We Give Injured Construction Workers a Voice
Construction-related injuries impact both your health and your livelihood; your body is your toolbox and when one is out of commission, the job suffers. When you are hurt on the job, you endure physical pain and fear about the future. Obviously you cannot work while you are injured and you likely only have so many sick days and vacation days to use to recover. So what happens to your source of income if you’re out of work for extended periods of time? Worse yet, what if the injury permanently affects you and you no longer have full functionality as you used to?
At the Klibaner Law Firm, we help hard-working Colorado construction workers obtain fair and deserved compensation for their injuries. In many cases, the benefits you receive from Workers’ Compensation aren’t enough to cover your injuries and pain, leaving you stranded with no way to cover your expenses, or properly address your stresses. You should not have to bear the financial and emotional cost of these injuries alone, especially not when you were not at fault when you sustained your injuries. We are strong advocates for the injured, and we will work with you to obtain the damages you need to heal without worry of running out of support before you recover.
Construction Accident Injuries
Construction employees work long, hard hours performing labor-intensive and physically demanding tasks. Most of the time, they work on cluttered, hazardous job sites surrounded by heavy, dangerous equipment. It’s no surprise that construction-related injuries are typically severe – all it takes is one misstep, or to not be seen for a second and the consequences can be dire.
At the Klibaner Law Firm, we handle all types of construction accident injuries, including those related to:
- Scaffolding — Say there is a loose screw in the scaffolding while you’re working on it; it’s no one’s fault, it just loosened over time. But at the moment you’re walking across, it pops out and the entire scaffolding collapses and you fall injuring yourself. Your injuries could include a broken limb, a slipped disc, or even paraplegia if you landed the wrong way.
- Falling objects and equipment — Hardhats can save lives, but that doesn’t mean you’re immune. A wrench falling from high enough will pick up enough speed to do serious damage to your skull. Worse yet, a heavy load that falls by accident could at minimum give you a concussion, or worse yet, traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Amputations — Going back to falling from scaffolding, you could incur a painfully and gravely serious injury to your leg. You go to the doctor and after some time trying to heal you, they tell you that your leg cannot be saved and it must be amputated before it becomes infected or necrotic. How can you continue to work a labor job?
- Slips and falls — Without proper warning signs, it’s all too easy to become a victim of a slip and fall accident. Land the wrong way, and you could injure your back, or spine, and be out of work for some time.
- Defective equipment — There is no way to ever know if equipment will fail and injure you — it could happen any time on any day and leave you in the back of an ambulance on the way to the hospital to find out how long you’ll be out of work.
- Equipment failures and malfunction — Similar to the situation above, there is no way to know if your equipment will fail. It is imperative that your team makes sure everything is safe and up to code to avoid damage to you, or other workers.
- Injuries related to construction debris — It’s painfully easy to step on a rusty nail and find yourself needing tetanus shots; or maybe you’ve inhaled too much dust and have developed respiratory issues. Anything can happen even when you follow safety protocols.
- Height-related injuries — A fall from only 5 feet can result in a painful injury, or fracture. The danger increases exponentially the higher up you are.
When Workers’ Compensation Isn’t Enough
Because construction accidents impact the victim’s physical and financial well-being, they are particularly devastating. When work-related accidents happen, Colorado construction workers must turn to Workers’ Compensation benefits to cover the cost of their medical bills and lost wages. Most are shocked and confused to learn that the employment laws in our state favor employers. Even worse, Workers’ Compensation benefits in Colorado don’t cover damages related to pain and suffering.
This is why it’s crucial to contact a Colorado personal injury attorney as soon as you are injured. Some victims, such as independent contractors, non-employees, and construction workers injured by defective products, have the option to file their own personal injury claim outside the Workers’ Compensation system.
Third-Party Injury Claims
In some cases, work-related injuries are caused by someone other than an employer. Although Colorado prohibits workers injured on the job from suing their employers, it may be possible to file suit against the third party responsible for your accident. At the Klibaner Law Firm, we determine whether the individual who caused your injury has insurance coverage to pay for your medical bills and other damages. If a third-party injury claim is available, we can help you file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to helping you find a highly skilled Workers’ Compensation attorney to pursue benefits on your behalf.
Colorado Construction Accident Injury Attorneys
If you have been hurt on the job, you should not have to foot the bill for your injuries. The law gives you the right to take action to recover compensation for your injuries, either through the Workers’ Compensation system, by possibly filing a personal injury claim, and sometimes by doing both. Call us today to find out how we can help you receive the compensation you deserve. You can also fill out our online contact form for more information. Call us at 303-863-1445.