Common Causes of Fatal Work Accidents in Ohio
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Our Ohio construction accident 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.
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.
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:
In order to receive benefits, you have to show that your injury or illness:
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 KNR at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation.
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:
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 workplace injuries in Ohio are on a troubling rise. In 2020, over 117 Ohioans died of work-related injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 4,764 fatal work injuries were recorded nationwide.
Causes of work-related fatalities:
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:
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we understand how catastrophic the loss of a loved one can be and we’ll be there with you every step of the way. Our lawyers will 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 construction accident or illness.
Construction zones are fraught with danger. Workers face potential injury in several ways:
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 an income. You may have to undergo extensive medical treatments or job retraining, either of which could leave you feeling uncertain.
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.
There are times when workers’ comp is unavailable or insufficient to meet your needs. Working with a personal injury lawyer with an extensive background and prior success in similar, serious construction-related accidents and injuries helps ensure you recover the maximum compensation possible.
At KNR, we know what to look for to identify all the liable parties and where the negligence occurred n a construction site. Our attorneys will investigate the incident, review the employment and job records, and your medical reports, and properly assign liability to those responsible. Then our construction accident lawyers will aggressively all the compensation you deserve by building the strongest possible case.
While the answer to this largely depends on the factors and parties involved, you can usually file a personal injury lawsuit against anyone whose negligence or inaction contributed to your accident and injuries other than your employer. Compensation from your employer usually comes from the workers’ comp system, but there are exceptions.
Generally, a person injured at a construction site or the family of a person killed in a construction accident has one year to file a workers’ comp claim and two years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit. There are exceptions if the injury involves an occupational illness or is not discovered until later, but waiting too long can prevent you from recovering compensation.
Most likely. The vast majority of personal injury cases settle before trial, but construction accident cases are usually complex legal matters with multiple parties and insurance companies with varying degrees of liability. Not to mention, there will be parties trying to diminish your injuries and avoid paying. It’s best to build the strongest possible case, prepare for court, and pressure those at fault to negotiate.
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.