Construction Accidents

Crown Point Construction Accident Attorneys

Fighting for Injured Construction Workers in Northwest Indiana

Working in the construction industry comes with certain unavoidable risks. Even if you closely adhere to all safety rules and wear protective gear, the likelihood of an accident is generally higher than in other industries. If you do suffer an injury while on the job, you should explore all your options for recovering the compensation you are likely entitled to under the law.

At Alvarez Law Offices, we are committed to advocating for injured construction workers and want to put our over 200 years of combined legal experience to work for you. Our Crown Point construction accident lawyers can help you pursue a workers’ compensation claim and fight to ensure you receive the benefits you deserve. We understand how to effectively approach these cases and will always do everything possible to deliver maximum compensation. With over $1 billion recovered for our clients, you can trust we have what it takes to secure an optimal outcome. 

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Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Working in construction typically means working around heavy machinery, hazardous materials, and potentially chaotic, ever-changing environments. Accidents can be caused by negligence, recklessness, equipment failure, or even simple human error. 

Some of the most common categories of construction accidents include:

  • Falls. Falls from significant heights are often due to inadequate safety measures, lack of training, or failure to use protective equipment. Workers may fall from scaffolding, ladders, roofs, or through unprotected floor openings.
  • Struck-by accidents. These occur when a worker is hit by an object, equipment, or vehicle. The impact could result from falling, swinging, or misplaced objects or machinery, such as a crane. These collisions often lead to severe injuries or even fatalities.
  • Electrocutions. Construction sites are rife with electrical hazards, from power lines to faulty wiring. Electrocutions can cause severe burns, heart problems, and even death.
  • Caught-in-between accidents. These incidents happen when a worker is caught, crushed, squeezed, compressed, or pinned between two or more objects or parts of an object. This could involve heavy machinery, collapsing structures, or trenches.

No matter the nature, severity, or cause of your injury, you likely have the right to compensation after a construction accident. Our Crown Point construction accident attorneys are happy to discuss your case and walk you through your legal options. 

If you are having trouble getting compensation for construction accident injuries, do not hesitate to call (219) 300-5204 or contact us online!

Top Construction Accident Injuries

While some accidents can seem mild or “just part of the job”, no injury should be overlooked as less critical than another. If there’s a rash of negligence at a job site, this can be a contagious condition that will only lead to more people being hurt, possibly worse.

Construction is a risky occupation, but that shouldn’t mean that injuries go unreported and workers go uncompensated. If you or anyone you know suffers from one of these 7 common construction injuries, it’s time to call a Crown Point construction accident lawyer for help.

1. Fractures and Broken Bones

A break in your bone or cartilage can be considered a fracture. This can happen when under stress or if there’s an impact where the object hitting the bone is stronger than the bone on its own. Most people suffer one or two fractures over the course of their life. While this is a common kind of injury, it shouldn’t go unreported. Older workers are at a higher risk for this type of injury than younger people.

Fractures categorized as displaced or non-displaced are broken but either out of or still in alignment. Non-displaced fractures heal much faster. Depending on the severity of the impact, the fracture can be “open” or “closed.” This will describe whether or not the fractured bone has punctured skin. The associated costs and loss of income should be calculated.

2. Sprains of Muscles or Ligaments

Whether the medical professionals you speak to use the term sprain or strain loosely, they mean different things. A sprain is when you’ve torn or stretched your ligament. Your ligaments are the bands of tissue connecting bones at each joint. These can happen due to a fall or a twist where you end up in an unnatural position. Approximately 28,000 people sprain their ankle every day. Sprains are very common. A strain is when there’s a tear or a stretch within a tendon or muscle itself.

Your tendons connect your muscle to your bone and find themselves stressed under heavy lifting or repetition. You can twist or pull your muscles or tendons due to repetitive motions. Be sure that you’re always moving in a way that feels natural for your body. Lifting and twisting heavy objects could lead to problems that affect you for a long time.

3. Spinal or Neck Injuries

Damage to your spine and neck can come from a variety of experiences. There can also be a variety of symptoms which all depend on the severity of the injury. Some small amount of numbness, weakness, or soreness could be the extent of the symptoms. However, it can get as bad as full paralysis and shock. Your spinal cord carries messages from nerves through your brain and entire body, injuries to your neck and spine should be taken seriously. Back pain from a collision on a construction site is no joke.

Paralysis is what happens when your muscles can no longer receive messages from your brain. It can be severe enough to affect the entire body or minor and affecting only a single limb or digit. You could experience it on one side or another, from below the waist or below the neck. As your muscle communication controls your breath, paralysis is actually a fatal issue.

4. Head or Brain Issues

Head injuries are a common cause of disability and fatalities. Traumatic brain injuries can cause an immediate death or can lead to difficult to measure changes in cognitive or emotional function. Injury from falling debris on construction sites can have a frightening number of impacts on the injured. An impact that injures the brain can cause damage to the skull or swelling of the brain. Bruising or bleeding in your brain tissue can lead to clouded thoughts, emotional distress or even death. If you’ve been struck on the head and have had to seek medical attention, it might be time to contact a construction accident lawyer.

5. Burns

Burns are one of the most overlooked and difficult to prevent types of injuries on a construction site. As a building is repaired or built, wiring might remain exposed due to negligence. If this active line touches any of the metal structure of the building, it could cause shock or burn workers. Another source could be a chemical burn. Chemicals that clean or bond certain materials should not come into contact with skin. When they do, they can cause irritation or burning.

Burns are broken into first, second, or third degree categories by medical professionals. The degree of the burn will determine the level of treatment. A burn can reach a fourth degree and damage muscle or bone. 

6. Blindness or Hearing Loss

Construction sites are extremely loud environments where you might find people using explosives or bright welding equipment. If workers are negligent and fail to warn their fellow workers of what they’re about to do, they could be responsible for permanent damage to people around them. Blindness and hearing loss can also happen in the case of a fall from a severe height. On demolition sites, this is more common than one might think.

Millions of people are exposed to some level of hearing loss due to working on or near construction sites. As the loss likely happens over the course of many years of work, they may not notice. If you’re suffering from accumulated permanent damage, contact an attorney to see what they can do.

7. PTSD

This is one of the harder issues to quantify, but mental health professionals have done a great job of identifying its causes over many years. If this issue keeps you from returning to work or has caused other problems in your life, you may need to seek damages.

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How to Get Workers’ Compensation for Construction Injuries

Most construction workers in Indiana will be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy in the event of an injury-causing accident. Do not assume your employer is being truthful if they claim you are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits! Some employers are untruthful about eligibility or attempt to misclassify employees to avoid paying what you are entitled to. We can help determine whether you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.

Unlike in a personal injury case, fault does not typically matter when seeking workers’ compensation benefits. Put another way, it does not matter who was responsible for causing your injuries. If you were injured while at work, you are likely eligible for benefits. The exception is if you sustained injuries because you were trying to harm yourself, attempting to harm someone else, intoxicated at the time of the accident, or generally goofing off or engaging in horseplay. 

You must report your work-related injuries to your employer within 30 days of sustaining or discovering them. This report should be made in writing, and you should aim to inform your employer as quickly as possible. You may be denied benefits if you do not report your injuries before this deadline.

Worker’s compensation benefits include monetary coverage for medical care as well as a portion of your lost income while you are unable to work. Note that while workers’ compensation benefits do not include non-economic damages like pain and suffering, you do not have to prove fault or negligence to obtain them. 

Why You Need a Lawyer to Help with Workers’ Compensation Benefits

On the surface, getting workers’ compensation benefits seems like it should be an easy process. If you are covered by your employer’s insurance policy, you submit your claim and then start receiving the applicable benefits after your case is reviewed. 

In reality, getting these benefits is not so simple. The insurance companies are looking out for themselves, not you, which is why you need a trusted legal professional to provide guidance and advocacy.

Filing for workers' compensation involves several intricate legal procedures, strict timelines, and detailed paperwork. Any minor errors or omissions in the filing process can result in delayed compensation, reduced benefits, or even outright denial of your claim. We can help you avoid such pitfalls by ensuring that all paperwork is filled out correctly and submitted within the requisite time frame. Our team will also help gather the necessary evidence to substantiate your injuries and establish your eligibility for benefits.

Insurance companies often attempt to minimize the compensation payouts, arguing that the injuries are not as serious as claimed or that they are not work-related. We can effectively counter these tactics and negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf, ensuring you receive a fair settlement.

Beyond assisting with initial claims, we can also help you navigate disputes or fight for you if your claim is denied. Our team at Alvarez Law Offices can represent you in hearings and appeals before the Workers' Compensation Board, present your case, and challenge any unfavorable decisions. Our goal is to get you the maximum compensation possible, no matter the circumstances. 

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Can I Sue My Employer for Negligence in Indiana?

If you were injured in a construction accident that was clearly caused by the negligence of your co-worker or your employer, you may be understandably asking if you can file a personal injury lawsuit against them. Unfortunately, Indiana’s workers’ compensation laws limit your right to take legal action against your employer and co-workers in these instances, even if there is significant evidence of negligent conduct. You may only be able to file a workers’ compensation claim, though remember, you will not have to overcome the burden of proving negligence.

If your injuries were caused by a third party – anyone other than your employer or a co-worker – you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against that third party. Third-party liability can prove crucial to recovering sufficient compensation, as a personal injury lawsuit allows you to seek non-economic damages that are not obtainable through workers’ compensation benefits. Additionally, you can often pursue a third-party personal injury lawsuit as well as a workers’ compensation claim.

Third-party liability can be confusing, but we can help. Our Crown Point construction accident lawyers are prepared to pursue all avenues of recovering compensation and will leave no stone unturned in our fight to get you what you deserve. We can thoroughly investigate the circumstances of your construction accident and identify any third-party liability that could open the door to a personal injury lawsuit. 

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