Maine construction accident attorneys in Briggs & Wholey provide aggressive representation for workers injured in construction accidents. They have seen and understand the enormous hardships that these serious and devastating accidents cause. While some financial relief is usually available through the workers’ compensation system, those funds often fall short of covering the costs incurred as a result of severe and often life-long injuries. At Briggs & Wholey, we fully investigate all medical records and accident reports to help you determine whether any legal relief exists beyond workers’ compensation, and work to maximize the recovery you need and deserve.Construction Site Work is Dangerous
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), almost 20% of the 3,945 private industry worker deaths in 2012 were related to construction. The four leading causes of death among construction workers were:
- “Struck by object” accidents
- “Caught in/between” accidents
The agency estimates that eliminating these types of accidents would save the lives of 435 workers in the U.S. each year. In addition to the fatalities that can result from these incidents, numerous severe construction-related injuries can result from the most commonly violated OSHA standards, which include those related to use of:
- Respiratory protection
- Communication regarding chemicals and other hazards
Though OSHA reports that worker injuries, illnesses, and deaths are down overall when comparing statistics from recent years to those from the time of the agency’s beginnings in the early 1970s, the risk of harm to constructions workers on the job remains very real. Indeed, preliminary results of the OSHA Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries in 2012 indicate that among goods-producing sectors, the number of private construction sector injuries leading to death increased by 5%, accounting for the greatest number of fatal work accidents of any industry.What Relief is Available Beyond Workers’ Compensation?
The Maine Workers’ Compensation Act was designed in part to provide swifter financial relief to injured employees than may be available to them in personal injury lawsuits. The Act also generally provides immunity to employers and co-workers from individual liability. While workers’ compensation relief may be obtained at a relatively faster rate than in a lawsuit, the worker or deceased worker’s family may find that the compensation amount falls woefully short. Additional relief may be available through personal injury legal action against a third party, like a careless sub-contractor or manufacturer of defective construction equipment, if they caused or contributed to the accident. Further, if your loved one was killed in a construction accident and you believe a third party to be responsible, it may be possible for you to bring a wrongful death lawsuit to recover amounts including lost income, loss of relationship, and the deceased victim’s medical and funeral expenses.Experienced Advocates for Accident Victims
For nearly 30 years of combined experience, the Maine personal injury lawyers at Briggs & Wholey understand the pressures you and your family face as medical bills pile up and insurance agents give you the run-around. You may be able to seek relief from a responsible third party, but the time to file a claim is limited. If you or a family member has been the victim of harm at a construction site, contact our office as soon as possible for a free, confidential consultation at (888) 596-1099 or online.