Construction Injury Attorneys
Serving Kansas City, Independence, Blue Springs & Lee’s Summit
Construction jobs can be physical and demanding. In fact, the Bureau of Labor Statistics once included four different types of construction careers among its list of the country’s “10 Most Dangerous Jobs.” Unfortunately, an injury can effectively end your ability to work in this industry.
If you have suffered such an injury in Missouri or Kansas, you have legal rights and can receive benefits. At the Horn Law Firm, P.C., our attorneys have extensive experience with construction accidents and can help you to seek this compensation.
We can provide a free consultation and give answers to questions that include:
Does My Construction Accident Give Rise to a Legal Claim?
Any construction accident on-the-job can result in a workers’ compensation claim and may result in a personal injury lawsuit.
Some of the most common reasons for construction workers to become injured include:
- Scaffolding collapses
- Crane accidents
- Slip and falls
- Falling debris
- Forklift malfunction
- Electrical accidents
- Vehicular accidents
Other construction accidents include welding injuries, falls from ladders, exposure to toxins or dangerous substances and equipment malfunctions.
Many of these accidents occur because of faulty safety procedures and practices. For instance, a single Occupational Safety and Health Administration office in Kansas City, Missouri, issued more than 314 citations to employers in 2012 for failure to comply with worker safety rules.
Because workers’ compensation laws provide broad protection, you should receive workers’ compensation coverage for any injury on the job, including those caused by overexertion or repetitive stress, as long as your injury is directly related to work duties.
To file an injury lawsuit, however, a non-employer must have been responsible for causing your accident and resulting injuries. Employers cannot be sued for work injuries, but others such as manufacturers of defective construction equipment or non-employer managers can be held liable through a civil lawsuit.
What Kinds of Evidence Do I Need to Obtain Compensation?
When you make a workers’ compensation claim, there is no requirement that you prove negligence on the part of an employer. The evidence required for your claim is limited to demonstrating that your injury occurred while working or as a result of work tasks.
Witness statements from co-workers and/or testimony from experts linking your repetitive stress injury to your job are usually sufficient to make a successful claim. It is also important that the extent of your injuries is fully documented so you can receive temporary or permanent benefits for full or partial disability.
If you file a lawsuit, you generally must prove that the third party breached a required safety obligation, and that this breach was the direct cause of your harm. You will also need to clearly demonstrate the extent of your losses so you can be fully compensated.
Often, conducting an independent investigation is necessary to ensure you can prove the cause of the accident. Expert testimony regarding the construction accident cause and/or extent of your injuries may also be necessary.
What Kinds of Compensation Can I Receive After a Construction Accident?
Workers’ compensation benefits include survivors’ benefits, lost wages, disability benefits and 100 percent coverage for medical treatment costs.
Compensation in a personal injury claim includes payment of medical bills and lost wages as well as compensation for pain and suffering or wrongful death. An attorney in Missouri or Kansas who focuses on construction accident cases can help to demonstrate the extent of the harm experienced so you can receive full compensation.
At The Horn Law Firm, P.C., we have a dedicated network of experts who assist in construction accident cases in Kansas and Missouri, and we have a top-notch legal team who can lead an independent investigation of your construction accident.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation and learn how we can help you.
For More Information
- Incidence Rates of Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by Industry and Case Types, 2011, Kansas, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Kansas Workplace Fatalities, 2011, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Incidence Rates of Nonfatal Occupational Injuries and Illnesses by Industry and Case Types, 2011, Missouri, Bureau of Labor Statistics
- Injury and Illness Prevention Programs, Occupational Safety and Health Administration
- Inspections, Missouri, 2012, Occupational Safety and Health Administration