Were you hurt in a construction accident in St. Louis, MO? Don’t count on your employer’s workers’ compensation carrier to give you the fair benefits you deserve. You might be entitled to additional compensation through a third-party lawsuit to recover pain and suffering damages and more.
Bradley Law will help you fight for the maximum compensation you deserve. Contact our law office at (314) 400-0000 to schedule a free consultation with a St. Louis construction accident lawyer. We will help you understand your options and support you every step of the way.
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How Bradley Law Can Help After a Construction Accident in St. Louis
The insurance company’s primary goal is to limit your payout as much as possible. They are not concerned with the severity of your injuries or your financial struggles. You deserve a St. Louis personal injury lawyer who cares about your needs and fights for the full compensation you deserve.
Our personal injury attorneys in St. Louis, MO represent clients who have been seriously hurt in construction accidents. Founding attorney E. Ryan Bradley holds the prestigious AV Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell and a 10.0 Superb Rating. He belongs to the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and has recovered some of the largest personal injury awards in Missouri history.
Our mission is to pursue all the damages you suffered, from all possible sources to the fullest extent of the law.
Choose Bradley Law and trust us to:
- Offer legal advice, guidance, and support
- Carefully investigate your accident to identify all avenues for compensation and gather evidence
- Work with experts to prove the severity of your injuries and the value of your long-term damages
- Handle all negotiations on your behalf
Don’t face the insurance company alone. Call Bradley Law today for a free case review with a St. Louis construction site accident lawyer ready to give you the legal representation you need.
How Common Are Construction Accidents in St. Louis, MO?
Construction workers have one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States; construction accidents are the number one cause of workplace deaths and one of the top causes of serious work-related injuries. Nationwide, 15% of all workers’ compensation costs are attributed to construction site injuries and deaths.
In 2019, there were 5,333 people killed on the job in the United States. One out of five fatalities involved construction workers. Construction site accidents also cause 150,000 injuries per year, with workers between 25 and 34 most likely to suffer an injury.
In Missouri, there were almost 91,000 workplace injuries and 118 fatalities on the job in 2020. Twenty of these 118 fatalities were in the construction industry, which was also responsible for over 4,000 injuries in Missouri.
St. Louis is the top county for construction injuries in the state. In 2020, over 25 workplace deaths and more than 17,700 workplace injuries were in St. Louis County alone.
What is My Construction Accident Case Worth?
Every personal injury claim is unique. The value of your construction injury case will depend on many factors, most of them highly dependent on your unique damages.
Our construction accident lawyers will investigate the following questions to estimate the value of your case:
- What type of injuries did you sustain, and how severe were they?
- Were you left disabled or impaired by your accident?
- Were you left disfigured or with the loss of a limb?
- Did a negligent third party contribute to your accident?
- What is your average weekly wage?
For workers’ compensation benefits, the value of your claim will depend on:
- The types of benefits you can receive
- The maximum amount of time they can be paid out,
- your average weekly wage (AVV), and
- The state’s cap on benefits.
If you are eligible to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit, your claim might be worth much more. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to recover broader damages than workers’ compensation, but the value still depends on the severity of your injuries and the strength of your claim.
Contact Bradley Law for a free consultation with a St. Louis construction accident attorney. We will help you understand what your case may be worth.
What Kind of Damages Are Available to Construction Accident Victims?
After a construction accident, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Workers’ compensation offers the following benefits:
- Medical benefits to pay for medical bills and future care
- Temporary partial disability (TPD) and temporary total disability (TTD)
- Permanent partial disability (PPD) and permanent total disability (PTD)
Each benefit has a cap based on the Missouri average weekly wage (AWW). Some injuries like amputation are eligible for higher payments. For permanent disability, benefits are based on your AWW and your disability rating.
However, workers’ compensation is only designed to compensate you for lost earnings and medical benefits. You are not able to recover money for non-economic losses.
If you have a claim against a negligent third party, you can recover broader damages, including:
- Lost earnings not available through workers’ compensation if your wages exceeded the state AWW
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Emotional distress
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Bradley Law will investigate your case to identify all possible avenues for compensation. We make it our goal to recover maximum compensation from all sources.
Can I Recover Compensation if I’m Being Blamed for My Construction Accident in Missouri?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. You are entitled to benefits even if you are at fault for your injuries.
In a third-party injury claim, your role in the accident could reduce the compensation you recover. Missouri’s pure comparative negligence rule reduces your damages to account for your share of fault. However, you can still recover money even if you were up to 99% to blame.
We’ll Fight to Recover Compensation for All of Your Construction Accident Injuries
At Bradley Law, we recognize that a construction accident can leave you with lifelong injuries and pain.
We fight for maximum compensation for injuries like:
- Brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Crush injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
- Eye injuries or vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Repetitive strain injuries
- Occupational illness
We are not afraid to fight back against the insurance company for the full value of your injury claim.
What Causes Most Construction Accidents in St. Louis, Missouri?
Construction sites are inherently dangerous workplaces. You face many dangers on the job, including electrocution hazards, trip hazards, open trenches, working from heights, and heavy machinery and tools.
Over 60% of construction fatalities are attributed to just four causes:
- Falls. Falls from scaffolding, roofs, ladders, and falls into open trenches cause thousands of injuries each year. One of the most common OSHA violations is insufficient fall protection.
- Struck by object. Fatalities and serious injuries may happen when someone is hit by an object or vehicle on the construction site.
- Electrocution. Electrocution poses risk to all workers on a construction site, not just electricians.
- Caught in or between objects. Most of these accidents on construction sites involve heavy machinery.
Slip and fall accidents are also common on construction sites. These may involve extension cords, slippery surfaces, defective scaffolding, and more.
Many construction injuries are also attributed to machinery and vehicles. Power tools and machinery can cause injury due to improper use, a lack of safety equipment or protection, poor training, and defects.
Do I Need to Prove Negligence After a Construction Accident in Missouri?
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system. You are not required to prove negligence to recover workers’ compensation benefits; you are entitled to these benefits even if you were at fault for your accident, with some exceptions.
However, you will need to prove negligence if you have a claim against a third party. Workers’ compensation laws prevent you from suing your employer after a construction accident. Even so, you may have a third-party negligence claim against a co-worker, subcontractor, manufacturer, or another person.
If so, you will have to prove the party was negligent to recover compensation. This requires showing the third party owed you a duty of care but breach the duty and caused your accident.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit After a Construction Accident in Missouri?
Several deadlines apply to construction accident claims in Missouri. For workers’ compensation claims, your injury must be reported in writing to your employer within 30 days of the accident or discovering the injury.
You must file a formal workers’ comp claim with the Missouri Division of Workers’ Compensation within two years of your accident.
If you are entitled to seek damages from a third party, you must file a personal injury lawsuit within five years of your accident. This statute of limitations is strict. You cannot recover compensation if you miss the deadline.
Contact a St. Louis Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
You should not be forced to fight with an insurance company for benefits or compensation after your construction accident. Bradley Law will take over the fight for you and seek maximum compensation from all avenues.
Contact our law office today for a free case review with a compassionate St. Louis construction accident lawyer ready to help.