Construction Accident Attorney in Arizona
Arizona Construction Accident Lawyer
The Arizona construction accident lawyers at Matt Fendon Law Group provide experienced legal representation for workers and others injured on a construction site. Construction site accidents can cause serious injuries, including permanent disability, loss of a limb, traumatic brain injury, blindness, broken bones and more.
Often, the medical bills associated with these injuries are costly. The injuries can result in a lengthy period of disability and lost wages.
Arizona workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and lost wages for work-related injuries. However, there are situations in which workers can pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim. Workers may also be entitled to Social Security Disability benefits. The Arizona construction accident lawyers at Matt Fendon Law Group can help accident victims identify all potential sources of compensation after a serious construction accident.
Since 2008, the highly skilled workers’ compensation attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group have handled claims for people in Phoenix, Tucson, Flagstaff, Prescott Valley, and across Arizona. We know the Arizona workers’ compensation laws, and we know how to pursue the benefits you need and deserve.
To learn how we can help you with your construction accident case, call Matt Fendon Law Group today for a free and confidential consultation.
Can I Receive Both Workers’ Compensation and Social Security Benefits?
Workers’ Compensation for Construction Accidents in Arizona
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to these workers’ compensation benefits:
- Medical Benefits. These benefits include payment of all reasonable and necessary medical expenses for a work-related injury or illness.
- Wage Loss and Disability Benefits. Injured construction workers receive both medical coverage and payments for lost wages and permanent disabilities.
- Temporary Benefits. If you are unable to work for more than one week, you can receive compensation for your lost wages. Your doctor must certify that you are unable to work. Lost wages, or “lost time benefits,” are two-thirds of your monthly income. They are determined by your earnings the month before you got injured or sick. Temporary benefits are paid while your physician is actively treating you. When your doctor determines you can return to your construction job, you will get a letter from the insurance company that states you are able to work again. In some instances, you may not be able to return to your job full-time or you may only be able to do modified construction work. If that causes you to earn less than before the accident, you can continue to get time lost benefits.
- Permanent Benefits. If your doctor finds that your condition is not expected to improve any further, a determination will be about whether you have a permanent disability. If that is found to be the case, the doctor will give you a percentage of disability. This number – along with your age, work history, education, and earning capacity – determines your rate of compensation.
- Death Benefits. Workers’ compensation covers funeral costs and death benefits for the family of a construction worker killed in a work-related accident.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim After a Construction Accident
Not all construction injuries are caused by the worker’s employer or co-workers. In some situations, a third party who was at the construction site may have caused the accident. The third party can be sued for your personal injuries.
It’s important that you hire an attorney who has experience in both workers’ compensation and personal injury matters. Injuries can happen as the result of a subcontractor’s negligence or the general contractor’s failure to enforce safety rules. The Arizona construction accident attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group will help determine whether you have a claim and which parties should be held accountable.
What to Do After an Accident on the Job
If you are injured on a construction site in Arizona, it is crucial that you follow Arizona’s workers’ compensation procedures. That can help ensure you get the benefits you deserve.
Following your construction injury, contact the attorneys at Matt Fendon Law Group. Our skilled and compassionate Arizona workers’ comp lawyers can guide you through the legal process.
If you’ve been injured from an accident while on the job, take these steps:
- Immediately report your injury to your employer. Construction companies and all other employers in Arizona are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance for their workers. Your employer will need to have a record of your injury. Your injury will be reported to your employer’s insurance carrier and the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA).
- File your claim. The ICA handles all workers’ comp claims in Arizona. The ICA will determine what benefits you will receive. You must file your claim within one year of the construction accident.
- Get medical treatment. No two construction injuries are exactly alike. Each injury will need different treatment. That treatment can range from surgery to physical therapy. It’s critical that you consult with a doctor as soon as possible. Medical care provided immediately after the accident can help ensure a full recovery from your injuries.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in Arizona and throughout the country. Construction workers are put at even greater risk when employers fail to implement safety programs or enforce safety regulations.
Common causes of construction accidents in Arizona include:
- Falls from elevated structures
- Falling objects
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Unsafe property conditions
- Missing protections or guards on power tools
- Poorly trained employees
- Stepladders, which can tip over
- Improper lifting
- Unsafe equipment
- Highway vehicle accidents
- Failure to follow safety regulations for scaffolding
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Welding accidents
- Explosions and fires
Common Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accidents can cause a variety of workplace injuries, including:
- Burn injuries
- Eye injury, including vision impairment or blindness
- Broken or fractured bones
- Lacerations and cuts
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limb
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Neck, shoulder, or back injuries
- Sensory loss
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including damage that can cause paralysis
- Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Talk to an Arizona Construction Accident Attorney Now
At Matt Fendon Law Group, our Arizona construction accident attorneys fight for the legal rights of injured construction workers and their families. Our skilled and compassionate lawyers can handle all aspects of your Arizona workers’ compensation claim. That will allow you to focus on your health and recovery.
Call Matt Fendon Law Group today to schedule a free initial consultation.