Construction Accidents

Scranton, Pennsylvania Construction Accident Lawyers

Construction work is statistically one of the most dangerous jobs. The federal government has found construction workers are more likely to be injured on the job than anyone else in any other industry.

What happens when you are injured on the job?

If you are injured on the job, you will face medical bills you may not be able to pay, a painful physical recovery, lengthy rehabilitation, and lost income because you are unable to work.

If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact Caputo & Mariotti’s attorneys at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form to contact us now for a FREE consultation. We represent construction accident victims from all areas of Eastern Pennsylvania.

Tools, ladders, scaffolding, and heavy machinery, which can all be present at a construction site, put workers at a high risk of an accident. Leading causes of construction site accidents include:

  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Crane and hoist accidents
  • Falling from a roof or ladder
  • Falling debris
  • Falling equipment
  • Electrical hazards or chemical leaks that can cause fires or explosions, resulting in serious burns
  • Accidents involving machinery such as forklifts, bulldozers, and backhoes
  • Failure of lift equipment

These hazards have contributed to frightening construction accident statistics in Pennsylvania:

  • Nearly 1 in 20 constructions workers suffers a workplace injury
  • 1.7 of every 100 full time equivalent workers lose time from work as a result of an injury
  • 2.6 of every 100 full time equivalent framing workers lose time from work because of an injury

If you’re injured while in the “course or scope of employment,” and your employer or contractor carries workers’ compensation insurance, then workers’ compensation pays for a percentage of your lost wages and medical bills related to your injury. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation rarely pays for all damages you incur. Claims are routinely denied or partially covered, creating an additional burden on an employee who experienced a workplace accident.

While Pennsylvania workers’ compensation law bans you from suing your employer for negligence, certain exceptions to the law do exist. If your employer carried no workers’ compensation insurance at all, you could pursue the case in civil court or the workers’ compensation system.

If your injuries were caused by someone other than a coworker, such as the property owner, another subcontractor, or an independent third-party, you may be able to file a civil lawsuit against that person, while also filing a workers’ compensation claim against your employer. A civil suit could provide additional compensation over and above what workers’ compensation will pay.

How should you proceed after a construction accident to best protect your legal rights?

To get the compensation you deserve, you need the help of an experienced construction accident lawyer. At Caputo & Mariotti, we have years of experience successfully advocating for victims of construction site accidents. Contact Caputo & Mariotti’s construction accident attorneys at (570) 342-9999, or use our online contact form to contact us now for a FREE consultation.