When an employee suffers an injury on a construction site, worker's compensation may initially appear to be the only option available. However, in many cases, a construction accident is the result of the negligence of a third party – not the worker's employer. When an entity other than the employee's own company is to blame, it may be possible to file a third-party claim to pursue compensation for the associated damages in addition to the workers' compensation claim.
At The Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton, PLLC, we focus on helping injured victims of negligent acts pursue the compensation they need to allow for full recoveries and financial security. We have been helping residents in Hickory and surrounding areas in western North Carolina recover fair compensation after an accident for more than two decades.
Understanding Liability On Construction Sites
Generally, workers from more than one company are present on construction sites at the same time, including contractors and subcontractors. When these types of workers cause a serious accident, others can suffer injuries, which then opens the door to a claim for compensation.
When a worker is injured on the job because of the negligence of someone who is not their employer, the injured worker can pursue a third-party personal injury claim. In addition to negligent workers, equipment manufacturers can also be held liable for construction accidents such as those caused by a defective machine design.
Filing A Third-Party Claim
Filing a third-party claim may not be an easy process to most, which is why you may need to speak with an attorney who has experience handling third-party personal injury claims as well as workers' compensation claims. At The Law Offices of Lyndon R. Helton, PLLC, we have more than 20 years of experience helping injured workers take the necessary steps to recover damages after suffering a work-related injury.
To take advantage of our experience and knowledge, schedule a free initial consultation online or by calling our office located off of Interstate 40, next to Lenoir-Rhyne University. Call 828-848-8776 or toll free 888-321-0494 to schedule an appointment today.