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5 Recoverable Damages in a Construction Site Accident

Damages that can be legally recovered in construction

The construction industry helps greatly in improving a city. For every fast-growing city, the construction industry is the boost. But the construction industry has a dark side. Probably the only side the construction workers will see. Construction workers work some of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and there are numerous risks involved in their job.

According to a study, construction site accidents are among the most common causes of worker deaths in the country. If you or a loved one have been injured working in construction, it is important that you thoroughly understand the various options available to you in recovering damages caused by these types of accidents.

To understand what recoverable damages you could receive for your construction site accident, speak with a reputable construction accident attorney. A good attorney can help you understand your rights and get the compensation you deserve. Hiring a good attorney wins you 50% of the case.

A reputed lawyer will fight for the cause. When looking for a lawyer, hire a lawyer who works on a contingency basis. It means the lawyer will only get paid if they win the case.

In addition, the fee doesn't come out of your pocket; the lawyer will be paid a percentage of your compensation amount.

1. Economic damages

Economic damages in construction accident cases are the most common types of damages that a plaintiff can claim. They are typically the easiest to calculate and identify, making them the most common type of loss. Aside from being the most common type of loss, they also reimburse a plaintiff for their out-of-pocket expenses. These may include ambulance bills, rehab treatment, lost wages, and property damage.

2. Non-economic damages

Unlike economic damages, non-economic damages are different from those in construction accident cases. They are a type of compensation that a plaintiff can receive for the way an incident has affected their lives. This type of compensation is often referred to as general damages and is meant to reimburse a victim for the damages that they suffered because of an incident while working. If you have lost self-esteem or cannot enjoy the things you used to in life, you can sue for non-economic damages.

3. Punitive damages

Punitive damages are similar to general damages in that they are designed to punish the wrongdoer. Unlike non-economic damages and economic damages, punitive damages are not related to the actual damages that a plaintiff suffered.

Instead, they are meant to punish the person who committed the crime. These are awarded in accordance with the severity of the punishment that the court has deemed appropriate.

Not all cases are eligible for punitive damages. The negligence of the at-fault party must be severe. A judge has the final say on whether your case is eligible for punitive damages or not. Discuss with your lawyer to know if you can sue for punitive damages too.

4. Wrongful death damages

This type of compensation is typically the most difficult type of loss that a plaintiff can claim in construction accident cases. They are typically forced to seek it due to the passing of a loved one. These types of damages are usually meant to fill the void that has been caused to them. Typically, close relatives and spouses file for these types of construction accident damages.

Losing a loved one can be the most disturbing thing in one's life. Seeking compensation for death might seem pointless. But it is important to file a lawsuit to prevent future mistakes.

What happened to you can happen to someone else if you don't take action. Do not let that happen. Fight against the people who are responsible for your loved one's death. That might save someone else.

5. Workers' compensation

Similar to insurance, workers' compensation provides financial support to employees who have been injured while working. It usually includes lost wages, health care, and other benefits. However, in some cases, a plaintiff must give up their right to sue their employer if they accept workers' compensation.

Unlike other types of compensation, workers' compensation is often referred to as no-fault. This means that it does not require a plaintiff to prove that the incident was their own fault. This type of compensation can be an easier option than pursuing litigation.

Remember, you cannot file a lawsuit against your employer if they have worker's compensation. However, you can sue a negligent third party for an accident while getting worker's compensation.

Final thoughts

The construction job is a low-paying job with high risks. It doesn't offer anything good to the workers risking their life. It will be hard for construction workers to stay out of their job considering their financial situation. The only way to come over an injury caused on the job is by filing a lawsuit against the negligent party. Find a lawyer who is willing to fight for you and file a lawsuit.

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