Construction Accident Attorneys in Jackson
Injured at a Construction Site? Involve Our Team!
1 in 10 construction workers are injured every year. Worse, a construction worker has a 1 in 200 chance of dying over the course of a 45-year career.
When these accidents occur, construction workers need the counsel of an experienced team to protect their interests. That is where ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP comes into the picture. Our Jackson construction accident attorneys understand how these cases work and can identify all potential sources of compensation for an injured worker. We take on workers’ compensation, personal injury, wrongful death, and product liability cases involving accidents, injuries, and deaths at construction sites in Mississippi. We are ready to put our experience and commitment to work for you.
Construction Accidents & Who Can Be Held Liable
Falls are far and away the most common cause of worker fatalities in construction. Unsurprisingly, fall protection is the most commonly violated standard set forth by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).
Other common causes of construction accidents include:
- Insufficient training
- Defective equipment
- Scaffolding defects
- Electrical accidents
- Mechanical accidents
- Poor oversight and safety procedures
- Slip and falls
- Fires and/or explosions
- Toxic substance exposure
- Structure collapses
- Crane and harness accidents
- Construction vehicle accidents
Depending on the facts of the case, a workers’ compensation claim may not bar a personal injury lawsuit against an employer if the injuries were caused by negligent behavior or actions that violated OSHA standards. However, most personal injury lawsuits are filed against a third party.
Third-Party Construction Accident Lawsuits
Third parties who have been successfully sued in a personal injury construction claim include:
- Construction site owners
- Prime contractors
- General contractors
Workers’ Comp vs. Personal Injury
Workers’ compensation is the best path to pursue when a construction worker is entitled to benefits through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Mississippi workers who are injured and have workers’ compensation insurance must only prove that the injury occurred. The circumstances of the injury are usually irrelevant. However, if a third party is at fault, a worker can combine a workers’ compensation claim with a separate legal claim in order to maximize the compensation received. A construction accident attorney can help you navigate these complexities.
Additional legal claims involve personal injury and product liability. For a successful personal injury lawsuit, the injured worker’s attorney must show that a third party’s negligence led to the injuries sustained. Similarly, if an injury was caused by a defective product, the injured party may bring a product liability lawsuit against a party involved in the manufactured product’s distribution. As an example, if a railing is faulty and causes a worker to fall and injure himself, the injured party may be able to recover compensation from the manufacturer, wholesaler, or retailer of the defective railing.
Finally, if a worker is killed on the job, the family’s loved ones may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit to recover compensation on behalf of their loved one.
OSHA Promotes Construction Worker Safety
OSHA gives construction workers the right to a safely maintained work environment. Workers have the right to request an OSHA inspection of their workplace, receive copies of their medical records, and review records of work-related injuries. Construction workers can exercise these rights without fear of retaliation or discrimination from an employer.
If you have been injured in a work environment that did not follow OSHA guidelines or were retaliated against because you exercised your rights, talk to a Jackson construction accident lawyer at ‘Maggio | Thompson, LLP. We can evaluate the situation to see what legal options are available to you.
Helping Injured Construction Workers in Jackson, MS
If you have been injured in a construction accident, receive medical attention immediately, and report the injury to your employer. Once you’ve received medical care, take a moment to contact our team.
We represent workers and families in Jackson and across the state. Contact us today!