Not so very long ago, a significant fraction of American workers were subjected to working conditions that were virtually unregulated. It took decades of wholly preventable work-related deaths, injuries and illnesses before the government became insistent that American workplaces and sites be subjected to relatively comprehensive oversight. However, even though numerous safety laws have been passed and federal agencies are tasked with ensuring the safety of American workers, a staggering number of construction workers, loggers, fishermen, drivers and all manner of other employed teens and adults suffer as a result of accidents on the job each and every year. When an accident occurs, it is important for victims to consult an experienced Memphis, TN construction accident lawyer as soon as possible. Depending on the circumstances, you may be able to hold your employer (and/or another negligent party) accountable for the harm you have suffered.
Employer Liability for Construction Accidents
If you have been injured while employed on a construction site, your employer’s liability for your injuries is largely dependent upon whether you are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. In general, full-time workers are eligible for workers’ compensation coverage and therefore cannot sue their employers in the wake of an accident. However, some exceptions to this rule may apply, so it is important to speak with an experienced Memphis, TN construction site accident lawyer in the wake of your accident regardless. If you are a contract worker (or are classified in another way) you may be able to hold your employer accountable for your injuries, depending on your circumstances.
No matter how you are classified, your employer is bound by federal, state and local laws related to worker safety. Therefore, your Memphis, TN construction site accident lawyer may advise you to file an anonymous inspection request with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and/or take other action designed to hold your employer to account even if you cannot do so directly in court.
Legal Guidance Is Available
If you have questions about your workplace’s safety conditions, your legal options in the wake of an injury, your employer’s legal obligations or any other related challenges, please do not hesitate to connect with an experienced Memphis, Tennessee construction site accident lawyer today. The law generally protects workers from unsafe conditions. So, even if you have been told information that contradicts that reality, please do not hesitate to explore your legal options with a member of the Wiseman Bray PLLC legal team. Consultations are confidential and do not obligate you to take any action whatsoever. As a result, you should not hesitate to meet with a member of our team in order to ensure that you can ultimately make an informed decision about your situation with confidence. Our team to Memphis, TN construction site accident lawyers looks forward to speaking with you.