Instruction is a relatively dangerous profession. Data on accident rates across various industries supports this assertion.
If you work in construction in Pennsylvania, and you are injured in a work-related accident, you have the right to seek compensation for your medical bills and other such losses by filing a claim to collect workers’ compensation benefits. Strongly consider enlisting the help of an attorney when doing so.
An insurance company is not necessarily motivated to thoroughly compensate you when you have been injured. At Dan Doyle Law Group, a Chester County, PA construction accident attorney is prepared to represent you, negotiating with the insurance company for a fair settlement on your behalf.
Types of Compensation Available After a Chester County Construction Accident
Although the workers’ compensation system in Pennsylvania simplifies the process of recovering compensation by not requiring victims to prove that their accidents resulted from negligence, it is important to understand that the types of losses and damages for which a victim may be compensated after a construction accident do not entirely overlap with those one may be compensated for when filing another type of personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Specifically, victims of construction accidents in Chester County can typically recover compensation for such losses as:
- Medical bills, potentially including the cost of rehabilitation and other such services.
- Lost wages if a victim’s injuries prevent them from working until they make a full recovery. Usually, the amount of compensation a victim will receive for their lost wages will represent two thirds of their average weekly earnings.
- In some instances, disability benefits.
Workers’ compensation does not apply to such noneconomic losses as pain and suffering. However, this is not to say that securing compensation for such losses after a Chester County construction accident is impossible. Discuss your case with a Chester County construction accident attorney to learn more about how you may be able to pursue additional compensation by filing a third-party claim.
Third-party Claims After Chester County Construction Accidents
The fact that a construction accident victim does not need to show their accident resulted from negligence doesn’t mean there is no value in investigating the accident to demonstrate that it occurred because someone was careless.
It’s possible workers’ compensation benefits will not sufficiently compensate a victim for all of their losses after an accident. Luckily, if it can be shown that an accident resulted from negligence, a victim may be able to pursue additional compensation by filing a separate claim or lawsuit against the negligent party.
For example, construction workers often use and rely upon a wide range of tools and pieces of equipment in their work. This equipment must be manufactured and designed with safety in mind. A victim who was injured as a result of using a piece of defective equipment could seek additional compensation beyond what workers’ compensation benefits will provide by filing a claim against a product designer or manufacturer if evidence indicates they overlooked a defect that caused their injuries.
This is another reason to work with a Chester County construction accident attorney in these circumstances. If it appears you may be able to collect more compensation by filing a third-party claim or lawsuit, we will explore the matter thoroughly.
Contact a Chester County Construction Accident Attorney Today
At Dan Doyle Law Group, you will find a Chester County construction accident attorney with decades of experience providing clients like yourself with effective representation. Learn more about how we can help by contacting us online or calling us today at 215-987-3730 to schedule your free consultation.