Tupelo Construction Accident Attorney Standing Up for Construction Workers Hurt on the Job Site in Tupelo, MS
It’s no secret that the construction industry is among the industries with the highest rates of serious job-related injuries and fatal accidents. If you are a construction worker hurt while on the job site, there are a few important aspects you should know about recovering compensation for your injuries.
What Should I Do if I Have Been Hurt in a Construction Accident?
Your priority is to seek medical help for any serious injuries right away. When possible, report the accident to your employer immediately or as soon as you are able to. If possible, take pictures and videos, and write down any important information about the scene of the accident or the unsafe condition that caused your injury.
This is not only important for when it is time to initiate your claim but also to prevent other workers from being injured. Please note that, in most cases, employees should report work injuries to their employer no more than 30 days after the date the injury occurred.
Who Pays My Medical Bills After a Construction Accident?
Most construction workers in Mississippi are covered by worker’s compensation insurance. If you are hurt in a construction accident, your medical bills and (if applicable) a portion of your weekly wages may be covered by worker’s comp benefits.
However, if you were working at a job site as a vendor or independent contractor, you may not be covered by worker’s compensation insurance. Unfortunately, workers that do not have an employee status are not covered and may resort to a personal injury civil lawsuit to recover compensation. If that is your case, always ask an attorney to see what options you may have.
When Can I Sue for a Construction Accident in Mississippi?
Because Mississippi is a no-fault state for worker’s compensation coverage, employees hurt at a construction site are covered regardless of who may have been at fault for the accident, with the exception of accidents in which alcohol or illicit drugs may have been the cause. This means that if an accident was caused by the negligent actions of the construction company (including a supervisor or co-worker), you will likely not be able to initiate a civil lawsuit against that employer.
However, when your accident was caused by a third party, such as a vendor, independent contractor, or even due to defective equipment or machinery, you may have a case to initiate a personal injury or product liability lawsuit against that third party. Workers injured by defective equipment or machines may have grounds for a product liability case. This type of personal injury lawsuit seeks to hold the manufacturer of a defective product responsible for the damages suffered by the victim during the normal operation of the product or device.
You may initiate a lawsuit against a third party without jeopardizing your ability to receive worker’s comp benefits. In addition, this could be an option to maximize the amount you may receive for your injuries.
When Should I See an Attorney?
Construction accidents can be traumatic events, and the path to receiving compensation for your injuries may not always be easy. An attorney can help you at every step of your case, whether you are filing for worker’s compensation or need help to hold a third party liable for your accident. At Rundlett Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys have been representing injured construction workers in Tupelo, MS, and vicinities, and we are ready to serve you by providing the legal guidance you need to get fair compensation for your injuries. Contact us at (662) 502-5195.