Recovering Compensation Following a Construction Site Accident in Washington D.C.

Every building in Washington D.C. is here because of our hard-working, dedicated labor force. Construction workers are one of the most underappreciated professions in our country. They conduct their business quietly and honorably and expect nothing but a week’s pay in return. Unfortunately, construction workers are exposed to far more toxic and hazardous materials than nearly any other profession. When construction workers are injured in accidents, they very often seek financial compensation to help cover the cost of their medical bills, in-home care, and more. If you have been injured in a construction site accident, here are some of the questions you may have regarding your legal options going forward:

What are the most common contributors and types of construction site accidents?

Construction accidents can be caused by several factors and scenarios. Some of the most common causes/types of construction site accidents are as follows:

  • Trench cave-ins
  • Fatal accidents
  • Slips and falls
  • Unsafe property conditions
  • Supervisor negligence
  • Lifting injuries
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Explosions
  • Falling debris
  • Scaffolding collapses
  • Ladder collapses
  • Crush accidents
  • Truck and heavy equipment accidents

Do I qualify for compensation following a construction site accident?

To recover financial compensation, your attorney must first prove that you were injured due to another party’s negligence. This is not always easy, so it is very important you hire a skilled, seasoned attorney you can trust.

How do I prove my personal injury claim?

Fortunately, there are several things you and your attorney can do to prove your personal injury claim. First, your attorney will work to recover security camera footage of your accident, as this is generally the most straightforward way to prove a claim. From here, your attorney will obtain pictures of the safety hazard that caused your accident, witness statements verifying your claim, police reports of the accident and more. You should see a physician directly after your accident, as he or she will treat your injuries and provide you with medical documentation that you may also use to prove your claim. The statute of limitations in Washington D.C. is three years, meaning you have three years to file a lawsuit against a negligent party. If you do not, you will lose your right to sue.

What does “third-party lawsuit” mean?

Those injured in construction site accidents are prohibited from directly suing their employers. Therefore, your lawsuit will focus on finding the root cause of your accident. This means that these lawsuits generally zero in on general contractors, equipment manufacturers designers, and more.

Contact our experienced Washington D.C. firm

The experienced personal injury and medical malpractice attorneys at Trombly & Singer, PLLC are prepared to represent clients facing legal matters after being injured due to another person’s negligence. If you require strong legal representation in Washington D.C. or Maryland, contact our firm today to schedule a consultation.