Construction sites have strict rules to enforce personal safety and secure work environments. Those rules align with our philosophy at HawkLaw, which follows the golden rule to look out for others as if they were your own.
Our construction accident law firm is built upon passion, experience, and dedication. We provide a shoulder to lean on and a guiding hand as you recover from your accident and seek rightful compensation for your injuries. We are with you every step of the way in your fight. As a digital-first law firm, you can get your case initiated immediately so we can start fighting for you. Call 888-HAWKLAW today or use our live chat, and we’ll get to work right away!
Construction work is a dangerous business. Construction accidents occur in the course of building, repairs, cleaning, demolition, or other activities at a specific worksite. They may cause personal injury, property damage, or both.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 1 in 5 work-related fatalities occur in the construction industry. Thousands of construction workers are killed every year, and many more suffer severe injuries, like brain injury, broken bones, and punctured organs.
Many types of construction accidents can be fatal or cause serious injuries, such as:
If you are injured in a construction accident, you must act quickly. The following steps can help you prepare for a legal claim while making sure your injuries receive medical attention.
You should see a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. Even if you feel like you only need first aid, you might not become aware of the full extent of your injuries until later.
You must promptly notify your employer in order to file a workers’ compensation claim. This also creates a paper trail showing that your employer knows about the conditions or risks that led to the accident.
You can start building your legal claim as soon as you feel up to it. If possible, take pictures of your injuries and the job site before you receive medical treatment. Write down as much as you can remember about when, where, and how the accident occurred, along with the names of anyone who might have witnessed it. The more information you can provide, the better.
Keep all documents you receive related to the accident and your injuries, including medical bills, medical records, medications, and correspondence with your employer. If you are unable to work because of your injuries, pay stubs from before the accident can help establish lost wages.
An injury attorney can provide you with confidential legal advice and help you understand your legal options, which may include a workers’ comp claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
An on-the-job construction injury entitles you to worker’s compensation benefits. Regardless of fault for the accident, workers’ comp benefits are paid if the insurance company approves your claim.
Yet, what do the benefits cover? Generally, workman’s comp benefits should cover:
The amount of compensation you receive depends on how long you’re unable to work, and the type of injury you incur. Unfortunately, many insurers fight to resist paying out rightful compensation.
The South Carolina construction accident attorneys at HawkLaw represent injured construction workers. We have offices in Columbia, Charleston, Spartanburg, and Greenville, but we offer legal services to the entire state of South Carolina, even if you live in cities like Anderson or Myrtle Beach. We are very familiar with the construction industry and can help you recover all of the damages owed to you. Call 888-HAWKLAW or complete our online contact form today to schedule a free consultation* to evaluate your construction accident case.
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Once we have what we need to build a case for your claim, we will contact the insurance company or at-fault party and attempt to negotiate a fair and just compensation for your injuries. Our goal is to do right by you and agree on a fair and just settlement for your damages, pain, and suffering. If an acceptable settlement can’t be reached, your lawyer* will advise you about the option of going to court.
South Carolina only affords you a short window of opportunity to file a lawsuit against the at-fault party, so it is important to consult with a lawyer right away. However, if some time has passed since your injury, the law does provide some limited exceptions so you might not be out of luck. Contact HawkLaw today to find out if you still have a viable claim.
The most common and, sometimes, deadly construction accidents are slip-and-falls either from scaffolding, cranes, or other high perched locations. Being struck by a blunt object or electrocuted by a live wire are also common causes of construction accidents that form the basis of construction accident lawsuits.
If you can prove that a coworker or a subcontractor’s negligence contributed to your injury, in addition to your employer’s negligence, you can contact a construction accident legal firm to press a claim in addition to the worker’s compensation benefits you already receive.