Despite regulators’ efforts to keep construction sites as safe as possible, these areas can still be very dangerous places, particularly when even one person isn’t being as careful or responsible as he should. In fact, as the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration report:
- 1 in 10 construction site workers will be injured this year.
- Each year, about 150,000 construction workers are injured in on-the-job accidents.
- While falls are still the number one cause of construction site accidents and injuries, working with heavy machinery on a regular basis is another significant danger associated with these sites.
Although all of this may seem like bad news for construction workers, the good news is that there are usually options for obtaining compensation after a construction site accident.
In this blog series, we will answer some commonly asked questions about construction site accident compensation. If you are ready for more specific answers regarding your situation, contact an experienced Denver construction site accident attorney at the Cederberg Law Firm. Our legal professionals are here to help you obtain the full amount of the compensation you deserve.
Q – I was hurt in a construction site accident. Am I entitled to compensation?
A – It depends on the situation. In general, however, people who work on construction sites and are injured while they are working will usually be entitled to compensation regardless of whether they themselves may have contributed to the accident. This is because:
- Workers’ compensation laws protect construction workers and provide them with financial support if they are injured while working.
- Colorado has a no-fault workers’ compensation system.
It’s important to point out, however, that there may be other options for obtaining compensation, depending on the specifics of the construction site accident; therefore, it’s always best to consult with an experienced attorney like the Denver construction site accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm to find out your various options for obtaining compensation after these accidents and injuries.
Q – What if I was not a construction site worker and was injured on the site? What are my options for compensation?
A – Again, your eligibility for compensation will depend on the specifics of the accident. However, generally, you will be entitled to compensation for your construction site accident injuries and losses if:
- You were not trespassing on the site (i.e., you had a right to be on the construction site).
- You were using the site as intended (in other words, you were not intentionally behaving in a reckless or negligent manner and, in so doing, caused the accident that led to your injuries).
If these two circumstances apply to your accident and some type of negligence contributed to the accident, then you may be able to obtain compensation from the construction company, the engineer or foreman responsible for the safety of the site and/or some other responsible party.
We will continue to respond to questions about construction site accident injuries and compensation in a few upcoming parts of this blog series – check them out for more answers!
Contact a Denver Construction Site Accident Lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm
Have you or a loved one been injured in a construction site accident? If so, it’s time to contact a Denver construction site accident lawyer at the Cederberg Law Firm. To meet with us at no cost or obligation to you, call us at 303-499-0449 or email us using the form at the side of the screen.
In addition to offering free initial consults and contingency fee options, our lawyers make hospital visits to ensure that you have access to the legal support you need – whenever you need it.