If you have been injured in a construction accident in Rhode Island, you may have a third party lawsuit against a negligent party and be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, among other losses. Our Rhode Island construction accident lawyers here and the lawyers we work with can handle your case and charge no legal fees unless you receive a settlement or award. Call us toll free anytime, or submit a contact form online for a free (no obligation) case evaluation.
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Are Construction Accidents Covered By Workers’ Compensation?
The vast majority of accidents that occur on a construction site will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance if the injured person is in the course of their employment. However, workers’ compensation may not be enough to truly compensate a victim of a construction accident, because it only pays around 75% of one’s average weekly wage and it does not cover pain and suffering and other losses. Read more to find out about Rhode Island workers’ compensation benefits.
What Is a Construction Accident Case Worth?
Assuming it can be proven that your injury was caused by the negligence of another party, other than a co-worker or your employer, you may be entitled to get a settlement or award for your:
- Medical Bills
- Lost Income
- Pain and Suffering
- Other Losses
The pain and suffering part of your claim is the most difficult part for attorneys to get you fully compensated for because insurance company claims adjusters generally try to downplay the extent of your injuries and pain that you went through. Read More.
Do You Have a Construction Accident Lawsuit Against a Third Party?
Workers’ Compensation protects employers from lawsuits by injured workers, but it does not protect third parties from personal injury lawsuits. If someone other than your employer or a co-worker, (for example – a general or sub-contractor), was negligent and caused your injury, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them, in addition to receiving Workers’ Compensation benefits from your employer.
One common type of third party lawsuit we see is when a construction worker gets injured due to the negligence of an employee of a sub-contractor. Some common types of cases we see is when someone leaves an object or slippery substance on the floor, which causes someone to slip and fall and sustain a serious injury. Again, the negligence cannot be from a co-worker, because if so you would only be able to collect workers compensation benefits.
If your injury was caused by a defective piece of equipment, you may be able to file a defective product lawsuit against the manufacturer. Additionally, you could also be eligible to receive Social Security Disability Benefits if your construction accident injury is expected to keep you disabled and out of work for at least a year.
What Should You Do If You Have Suffered a Construction Accident Injury?
First, you should seek medical attention immediately. If necessary, call an ambulance so that you can make sure that you receive the proper care. Some injuries are not apparent right away, such as concussions, which can take several hours or even days to show symptoms.
Next, take pictures of the accident scene as soon as you can and file an accident report with your employer. These pictures will preserve the accident scene as much as possible and can be used as evidence if you decide to file a Workers’ Compensation claim or construction accident lawsuit.
Finally, consider hiring an experienced construction accident lawyer in Rhode Island, who can tell you if you have a potential lawsuit. They will be able to evaluate your case and tell you whether you can receive Workers’ Compensation and whether there were third parties that may have been at fault for your injury. The construction accident lawyers at our firm, or the attorneys we work with, charge no fee unless they get you a settlement or award.
What Are The Common Types of RI Construction Accident Cases?
- Crane Accidents
- Defective Power Tools and Heavy Machinery
- Defective Safety Equipment
- Electrical Accidents/Electrocution
- Equipment Malfunction or Failure
- Falling Objects
- Slip and Falls
- Highway Construction Accidents
- Ladder Accidents
- Exposure to Asbestos or Lead
- Exposure to Toxic Chemicals or Gases
- Explosions and Fires
- Failure to Follow Safety Code
- Failure to Warn of a Dangerous Condition
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Structure Failures
- Superintendent Negligence
- Welding Accidents
- Poor Ventilation
What Are The Most Common Types of RI Construction Accident Injuries?
- Back and Spinal Cord
- Breathing/Inhalation/Respiratory Problems
- Eye Injuries
- Fractures or Broken Bones
- Head and Neck Injuries
- Lead Poisoning
- Loss of Limb
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Wrongful Death
Why Contact Us?
If you have been injured in a construction accident in Rhode Island, you may have a third party lawsuit against the negligent party and be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost income and pain and suffering, as well as Worker’s Compensation or Social Security Disability Benefits. Our firm, and the lawyers that we work with, have experience handling different types of construction accident cases. For a free (no obligation) case evaluation, call our toll free number or fill out a contact form on our website.