You've been working in construction in Maryland, and you know that as long as the tools provided are used correctly, you shouldn't be in harm's way. Large equipment like cranes, bulldozers or diggers can be dangerous if misused, which is why many companies have strict safety regulations that abide by the rules of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Unfortunately, accidents still happen, and they take place for many reasons out of your control.
Sometimes, an operator error, improper loading, poor weather conditions or improper training can result in accidents that leave you injured. Fortunately, you and your family have the option to pursue compensation for the injuries you've suffered or for the loss of a loved one due to an accident at work. Whether the accident resulted in your serious injury or the wrongful death of someone you love, you have rights.
With help from the use of accident reconstruction teams and authorities, you can collect evidence needed to determine if negligence or safety hazards were to blame. Workers' compensation will likely be available for you or your loved ones, but there are also other people who could have to pay for the injuries. For instance, if heavy machinery breaks down due to a defect, you may be able to seek compensation from the manufacturer as well as from workers' compensation.
When you're hurt or someone dies due to a workplace accident, you need to make sure the right people are held accountable. To learn more about your rights and what you can do to seek compensation and justice in your case, please take a look at our construction worker's accident page.