If you are seriously injured or a family member is killed as a result of construction site negligence in Maine, it is imperative that you consult with a skilled construction accident attorney to determine whether lawful claims exist in addition to workers’ compensation. If you have an additional claim besides workers’ compensation, you may collect several times the amount of your compensation benefits through this method. But these “third party claims” are very complex and require the work of a personal injury attorney with a great deal of experience winning them.
Construction Accident Lawsuits in Maine
A construction site is an extremely hazardous work environment, even in the best of circumstances. There are usually workers from dozens of different professions working side by side, and in a space where distraction, inattention or negligence often occurs, the potential for accidental injury or wrongful death can be great.
In the majority of on-the-job and construction accident cases, workers’ compensation pays a portion of the worker’s wages and benefits lost because of the accident. However, workers’ compensation does not cover full wages, pain, and suffering and other serious parts of an injury claim.
At the Maine personal injury law office of Hardy, Wolf & Downing, our experienced attorneys are respected professionals committed to pursuing the full compensation and benefits owed to victims of third-party construction site negligence.
The financial and emotional burden of medical expenses, hospital visits, long-term care costs, lost wages and diminished earning capacity can be staggering. We will fully investigate your case and help you pursue compensation or litigation against all third parties whose wrongdoing or error played a role in your construction site injury.
Third-Party Claims: Does My Case Qualify?
Under the Workers’ Compensation Act, your employer and co-employees are immune from a lawsuit. Their sole financial obligation to you is your workers’ compensation benefits. However, you can bring a legal action against a third party who has caused or contributed to your injuries. Third-party actions permit recovery of general damages, which far exceed workers’ compensation benefits.
For example, if you or a family member has been injured or killed as a result of an unsafe workplace, defective equipment, neglectful subcontractors and equipment operators, and other involved third parties who fail to provide basic safety on a job site, you may have the right to file a third-party claim.
Maine law allows injured workers who collect workers’ compensation benefits to pursue third-party cases against any person, firm or corporation that negligently caused the injury. Since 1973, the Portland, Maine construction accident lawyers of Hardy, Wolf & Downing have brought personal injury lawsuits on behalf of people who were gravely injured or killed by explosions, bad drivers, electrocution, fires, falling objects, improperly guarded machines and more.
We have built a proven record of success handling complex third party personal injury and construction negligence claims.
Types of Construction Site Accidents & Injuries
Below is a list of the more common types of construction site accidents and injuries that occur:
- Auto Accidents (for example, a delivery driver who gets hurt in a car accident while on duty can receive workers’ compensation but can also file a claim against the negligent driver who injured him)
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Trench Collapses
- Chemical Burns
- Crush Injuries
- Equipment Failures
- Permanent or Temporary Disability
- Lifting Injuries
- Crane Accidents
- Electrical Accidents
- Respiratory Illness
- Safety Violations
- Broken Bones
- Back or Head Injuries
- Employer Negligence
- Herniated Discs
- OSHA Violations
- Cuts and Lacerations
Job Site Wrongful Death Claims
A construction site wrongful death generally initiates a complicated process where liable parties and insurance companies quickly mobilize to minimize their payouts. Even as you and your family are beginning the struggle of dealing with a tragic loss, people on the other side are taking steps to cover their costs, generally at your expense. The attorney you hire to represent your interests will make a difference in the compensation you receive.
At Hardy, Wolf & Downing, we understand the serious challenges and suffering that families go through when a loved one is lost in a fatal accident. We know that even as you are asked to deal with the turmoil and pain of a terrible emotional loss, you may be facing the difficult prospect of expensive medical bills and a loss of income at the worst possible time. Our lawyers work to carry the burden of dealing with your third-party wrongful death claim so you can focus on what is important.
ME Personal Injury Lawyers with the Experience to Fight and Win
An on-the-job or construction site accident or death claim can be a highly complex case that demands the attention of professionals with the experience and resources to take on high-value third-party litigation issues.
At Hardy, Wolf & Downing, we have a proven record of results that includes multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements. Our Maine construction accident lawyers stand behind their proven record of success recovering benefits for families and will do the same for you. Calls us today at 1-800- INJURED for a free consultation.
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