Working on or visiting a Pittsburgh construction site puts you at an increased risk of suffering an injury. Construction sites do have inherent dangers, and sometimes accidents do happen. However, many “accidents” occur because of someone else’s negligence. If a site owner, other contractor, or a vendor caused your construction accident, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit and hold that party accountable for your damages.
At Berger and Green, we offer free case reviews and no-obligation consultations to construction accident victims. A construction accident lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA can investigate your accident and help you understand your options for making ends meet and recovering money for your expenses and losses. Call us today at 412-661-1400 to discuss your case with a member of our team.
Damages Available Following a Pittsburgh Construction Accident
The damages you can recover from a Pittsburgh construction accident depend heavily on the facts of your case. If you were working when the accident occurred, you should at least qualify to draw workers’ compensation insurance. These benefits provided by your employer cover:
- Your medical care related to your injuries
- About two-thirds of your lost wages
- Temporary total disability or permanent partial disability
- Funeral and burial expenses to your family, if applicable
In some cases, we may also be able to identify a liable third party who is not your employer. If this is possible in your case and we win a settlement or verdict on your behalf, you can expect your damages to include:
- Medical care costs not covered by workers’ compensation
- Ongoing care costs
- Lost wages not covered by workers’ compensation
- Diminished earning capacity
- Damage to personal property
- Pain and suffering damages
There may also be additional types of damages available. If your loved one died in a Pittsburgh construction site accident, we may also be able to file a wrongful death action against the party who caused their injuries. We will review your case for free and explain how we can help your family.
Understanding Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Laws
The Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act is sometimes your only option to get money after a construction site accident. This law limits your ability to file a suit against your employer and instead gives you the option to file a claim and collect money to cover your medical treatment and lost wages. In theory, you should be able to gain access to this compensation by:
- Notifying your employer of your injury; and
- Seeing an approved doctor for treatment; and
- Filing a claim
If your employer denies you suffered an injury at work, or if the workers’ compensation insurance company denies your claim for some reason, our workers’ compensation lawyers can help you fight for the benefits you rightfully deserve. We can often get these benefits without filing a lawsuit, but litigation is possible.
In some cases, there also may be a party who contributed to or caused your injuries who is not your employer. For example, imagine the driver of a truck making a delivery to the construction site acted carelessly and struck you. You might have a case against the driver and their employer. By filing an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit against them, you might be eligible for additional damages above and beyond those available from workers’ compensation.
Pursuing an Injury Claim After a Pittsburgh Construction Site Accident
If we can identify a negligent third party that caused your construction accident, we may be able to help you file an insurance claim or personal injury lawsuit to try to collect money to cover your losses and expenses. We will investigate your accident and get to the bottom of what happened and who caused it. Then, we will approach the at-fault party or its insurance company and demand a fair payout. This may result in:
- A settlement agreement; or
- Aggressive settlement negotiations; or
- A refusal to offer a fair settlement
When we cannot negotiate a fair settlement in a construction accident case, we will not hesitate to take your case to court. We will present our argument for compensation to the judge and jury, fighting for a verdict that offers you a full payout.
If your construction accident injuries cause you to suffer a permanent or long-term impairment that prevents you from working and making ends meet, you may also be eligible for Social Security disability programs. We can offer advice about how to apply for these benefits, or help you appeal a denial if the Social Security Administration does not approve your initial claim.
Talk to a Construction Accident Lawyer in Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh injury attorneys from Berger and Green can explain your rights after suffering injuries on a construction site. We will explain your options for getting a fair payout and manage the entire process on your behalf, so you can focus on healing from your injuries. We can help you fight a workers’ compensation denial, file a personal injury lawsuit, and/or pursue Social Security Disability benefits on your behalf. Let us help you get the compensation that is rightfully yours.
Call our Pittsburgh office today at 412-661-1400 for your complimentary consultation with a member of our construction accident team.