Construction Accident Attorney In Maryland
Were you hurt on a construction site in Maryland? At Trollinger Law LLC, we understand the physical, psychological, and financial toll a serious injury can take. Our attorneys are committed to helping clients pursue the money they need to care for themselves and prepare for the future. Call or contact us today for a free consultation with a Maryland construction accident lawyer.
Most Common Construction Accidents
Construction sites are full of hazards. In fact, construction is one of the most dangerous lines of work in the United States. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that around one in five workplace fatalities involved the construction industry in a recent year.
Closer to home, the most current data from the Maryland Department of Labor indicates significantly more fatalities occurred in the private construction industry than in any other industry. However, workers are not the only people at risk of sustaining a construction injury. A construction accident could harm anyone in the vicinity of a worksite if something goes wrong.
Common types of construction accidents include:
- Ladder accidents
- Scaffold collapses
- Crane accidents
- Falling objects
- Trip and fall accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Trench collapses
- Construction vehicle crashes
- Unguarded machinery
- Toxic exposure
- Defective power tools or equipment
If you suffered a construction injury on the job, your medical treatment and a portion of your lost wages could be covered by your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. Individuals who sustained injuries as bystanders could have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Regardless of the circumstances, a construction accident attorney with Trollinger Law LLC can review your case, determine your legal options, and help you demand the money you deserve.
Types of Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accidents account for many workplace fatalities but also severe injuries. Common types of construction injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury and paralysis
- Back injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Sprains, strains, and musculoskeletal injuries
- Crush injuries
- Eye damage
- Hearing loss
- Respiratory injuries from toxic exposure
Seek medical treatment immediately after a construction accident. So-called “mild injuries” can be much more severe than you think. Other symptoms may not emerge for hours or days. Getting timely treatment strengthens your claim for maximum compensation by creating a link between the accident and your injuries. Otherwise, the insurance company could argue that another incident caused your condition, not the construction accident.
Workers’ Comp in Construction Accidents
Nearly all employers in Maryland must carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ comp is a type of no-fault insurance, which means you can obtain benefits regardless of who is responsible for the accident. In most cases, you should be covered if you were harmed while performing your work duties.
Workers’ compensation pays for medical expenses, a portion of your lost wages, and certain other costs. If your injury affects your long-term ability to work, you could also obtain disability benefits. Workers’ compensation also provides death benefits to family members of employees who die due to an occupational injury or illness. It does not cover non-economic losses like pain and suffering.
It’s essential to report your injuries to your employer within 10 days, though our firm recommends immediately providing notification (in writing). Employees must file workers’ compensation claims with the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Commission within 60 days of the construction accident (or the date you discovered an occupational illness). Your employer’s insurance company will have 21 days to start providing benefits or dispute your claim.
Even though workers’ compensation sounds like guaranteed money, you still have to apply and get approved for benefits. Many valid claims get denied due to a lack of documentation or other errors. A workers’ compensation lawyer can prepare your application and represent you throughout the process to avoid hang-ups that prevent you from securing the money you are entitled to.
If the insurance company denies your claim, a construction site injury lawyer from Trollinger Law LLC can help you request a hearing with the Commission and provide aggressive representation during an appeal.
Third-Party Liability for Construction Site Injuries
The Maryland workers’ compensation system generally bars employees from suing their employers after an accident. But if a construction accident occurred to negligence by a third party, workers could pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim.
Examples of third parties include:
- A subcontractor
- Independent contractors
- Property owner
- Equipment manufacturer
- Negligent parties in an off-site accident that happened while performing work duties
Unlike workers’ compensation claims, you must establish fault to win a personal injury claim or lawsuit.
Our construction accident attorneys have the skills and resources to investigate the incident, compile evidence, build a strong case, and negotiate a settlement for you. We prepare every case as if it is going to trial. That way, we’ll be ready to take your case to court if we believe that’s the best way to secure the outcome you deserve.
It’s worth noting that pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit does not prevent you from also claiming workers’ compensation benefits. While you may have to reimburse your employer’s workers’ comp provider if we obtain a settlement or judgment in your personal injury case, you can rely on workers’ comp benefits for financial support while we prepare your third-party claim.
Contact Our Construction Accident Lawyers
You deserve maximum financial relief after a construction accident. Get help from Trollinger Law LLC. We’ll evaluate your case for free and advise you about the best way to tackle your claim. Contact us today to get started.