Protecting Your Rights After a Construction Accident in Indianapolis
An experienced legal team helps you pursue the compensation you deserve
Although construction sites are inherently dangerous and workers know the hazards of their jobs, construction companies still have a responsibility to protect their employees and provide a reasonably safe environment. If they don’t, a very serious injury or wrongful death may occur due to the large equipment and materials involved. To see if you can take action against reckless or negligent individuals or organizations after a construction accident impacts your family, call the compassionate Indianapolis lawyers at Ward & Ward today.
What are the high-risk industries?
People who work in the field of construction tend to be at a higher risk for injuries than those in other industries. A particularly high-risk area is transportation. In fact, the most common workplace fatalities are transportation related, accounting for about half, and issues include brain injuries, spinal cord injuries and accidents related to falls, slips and trips.
The staggering rate of transportation-related injuries not only relates to employees who are driving, but also to those who are surrounded by other drivers. The most common injuries within transportation are motor vehicle crashes, pedestrians struck by vehicles and the overturning of mobile equipment and machinery.
Compensation after a construction accident
It should be noted that the Workers’ Compensation and Occupational Diseases Act has undergone and is continuing to undergo revisions that will affect the process for filing claims and receiving compensation. Current changes as of July 1, 2013 include the creation of a fee schedule for medical service providers and facilities, a revamping of the filing fee and the adoption of a single definition of what it means to be an independent contractor versus a formal employee.
As the individual seeking compensation for personal injuries, you should be aware of your eligibility to receive workers’ compensation. Most businesses are required by law to have workers’ compensation insurance, and there is no minimum time period for which you can be covered. If you are injured at work, the first thing you should do is inform your employer within 30 days of the incident, even if the injury seems minor. This establishes a record of the incident, which may be extremely valuable if you need to file a claim in the near or distant future.
Asbestos and Mesothelioma exposure at construction sites
Employers in the construction industry are responsible for ensuring their employees’ safety when it comes to exposure to asbestos. Because the material is so hazardous, there are very specific federal standards in place for asbestos exposure and removal, including:
- Employees cannot be exposed to airborne concentration of asbestos in excess of 0.1 fiber per cubic centimeter (f/cc) in an eight-hour period.
- Employers must assess all asbestos-related operations for the potential to generate airborne fibers.
- Employers must use exposure monitoring data to assess employee exposure to asbestos.
The laws related to construction accidents and asbestos exposure are complex, so be sure to retain the services of an experienced Indianapolis attorney to stay informed of your options.
Work with a skilled construction accident lawyer in Indianapolis
If you’ve been involved in a construction accident, seek the compensation you need and deserve by working with an experienced lawyer at Ward & Ward. From our downtown Indianapolis office, we serve individuals and families throughout central Indiana. For a free initial consultation, give us a call at 317-639-9501 or contact us online.Ward & Ward Law Firm 728 S Meridian St Indianapolis, IN 46225 317-639-9501 888-639-9501