Were you recently injured on a work site due to falling debris in Baltimore, Maryland? You might have a compensation claim for your lost wages, medical bills, repair costs, pain and suffering, and more. The skilled attorneys with WGK Personal Injury Lawyers can assist throughout the entirety of your case.
Our law firm consists of three generations of Baltimore personal injury lawyers, and our attorneys have over a century of combined experience. We’ve collected tens of millions of dollars for deserving personal injury victims to date.
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How WGK Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Hurt on a Work Site in Maryland
Understandably, you might not know where to turn after you’ve been hurt by falling debris on a work site. Workers’ compensation could be an option depending on the circumstances, but it also might not be enough to compensate you effectively. You might have a viable lawsuit to file, but you might not be sure whom to file it against.
WGK Personal Injury Lawyers can assist with every aspect of your claim while you heal from your injury. Our Baltimore construction accident attorneys are highly-regarded in the area and care deeply about the city and its citizens. We’re Baltimore born and bred, and when you hire us, you’ll be treated like family. Some of the ways we can help with your case include:
- Handling all communications, paperwork, and negotiations on your behalf
- Keep you apprised of your legal options as your case progresses
- Ensure you’re protected from accusations that you’re at fault for your injury
- File a lawsuit and take your case to trial if the facts demand
- Investigate the extent of your damages claim and collect evidence to help prove your case
Contact our law offices today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with one of our experienced construction accident lawyers in Baltimore, MD.
How Common Are Injuries Due To Falling Debris?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has deemed the four leading causes of construction accidents its “Fatal Four.” Among these is being struck by an object. It is estimated that around 10% of workplace accidents fall within this category.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics publishes data on workplace fatalities across the country. In 2020, there were 468 fatalities due to a worker being struck by an object, which is a figure slightly lower than the prior four years. Considering these data only reflect deaths, it is safe to assume the number of accidents that result in injuries instead of fatalities is much higher than 468.
There is also limited data available regarding workplace accidents in Maryland. These data indicate that the construction industry had the highest number of workplace fatalities in the state in 2020, with 21. This is up from 19 the year prior. About 15% of workplace fatalities in Maryland in 2020 were caused by contact with an object or equipment.
Who’s Liable After I’ve Been Hit by Falling Debris?
The answer to this question will depend on the facts and circumstances of your case. Falling debris on work sites can lead to a number of potentially liable parties.
If you were hurt while working, your first option is most likely to file a workers’ compensation claim. You may be able to do this independently, although a lawyer can help with your claim to ensure you receive the maximum benefit.
If your injury is severe enough, you might be able to file a lawsuit in order to be made whole again and receive the compensation you deserve. If you are a civilian who was struck by falling debris, you might be able to sue the construction company for negligence.
If you are a construction worker, it might be possible to sue your employer in very limited instances. Otherwise, you might have an opportunity to file a third-party claim against the responsible party, such as the manufacturer of a defective product.
When you hire WGK Personal Injury Lawyers, we’ll examine every possible avenue of compensation in order to maximize the value of your claim.
What Damages Can I Recover if I’ve Been Hit by Debris on a Work Site?
Personal injury victims struck by falling debris on work sites can seek compensation in the form of economic damages, non-economic damages, and possibly punitive damages.
Economic damages make up for the financial consequences of your injury, such as your medical bills, lost wages, out-of-pocket expenses, and diminished earning capacity.
Non-economic damages, on the other hand, make up for the other, less-quantifiable consequences of your injury. These damages include emotional distress, pain and suffering, loss of consortium, and decreased enjoyment of life.
While they usually aren’t awarded in personal injury cases, punitive damages could also be available. These damages are reserved for when the defendant’s conduct was most egregious. These damages are not intended to compensate you (even though they do in effect); they are intended to “punish” the at-fault party for their conduct.
Schedule a Free Consultation With a Skilled Baltimore Construction Accident Lawyer
You deserve compensation after you’ve been hit by falling debris on a work site in Baltimore. Whether it’s via workers’ compensation or a lawsuit, WGK Personal Injury Lawyers can help.
You’ll only have a limited amount of time to file a workers’ comp claim or lawsuit; if you wait too long, you won’t be able to pursue compensation. Reach out to our experienced Baltimore construction accident attorneys today to get started. Your initial consultation is completely free.