Construction sites in and around St. Louis and the Metro East can be dangerous places. One of the primary reasons these sites are so dangerous is because of the large and heavy equipment (such as diggers, cranes, cement mixers, and trucks) used on these premises. Construction workers can also fall from tall places, like high scaffolding and ladders, while working at their jobs, leading to serious and sometimes debilitating injuries.

Many construction workers must take time off work to recover from their injuries, resulting in lost wages and other damages. Some workers are injured so severely in their construction accidents that they have to change occupations altogether.

Fortunately, construction employees who are injured while they are working at their jobs—and while they are working within the scope of their employment—might be eligible to pursue and recover various types of workers’ compensation benefits in Missouri or Illinois, depending upon where their accident happens. The skilled team of St. Louis and Metro East construction accident lawyers at Dixon Injury Firm can help you file a claim for benefits arising from your construction accident.

We can also help you determine if you may assert a third-party claim against a responsible person or entity, such as a machinery or equipment manufacturer. Our legal team will do everything that we can to ensure that you obtain the full and fair compensation that you deserve for all of your injuries.

Please reach out to us at the Dixon Injury Firm today to discover more about how we can assist you with your construction accident workers’ compensation or third-party injury claim.

What Makes Construction Sites so Dangerous?

Construction sites are dangerous because employees have to work on equipment that is often large, heavy, and inherently dangerous. Pieces of large and heavy construction equipment can fall on a worker or crush them. The equipment can also malfunction in some way, leading to severe injuries.

Similarly, on construction sites, workers often have to work atop high beams or on high ladders and scaffolding. If the equipment is not properly secured—or if the equipment breaks or malfunctions in some other way—then the worker can fall to the ground and suffer debilitating injuries as a result.

If you have suffered one or more injuries in a construction site accident, the skilled team of St. Louis and Metro East construction accident lawyers at Dixon Injury Firm can investigate the circumstances of your accident and determine your eligibility for filing a workers’ compensation claim in your jurisdiction.

Common Types of Construction Site Accidents and Injuries

Due to the dangerous nature of construction work and equipment, many types of on-site accidents can lead to severe injuries and damages.

Accidents that often occur on construction sites include:

  • Crush incidents
  • Falls from heights (especially from tall ladders and scaffolding)
  • Motor vehicle accidents
  • Malfunctioning machinery
  • On-site explosions
  • Chemical burns

Construction workers who are involved in an on-site accident can suffer serious injuries that may leave them in need of medical treatment, physical therapy, or a medical procedure—such as surgery.

Common injuries suffered by individuals who work on construction sites include:

If you have suffered one or more of these injuries while you are working at your construction job, you need an experienced St. Louis and Metro East construction accident lawyer at Dixon Injury Firm by your side. Our legal team can help you pursue the compensation that you deserve by way of a workers’ compensation claim or a third-party claim against a responsible person or entity.

Filing a Workers’ Compensation Claim Following a Construction Accident

For an injured worker to be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim for an on-site injury, the worker must satisfy several legal elements. First of all, the worker must have suffered the injury while they were on the job—and while working within the scope of employment.

Working within the scope of one’s employment typically means performing a job duty or function that is closely associated with the job. For example, if a construction worker is injured while operating a piece of machinery or is injured in a motor vehicle collision while on a job site, then the worker might be eligible to pursue a workers’ compensation claim for benefits.

Also, for an injured construction worker to be eligible to make a workers’ compensation claim, the worker must have been an employee and not an independent contractor. Employees typically have set days and hours during which they have to work, whereas independent contractors are more likely to set their own work times and hours.

If you sustained an injury while working at your construction job, the knowledgeable and skilled St. Louis and Metro East construction accident attorneys at Dixon Injury Firm can determine if you are eligible to bring a workers’ compensation claim for your injuries. If so, we can assist you through the claims and process and work to get you all of the necessary benefits that you deserve.

Workers’ Compensation Benefits

Construction workers injured at their job may be eligible to pursue a variety of workers’ compensation benefits through the system. The process of obtaining these benefits begins with the filing of a claim.

Workers who are injured on the job often have to take time off work to attend medical and physical therapy appointments and recover from their injuries. The workers’ compensation system pays these expenses if the worker suffered injuries in the construction accident.

In addition to recovering medical expenses, injured construction workers might be eligible to recover a portion of their lost wages for the time that they had to miss from their work. This is important for workers to stay on top of their everyday expenses and bills while they cannot work.

Likewise, under certain circumstances, construction workers can suffer extremely serious injuries that result in a permanent limitation or disability. To recover monetary benefits for a permanent injury or disability, a healthcare provider must state on the record, and to a reasonable degree of medical certainty, that you suffered a permanent injury as a direct result of your construction accident. A doctor might also be available, depending upon the circumstances of your accident and your injury.

Finally, injured construction workers might be eligible for vocational rehabilitation. Vocational rehabilitation benefits include career counseling that should enable injured workers to switch jobs or careers in the event they can no longer work in the same industry due to injuries suffered in the construction accident.

A knowledgeable St. Louis and Metro East construction accident attorney at Dixon Injury Firm can explore your eligibility for comp benefits and can work to help you recover the monetary benefits that you need for your on-the-job injury or injuries.

Pursuing a Third-party Claim After a Construction Accident

Workers who suffer one or more injuries in a construction accident are not typically eligible to file a claim or lawsuit against their employer. On-the-job injuries are usually addressed through the workers’ compensation system. However, there may be some instances where an injured construction worker might be in a position to file a claim against one or more third parties who are responsible for the accident.

In a third-party claim, the accident victim has the legal burden of proof. In other words, they must demonstrate that the third party acted unreasonably under the circumstances and that, as a result, the accident and injuries occurred. The accident victim must also be in a position to demonstrate that they suffered damages.

In the context of a construction accident, an injured worker might assert a claim against one or more parties who caused the accident. For example, in a motor vehicle collision that occurred on a job site, the accident victim might file a claim against the at-fault driver who caused the accident.

Likewise, if the construction site accident occurred because of defective equipment, such as a defective ladder, machine, or piece of scaffolding, the injured construction worker might bring a legal claim against the manufacturer or distributor of that product.

Finally, some construction site accidents occur because project managers, supervisors, contractors, and others fail to supervise the job site properly or maintain the construction site equipment reasonably and safely. In those instances, the injured construction worker might bring a claim against the negligent party, seeking monetary compensation in the form of damages.

In Missouri third-party personal injury cases, accident victims have five years from the date of their accident to bring a third-party claim or lawsuit for damages. In the state of Illinois, that statutory period is only two years from the date of the accident. If the accident victim fails to bring a claim within that deadline, they can’t ever do so in the future. Therefore, if you sustain an injury in a construction accident, you must retain knowledgeable legal counsel to represent you in your case as soon as you possibly can.

The knowledgeable St. Louis and Metro East construction accident attorneys at Dixon Injury Firm can determine if you are eligible to file a third-party claim against one or more negligent individuals or entities. If so, we can file the claim on your behalf—and well within the applicable statute of limitations deadline.

Potential Third-Party Damages in Construction Accident Cases

If you are eligible to file a third-party claim arising from injuries suffered in a construction accident, then you might recover various types of damages. The purpose of monetary damages in a personal injury case is to make you whole to the greatest extent possible. To be eligible for damages, you must first satisfy all of the legal elements of your claim.

Potential damages in personal injury cases resulting from a construction accident include:

  • Payment of all expenses for related medical treatment, including doctor, hospital, and physical therapy visits
  • Compensation for loss of earnings
  • Pain and suffering compensation
  • Compensation for emotional anguish and other types of diagnosable mental distress
  • Compensation for loss of the use of an injured body part
  • Compensation for lost quality or enjoyment of life
  • Compensation for loss of family support and spousal companionship

If you have suffered one or more injuries in a construction accident, the experienced team of St. Louis and Metro East construction accident lawyers at Dixon Injury Firm are ready to help. We can file your third-party claim or lawsuit promptly and work to bring about an efficient and favorable resolution of your case.

You must need a lawyer to review your construction accident, even if you are already receiving workers’ compensation benefits. The losses from serious injuries can far exceed the available workers’ comp benefits, and you should not be responsible for any injury-related losses. Third-party claims can often help to ensure that an injured construction worker gets coverage for all of their losses, including intangible losses.

The skilled legal team at Dixon Injury Firm is ready to help you pursue the workers’ compensation benefits or third-party compensation that you deserve for the injuries that you suffered in your construction site accident. When you entrust us with your construction accident case, you can rest assured that we will give it the thorough and result-oriented attention that it deserves. Our legal team is fully prepared to zealously advocate for your interests at a workers’ compensation hearing, in a courtroom, or at the negotiating table.

Our attorneys serve clients throughout the entire St. Louis metro area, including taking cases in Illinois. For a free legal consultation and case evaluation with a knowledgeable St. Louis construction accident attorney, please call us today at (314) 208-2808 or contact us online for more information about how we can help.

The Dixon Injury Firm
9666 Olive Blvd #202,
St. Louis, MO 63132
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