If you work in construction, the odds of getting hurt on the job are relatively high. A serious work-related injury could have a huge impact on your life, including interfering with your ability to return to work. At Hall Law P.A., our St. Cloud construction accident attorneys have what it takes to help you with an injury claim. Contact us today for a free consultation about your case.
Common Causes of St. Cloud Construction Worker Injuries
The construction industry has many inherent hazards that make injuries more likely. It is an industry that relies on heavy machinery, dangerous equipment and working from heights. Every year, thousands of construction workers end up in hospitals due to work-related injuries, illnesses and diseases. The construction injury is plagued by many injury hazards, with some being more common than others.
- Scaffold accidents
- Crane accidents
- Transportation accidents
- Getting caught-in or between objects or equipment
- Flying or falling objects striking workers
- Slip, trip and fall accidents
- Animal attacks and acts of violence
- Structural collapses
- Product defects
- Missing machine guards
- Ladder accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction is the deadliest career in private industry. It was responsible for more than one in five worker deaths in calendar year 2018, with 1,008 worker deaths total. The four most common causes of fatal construction accidents as identified by OSHA are falls, struck-by objects, electrocutions and caught-in/between. Our lawyers at Hall Law P.A. accept cases involving all types of construction accidents and injuries.
Do You Have a Workers’ Comp Claim, an Injury Claim or Both?
In Minnesota, you do not need to prove that someone else caused your injuries to recover financial benefits for a construction site accident. With the state’s workers’ compensation program, you only need to demonstrate that your injury or illness occurred while you were performing work-related duties.
It will not matter whether someone’s negligence, or a breach of the duty of care, caused your injuries. A workers’ comp claim could reimburse you for medical bills, two-thirds of your lost wages and vocational rehabilitation even without proof of someone else’s fault. If, however, you have reason to suspect someone else’s negligence caused your injury, you may be better off filing a third-party injury claim.
What Is Negligence?
Negligence refers to any action that falls outside of a person’s obligation to keep others reasonably safe. It could refer to a mistake at work such as failing to clean a spill, for example, or lack of proper employee training. If negligence caused your construction injury in St. Cloud, the at-fault party may owe you financial compensation. To obtain this compensation, you would need to file an injury claim outside of Minnesota’s workers’ compensation system.
An injury lawsuit that succeeds could pay you greater damages than a workers’ compensation claim. You could recover 100% of your lost wages, for instance, as well as pain and suffering damages. You or your lawyer will need to prove another party’s liability for your accident, however, to recover through a third-party lawsuit. If someone other than your employer caused the accident, you could recover compensation through both workers’ comp and an injury lawsuit.
How Can an Attorney Help?
An attorney can give you advice you can trust after a construction accident in St. Cloud, Minnesota. While your employer and a workers’ compensation insurance company may try to undervalue your losses, a lawyer will fight for maximum financial compensation on your behalf. Your lawyer can represent you during a workers’ compensation claim and/or a personal injury lawsuit for the best possible results.
Seek Help From Our St. Cloud Construction Accident Attorneys
If you have been injured in a St. Cloud construction accident, the attorneys at Hall Law P.A. can help. We will listen to your work accident story and give you our best advice on how to move forward. Request your free consultation through our online service or by calling (800) 292-1979 24/7.