Protecting The Rights Of Construction Workers Injured On The Job
A construction site is a dangerous workplace, from heavy equipment and power tools to hazardous materials and multiple projects happening at once. Safety should be paramount, but there’s work to be done and accidents happen.
We can help if you were injured in construction work. At Thill & Freeman, PLLC, our sole focus is workers’ compensation law. We have represented hundreds of people in the construction trades in the Twin Cities and throughout Minnesota.
Workers’ Compensation For Construction Accidents
If you were injured on the job, you are entitled to specific benefits under workers’ compensation. It doesn’t matter who was at fault as long as the injury or accident was work-related. We have seen every type of construction site injury:
- Scaffolding and ladder accidents
- Slip-and-falls, trip-and-falls
- Injuries from tools and machinery
- Burns and electrical shocks
- Crane and forklift accidents
- Injuries from falling or flying debris
- Vehicle accidents on site or traveling between job sites
- Hazardous exposures
- Hearing damage
We have represented every type of worker in construction, remodeling and demolition, including carpenters, roofers, masons, plumbers, electricians, heavy equipment operators and utility workers.
Maximizing Your Workers’ Comp Benefits
Your employer covers all medical care related to your accident, from emergency room bills and surgery to medications, wheelchairs and mileage for traveling to medical appointments. Workers’ compensation also provides wage loss benefits while you are off the job healing from your construction accident. Our attorney, Mark Freeman, can make sure that your benefits are calculated correctly.
If you do not fully recover function or if your injuries prevent you from returning to construction work, you may be entitled to permanent disability benefits. We can help you fight for these benefits or negotiate a lump sum settlement.
Third-Party Lawsuits In Construction Accidents
You can’t sue your employer or your co-worker, even if they caused your injury or failed to protect you from harm. But you may have a personal injury lawsuit against other parties who are not in your chain of employment if their negligence caused or contributed to your construction injuries.
For example, you might have a claim against another subcontractor at the job site, the manufacturer of faulty equipment, the scaffolding rental company, the power company or the property owner. You can have both a workers’ comp claim and a third-party lawsuit. The personal injury suit enables you to collect damages such as pain and suffering that are not available under workers’ compensation.
Don’t Delay Seeking Legal Help
The deadlines for reporting and filing workers’ compensation claims can be short, and there is also a statute of limitations on third-party lawsuits. If you or your family member was injured in construction accident, call Thill & Freeman, PLLC. We will handle every facet of your workers’ comp case and we can reach out to our network of personal injury attorneys to help you pursue any third-party claims.