Colorado Springs Construction Accident Attorneys
Of all the industries booming in Colorado, construction is one of the biggest. However, with the positive economic impact and jobs come many construction-related injuries. Both personal injury law and workers' compensation insurance can factor into construction accidents, making them confusing for victims and their families.
If you were injured on the job in Colorado Springs, your best bet is to speak to a personal injury lawyer with experience. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., has been assisting injured workers for years, and if there are benefits and compensation available to you, we want to help you get them.
Nearly all employers, with limited exceptions, are required to carry workers' compensation insurance in Colorado. This insurance is paid for by the employer, and benefits are available to employees who become injured on the job. Workers' compensation operates on a no-fault system, meaning it does not matter who was at fault for the injury. As long as the employee was injured while performing job duties, he or she is eligible for workers' compensation benefits. On the other hand, the workers' compensation system bars injured workers from suing their employer in most situations when they are injured at work.
Ideally, every injured construction worker would receive workers' compensation benefits. Unfortunately, that is not the case. Insurance companies are typically more interested in keeping the profits for the company, which means they do try to deny or diminish payouts. While appealing these decisions is possible, it is a long and complicated process.
Anyone applying for workers' compensation should always speak to a lawyer beforehand. The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., can review all the paperwork and speak with the insurance company on your behalf, giving you the best chance at receiving a fair settlement.
In many construction accidents, there are multiple parties to blame. Construction sites are filled with contractors and sub-contractors working on various aspects of a project. When one of these individuals is responsible for injuring someone else, the victim can file a third-party liability claim. These personal injury lawsuits may get you the compensation you need to pay for your injuries and other losses.
For example, if a worker on a construction site was hit by a sub-contractor driving a truck, the worker may have a valid third-party liability claim. Or, if a piece of equipment was defective and injured a worker, he may be able to file a claim against the equipment manufacturer.
Third-party liability claims can be tricky. The other side will try to argue that the injured person was partly at fault, or they may argue that it is a case for workers' compensation. However, you can receive workers' comp benefits and still file a lawsuit to cover your additional damages.
You don't have much time to claim workers' comp benefits or file a lawsuit. In most cases, the statute of limitations on both personal injury claims and workers' compensation is two years from the date of the accident. Claims filed after this time will likely be thrown out of court.
For this reason, it is important that you contact The Bussey Law Firm, P.C., right away if you were injured on a construction site. We will fight to ensure you get all the compensation and benefits you are entitled to. Call (719) 475-2555 for a free consultation.
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