Top-Rated Construction Accident Attorneys Who Get Results
Michigan’s economy continues to grow and improve. With the improvement in the economy, construction is booming. Unfortunately, when the construction industry is doing well, the number of injuries related to construction site accidents also increases. Falls, catastrophic burns, electrocutions, heavy machinery injuries, and other types of personal injuries can easily occur at any construction site. Employees and anyone visiting a construction site can be the victim of a construction site accident.
Sadly, construction site accidents in Michigan can be devastating for the victim and the victim’s family. In addition to the physical and emotional harm caused by the construction accident, the financial costs associated with the accident can place an overwhelming burden on the victim and the victim’ family.
The attorneys of The Clark Law Office handle construction accidents and personal injury lawsuits. When you are injured in a construction accident, you need experienced and trusted advice and care from two specific professionals — a health care provider to protect your health and a Lansing construction accident attorney to protect your legal rights.
Call 517-347-6900 to schedule your free consultation with a member of our legal team to discuss your options. We want to protect your right to recover a fair and just settlement for your construction accident claim.
Who Is Liable for a Construction Accident?
Determining who is liable for a construction accident begins with a thorough investigation of the accident. At The Clark Law Office, our entire legal team begins a comprehensive investigation into the cause of your injury. We want to pinpoint the cause of the construction accident and identify the party or parties responsible for causing the accident. After determining the cause of the construction accident, we can determine who may be liable for paying compensation to you for your injuries, losses, and damages.
Work-Related Construction Accidents
Many of the injuries sustained on a construction site can be attributed to a work-related injury or illness. When this is the case, an injury employer must file a claim pursuant to Michigan’s workers’ compensation laws. Workers’ compensation covers most injuries sustained in work-related construction accidents.
The trade-off for receiving workers’ compensation benefits is that you typically do not have the right to sue your employer for additional compensation. You also do not receive full compensation for all damages, such as pain and suffering damages. However, you are not required to prove negligence or fault to receive workers’ comp benefits as you would in a third-party claim, such as a product liability claim or personal injury claim.
If you believe another party may have played a factor in causing the construction accident that caused your injury, you may want to pursue a third-party claim. A third-party claim can be filed in conjunction with a workers’ comp claim to recover the compensation not allowed under Michigan’s workers’ compensation laws.
Product Liability Claims
If a defective product was involved in the construction accident, you might have an additional claim against the designer, manufacturer, or another party. In a product liability claim, you are entitled to recover full compensation for all your losses, including pain and suffering damages.
Premises Liability Claims
In some cases, dangerous or hazardous conditions that the property owner or other party failed to address could have played a factor in causing your injury. If this is the case, you might also have a premises liability claim against one or more parties, including the owner of the construction site, contractors, engineers, or architects.
Personal Injury Claims
If a third party caused the construction site accident that resulted in your injury, you could have a claim against that party. You must prove that the party was negligent or intentionally caused you to be harmed to recover compensation for your claim. If the party was another employee, it might be difficult to file a third-party claim that is not barred by the workers’ compensation laws. However, it is worth your time to consult an Okemos construction accident attorney to discuss the details of your case.
Wrongful Death Claims
If your loved one was killed in a construction accident, it is important to speak with an experienced Michigan construction accident attorney. You might be entitled to benefits under workers’ compensation laws and compensation under a wrongful death action.
Common Reasons for Construction Accidents
There are many ways that someone can be injured in a construction accident. However, OSHA has identified what it terms as “Construction’s Fatal Four” as the four most common reasons for construction injuries and deaths each year. In 2016, the “Fatal Four” were responsible for over one-half of the construction accident fatalities.
Falls — Falls accounts for the highest number of deaths in construction accidents each year. During 2016, almost 39 percent of the deaths in construction accidents were related to falls.
Struck by Object— Roughly nine and one-half percent of the deaths in 2016 from construction accidents were related to being struck by an object.
Electrocutions — Just over eight percent of the deaths in 2016 were attributed to electrocutions.
Caught-in/Between Accidents — The fourth most common fatal construction accident in 2016 was the caught-in/between accidents, which resulted in 7.3 percent of the deaths that year.
In addition to the above four common causes of injuries and deaths on construction sites, explosions, fires, poisonings, chemicals, collapses, heatstroke, repetitive motion injuries, and overexertion also cause a significant number of injuries and deaths each year in construction accidents.
Do You Have Questions About a Construction Accident?
After a construction accident, victims and their families are often left with many questions and very few answers. Some of the questions the legal team of The Clark Law Office answers for victims and their families include:
Who is responsible for my medical bills and other expenses?
Will I receive medical care even if I cannot afford to pay for that care?
Will I receive reimbursement for my lost wages?
What happens if I cannot return to work while I am recovering from my injuries?
What if I cannot return to work because of a permanent disability or impairment or I cannot earn the same amount of income because of the injury?
Is my employer required to offer light duty to help me while I recover?
Can I choose my own doctors and medical providers?
Can I file a lawsuit against certain parties who were involved in the construction accident?
Do I need to hire an attorney for a construction accident?
How much does it cost to hire a Michigan construction accident attorney?
We understand that the above questions are just a few of the concerns that are keeping you awake at night. Injuries sustained at a construction site can involve laws and complex legal theories. Our Okemos construction accident attorney answers your questions without the legal jargon so that you have a clear understanding of your legal rights and your options for recovering compensation for your construction accident.
Straightforward Answers to Your Construction Accident Questions!
The Michigan construction accident attorneys of The Clark Law Office serve clients in Okemos, Lansing, and the surrounding areas. Call The Clark Law Office at 517-347-6900 to schedule a free legal consultation. We are here to help you when you need trusted legal counsel the most.