Are You Suffering from a Back Injury in Charlotte?
May 19, 2017 by Brown Moore Law
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No matter how much safety is valued on a construction site, accidents happen. When injuries occur as the result of construction site accidents, the legal rights of the injured workers must be protected.
Depending on the specific circumstances, workers injured after construction accidents may need to file both workers’ compensation claims and a private personal injury lawsuit in order to access full financial compensation for injuries and lost wages.
The interaction of the workers’ compensation system and private personal injury litigation can be complicated. At the law firm of Brown, Moore & Associates, PLLC, our attorneys have advanced experience representing workers injured in construction accidents.
Our lawyers have decades of experience using negotiation and litigation to achieve the best possible results for our clients. We serve clients throughout the Charlotte area and the surrounding parts of North Carolina.
A worker injured in the workplace usually has access to the workers’ compensation system to seek compensation for injuries and lost wages. In cases involving construction accidents, however, it can be difficult to determine exactly which employer is responsible. Construction projects usually involve both a general contractor and several subcontractors, and the legal relationship among them can be difficult to untangle.
Furthermore, construction accidents are sometimes caused by equipment failure — for example, in accidents where a crane or forklift malfunctions or scaffolding fails. In such instances, the injured worker may be able to bring a private lawsuit against the equipment manufacturer under a defective products theory.
Finally, construction site accidents are often extremely serious. Injuries often include brain or spinal cord damage, amputations, or electrical burns. In serious injury cases, it is critically important to seek legal representation from personal injury lawyers with substantial experience working with medical experts to build a complete picture of the injured worker’s medical needs and damages.
If you have questions after a construction accident in which you or a loved one was injured, we urge you to seek immediate legal advice.