Third-party liability in construction accident cases is often complex because the case may involve multiple defendants. Lawyers can represent injured parties or insurance companies and their insured in construction accident cases.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that in 2011, the construction sector’s fatal work injuries showed a 42 percent decrease since 2006. Fatalities also declined from 2010, with 774 fatalities falling to 721 in 2011. However, construction remains a high-risk industry for work-related injuries and deaths. Because construction accidents can result in serious, permanent injuries or fatalities, workers compensation may not cover the extent of damages. This leaves injured parties or surviving families with the option of pursuing third-party liability suits. To bring a third-party liability lawsuit, attorneys must prove that negligence contributed to the injury or to loved one’s death. Construction site work often involves subcontractors, engineers and heavy equipment operators, who may be subject to lawsuits. In addition, defective machinery may make manufacturers liable for injuries. Insurance companies that provide workers’ compensation insurance have the right to put a lien on third-party liability recoveries for reimbursement of monies paid out in a workers’ compensation claim.
When pursuing or defending against a claim, you should consult a personal injury attorney. Lawyers can explain all the facets of third-party liability cases and protect your interests if a defendant, or your rights to compensation if a plaintiff.
Clients can benefit from the negotiation and litigation skills that Coyne, Von Kuhn, Brady & Fries, LLC brings to a case. The firm also represents clients through mediation and arbitration.