Charlotte’s economy is booming, which means that construction is booming as well – and the number of serious injuries suffered on job sites is also rising. Catastrophic burns, crush injuries, electrocutions, falls and other types of accidents can easily happen when working on a construction site or while visiting one. The costs of a construction injury can be just as devastating as the physical harm suffered. Medical bills, lost wages, and other costs place a huge burden on you and your family.
The construction accident attorneys at Warren & Kallianos, have dedicated our practice to representing North Carolina residents who have been hurt in serious accidents. Over the decades that we have been practicing law, our attorneys have secured millions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for construction workers who were injured on the job, and we want to put our knowledge to work for you. Our reputation has led to us being named as Super Lawyers and among the Best Lawyers in America. In addition, our results for clients have made us members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and we are listed among the Top 100 Trial Lawyers.
You deserve an attorney who will fight hard for you. Schedule a free consultation with us today to discuss how we can help you.
You Need a Construction Attorney from Warren & Kallianos to Fight for You
At Warren & Kallianos, our attorneys move quickly to help you understand your legal rights and options and seek the compensation to which you are entitled. Attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos work directly with each client to pursue the financial resources you need to move forward after a severe accident on a construction site.
When we meet people who have been injured on a construction site, we have several questions that help identify the various ways we may be able to pursue compensation for you. These include:
- Did your boss tell you that there is no insurance to cover your injury?
Most North Carolina employers are required by law to pay for workers’ compensation insurance that covers their employees’ workplace injuries. If you were working for a subcontractor, the general contractor on the job should have insurance that covers on-the-job injuries. As your attorneys, we will get to the bottom of who has the workers’ compensation insurance that should pay for your injuries.
- Did an employee of another company cause your injury?
On any construction site, workers from several different companies may work side by side. If you’re injured by the negligence of a worker from a different company, you may still receive workers’ compensation for your injuries. As your attorneys, we will also explore whether you should file a third-party claim against the other company or subcontractor. This claim could allow you to recover damages that aren’t available from workers’ compensation.
- Were you injured by unsafe equipment or safety gear?
Defective or unsafe equipment can easily cause harm on a construction site, even when workers are being careful to use tools and equipment properly. If you are injured by defective equipment, including defective safety gear, you may be able to bring a claim against the manufacturer or designer of the defective item in addition to seeking workers’ compensation benefits. We will thoroughly investigate the accident to determine if faulty equipment or defective safety gear contributed to your injuries.
- Are you worried your boss will retaliate?
You have a right to a safe work environment, and when you are injured, you are justified in reporting that injury and seeking treatment. It is illegal for your boss to retaliate against you for seeking the compensation you deserve. If you feel like that may happen, discuss this with our attorneys so we can make sure your rights are protected.
- Did someone tell you that you can’t get help because you caused the injury?
You wouldn’t take carpentry advice from a lawyer, so don’t take legal advice from someone who isn’t trained in personal injury law. You can trust our attorneys to go over the details of your case and determine who is actually responsible and the type of compensation you should pursue. In virtually all cases, an injured worker’s fault is not a factor in a workers’ compensation claim.
- Are you hurt but not from an accident?
Workers’ compensation coverage may apply differently to different injuries, especially when an injury limits your ability to work. However, you do not have to be injured in a single “accident” in order to receive workers’ comp. Injuries that build up over a period of time due to work, such as repetitive stress damage or illness caused by inhaling particles or caustic fumes over time, may also be covered by workers’ compensation. As knowledgeable workers’ compensation attorneys, we can explain your rights and help you file a claim.
What If I Was Injured on a Construction Site, But I Didn’t Work There?
Not everyone who is injured on a construction site is a construction worker. Although construction companies are supposed to re-route pedestrian and vehicle traffic in order to reduce the risk of harm, passersby can still be injured on or near a construction site. These include people such as commuters, visitors to the site, and individuals who drop off deliveries of equipment, supplies, or food.
If you’re injured on a construction site but you are not a construction worker, the first question to ask is whether you were injured on the job – for instance, because you were making a delivery to the site as part of your job when the injury occurred. In this case, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation coverage from your own employer, even though you were not at your employer’s place of business when you were harmed. In addition, you may be able to bring a claim against the party whose negligence caused your injury.
If you weren’t on the job – for example, if you were simply walking or driving past the construction site – you may still be able to seek compensation from the construction company or other parties responsible for causing the accident. At Warren & Kallianos, our construction accident attorneys will go over all of your legal options.
Common Types of Construction Accidents and Injuries
Although nearly any injury can occur on a construction site, some types of injuries – and accidents that cause them – are more common than others. The top causes of construction accidents include:
- Falls. Falls are the most common construction site accident, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Workers may fall from scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders, or other heights. Or they may slip and fall on oil, wood shavings, water, or other substances or objects on walking surfaces, for example. Falls can cause broken bones, severe head or spinal cord injuries, and other harms.
- Falling objects. In some accidents, it’s not the worker who falls. Instead, a load may fall from a height onto a worker. Or a tool may fall off a platform and hit a worker below. Even with appropriate safety equipment like hardhats, severe brain and spinal cord injuries can occur, as well as broken bones and other injuries.
- Equipment-related accidents. Heavy machinery poses risks no matter how carefully workers operate it. Crush or puncture wounds can be caused by defective equipment, or severe injuries may result if a piece of equipment like a forklift or crane tips or rolls onto a person.
- Burns and poisonings. Many materials used in construction are hazardous, toxic or caustic. This includes not only fire and electricity, which may cause burns, but many chemicals used in construction as well. Exposure to these substances can cause severe burns, poisoning reactions, and other harm.
- Trench or building collapse. The collapse of a building or trench at a construction site is all too common, and it can easily kill or seriously injury anyone trapped inside when the collapse occurs.
- Repetitive motion injuries, heatstroke, and overexertion. Construction is hard work. Repetitive physical labor in harsh conditions can cause injury, muscle and joint damage, heat stress or hypothermia, or other severe overexertion injuries. Workers’ compensation will pay medical bills and other expenses for these types of injuries in many cases, whether or not you can point to a single “accident” that caused them.
Even if your accident and injury are on this list, you can benefit from contacting one of our Charlotte construction injury lawyers to learn more about your legal rights.
When Winning Means Everything, the Lawyers You Choose Will Make the Difference
Attorneys Jeff Warren and Chris Kallianos are dedicated to helping all of our clients obtain the full compensation they are entitled to under the law from every available source, whether that means challenging the insurance company or taking the case to court.* Some of our largest recoveries on behalf of clients in construction accident cases include:
- $4,000,000 for a client who suffered catastrophic burn injuries while working on an energized power panel at a manufacturing plant.
- $1,550,000 for a client who suffered severe burns and electrical injuries over 22 percent of his body when a light pole he was working on touched a high-voltage power line.
- $1,500,000 for a client who suffered a severe brain injury when he was thrown from a vehicle on I-85 in a construction zone.
- $1,120,000 jury verdict for a client who suffered severe crush injuries in a crane collapse accident.
Although every case is unique and outcomes can vary, we will fight aggressively for maximum compensation for you. To find out about more of our firm’s verdicts and settlements in construction accident cases, check out our Results page.
To get started on your case today, call our office or contact us online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.