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Construction work is a vital but hazardous job. If you or a loved one was injured while on the job, you may be entitled to compensation. To learn how an Anderson construction accident lawyer can help you pursue that compensation, call Hammack Law Firm today at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333.

The Hazards of Construction Work

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that construction workers account for about one-fifth of all occupational fatalities in the United States. According to their data, the most common causes of construction site fatalities are:

  • Falls: A worker falling from a height or into an uncovered hole or pit.
  • Hits or strikes: A falling object hitting a worker.
  • Electrocution: A worker was electrocuted by uninsulated wires, malfunctioning equipment, etc.
  • Getting caught or crushed: A worker was trapped between or beneath heavy equipment, building materials, etc.

Other potential causes of injuries and fatalities include:

  • Motor vehicle accidents: A worker was involved in an accident with a vehicle on the construction site.
  • Exposure to toxic chemicals: If the construction site contained harmful substances or the tools/materials a worker used produced harmful substances.
  • Equipment misuse or malfunction: A coworker was using a tool improperly, or the tool failed to work as it should.

Construction work may be dangerous, but injuries and fatalities are not inevitable. You deserve a safe, regularly inspected workplace and access to all necessary safety equipment. No matter how your injury happened or how serious it is, an Anderson construction accident lawyer wants to protect your rights while pursuing the monetary compensation you need. Call Hammack Law Firm at (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333 for a free case evaluation. We can take your call at any time.

How to Get Compensation After a Construction Accident

As an employee, you have two options for pursuing compensation for your accident injuries.

First, if your injury occurred while you were performing your regular job duties, you may file for workers’ compensation. According to the South Carolina Code §42-1-310, almost all employers are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. This coverage will both reimburse you for your injuries and pay for necessary medical treatment. If your loved one passed away in a construction accident, you may qualify for special workers’ compensation benefits.

Second, in some cases, you may also be able to file a lawsuit. You will then be eligible for two distinct types of compensation: economic damages and non-economic damages.

Economic damages include any and all financial losses you sustained due to the accident, such as:

  • Loss of wages or benefits: You could not go back to work until your injuries healed.
  • Loss of employment: Your injuries make it impossible for you to ever return to your old job.
  • Medical expenses: You needed medication, surgery, physical therapy, or any other kind of treatment.
  • Funeral expenses: Your loved one passed away because of their injuries, and you had to pay for their burial, funeral, or any other end-of-life expense.

Noneconomic damages include any and all physical and mental injuries you sustained due to the accident, such as:

  • Disability: Your injuries have permanently impacted your physical and/or intellectual abilities.
  • Scarring or disfigurement: Your injuries have permanently impacted your physical appearance and/or abilities.
  • Pain and suffering: The accident and/or your accident injuries caused you physical and/or psychological distress.
  • Loss of companionship: You must build a new life without your loved one and the many emotional benefits of their presence.

You Deserve Help with Your Case

Filing for workers’ compensation and filing a lawsuit both have their challenges. If you need or would like help with your case, consider consulting a lawyer. Even if you choose not to hire an attorney, Hammack Law Firm offers free, no-obligation consultations. In just one phone call, you can find out about your eligibility for compensation and your legal options.

We will also work for a contingency fee, so you only have to pay us once you are awarded damages. You will pay us nothing if you do not get compensation. This means you can access legal representation without worrying about whether or not you can afford it.

If you decide to hire a lawyer, they will help you with every aspect of your case, including:

  • Conducting a new investigation: This involves gathering evidence from medical records, surveillance video, eyewitnesses, and more to prove that you deserve the compensation you are seeking.
  • Calculating damages: How do you assign a dollar amount to a non-economic damage like pain and suffering? Can you include travel expenses with your medical expenses? Your lawyer can help you figure it all out.
  • Filing paperwork: Both workers’ compensation claims and lawsuits involve submitting a lot of forms, all of which your lawyer can take care of for you.
  • Negotiating on your behalf: Trying to convince an insurance company to pay out is not always easy. Your lawyer will fight for every penny you need.
  • Going to court: A pretrial settlement is the faster way of getting your money. However, if necessary, your lawyer will take the liable party to court and argue your case before a judge and jury.
  • Providing guidance: Confused about how the legal process works? Not sure if you should file for workers’ compensation or sue? Your lawyer will be happy to go over all of your options and help you make the right decision for you.

At Hammack Law Firm, our goal is to make South Carolina a safer place, including Anderson. We strive to get compensation for every single one of our clients and hold all negligent parties responsible. Consider looking at our Google reviews and testimonials about how we treat our clients like family and give them a lot of time and attention.

An Anderson construction accident lawyer will do everything they can to secure fair and prompt payment for you. Our phone number is (864) 326-3333(864) 326-3333. One quick, free discussion with us can tell you if you may qualify for damages and how a lawyer from our firm can help you fight for them. Call today.

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