North Carolina Workplace Accident Injuries: You May Be Entitled To Additional Compensation
When someone’s carelessness on the job causes an injury, workers’ compensation acts as no-fault insurance. The injured party is covered, even if he or she is responsible.
Workers’ compensation covers most workplace accidents, unless circumstances dictate that the injury is not work-related. Additionally, under certain circumstances, the injured worker may be able to file a negligence lawsuit, which would provide greater compensation than that available through workers’ comp.
For example, if an injured worker has a relationship with a third party who is not his or her employer or co-worker, that injured worker can sue. Third-party lawsuits are common when defective equipment or negligent behavior by a subcontractor causes an injury.
Compensation For Construction Site Accidents In North Carolina
Construction sites are potentially dangerous environments where workers are vulnerable to numerous injury scenarios, including:
- Crane or scaffold collapses
- Debris falls
- Electric shock and electrocution
- Falls from heights
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Power tool mishaps
- Vehicle accidents
Although workers’ comp is the usual remedy, negligence often opens the door for a third-party lawsuit. Usually, workers’ comp bars a lawsuit against the worker’s employer. However, employer liability can arise from grossly negligent management decisions, reckless behavior, hiring of uncertified equipment operators and OSHA violations.
Help From A Skilled Law Firm
At McPherson & Mills, in High Point, our personal injury attorneys can thoroughly investigate your construction accident to identify facts that may permit a negligence lawsuit in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
Learn more today. Contact our office to schedule an appointment to talk about your injury and whether you have a claim against a third-party. Call 336-887-8111 or send our office an email. We offer over-the-phone consultations.
Serving High Point and surrounding North Carolina communities.