Were you injured in a Clinton construction accident? Is your employer disputing your right to workers’ compensation benefits? Do you have questions about how to move forward after a serious accident?
Many people do not understand the disruption that a construction accident injury can cause. A severe injury takes a toll on the physical, financial and emotional well-being of the worker and his or her entire family. If you have been injured on a Clinton job site, our Clinton, S.C. construction site attorneys at Joye Law Firm are here to help.
You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries if you have been the victim of a construction site accident. You may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer including paid medical care and weekly checks to replace lost income. In certain situations, injured construction workers may be eligible to bring a civil lawsuit and demand compensation from the business and/or individual that caused the injury.
No matter the situation, you should have a clear understanding of the next steps you should take so you can make well-informed decisions. Contact a compassionate attorney at the Joye Law Firm’s office in Clinton and schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options today.
Common Construction Accidents
The situations in which construction accidents occur is nearly limitless, given the presence of heavy equipment, workers on foot, multiple subcontractors working side by side, changing traffic patterns and other dangerous job site conditions. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration lists four types of accidents as the “fatal four,” because more than half of deadly construction site accidents result from them. They include:
- Falling objects
- Caught in or between something
Many other common construction accidents include:
- Vehicle collisions
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Structural collapse
- Trench collapse
- Nail gun accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Crane accidents
- Dropped loads
- Fires and explosions
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries from any type of construction accident, let our Clinton construction accident attorneys at Joye Law Firm assist with your claim.
Common Injuries on Construction Sites
The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration is charged with enforcing work safety rules and inspecting work sites, but accidents still happen. Many worker injuries on construction sites happen when work safety regulations and precautionary measures are ignored or businesses try to cut corners. These injuries include:
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limbs
- Back injuries
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Repetitive motion stress injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Knee and ankle Injuries
- Illnesses from toxic exposure
- Respiratory conditions
- Hearing or eye injuries
Compensation After a Clinton Construction Accident
If you were injured in a construction site accident in South Carolina, you should immediately report the accident and consider filing a workers’ compensation claim to cover your medical treatment and other care.
South Carolina law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance to provide benefits to employees injured on the job. The benefits include payment of medical expenses, temporary lost wages, and long-term disability benefits, if applicable.
After your injury, you should report your accident and injuries to your company supervisor or Human Resources department. If your company has an existing accident reporting procedure, it is best to follow their instructions. The key is to make the notification as soon as possible after the accident and then follow up with a written notification. You must notify your employer within 90 days of your accident.
You or your employer will need to file a Form 50 with the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Commission. This form will detail your accident and resulting injuries so that you can be compensated for your medical treatment and time off work. You can file this claim on your own, but if you have any questions, our Clinton, S.C. construction accident attorneys are here to help.
If you are a family member filing a workers’ compensation claim for a fatal accident on behalf of a loved one, you may have questions about the claims process. Claims for workers’ compensation death benefits on behalf of deceased workers may be filed up to two years following the accident. This can be a sensitive situation. At Joye Law Firm, our compassionate attorneys are here to support you in every way. If we can be of assistance to you, please call us and we can help you with all of the paperwork and legal issues involved in making a claim.
If your claim is denied, we recommend that you call Joye Law Firm to have an attorney determine whether an appeal is in order. We can file an appeal on your behalf with the Workers Compensation Commission. This process can take a few months, but your case will be heard by a commissioner who will determine whether your employer (and/or their insurance company) must pay your claim. If your employer or the employer’s benefits administrator has denied your workers’ compensation claim, seek the guidance of our experienced construction site accident attorneys from Joye Law Firm.
How to File a Construction Injury Claim in Clinton
Your workers’ compensation should pay for your medical treatment, a portion of lost wages and any long-term disability.
In certain situations, an injured construction worker may have a personal injury claim against another company working on the same job site, if that company was responsible for the accident. Our experienced Clinton construction accident lawyers will first review your injury claim and explain your legal options, including whether a civil lawsuit is appropriate.
We will investigate the accident and identify all the potentially liable parties involved in your accident and the insurance policies that may be available to provide compensation. While we can never guarantee specific results, we can outline the types of compensation that may be sought in your case.
Next, we will work with you to gather information regarding your injuries. This can include anything from statements taken from workers on the site after your accident to your medical bills. The specific details surrounding your situation will dictate exactly what steps we take in the evidence-gathering process, but we will utilize all resources necessary to build a strong case on your behalf.
When we have gathered all the documentation of your accident and injuries, we will submit a demand letter seeking full compensation from the insurance company representing the individual or business that caused the accident. A negotiated insurance settlement can be an efficient way to resolve the claim cost effectively. However, if the insurance company refuses to pay an acceptable settlement, then we will consult with you about proceeding to file a lawsuit.
Our attorneys at Joye Law Firm will be by your side every step of the way. We will deal with the insurance companies and handle all legal aspects of your case. We will always be available to answer your questions regarding your case status. Lawsuits can quickly become complex, but we will make every effort to resolve your situation as swiftly and efficiently as possible.
Our Clinton SC Construction Accident Law Firm Can Help You With Your Legal Inquiry
Joye Law Firm has been in business for more than 50 years. That is a testament to thousands of satisfied clients referring their friends and family members to us when they needed legal assistance. The satisfaction of our clients is our number one priority, and we are fortunate to have developed longstanding relationships with many of them. You can see what our clients have to say about their experience with us by reading our testimonials.
At Joye Law Firm, we regularly produce successful settlements and favorable verdicts, but every case is unique and stands on its own. Past results are not predictive of future case outcomes. While we cannot guarantee a certain outcome of a construction accident claim, we can pledge to make every effort to achieve a satisfactory outcome for you.
We care about our clients and we give back to the South Carolina communities we serve. We provide annual community scholarships and we sponsor our local animal shelters as ways to give back in the Clinton area. This is why we choose to represent victims harmed and injured in workplace accidents like yours.
As a highly regarded construction accident law firm, we have represented many seriously injured construction workers and their families. We treat clients with compassion and respect. Your safety should never be taken for granted. At Joye Law Firm, we will help you seek a full recovery in your case. Contact us online or call us at (877) 936-9707 to schedule a free consultation today.