Construction workers face dangers on the job every day. From falls, burns, and explosions to exposure to harmful chemicals and extreme temperatures outside, they could suffer injuries that could change their lives at any time. If you or someone you love was injured in a construction accident in the Dayton, Ohio, area, a lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you seek financial compensation.
We are ready to assess your injuries and other losses so that we can help you seek legal action for negligence that caused you to suffer in an accident that was not your fault. Our Dayton construction accident lawyer can help you explore your next steps toward financial recovery. We offer all prospective clients a free consultation so that they can learn more about their legal options today.
We Will Calculate the Value of Your Recoverable Damages
The injuries you sustain in a construction accident might have widespread physical and financial repercussions. While you focus on recuperating from your injuries and restoring your physical health, you might not be able to work to support yourself and your family.
Fortunately, the negligent party who caused your accident may owe you compensation. Per Ohio Revised Code Section 2315.18, you may be entitled to recover the following damages in a personal injury lawsuit:
- Medical care
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of society, companionship
- Physical impairment, disfigurement, or scarring
Sometimes, construction work accidents cause fatal injuries. If you lost a loved one who died from a work-related injury while working on a construction site, we can help you seek to hold the negligent party accountable with a legal death action. We realize that someone’s untimely death could bring financial hardship upon the decedent’s family members. If your wrongful death action is successful, you could receive an award that could help you pay your loved one’s:
- Final medical expenses
- Funeral, burial, or cremation expenses
- Mental anguish your loved one’s death caused surviving family members (e.g., spouse, dependent children, parents)
- Loss of your loved one’s protection, advice, guidance
You can learn more about wrongful death damages and who is eligible to file for a wrongful death action under Ohio Revised Law Section 2125.02.
The Fitch Law Firm LLC can work with you to assess the range and scope of the financial expenses and losses that you may be able to recover from the at-fault party.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Dayton, call 614-545-3930
How a Construction Accident Lawyer Might Benefit You
Our lawyer at our office in Dayton can help you navigate the personal injury process and understand how Ohio’s laws affect your ability to seek compensation. While you recover from your construction accident, our team members will:
- Identify the liable party in your accident
- Communicate with them or their representatives for you
- Prove the cause of your injuries
- Evaluate the value of your injuries
- Negotiate a fair settlement for you
- Prepare and file a lawsuit if a settlement is unreachable
In addition to guiding you through the legal ramifications of filing a personal injury lawsuit, our team members can also:
- Compile the evidence that supports your lawsuit
- Locate, identify, and interview accident witnesses
- Request, complete, and submit insurance forms
- Negotiate with the at-fault party or their insurer
When we start preparing your lawsuit, we strive to build a comprehensive case file. To do that, we might ask for a wide range of documents, forms, records, reports, and bills. Comply with any requests as soon as possible or let a team member know if you need help retrieving certain information. Our goal is to provide you with prompt, responsive legal guidance as we help you seek compensation for your damages.
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Your Time to File a Personal Injury Lawsuit in Ohio is Limited
The sooner you involve our construction accident team in your fight for financial recovery, the more time we may have to prepare and file your lawsuit. Early intervention is also important because Ohio has a predetermined timeline for holding the liable party accountable for your damages via a lawsuit.
Generally, your personal injury lawsuit must be filed within two years of the accident, as outlined in the Ohio Revised Code Section 2305.10. You also have two years to file a wrongful death action, per Ohio Revised Code Section 2125.02.
If you attempt to file your lawsuit late, you might not be allowed to file it at all. If your lawsuit is allowed to be filed late, the at-fault party may request its immediate dismissal. This request is likely to be granted, and you might be left with no options for financial recovery.
With sufficient notice, the Fitch Law Firm LLC will help you file your lawsuit on time.
Liable Parties in a Construction Accident in Dayton, OH
As we build your case, we must look at whose actions directly caused your injuries so we can identify who’s responsible for your accident. You are owed a duty of care when you are working on a construction site. When others fail to meet the minimum requirements to keep you safe, and someone becomes injured as a result, the injured party can seek to hold the liable party responsible. If you are being compensated through workers’ compensation, you cannot sue your employer.
Any legal action you take, such as a third-party claim or a wrongful death action, will supplement any workers’ compensation you may be receiving. With rare exception, you cannot sue your employer as they are protected under Ohio’s workers’ compensation laws. However, construction workers can pursue a case against a third party if they can show how the party’s negligence led to their injury.
Third parties in a construction accident can be:
- Property owners
- General contractors
- Construction site vehicle drivers
- Companies that design, make, or produce equipment used on the job site
- Employers of workers who demonstrated negligence on the job site that resulted in your injury
Determining liability in a construction accident can become a complex matter, especially if multiple parties are possibly involved. Our injury attorney knows state and federal law and can determine who you can hold responsible through a third-party claim.
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Common Construction Accident Injuries
A construction site can be a dangerous workplace. An accident on a construction site might lead to injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic. These injuries can temporarily or permanently change your physical abilities and prevent you from immediately returning to your normal activities.
According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), 2.8 million work-related injuries and illnesses occurred in 2019 (not including fatalities). The BLS reports that construction was among the top five occupations reporting missed days due to worker injuries in 2018.
The following injuries are commonly associated with construction accidents. This list is not exhaustive, and you may suffer injuries not included on it:
- Muscle sprains
- Muscle tears
- General soreness
- Cuts and bruises
- Welts and punctures
- Broken bones and fractures
Keeping track of your range of injuries and their required treatments might be challenging. It can be equally challenging to track and compile the plethora of medical bills your injuries might generate. Each health care provider and facility that provides treatment might have its own billing system. In addition, you may have separate costs for prescription medications, in-home assistance, and required rehabilitation.
You do not have to gather all these bills or complete your case file on your own. The Fitch Law Firm LLC can help you create a complete case file that includes all bills related to your medical care. By doing so, we may be able to assist you in accurately assessing the value of your lawsuit.
Explore Your Options for Financial Recovery
If a construction accident in Dayton left you with injuries, medical bills, income loss, and long-term pain and suffering, you might have the basis of a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party. A lawsuit may help you recover from the financial consequences of the accident.
To learn more about how a Dayton construction accident lawyer from the Fitch Law Firm LLC can manage your case while you heal and help you fight for compensation, call us today at (937) 660-4232. A member of our client intake team is standing by to discuss your accident and your options during your free case review.