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Construction zones can be dangerous places. Many hazards lie in wait, both for workers and for those who visit or pass through the construction site. Unfortunately, accidents happen every day in construction zones. These accidents can cause serious injury or death.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident, it is important to understand the rights you have under Denver law. Construction accidents are often handled by filing a workers’ compensation claim, but this is not always the case. Because identifying the best course of action depends on understanding both the facts of your injury and the applicable laws, it is important to consult with an experienced Denver workers’ compensation lawyer or personal injury lawyer. Our attorneys can advise you of your rights and how to proceed with obtaining compensation after a construction accident.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places that present many risks for injury. Injuries may be caused by:
- Equipment failure, misuse of equipment, or equipment malfunction.
- Scaffolding accidents, including malfunctions in scaffolding or falls from scaffolding.
- Items falling from above, such as falling from a crane or from scaffolding.
- Falls on the same level, such as falling because of construction debris in walkways.
- Falling from a higher level to a lower level. This may occur when you are working at a height or when you fall into a foundation, basement or ground cavity.
- Crush injuries caused by equipment, machines, or falling items.
- Amputation injuries caused by misuse of tools or machinery.
In most construction accident cases, construction workers suffer injury because they spend the bulk of their work days on the site of construction zones and in environments where work is being performed. However, passersby and visitors to construction sites can also be injured by falling items, construction debris, or a malfunctioning construction tool or machine.
Obtaining Compensation after a Construction Accident
If you have suffered an injury on a construction site or as a result of a construction accident, it is important to contact an experienced Denver personal injury lawyer or workers’ compensation lawyer.
Workers injured in the course and scope of their employment must seek compensation through Colorado’s workers’ compensation system. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, so no negligence is required on the part of the employer. It covers medical costs, lost income, and temporary or permanent disability benefits to workers who have become either completely or partially disabled. Workers’ compensation also pays death benefits to the families of construction workers who are killed on the job.
Workers’ compensation, however, does not cover pain and suffering and certain other types of damages that are typical in personal injury cases. Therefore, it is important to ask a Denver personal injury lawyer if filing a personal injury claim is possible. Independent contractors, visitors to construction sites, and other non-employees can file a personal injury lawsuit to collect compensation for their injuries. In addition, construction workers may be able to file a lawsuit if a third party, such as a machine manufacturer, an architect, or a project manager, was negligent in a way that led to injury.
Obtaining Legal Representation from a Denver Injury Lawyer
At Levine Law, our personal injury lawyers are experienced at handling injuries arising from construction accidents. We can review your situation, help you to determine all of your legal options, and vigorously pursue compensation for you. To learn more about how our Denver personal injury lawyers can help you after a construction accident, give us a call today at (303) 333–8000. Our phones are answered 24/7.