Heavy equipment, power tools, heights, electricity, extreme temperatures, and trenches represent just a handful of construction site hazards. In 2018, the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration reported that construction workers accounted for 21.1% of total on-the-job deaths nationwide. Many more workers suffer injuries every year. Construction sites also harm bystanders when work locations are not properly protected. Crush injuries, blunt force trauma, spinal cord injuries, and exposures to hazardous substances frequently impose temporary or permanent disabilities.
Worker’s Compensation and Third-Party Liability
Employers are generally protected from employee lawsuits under Indiana’s Worker’s Compensation System. However, when a worker is injured by the negligence of a third party, like a landowner, architect, subcontractor, supplier, or equipment manufacturer, that third party can be held accountable through a traditional personal injury lawsuit. An Indiana personal injury attorney can evaluate your case to help determine if there are additional sources of recovery outside of the Worker’s Compensation System.
Webster & Garino is here for you if you have been injured in a construction accident. We are happy to review your case with you for free to help determine if additional third-party liability exists that may form a basis for additional recovery.