In 1902, Maryland became the first state to pass a statewide workers compensation law. And while workers compensation is an important benefit that protects those who are injured on the job, it is not always sufficient to cover all the expenses that a seriously injured worker may incur.
If workers compensation is not sufficient, you cannot sue your employer, but you may be able to file suit against a property owner, an architect, a general contractor, or the manufacturer of a defective tool or piece of equipment by proving that their negligence was a cause of the accident. This is called a third-party lawsuit, and it is an effective legal option in helping you get full and fair compensation for your injuries.
Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP brings a collective 95 years of personal injury law experience to bear in helping people who have suffered a construction accident injury – and who have a legitimate claim against a third party. Our AV-rated construction accident attorneys have helped hundreds of workers in the region.How a Third-Party Personal Injury Claim can Help You
Under workers compensation, an employee may receive benefits if he or she was involved in an “accidental personal injury arising out of and in the course of employment.” Whether you are considered to have suffered total temporary disability or permanent total disability, you are entitled to receive two-thirds of your average weekly wage – up to the average Maryland weekly wage, which is recalculated by the Maryland Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulation every year.
By filing a third-party personal injury claim, you may be able to receive additional compensation that is not included in workers comp benefits, including pain and suffering and uncovered medical and other expenses. Construction accidents that may be eligible for a third-party claim include:
- Scaffolding collapses
- Electrocution or other injury caused by faulty power tools
- On-site motor vehicle accidents
- Trench collapse
- Defects in heavy machinery
- Burns in welding accidents
Our construction accident attorneys in Hanover, MD pursue every liable party – including manufacturers of defective equipment, property owners and others – to ensure that you get the maximum compensation due to you.
We help people who have been injured in construction accidents throughout Maryland
To learn more about how our veteran construction injury lawyers at Hartel, DeSantis & Howie, LLP can help you get the compensation you deserve for injuries caused by the negligence of others, please contact us online or call us at (443) 749-5111. We serve Annapolis and the entire Washington DC region from our office in Hanover, MD office.