Nearly anyone who works in the construction field understands there are certain hazards in the workplace. Unfortunately, in some cases, in order to get the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to under the law, you may need to hire a personal injury lawyer to help with the claims process or to appeal a denial of benefits. Benefits denials can be a result of your employer claiming your injuries are not work-related.
Construction Site Accidents
Unfortunately, remodeling, heavy construction and demolition tasks are inherently dangerous. There are numerous injuries that workers — including plumbers, painters, carpenters and iron workers — can suffer. Some of the common injuries a personal injury lawyer can help you with include:
- Burns and electrical shock
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding
- Back injuries and sprains
- Crushing injuries from cranes and forklifts
During 2013, there were nearly 8,000 work-related injuries in the construction field. The most common injuries were strains and sprains, injuries that can cause serious pain and prevent you from doing your job. A personal injury lawyer can help ensure that you get the benefits to which you are entitled under the workers’ compensation rules in Pennsylvania. You must report all work-related injuries to your employer in 21 days or fewer, but the sooner you report the accident, the faster your claim can be processed.
Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania
Under Pennsylvania law, workers are limited to collecting monies for medical care, loss of use of a limb, disfigurement and lost wages. There is no mechanism that allows for a Pennsylvania worker to sue an employer for injuries unless the employer has failed to provide workers’ compensation insurance. However, this does not mean that your claim will automatically be paid by your employer’s insurance company. In some cases, your employer or its insurer may deny you the benefits to which you are entitled by claiming that the injury was not the result of work but the result of off-duty activities. This is when it is imperative to work with a Pennsylvania personal injury lawyer.
Why a Construction Accident Lawyer?
While it is impossible to sue your employer for injuries, your employer does have an obligation to provide you with specific benefits. If your claim is denied, or if the insurer attempts to deny payment for medical treatment, we can help. In addition, there are other parties that could be held liable for your injuries. For example, if you were working with a power tool, and the tool had a manufacturer’s defect that caused your injury, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. A construction accident lawyer who understands Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law can help fight for your benefits, represent you in the event your claim is denied and, when necessary, hold third parties accountable. Solnick & Associates, LLC has the experience you need when fighting for the benefits to which you are entitled after a construction accident.