Stillwater Construction Accident Lawyer
If you sustained a serious injury on a job site, you need to contact our Stillwater construction accident lawyer to fight for you and obtain your full compensation.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, nearly seven million people in the United States work in the construction industry. Even though construction workers represent only 4% of the total U.S. workforce, the most recent statistics indicate that the construction sector accounts for 21% of all work-related fatalities each year. One in ten construction workers are injured on the job annually, and over the course of their career, a construction worker has a one in two hundred chance of dying as a result of a work-related injury.
These are staggering statistics. Of course anyone who has ever observed a busy construction site for even the slightest amount of time can immediately see the numerous dangers and hazards it presents. Construction sites can be loud, hectic places with large numbers of bustling people all performing different hazardous tasks simultaneously. Whether workers are scaling buildings to lay bricks, placing shingles on high windy rooftops, or operating bulldozers, jackhammers, and welding torches on the ground, they can’t escape the fact that a construction site is a dangerous place. Although construction companies are supposed to take all possible steps to ensure worksite safety, even the most safety conscience employee is at risk of sustaining a serious, if not fatal, injury as a result of negligence and error on the worksite.
Construction Accident Injuries
When construction accidents happen, they often result in serious injuries that have a devastating financial impact on the injured worker and their family. If you are fortunate enough to survive a construction accident, you may be left with permanent and severe injuries that affect your ability to earn a livelihood. When you suffer injuries on a construction site, you need to hire a trusted and experienced Stillwater construction injury lawyer.
We are experienced accident attorneys dedicated to helping people who have been injured in construction accidents. Regardless of whether you were injured while working on the site or whether you suffered an injury as a mere bystander, we are here to fight for you every step of the way. We have been successfully assisting people injured in the construction sector for decades. We regularly tackle construction accident cases involving falls from rooftops, ladders, scaffolding, and other unstable surfaces. We assist people with repetitive stress injuries in their wrists, elbows, shoulders, and knees. We handle back, neck and head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injury cases. We represent people who suffered electrocutions, burns, hearing loss, and vision loss, as well as people who acquired lung conditions from asbestosis or have occupational asthma from the construction site. There’s no construction injury we can’t handle.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you were injured while working on a construction job site in Oklahoma, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation benefits include lifetime medical treatment for any injuries caused by an on the job accident. They also include temporary disability benefits payable while you are off work healing from your injuries. Workers’ compensation provides benefits and compensation for wrongful deaths, and permanent disabilities where the workers are left permanently impaired as a result of their injuries. Workers’ compensation benefits are generally available to an injured employee without regard to fault, meaning that the worker need not show that their employer was in any way negligent; the employee only need show that their injuries arose out of the course and scope of their employment.
As a practical matter, employers and workers’ compensation insurance companies regularly attempt to short-change and deny workers their compensation in an effort to save company money. Oklahoma law has strict timetables for initiating workers’ compensation claims. An employee must generally provide their employer proper notice of their injuries within 30 days of the occurrence of the accident and then depending on the nature of the injury, has between one and two years to initiate their claim for workers’ compensation benefits. If you were injured on the job at a construction site, don’t let the worker’s compensation insurance carrier jerk you around. Let us level the playing field so that you may recover substantially all of the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to under the law.
Avenues for Compensation
Pursuing workers’ compensation benefits is only one option that may be available for obtaining a monetary recovery for your construction site injuries. It is not necessarily the sole option. Workers’ compensation benefits are only available to “employees.” Many construction site workers are in fact “independent contractors.” If you are deemed an “independent contractor,” rather than an “employee,” workers’ compensation may not be an option at all, which means that you may have to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault parties to get compensation for your injuries. For example, if you are an independent contractor and you were injured as a result of getting hit by a dump truck on a construction site, you would not be able to collect workers’ compensation benefits, you would have to file a personal injury lawsuit against the driver or owner of the dump truck. In this setting, you would seek to recover monetary damages including, but not limited to, the cost of past and future medical bills, lost wages past and future, and pain and suffering as well. In order to prevail, the law requires that you prove that the opposing party’s negligent conduct was the direct cause of your injuries. Oklahoma law provides a two-year statute of limitations for the filing of personal injury lawsuits.
Certain employees may have the option of pursuing a third party negligence case against the at-fault party in addition to pursuing workers’ compensation benefits. These types of cases are typically only available when an employee’s injury was the fault of another party. For example, if you are an employee who was injured while operating a bulldozer that malfunctioned, you may have both a workers’ compensation claim against your employer as well as a third party personal injury claim against the manufacturer of the defective bulldozer.
No two cases are the same. A thorough and meticulous investigation of the circumstances surrounding your accident and your employment relationship, along with the employment relationships of all other parties on the job site is necessary to determine how one must proceed in order to obtain the maximum amount of compensation for their injuries.
Contact Our Office Today
Whether you are an employee, an independent contractor, or a mere bystander, if your are injured in an accident on construction site, call us today for a free consultation. We are full time injury attorneys skilled in investigating the facts and circumstances surrounding your construction site accident to determine who may be at fault and what legal actions are necessary to fully compensate you for all of your injuries.
The Stillwater construction accident lawyer James Murray has an excellent track record of obtaining high dollar settlements and jury verdicts for our clients in the toughest of cases. Our goal is to get you the best possible legal outcome, while simultaneously taking the stress and anxiety out of the process so that you are free to heal from your injuries. We work on a contingency fee basis so there are no costs or out of pocket expenses to you. We look forward to the opportunity of representing you in your construction site accident case. Call today!