Construction zones are probably the most common type of workplace accident seen in the state of Maryland. And if you have been made a victim of one, whether you are a worker or just a passerby, you may be wondering whether you have a claim. Continue reading to learn whether you should file a claim for your construction zone accident and how one of the experienced Howard County workers’ compensation attorneys at Lloyd J. Eisenberg & Associates can offer sound legal advice.
Who may be involved in a construction zone accident?
You may be under the assumption that only construction workers can get injured in a construction zone. But the reality is that even individuals who have nothing to do with the site can be made a victim of an accident. For example, an automobile driver passing the zone or even a pedestrian passing the zone can easily get injured if the proper safety precautions are not taken.
Do I have a workers’ compensation or a third-party claim for my construction zone accident?
The circumstances surrounding your construction zone accident largely influence your eligibility to file a claim, on top of what type of claim you may file. For one, if you are a construction zone worker who was injured due to the negligence of your employer, then you may be qualified to file a workers’ compensation claim. With this, your employer will use their no-fault insurance to compensate you for the cost of your injury and a portion of your lost wages.
On the other hand, if you are a construction zone worker who was injured due to the negligence of a third party, then you may have grounds to file a third-party injury claim. For example, if you were injured from a defective construction vehicle or heavy mechanical equipment, then the manufacturer or designer of such may be held responsible for this.
Under what circumstances should I file a personal injury claim?
And lastly, if you were an automobile driver or pedestrian that was injured while passing by a construction zone, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim. With this, the responsible party may be one of several options: a construction zone manager, a construction zone worker, a construction equipment manufacturer or designer, or otherwise. Regardless, you must hold them accountable so to receive the financial compensation that you require to heal.
Rest assured, a skilled Howard County personal injury attorney can help you identify who the at-fault party of your accident was, and they will help you file your claim accordingly. To gain immediate legal representation, you must reach out to our firm today.