Mississippi Construction Worker Injury Lawyer
Construction accidents in Mississippi can result in severe and deadly injuries, and these accidents happen with more frequency on job sites than you might expect. While most types of construction accidents can be prevented with appropriate safety precautions and equipment, life-threatening and fatal accidents continue to occur on construction sites in Mississippi and across the country. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there are more than 11.4 million people who are employed in the construction industry, and that number has been rising over the past decade. When an accident does occur on a construction site or a construction job, it is critical for the injured worker to know that it may be possible to seek financial compensation. Contact our experienced Mississippi construction worker injury lawyer to find out more about your options.
Common Types of Construction Worker Injuries in Mississippi
Construction workers can suffer a wide variety of injuries in many types of accidents. To understand the types of injuries that are most common, it is important to know how those injuries happen. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and NIOSH, falls are responsible for more than one-third (more than 36 percent) of all construction worker deaths. Other common types of accidents include struck-by accidents, caught-in or caught-between accidents, and electrocutions. Those accidents can occur while operating heavy machinery or construction vehicles, working on roofs or scaffolding, or while performing trenching or excavation work. Common types of construction worker injuries include but are not limited to:
- Bone fractures;
- Traumatic brain injuries;
- Crush injuries;
- Spinal cord injuries; and
Seeking Compensation After a Mississippi Construction Worker Injury
For most construction accident injuries, the injured worker will need to file a workers’ compensation claim. The workers’ compensation system is a no-fault system in which injured workers can be eligible for medical coverage, wage loss benefits, and disability benefits. The worker does not need to prove negligence to be eligible for benefits, and the injured construction worker can obtain benefits even if their own negligence played a role in the accident. At the same time, it is important to know that workers’ compensation is known as an “exclusive remedy,” which means injured workers cannot sue their employers for negligence. Workers’ compensation benefits are the exclusive remedy when an employer’s or co-worker’s negligence causes injuries.
However, it may be possible to file a lawsuit when a third party is liable for a construction accident. For example, a company that manufactured a defective machine could be liable, or a motorist who crashed into a highway construction site could be held accountable through a civil lawsuit. A construction accident lawyer in Mississippi can help you to seek the compensation you need.
Contact Lunsford Baskin & Prieve, PLLC Today
Anyone who has been injured in a construction accident should seek advice from an attorney about filing a workers’ compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit. Contact our experienced Mississippi construction worker injury lawyer today to learn more about how we can assist you.