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Construction Site Injuries - Third Party Claims - Liens

A worker injured at the construction site has the right to collect workers' compensation benefits from his employer. In addition, if the injured worker is injured as a result of the negligence of someone other than his employer (a third party) the injured worker can also file a claim against or sue the third party for negligence including damages for pain and suffering and related damages. In construction site injuries third party claims give a lien to the workers' compensation insurer.

Construction Site Injuries - Third Party Claims - Defenses

Construction site injuries allow the injured worker to collect workers' compensation from his or her employer and also the right to file a claim against any third party (anyone other than his employer) that causes the injuries. The employer would provide workers' compensation benefits which replaces wages when the injured worker is unable to work and pays the medical bills.

Construction Site Injuries - Workers' Comp. - Third Party Claims

When a construction site worker is injured the worker can collect workers' compensation from his or her employer. This consists of wage replacement while disabled, payment of medical bills, scarring and loss of function benefits. It is important to understand that the injured construction worker cannot sue his or her employer for pain and suffering or other related damages as this right is given up in order to allow the injured worker to collect workers' compensation. Workers' compensation benefits are no fault meaning that the injured worker can collect workers' compensation regardless of whose fault the injury was as long as the injury happened in the course and in the scope of the employment.

Construction Site Injuries - OSHA

The United States Department of Labor governs the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). OSHA has many regulations and rules to help prevent construction site injuries. This is a daunting task as OSHA is a small agency and with the state partners, has approximately 2,200 inspectors responsible for the health and safety of workers in approximately 252,000 construction sites across the nation on any given day. The fatal injury rate for the construction industry is higher than the national average for all injuries. 4,628 workers were killed on the job in construction sites in 2012. The most common construction site injuries occur involving the following:

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