the standard way for injured workers to get their medical bills and other costs paid. Although it applies slightly differently in each state, it generally works by covering medical bills and partial wages for the duration of the time that you are injured. It is available to those who have been injured on the job and is generally the only way workers can bring a claim against their employers for injuries. Workers compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that a worker can recover whether their employer was negligent or not. There may be limits on which doctors you can visit, how much you can recover per week and the duration of payments. I strive to get injured construction workers medical care and the benefits they are entitled to under Pennsylvania law.
While the law prevents workers from suing their own employer, it does not prevent lawsuits against other people or companies on a construction site. Workers are frequently able to bring negligence claims against other contractors, subcontractors and property owners. I will work with you to bring a negligence claim so that you can stop worrying about how you will pay for medical care.
When a construction accident is fatal, I help families get justice. If the accident was the fault of your loved one’s employer or an accident with no one at fault, you may be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation laws. If another contractor or entity was responsible for your relative’s death, I will assist your family in bringing a wrongful death lawsuit and seeking compensation.
John M. (Jack) Purcell, Attorney at Law provides dedicated and compassionate representation to injured construction workers. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries on a construction site, I can help. Call 724-437-2711 or contact me online to schedule a consultation.