A construction site contains a broad range of hazards. As a professional construction worker, you understand that taking precautions and avoiding unnecessary risks make it a safer place for you and your coworkers. Despite safety measures, you can still end up sustaining a severe injury while on the job. If the damage is due to a supervisor’s or company’s negligence, you may have grounds for a claim. A construction accident attorney at RMK Law can help you navigate Montana’s workers’ compensation system and pursue legal action on your behalf.
Why Choose RMK Law Firm
We help clients successfully resolve construction accident cases each year. Our construction accident law firm can assess your situation and help you understand your legal options so that you can make an informed decision about how to proceed. Although many claims are resolved without going to trial, the workers’ compensation benefits you receive may be inadequate compensation for medical expenses, diminished quality of life, and future earning capacity.
Construction projects often involve multiple companies, people, and entities. As a result, there may be many parties responsible for the way a construction site operates. We fight fiercely for you across the negotiation table and in the courtroom.
Construction Accident Facts
There are more than seven million construction workers in the United States. This occupation accounted for nearly 60 percent of all fatal workplace injuries in 2015. More than half of the deaths and a large percentage of injuries are attributed to what is referred to as the Fatal Four. They encompass:
- Caught in or between
- Struck by an object
OSHA has guidelines intended to keep construction sites and workers as safe as possible when on the job. If an employer fails to implement the precautions, they can be held liable for your injuries.
Frequently Asked Construction Accident Questions
A construction action lawyer at RMK Law can help you understand where you stand from a legal perspective and determine your best course of action. Here are some of the questions most commonly asked about construction accidents.
What happens if my employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance?
Under Montana law, if your employer doesn’t have workers’ compensation insurance, you can sue the company in a civil case. It could make the liability easier to prove, entitling you to full compensation for your injuries instead of the limited funds offered by workers’ compensation.
What damages are recoverable in a construction site injury accident?
You are entitled to recover damages for past and future medical expenses, loss of wages, pain, and suffering. If you sustain fatal injuries, your survivors are entitled to compensation for the economic losses and emotional distress that results from your death. Punitive damages may also be awarded, depending on the situation.
I worked as a subcontractor when I was injured on a job site. Do I have rights against the general contractor and owner in a lawsuit?
The contractor and owner may be found liable if the worksite did not warn of dangers that were not obvious, was not kept reasonably safe, and did not provide a reasonably safe place to work. If the company or contractor created a dangerous condition, should have known the work created hazardous working conditions, or did not find it during a routine inspection, they could be found liable.
Liability can be established through proof of violation of safety statutes and regulations. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you may bring a lawsuit against a subcontractor if you can prove they created a dangerous situation.
What is the statute of limitations for filing a construction accident lawsuit?
In Montana, you have three years from the date of your injury to bring a lawsuit. The court can refuse to hear your case if you file after that time.
Contact a Montana Construction Accident Lawyer
RMK Law has a deep understanding of the laws related to construction accidents. We are committed to helping you secure the maximum compensation for worksite injuries allowed by law. Contact us today by calling (406) 601-1400 to schedule a free consultation, and we can determine if you have grounds for a claim.
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