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Construction Accident Injury Attorneys in Ohio
The equipment and tools that make construction work possible, including heavy machinery, power tools, and electrical hardware, can also cause life-altering injuries. An exposed power line, a misplaced ladder, or a malfunctioning jackhammer could all result in a serious construction accidents or a fatality.
Our Ohio construction accidents lawyers can help you through the process of making or appealing a workers’ compensation claim and work to see that you receive the full benefits to which you may be entitled. We have extensive experience handling Ohio workers’ compensation claims and helping injured construction workers obtain the compensation they deserve. Additionally, if your serious construction accident was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Our Ohio personal injury lawyers can discuss whether this might be an option for you.
Call 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation and learn your legal options after a construction site injury.
Construction Workers and Workers’ Compensation
When you are injured in a serious construction accident in Ohio or suffer an occupational illness, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Benefits may include payments for:
- Medical bills
- Temporary or permanent disability, partial or full
- Lost wages
- Vocational retraining
In order to receive benefits, you have to show that your injury or illness:
- Happened while you were performing job-related duties
- Was caused by something related to your job
Sometimes, proving that your injury or illness was work-related can be more complicated than you expect. Additionally, your employer may try to fight your workers’ compensation claim. In either of these instances, it can be critical to your success that you have the help of a skilled Ohio construction accident lawyer such as ours at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.
Our lawyers will help you compile the medical records, documents, and evidence to support your claim. We will also guide you through the complex Ohio workers’ compensation bureaucracy so you have the best possible chance at receiving the benefits that may be owed to you. Call us today at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation about your claim.
Serious Construction Accidents and Third-Party Negligence
In some instances, your injury may have happened during work, but been caused by some factor that was unrelated to your job. For example, you could be hauling debris away from a construction site and getting hit by a negligent driver on the highway. Or, you may be using a piece of heavy machinery when it breaks due to a defect, causing serious injury. In these events, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or company responsible for your injuries.
Through a third-party lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you also may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. However, one advantage of a third-party lawsuit is that you may obtain compensation that workers’ compensation doesn’t cover, such as payment for your pain and suffering. The Ohio construction accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can evaluate whether you may have a third-party personal injury case for your construction site injury.
Fatal Work Injuries
Fatal workplace injuries in Ohio are on a troubling rise. In 2014, over 180 Ohioans died of work-related causes according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. That’s an increase of nearly 25 percent over 2013 and equivalent to 3.5 fatal occupational injuries every week.
Causes of work-related fatalities in 2014 included:
- Transportation incidents (34 percent)
- Contact with objects and equipment (19 percent)
- Falls, slips, and trips (18 percent)
- Violence and injuries by other persons or animals (17 percent)
- Exposure to harmful chemicals or environments (9 percent)
- Fires and explosions (3 percent)
If you’ve lost a loved one to a work-related accident or occupational illness, you may be able to obtain death benefits through the Ohio workers’ compensation system. You also may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against a negligent third-party, which could entitle you to recover compensation for:
- Funeral, burial, or cremation costs
- Loss of your loved one’s financial contributions
- Loss of your loved one’s companionship
- Loss of your loved one’s services
- Loss of potential inheritance from your loved one
- Mental anguish
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, our Ohio wrongful death lawyers understand how catastrophic the loss of a loved one can be and we’ll be there with you every step of the way. We’ll conduct a thorough investigation into your loved one’s death and fight to hold accountable the person or company that caused your family member’s fatal accident or illness.
Common Types of Serious Construction Accidents
Construction zones are fraught with danger. Workers can face potential injury in a number of ways, including:
- Bulldozer accidents
- Crane accidents
- Defective equipment accidents
- Dump truck accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Fall accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Jackhammer accidents
- Ladder and scaffold accidents
- Nail gun accidents
- Saw accidents
- Trench accidents
- Wall and roof collapse accidents
A construction site injury can have devastating effects on your life. You may be disabled by your injury, either temporarily or permanently, and wondering how you’re going to survive without the income from your job. You may have to undergo extensive medical treatments or job retraining, either of which could leave you feeling uncertain about your future.
In Ohio, when you’re injured while working on a construction site, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who, or what, is at fault for your injury. However, getting a claim approved can be a complicated and lengthy process. That’s where an experienced Ohio construction accident lawyer at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help.
Contact Our Ohio Construction Accident Lawyers Today
The Ohio work injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick fight for the interests of injured workers throughout Ohio. We’re not afraid to take on big insurance companies or large employers that are only concerned about their bottom lines.
Our assertive trial strategies are matched only by the compassion and personal attention we offer when we take on your case. We recognize this is likely one of the most difficult times you will go through. We take care of all legal aspects of your case so you can put your full effort into your recovery.
One call does it all. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. Learn what Kisling, Nestico & Redick can do to help you after a serious construction site injury.