Construction Site Accident Attorneys in St. Joseph, MO
Fighting for construction site accident victims in Missouri
The construction industry pushes our country forward. Every time a new building or road is constructed this allows a community to flourish and grow. There are several professionals on these worksites like plumbers, masonry workers, carpenters, and more. With so many people working on one site, there is little room for error. If a construction site worker is injured this can lead to devastation. We have made it our mission to fight for those who have been injured on a construction site.
These cases are particularly difficult as there are multiple ways that we can file a claim. Depending on the factors of the case we may need to file a product liability claim, a personal injury claim, or a worker compensation claim. Each of these claim types brings with it its own challenges and legal hurdles to jump through. If you have been injured on a construction site, you need a St. Joseph construction site accident attorney from Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys that is well versed in handling each of these kinds of legal cases.
What are common types of St. Joseph construction site accidents?
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2019, there were over 11 million construction workers and the leading cause of death among them was falls on a worksite.
But the construction industry includes many different types of projects and with that, there are several ways that workers can be injured. The most common types of construction site accidents include:
- Car accidents
- Truck accidents
- Exposure to chemicals
- Electrocution accidents
- Trench collapses
- Machinery and equipment accidents
- Struck or pinned by an object
- Electrical, chemical, or thermal burns
These are a few examples of ways that a person can be injured on a construction site. There are several other ways you can be injured since construction sites can be unpredictable. If you have been involved in a construction site accident you need an experienced and knowledgeable St. Joseph construction site accident attorney.
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Who can file a construction accident injury claim in Missouri?
If you are a construction employee, you will need to report your injury and accident to a supervisor or manager immediately. Typically, a worker would be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. In these cases, you will not have to prove fault but only that an accident in the workplace caused your injury. If you were injured by a defective product, however, you will need to file a product liability claim instead of a workers' compensation claim. If you are a non-employee, like a site visitor or a pedestrian passing by, you would file a personal injury claim.
How does workers' compensation apply in construction accidents?
Construction site workers should be safe from harm when they are on a site. If a worker suffers an injury or illness, they may need to file a workers' compensation claim. Workers' compensation insurance is in place to protect workers and their employers. It is a middle ground where workers are protected, and employers do not have to pay more than what a case is worth. While it can sound simple enough, there are often times when this benefit is difficult to obtain.
Employees do not need to prove fault in a workers' compensation claim if they were injured in the scope of employment or on a worksite. If the employer approves this claim, they will not be sued. They will however need to provide wage loss benefits and provide compensation for medical care.
It is important to remember that there are two types of medical expenses that are covered in a workers' compensation claim. The first is the medical treatment that is needed to get you to maximum medical improvement. This is a point in time where no other medical care would improve your condition. The second category focuses on any additional medical care you need for the future which can result from a life-altering injury. You can also claim the following benefits through workers' compensation:
- Temporary work loss benefits
- Permanent work loss benefits
- Vocational benefits
Each of these benefits will be contingent on your specific needs after a construction site accident. Each case is unique and should be discussed with a St. Joseph construction site accident attorney.
How does a personal injury claim work for St. Joseph construction site accidents?
Any injured party who does not work on the construction site can file a personal injury claim. This also applies to independent contractors who work on the construction site but are not employees of the construction site owner. In some rare and hyper-specific cases, an employee may be eligible to file a personal injury claim. You will need to discuss your legal options with a St. Joseph construction site accident attorney.
Personal injury claims related to construction site accidents can be complex. There are a number of parties that can be liable, and it must be proven that the construction site owner or another party acted negligently to cause a dangerous situation resulting in injury and harm. Our St. Joseph construction site accident attorney will need to prove that the defendants in this case:
- Failed to follow safety regulations
- Were negligent or careless
- Failed to follow common safety standards
If a loved one passes away due to the construction site accident, we will then need to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the surviving family members. In many cases, a personal injury award is higher than a workers' compensation one, but it is also more complex.
Do you have a construction site accident attorney near me?
Our St. Joseph office is located at 2501 Frederick Avenue Suite 100 by appointment. We also see clients throughout Missouri and Kansas.
Help from a St. Joseph construction site accident attorney is a phone call away
There are various regulations and rules that are in place to keep workers safe. OSHA is primarily the governing agency for these regulations. Each state will also have its own codes, rules, and regulations for construction sites that should be followed. You need a St. Joseph construction site accident attorney who is familiar with all these rules and regulations and can help move your case forward.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we will work to get you the justice and compensation you deserve after a construction site accident. Call us at 816-290-7621, or complete our contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.
St. Joseph Office
2501 Frederick Avenue, Ste. 100,
St. Joseph, MO 64506