Philadelphia Work Site / Construction Accident Lawyer

Our Philadelphia work site / construction accident lawyer represents people injured in construction or other work-related accidents. Injuries from construction and other work-related accidents can be catastrophic or deadly. Serious non-fatal injuries may include:

Construction and other Work Site Injuries

Negligence in many forms can lead to workers’ serious injury or death on construction and other work sites. Construction-related accidents also result from violations of OSHA standards / regulations that govern safe working conditions for construction workers and defective machinery and equipment.

Fall Injuries

According to the CDC, 27% of the 916,400 non-fatal work injuries in 2016 that resulted in time off from work were caused by trips, slips, and falls.* Falls are also the most common cause of fatal construction-related injuries. Causes of falls on construction and other work sites include:

  • improperly erected or defective scaffolding or ladders
  • improperly operated or defective aerial lifts
  • slippery conditions on staircases and elevated structures
  • inadequate or defective guardrails, harnesses, foot gear, and other personal protective equipment (PPE)
  • crane and other equipment collapses

Trenching Injuries

Trench collapses or cave-ins are responsible for numerous construction injuries and deaths. Causes of trenching accidents include:

  • poorly designed (defective) and maintained trenching protective systems
  • unsafe or inadequate trench exits
  • poor / defective trench design or construction, including unsafe sloping

Electrocution Injuries

Electrocution accidents also account for a large number of construction / work site injuries and deaths. Electrocution injuries can result from:

  • improperly grounded or defective electrical tools
  • frayed cords and cables
  • using inadequate protective systems or bypassing protective systems
  • placing scaffolding and equipment too close to power lines

Workers’ Compensation

Workers whose employers have workers’ compensation coverage (most employers) are entitled to certain benefits for injuries and diseases caused or worsened by work-related activities. Workers’ comp benefits are available:

  • regardless of whether the employer or a fellow employee caused the illness or injury, and
  • even if the worker’s own negligence caused or contributed to the injury

Benefits available under worker’s comp are limited to:

  • certain medical expenses
  • lost wages under certain conditions
  • specific-loss benefits (e.g., loss of the use of a hand or other body part)
  • death benefits for surviving dependents of workers whose injuries resulted in death

Third-Party Work Injury Claims

A worker who receives worker’s comp for a work-related injury cannot sue the employer or a fellow employee for the same injury. This is so even if the injury was caused by the negligence of the employer or fellow employee. If an injury was caused by the negligence of someone other than the employer or a fellow employee, however, the injured worker can bring a personal injury claim against the responsible party. Parties subject to such “third-party” claims in lawsuits brought by a Philadelphia work site / construction accident lawyer can include:

  • general contractors and their employees
  • subcontractors and their employees
  • work site designers and architects
  • non-employer owners of work site premises
  • producers of defective construction or other work site equipment

Unlike workers’ compensation benefits, which generally cover only medical expenses and lost wages, awards in third-party personal injury suits may include damages for pain and suffering.

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Were you injured while working construction or another job? Our Philadelphia work site / construction accident lawyer can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.

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*For additional information on slip and fall injury cases, see Philadelphia Slip and Fall Accident Lawyer.