Construction Accident Lawyers in Pittsburgh
Veteran Personal Injury Lawyers Represent Clients Injured in Construction Accidents in Allegheny County and Throughout Western Pennsylvania
Residents of Pittsburgh and the surrounding communities are well aware of the fact that the area has experienced substantial growth in recent years—resulting in the abundance of construction sites both in terms of real estate development and the expansion of our roadways to keep up with a growing population. While a positive for the area as a whole, these construction zones present substantial dangers and, when safety protocols are not closely followed, can create hazardous working conditions for many in the industry.
Unfortunately, many individuals who sustain injuries on construction sites mistakenly believe that workers’ compensation is the only option for recovering even a portion of the financial damage caused by a construction accident in Western Pennsylvania. At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our experienced construction accident injury lawyers are here to ensure that injured workers understand the full extent of their legal rights—which may include pursuing a claim for compensation in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
We are dedicated to helping you get back on your feet following an accident, especially if the injuries involved are serious and will require an extended recovery time. To schedule a risk-free consultation with our construction accident lawyers, call or contact us today.
All Varieties of Construction Accidents in Pittsburgh Carry Risks of Substantial Injuries
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places and any number of things can go wrong to cause an accident that might cause devastating injuries to both workers and those passing through or by the site. Types of construction accidents that carry particularly high risks that someone will incur substantial injuries include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Roof and ladder falls
- Accidents involving heavy equipment, such as cranes, dump trucks, backhoes
- Defects in the tools or equipment used on the construction site,
- Crush accidents
- Explosions and fires
- Electrocution accidents
- Pipe explosions
Unfortunately, many of these construction accidents are actually caused by someone’s failure to follow relevant safety protocols. Whether the violation was blatant and willful—such as failure to provide necessary training or safety gear—or more nuanced—such as in cases where a failure to properly inspect or maintain equipment led to the accident, you need an experienced construction accident lawyer on your side to protect your rights.
Experienced Injury Lawyers Committed to Helping Construction Accident Victims in Pittsburgh Understand Their Legal Rights to Compensation
If you sustained injuries in a construction accident in Pittsburgh or Western Pennsylvania, you may be entitled to compensation via the workers’ compensation system and, in some cases, via a third-party personal injury lawsuit. Importantly, to preserve your right to maximum compensation from all available sources, you should take the following actions as soon as possible after a construction accident:
- Seek medical care
- Report the accident and injuries to your supervisor immediately
- Take photos and videos of the scene if possible, and note any witnesses to the accident
- Closely follow the protocol prescribed by your physician
- Seek out the help of an attorney experienced in handling construction accident injuries, who can help complete the paperwork that your supervisor will provide following your report of the accident
Remember that the workers’ compensation system is only designed to shield your actual employer from liability. In many cases where a non-employer, such as a contractor, property owner, architect or the manufacturer of a machine, was also negligent in causing the construction accident, you may have the additional right to pursue compensation via a personal injury lawsuit.
Schedule a Free Initial Consultation with an Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer Today
At Goodrich & Geist, P.C., our skilled construction accident lawyers know that the prospect of navigating the legal system on your own can be intimidating, so we are here to explain all available options given the facts of your case and to stand by your side throughout the entire legal process. Your first consultation is entirely free and we always provide our honest and straightforward opinion as to possible avenues for recovering compensation in your case evaluation—so there’s no risk in contacting or calling us to see how we can help.
Frequently Asked Questions About Construction Accident Claims
FAQ: What are the relevant time limits that I need to be aware of if I sustained injuries in a construction accident in Western Pennsylvania?
The first timeline that will impact you is the deadline for notifying your supervisor or employer that the accident occurred in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits—you must provide that notice within 120 days after the accident occurred. To file a personal injury lawsuit against a third-party (non-employer) who may be responsible for the accident, you must act within two years of the accident. In cases where your workers’ compensation benefits were denied, you have three years after the date of the construction accident to file a lawsuit for compensation.
FAQ: What does workers’ compensation cover if I am injured in a construction site accident? Why might I want to talk to a lawyer about alternative recovery methods?
Workers’ compensation benefits, while valuable, will not compensate you for the full cost of your injuries—it will cover a portion of your lost wages and your medical expenses. In some cases, however, where a third-party is responsible (or partially responsible) for the accident, you may be entitled to compensation for all lost wages, lost earning potential, pain and suffering and other expenses that workers’ compensation isn’t designed to cover. Because we want to make sure you get the maximum compensation possible, our lawyers will investigate and explore every option to help you recover from the accident.
FAQ: If I’m entitled to workers’ compensation following a construction accident, why do I need a lawyer?
In addition to helping you explore options for pursuing your right to compensation via a personal injury lawsuit, the workers’ compensation process in itself can be confusing. Claims are routinely denied based upon simple mistakes in the application materials. Our lawyers can both help you complete the paperwork necessary to make a claim for workers’ compensation benefits and can also help you appeal a denial of benefits, which can occur for any number of reasons (for example, in situations where the true cause of your injuries is challenged).