You may be entitled to compensation if you’ve recently been injured on a construction site in Philadelphia. The construction accident lawyers at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC are prepared to help you recover compensation from anyone who might be responsible, including property owners, general contractors, or other negligent third parties. If you were injured on the job, we’ll help you seek benefits from your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.
For decades, we’ve been fighting on behalf of injury victims across Philadelphia. If you’ve gotten hurt, we’ll be there for you, as well. All you have to do to get started is give our law office a quick call to schedule your initial consultation. It’s free, so contact us today.
How Will Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC Help Me After My Construction Accident in Philadelphia, PA?
Construction sites are dangerous. They’re filled with hazards, and accidents are bound to happen. When you get hurt, the consequences can have devastating immediate and long-term consequences. You might find that you’re dealing with a painful injury, unable to work, and forced to deplete your savings. Fortunately, financial compensation may be available, especially if you were injured while performing a job-related task or responsibility.
However, getting money isn’t always easy. At-fault parties and insurance companies won’t just happily hand over a check for all of the money you deserve. They’ll try to make you jump through hoops and manipulate you during one of the most difficult times in your life. Hiring an experienced personal injury lawyer at Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC can make a huge difference and set you up for success.
When you call us for assistance with your Philadelphia construction accident case, we will:
- Carefully investigate and analyze the circumstances that led to your accident and injury
- Determine if your employer adhered to all OSHA safety regulations
- Identify the precise cause(s) of your accident and establish fault
- Seek compensation from all liable parties and/or your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy, and
- Consult with experts who can shed light on the extent of your injuries and, ultimately, what your case is worth.
We’ll work hard to negotiate a fair settlement on your behalf and secure all benefits to which you might be entitled. If insurance companies don’t cooperate, our skilled trial lawyers will immediately take your case to court. We’ll do whatever we can to get you the results you deserve.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Statistics and Facts
Construction workers put their health, safety, and lives on the line every day. Statistics reveal that the construction industry is one of the most dangerous. In fact, private industry construction workers account for 20 percent of all workplace-related deaths. That’s one out of every five people killed on the job.
Philadelphia’s private construction industry ranks as one of the most dangerous in the nation. In 2016, there were 45 fatal workplace accidents in Philly. Nearly one-third of those accidents – 14 out of 45 – involved construction workers in the private sector.
Laborers who work for large companies or contractors might be at a reduced risk of injury or death. According to the CDC, about half of all fatal construction accidents involve self-employed laborers or those who work for companies with 10 or fewer employees.
The Fatal Four – Leading Causes of Fatal Construction Accidents
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), there are four major contributing factors to fatal construction site accidents. These causes are known as the “Fatal Four,” and include:
- Falls (39.2 percent)
- Struck by object (8.2 percent)
- Electrocutions (7.3 percent), and
- Caught-in/between (5.1 percent).
These are not the only causes of deadly and injury-causing accidents on construction sites in Philadelphia. However, they did account for 59.9 percent of all construction worker deaths in 2017.
Causes of Construction Accidents in Philadelphia
Construction sites are busy. There’s a lot going on. So, construction accidents can happen, even when workers are careful and take all necessary safety precautions. However, accidents tend to happen most when safety rules aren’t followed or employers try to cut corners to save costs. Commonly-reported causes of construction site accidents in Philadelphia include:
- Inadequate or missing fall protection
- Tripping hazards, including debris, electrical wires, and tools
- Power tools not equipped with guards or protective devices
- Unsafe, dangerous, or defective equipment
- Machinery accidents
- Unsecured loads
- Inadequate training or supervision, or
- Uncovered trenches or holes.
Do not hesitate to call Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC for immediate assistance if you’ve been injured on a construction site in Philadelphia. Our skilled legal team is always available to take your call – day or night.
We Handle All Construction Accident Cases in Philadelphia
At Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC, our Philadelphia construction accident lawyers have more than 80 years of combined experience handling complex injury cases. When you call us for assistance, that experience can directly benefit you. We handle all construction accident cases in Philadelphia County, including:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slips and falls
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Trench accidents
- Crane accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Drilling accidents
- Defective product accidents
- Electrocutions, and more.
If someone you love has been killed in a fatal Philadelphia construction accident, we can help you understand your legal rights. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits and/or damages through a wrongful death claim. Simply give our law firm a call or reach out to us online to get started.
Commonly Reported Construction Accident Injuries in Philadelphia
Any accident on a construction site in Philadelphia can be catastrophic. It doesn’t matter if it’s a broken arm or spinal cord damage – your injury can affect nearly every aspect of your life. Because we understand this, our Philadelphia construction accident lawyers are prepared to help you demand compensation for all of your injuries – big or small. We’ve represented clients who’ve sustained injuries including:
- Back injury
- Chest injury
- Crushing injury
- Eye injury
- Lost limbs
- Neck injury
- Soft tissue injury
- Spinal cord damage
- Traumatic brain injury, and more.
Contact our Philadelphia law firm to set up a time to discuss your case in greater detail. If you’re unable to come to our office to talk, we can arrange a time to visit you. Home, hospital, and work visits are available.
Securing Compensation After a Construction Accident in Philadelphia
Following a construction accident in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, you may have the right to seek compensation for your injuries. How you secure that compensation can depend on why you got hurt and who’s to blame.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Most employers in Pennsylvania are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover the costs associated with an employee’s on-the-job injury. Since this is no-fault insurance, it means injured workers can successfully recover compensation, regardless of who caused the accident. When you get hurt while working on a construction site in Philadelphia, or while performing a task related to your duties, such as driving a company car or truck – you can submit a claim for benefits.
These can compensate for:
- Medical bills and expenses
- Lost wages and income, and
- Specific injury or amputation.
If a worker does not survive their injuries, their family may be entitled to death benefits. When you collect workers’ compensation, you generally give up the right to sue your employer, even if their negligence caused you to get hurt.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
Even though you might not be able to sue your employer, you can still potentially seek compensation from other negligent or liable parties. This might include:
- Companies that sold or built defective products
- Property owners
- General contractors
- Architects, or
- Other employees.
When you pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit, you’ll generally have to prove that someone’s negligence or wrongful actions caused you to get hurt. Alternatively, some parties may be strictly liable for your construction accident injuries under Pennsylvania law.
When you file a lawsuit, you may be entitled to damages not available in a workers’ compensation case. This can include money for emotional distress, pain and suffering, and more.
Statute of Limitations for Filing a Construction Accident Claim in Philadelphia
You’ll have a limited window in which you can seek compensation after you suffer an injury on a construction site in Philadelphia. The amount of time will depend on how you plan on recovering damages.
If you want to collect workers’ compensation benefits, you’ll have to notify your employer within 120 days of your accident. If you let your employer know about your injury within 21 days, you can collect benefits dating back to the date of your injury. If you wait longer than 21 days, you can collect benefits from the date of notice. Once you’ve notified your employer, you’ll have a maximum of three years to file your formal claim.
If you decide to file a lawsuit, you’ll have two years to do so. Once the statute of limitations expires, you’ll lose the right to pursue compensation from liable parties.
Call Our Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers Today
Have you or someone you love been injured in a construction accident in Philadelphia? Contact Zavodnick, Zavodnick & Lasky, LLC to learn about your legal options. You may have the right to recover compensation, and our skilled personal injury lawyers will work hard to maximize your award. Give our law office a call today to schedule a free consultation and learn more.