Stroudsburg Construction Accident Attorney
Construction accidents are among the most common in the state of Pennsylvania and throughout the country at-large. According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) study that was reported on by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), in 2015 alone construction accidents were the leading cause of private sector workplace deaths, accounting for 21.4 percent of total fatalities.
Construction workers in Stroudsburg are regularly exposed to workplace hazards that could result in life-altering injuries, or even death. As such, it’s critical that those individuals working in the construction industry understand their rights in the injury context, and to what extent they are entitled to recover damages as compensation for their injuries. Consulting a Stroudsburg construction accident attorney at our law firm will help you make sense of your claim and will set your case in motion.
Common Injuries at Stroudsburg Construction Sites
Common on-site construction injuries include, but are not necessarily limited, to:
- Falling injuries
- Crushing injuries (i.e., getting stuck between two heavy objects)
- Impact injuries (i.e., from swinging objects)
- Chemical injuries
- And more
Risk factors include:
- Inadequate training
- Failure to provide proper safety equipment
- Dangerous condition of property
- Failure to adhere to OSHA and state workplace safety regulations
- Inadequate supervision of the worksite
- Negligent scheduling of workers
- Inadequate lighting
- And more
Workers’ Compensation in Pennsylvania
If you are injured in a workplace construction accident in Stroudsburg or elsewhere, you may be covered by workers’ compensation, and as such, whether or not the accident was caused by the negligence of your employer, you will be entitled to receive workers’ compensation benefits to account for wage loss, medical expenditures, and other losses. Workers’ compensation does require you to relinquish any and all claims you would have brought against your employer, however.
Third-Party Liability in Construction Accident Claims
Even if you collect workers’ compensation benefits, you may be entitled to sue and recover damages from liable third-parties.
For example, suppose that you suffer injuries due to a fall you sustained while straddling a ladder at a construction site. You are receiving workers’ compensation benefits for wage loss and medical expenses, but you also have a claim against the ladder manufacturer for selling a defective product — the ladder is defectively designed and has poor stability, which resulted in your injuries. You can sue and recover additional damages from the manufacturer, so long as you can prove that the product is defective.
Connect With a Stroudsburg Construction Accident Attorney Today
If you have suffered injuries in a construction accident, you may be entitled to recover damages to compensate you for your injuries, in accordance with Pennsylvania law, whether or not you suffered injuries while on-the-job. Litigating a construction accident claim can be rather complicated, however, and a favorable resolution to your claims is more likely with the aid and guidance of an experienced Stroudsburg construction accident attorney who has a track record of success in obtaining compensation for a range of clients.
The statute of limitations in Pennsylvania for workers’ compensation claims is three years, and is two years for personal injury claims (that would be brought against a liable third-party). As such, it’s important that you contact a qualified attorney as soon as possible so that your claims can be assessed and filed in a timely manner.
Call in today at 570-421-8119 to schedule a consultation with one of the experienced attorneys here at Drake, Hileman & Davis, PC. Initial consultation is free. During this consultation, we will assess your various construction accident claims and help you to develop an effective litigation strategy for recovering the compensation you deserve.