If you make your living in construction, then no one has to tell you about the dangers to your health that you face on a daily basis. Falls from ladders, accidents involving power tools and risk of electrocution, are all part of normal workplace hazards you face every day.
In fact, frequent readers of our online blog may recall an article we previously wrote regarding construction industry safety statistics. According to 2013 numbers provided by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there were 3,913 construction related fatalities that year. It's also important to remember that many construction-related accidents don't always end in death.
Fortunately, Maryland laws allow injured workers to receive workers' compensation in the form of medical benefits and wage replacement payments if they are hurt on the job. You also need to know that Maryland also provides relief for workers who may have been injured by a third party or from defective equipment or machinery.
This is important for you because in the construction industry, it's common for subcontractors from several companies to be on site together while working on the same overall project. For example, a typical commercial construction project might simultaneously involve electricians, plumbers and roofing specialists. An accident caused by a third party from a different company than yours may give rise to a separate lawsuit.
Additionally, as a construction worker you probably rely on several power tools during the performance of your normal duties. The manufacturer of an unreasonably dangerous or a defective tool may incur liability if their products have caused you injury. An attorney with experience in Louisiana's products liability laws can assist you in seeking compensation from those manufacturers.
Although located in Laurel, Maryland, our law firm provides representation for clients throughout the Baltimore-Washington Metropolitan area. Prospective clients should know that our firm takes these types of cases on a contingency fee basis. Put simply, that means that clients pay no fees unless we recover compensation for them. Those prospective clients should also know that we do not charge to meet with them and discuss the details of their cases.