Despite regulations and safety programs at construction sites in Pennsylvania, workplace accidents frequently occur. Company owners are responsible for the safety of each worker and avoiding a work injury by following regulations as prescribed by the U.S. Department of Labor Occupational Safety & Health Administration. Safe tools, equipment and surroundings, and a workplace free of hazards could prevent most on-the-job injuries.
Most Pennsylvania workers are covered by the workers' compensation insurance fund and eligible to claim benefits in the event of an accident. However, many are not fully aware of the specific benefits they deserve. The claiming process for workers' compensation comprises a series of judicial and administrative hearings, and some injured workers choose to retain the services of a workers' compensation attorney to protect their rights.
If you have suffered injuries on a construction site, you will be restricted to claiming workers' compensation benefits. You will be precluded from filing personal injury claims against a party believed to have been responsible for the accident and resulting injuries. However, an experienced attorney will have the resources to investigate the accident to determine whether you may be eligible to pursue damage recovery from a third party that may have contributed to the accident. He or she will explain how personal injury and workers' compensation claims can overlap, and suggest the best way to proceed with your case.
It is not uncommon for a workplace injury to occur as the result of, for example, a manufacturer's defect on equipment. Workers' compensation benefits commonly cover medical expenses, temporary or permanent disability and rehabilitation, along with a limited amount of compensation for lost wages. However, if a third party was responsible, a civil claim for personal injury may result in a monetary judgment that may cover additional damages such as pain and suffering and more as allowed by Pennsylvania state laws. Our workers' compensation law website may provide additional information on how you may benefit from our expertise after a work injury.
Source: injury.findlaw.com, "How to: Construction Injury Claims", Nov. 7, 2014