Thousands of construction workers are either killed or injured in accidents on construction sites every year from a variety of causes. Some more examples are:
- Supervision errors
- Communication errors
- Unsafe practices
- Busy, unsafe sites that are unsupervised or poorly coordinated
- Violations of OSHA regulations and other safety standards
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Frequently Asked Accident Questions
If you have suffered an injury on the job, a Philadelphia accident lawyer may be able to help you. Damages that a construction accident victim and the victim’s family are entitled to recover may include: hospital and medical expenses; past and future lost earnings; past and future permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb; emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety; grief and emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one; loss of love and companionship caused by the death of a loved one; damage or destruction of property; physical pain and suffering; loss of enjoyment of life.
To protect your legal rights following a construction accident, it is wise to consult a personal injury law firm and talk to a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer like Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm. You need an exceptionally smart lawyer to handle a construction accident injury case because of multiple defendants and insurance companies involved in these cases. As a member of MENSA, the high IQ society, Edith Pearce is not afraid to take on the largest insurance companies and handle the most complex personal injury cases. The Pearce Law Firm has achieved multi-million dollar settlements for victims and their families who have suffered tragic results of a severe injury or death in difficult and complex personal injury cases. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Philadelphia construction accident lawyer Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case the firm handles from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.
Complexity of Construction Accident Cases and Choosing the Right Lawyer
Construction site accidents are often serious and can cause devastating injuries. However, these cases can be complicated and challenging to pursue because often there are multiple defendants (the property owner, the general contractor, various sub-contractors, the developer, investors, etc.), multiple insurance companies and multiple attorneys involved. Often the owner, developer and general contractor are large and wealthy companies with sophisticated legal teams and insurance companies dedicated to avoiding liability.
You need a construction accident lawyer who knows the insurance industry and the “tricks of the trade.” Edith Pearce worked for ten years as an attorney for an insurance company and defense firm, before representing personal injury victims. Many times a construction accident may be reported as only a workers’ compensation injury, which limits your recovery to only wage loss and medical expenses. There is no recovery of pain and suffering and other damages under workers’ compensation. Although you may only be able to recover workers’ compensation against your employer, there may also be a claim for negligence against other persons or companies under several different insurance policies involved, including a commercial or general liability policy of the owner of the property or another person or entity that may have been negligent in causing your accident injury.
That’s why it’s important to have an experienced construction accident lawyer who has inside knowledge on your side that can act quickly to make sure that your accident claim is reported correctly and that important evidence is preserved. If the accident is not reported appropriately, the accident site or equipment involved may not be appropriately preserved for investigation. If the important evidence is not preserved, you may be prevented from bringing your construction accident claim.
Edith Pearce is one of the rare Philadelphia construction accident attorneys who will handle both the workers’ compensation claim and the personal injury lawsuit, having expertise in both areas. Unlike other large firms where different attorneys work on different parts of the case and often part of the case is referred to another attorney or law firm, Edith Pearce and The Pearce Law Firm will handle your entire case from start to finish, with Edith Pearce being personally involved. We give you the personal attention that is lacking at many large law firms.
It is also important to hire an experienced construction accident lawyer who understands all the parties that may be liable either through workers’ compensation or commercial general liability insurance policies including:
- General contractors
- Owners of the property
- Lessors/lessees of the property
- The developer
- The engineer
- The architect
Frequently Asked Questions
If I get hurt at a construction site, who do I sue?
The owner of the land of a construction site has the ultimate responsibility to make sure the property is reasonably free from dangerous hazards. However, the property might be leased or the construction site might be run by a sub-contractor or construction company. An experienced attorney will conduct research and determine who to sue.
Do I need an Attorney?
While it’s not required to have an attorney to file a construction accident lawsuit, there are many reasons to consider obtaining representation:
- The insurance company is experienced with injury cases, and this is likely your first one.
- Insurance companies have deep pockets to spend on the best defense attorneys.
- Premises liability law is complicated, and there are many pitfalls including filing deadlines and service requirements.
How much can I get for a construction accident injury?
Pennsylvania law requires anyone who negligently injures another person to pay for all injuries and financial losses related to the injury. Most construction sites will have large liability policies as required by state law. Each case is different, and the amount will be determined by the severity of the injury, any permanent disability, amount of lost time from work and other factors allowed by law.
Experience and Expertise
Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm is an exceptionally smart (she is a member of MENSA, the High IQ society) and gifted personal injury lawyer. The Pearce Law Firm has gained national recognition for its results, with Edith Pearce being a life-time member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Pick a lawyer carefully, making sure they have proven results and have been “AV” rated by Martindale Hubbell for legal ability and ethical standards. Before deciding to represent injured people, Philadelphia construction accident lawyer Edith Pearce spent over ten years working as a lawyer for an insurance company and defense firm. She knows all the “tricks of the trade” from the other side of the fence and knows how to navigate through the complexities of construction accident lawsuits to get you full and fair compensation for your injuries, losses and suffering.
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