Maine Construction Accident Attorneys
Championing Construction Workers’ Rights for 40 Years
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that about 20% of all private industry worker fatalities in 2019 were in construction. That means a whopping 1 in 5 worker fatalities occurred in the construction sector, making it not only one of the most essential sectors in the U.S. but also one of the most dangerous.
If you or a loved one was injured while working on a construction site, you may have the right to file a workers’ compensation insurance claim or a civil lawsuit, depending on who is responsible for what happened. It is also possible to seek compensation if you were injured near a construction site as an innocent bystander.
It is wise to discuss your legal rights with an attorney, as you may be compensated for lost wages and medical care, among other losses/damages. Our attorney team at Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. will help you determine the best route to compensation and justice for you; if you decide to move forward with legal action, we will also help you travel this route efficiently.
Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. Will Advocate for You
Established 40 years ago, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. has recovered workers their full and fair compensation after injury. We know Maine personal injury law, workers’ rights, and OSHA rules and regulations like the backs of our hands. When building your claim, we will utilize this knowledge and all our firm’s resources for your benefit.
Our trial lawyers genuinely care about each client we work with, which is why we are honored to receive glowing client testimonials time and again. We have also earned some of the legal profession’s most prestigious honors, such as from U.S. News – Best Lawyers® Best Law Firms, Super Lawyers®, Martindale-Hubbell and more.
When it comes to your recovery, you deserve the best. Contact Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. online today to schedule your free consultation with a Maine construction accident lawyer.
Pursuing Compensation After a Construction Accident
Your legal rights and options after a construction accident injury will depend on several factors:
- Were you at work at the time of the accident?
- If you were at work, was a third party involved?
- Who was responsible for the accident?
- How severe were your injuries?
- How long did you wait to seek medical care?
- What damages did you incur because of your injury?
Regardless of your answers, it is likely that your case will be complex due to the nature of construction work. There are various technical difficulties that must be considered in addition to the myriad federal regulations. If heavy machinery was involved, it may become even more complicated. Do not feel discouraged, however; a lawyer can assist you in overcoming these hurdles.
Injured Construction Workers
In the state of Maine, employees cannot sue their employers over a workplace injury. Instead, they must go through workers’ comp insurance to get the financial support they need. Fortunately, it does not matter who was at fault for the accident.
Typically, these benefits are paid out in the form of two-thirds of a person’s weekly wages while they are out of work. They also compensate the injured worker for any necessary medical care. If a workplace accident was so severe that it resulted in you having to leave the construction sector and switch career fields, you may recover monies to pay for vocational rehabilitation to do so. Or should a construction accident result in the death of a worker, their bereaved loved ones may be able to obtain death benefits.
The only circumstances in which an injured construction worker may file a civil lawsuit is if a third party (not their employer) was responsible for the accident in which they were injured.
Several common examples of third-party claims include the following:
- Premises liability, such as if you were injured on a hazardous property owned by a third party;
- Product liability, such as if the equipment you were using at the time was defective and caused your injury;
- Toxic exposure, such as if a third party negligently exposed you to toxic chemicals (lead, asbestos, etc.) on the job;
- Motor vehicle accidents, such as if you were struck by a negligent driver at a construction work zone.
If you were injured as an innocent bystander instead of while on the job, your only path to compensation will likely be through a third-party claim.
Entrust Your Case to Skilled Lawyers
There are almost countless things that could go wrong at a construction site. The most common construction accidents include the following:
- Equipment malfunction
- Falling objects
- Slips, trips and falls
- Fires and electrocution
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
No matter the construction accident, Shaheen & Gordon, P.A. is here to help you. We fight to maximize the compensation of both injured workers and civilians. Sadly, employers, insurance companies and at-fault parties are known for downplaying the injuries they are on the hook for. We know that accidents happen — but negligent parties should be held accountable when they do. We won’t let them sweep you under the rug and rob you of your rightful compensation.
Call (207) 222-7261 to get in touch with a Maine construction accident attorney today!
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