TOLEDO CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT EXPERTS
GET THE HELP YOU DESERVE AFTER A WORK RELATED INJURY WITH THE HELP FROM AN EXPERIENCED WORKERS COMP LAWYER
Without construction workers, our Toledo economy would crumble. In fact, the foundations of society–our bridges, roads, homes, businesses, parks, and more—would not exist. Construction workers are critical to our comfort and to the livelihood of the system in which we all live.
But for construction workers themselves, going to work means taking a big risk each and every day – construction workers are at a high risk of injury, and construction accidents leave numerous workers injured or killed every year. At the law offices of Groth & Associates, our Toledo construction accident lawyers can help you seek compensation if you have been harmed in a construction-related accident.
TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS THAT CAUSE INJURIES & DEATHS
Construction accidents can be the result of a number of different factors, ranging from a contractor’s negligence to the mechanical failure of a piece of equipment to even adverse weather. Types of construction accidents that can lead to serious injuries include:
- Falling objects;
- Falls from heights;
- Slip and fall accidents;
- Motor vehicle accidents;
- Machinery or equipment malfunctions;
- Trench or building collapses;
- Electrical accidents;
- Improper use of equipment accidents; and
The list above is not inclusive. An accident can happen in an instant, leaving a worker–or someone nearby, such as a pedestrian passing by–severely harmed.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accident lawyer serving Toledo, call (419) 930-3030
CONSTRUCTION SITE INJURIES
IF YOU HAVE BEEN INJURED IN A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT AND ARE STRUGGLING TO UNDERSTAND WHAT YOUR RIGHTS ARE CALL GROTH & ASSOCIATES TODAY FOR YOUR CONSULTATION.
The accident types listed above can leave workers and those near the construction site at the time of the accident with a myriad of different injuries. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the four most common deadly accident and injury types are electrocution injuries, fall injuries, caught in/in-between machinery injuries, and struck by object injuries.
Some injuries that construction workers are at risk of include:
- Amputation injuries;
- Limb crush/loss of use of limb injuries;
- Back injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Internal injuries;
- Bone fracture injuries;
- Traumatic brain injuries; and
- Burn and electrocution injuries.
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What Are My Options after a Toledo Construction Accident Injury?
Whether you are a construction worker or a passerby who is injured in a construction site accident in Toledo, the accident could leave you with a wide range of losses including medical bills, disability, lost wages, pain, suffering, and a diminished quality of life. Our lawyers believe that you deserve to be compensated for these losses.
If you were working at the time of your injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system that allows you to recover benefits for medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages without having to prove fault (or be barred from recovery based on your own fault); however, it also bars you from filing a lawsuit directly against your employer.
Even if you have a workers’ compensation claim and cannot seek damages directly against your employer as such, however, you may also have a third-party liability claim. This is a type of civil suit that is brought against a negligent third party whose actions caused or contributed to your accident and injuries. For example, if your injuries were caused by a piece of defective machinery, you may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer of that piece of machinery.
If you were just a passerby at the construction site at the time the accident and your injury occurred, you will not have a workers’ compensation case but can file a suit directly against the party responsible for your injury. Via a personal injury suit or third-party liability suit, you can seek compensation for the full value of your economic and noneconomic harm.
Construciton Accident FAQs
What compensation can I receive if I can’t return to my construction job due to injury?
Construction workers should qualify for wage loss benefits through workers’ compensation. For example, you might qualify for:
· Temporary total disability benefits—you are 100% disabled, at least temporarily. Someone who sustained a serious injury probably can’t return to work until they receive treatment and heal up, at least a little bit.
· Wage loss compensation—if you can work but with restrictions, you can receive some of the money you are losing. For example, someone might only be able to work part-time. You can receive a percentage of the wages you currently are losing out on.
· Permanent partial disability benefits—once you reach maximum medical improvement, you might still have some disability. You should receive money for that.
· Permanent total disability—someone who is forever unable to work again is totally and permanently disabled. Workers’ compensation might be the sole financial lifeline keeping you afloat.
Your Toledo construction accident lawyer will have more information about the full benefits you are eligible for.
Can I receive compensation for an occupational illness?
Yes. Many construction workers are exposed to airborne particles or toxins, which result in respiratory illnesses, cancer, and other conditions. If your construction job caused the disease or illness, you can seek compensation. Even hearing loss is covered due to excessive noise at the job site.
I was injured by defective personal protective equipment, what do I do?
First, make sure that you notify your employer of the injury. Second, ensure that the defective PPE is not thrown away. Preserve it and tell your employer not to meddle with it. Your attorney will investigate to see if the PPE was worn out or defective to begin with.
When PPE has manufacturing or design defects, you can sue the manufacturer. Ohio product liability law makes them liable when they put hazardous products in the stream of commerce.
Some examples of defective PPE include ear plugs which don’t work, goggles which fail to protect your eyes, and shoes with poor soles. It is very easy to be injured when PPE is defective.
Can I meet with any doctor that I want after a construction accident?
According to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, an injured construction worker can meet with any doctor who is BWC certified. You can use the state’s Provider Look-Up for help finding someone.
There are some exceptions. For example, if your employer is self-insured, then they might tell you to meet with a specific doctor, so always ask them.
If you are not a construction worker but instead a member of the public, you can of course meet with a doctor of your choice. Many bystanders and pedestrians are so injured they need to go immediately to the emergency room.
Can I receive compensation for tennis elbow, bursitis, and similar injuries?
These are called “repetitive strain” or “repetitive stress” injuries, and the good news is that they are covered by workers’ compensation. Not every construction worker is injured in a dramatic explosion or falls off a roof. Instead, regular movements can slowly injure soft tissue, leading to crippling pain. Workers’ compensation covers these types of repetitive stress injuries—provided you are injured on the job. If you get tennis elbow from playing tennis, then no—it’s not covered. But on-the-job injuries fall under workers’ comp.
Can you help us if we lost a loved one in a construction accident?
Please call us. Sadly, construction is one of the most dangerous professions in Ohio. Hundreds of people die each year in construction accidents. Family members are eligible to receive a death benefit from workers’ compensation when a loved one dies due to a workplace accident or illness. Our legal team can help with this type of claim.
Sometimes, there is a factual dispute over whether your loved one’s death was caused by a workplace accident or injury. This is particularly true when the death isn’t instantaneous. For example, your loved one might have suffered a serious head injury but lived in the hospital for two weeks, only succumbing later.
Can I receive compensation for a demolition accident?
Yes. Demolition is a necessary part of construction. Many workers suffer crush injuries, brain injuries, and paralysis when demolition goes wrong.
Money is tight—Can I afford your law firm?
You can. Groth & Associates has built a reputation for providing quality legal services for construction accident victims. We typically represent our clients on contingency fee arrangements. Please schedule a consultation to learn more. You never pay an upfront legal fee.
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YOU NEED A LAWYER WHO ISN’T INTIMIDATED BY BIG CORPORATIONS
Construction companies are often large corporations with a lot of power, as are equipment manufacturers, property owners, insurance companies, and contractors. If you have been harmed and are seeking compensation for your injuries, whether via workers’ compensation or a personal injury claim, you need a lawyer who isn’t intimidated by powerful companies and aggressive attorneys.
At the law offices of Groth & Associates, our Toledo construction accident attorneys have the experience you’re looking for. We know what it takes to get our clients the settlements they deserve, and never back down when things are looking tough.
To schedule a free consultation with our law firm, please call us today or send us a message. We encourage you to act quickly after suffering a construction-related accident, as time is limited to recover compensation. We work on a contingency fee basis and offer consultations at times that work for our clients.