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Indianapolis Construction Accident Lawyers

The construction industry is a very dangerous place to work. Workers must have the skills and training necessary to do their jobs to the best of their abilities while avoiding accidents and injuries. Unfortunately, accidents are bound to happen eventually. Some accidents are relatively minor, and injured workers can quickly return to work. Other times, accidents are debilitating or downright deadly.

Injured workers are often very confused about their legal options. Workers sometimes attempt to file for Workers' Compensation, only to discover they are not covered for their injuries for a variety of reasons. You might want to file a lawsuit against the responsible party, but determining liability is easier said than done. You must also consider your available damages in light of the unique circumstances of your accident.

If you are a construction worker who suffered injuries on the job, contact our Indianapolis construction accident lawyers for help. We can help you find the best path to take to get the compensation you deserve for your painful injuries. Call the offices of Wruck Paupore at (219) 322-1166 to schedule a free case review.

What Happens After a Construction Accident in Indianapolis?

The aftermath of a construction accident can feel like a whirlwind, and it is easy to find yourself lost. You might have serious injuries, mounting medical debt, and no way to pay for anything because you cannot return to work. Depending on your circumstances, you might have a few different legal options to choose from. Our Indianapolis construction accident lawyers can help you figure out what works best for you.

Your first thought might be to file for Workers' Compensation. Workers’ compensation is a system under which employers carry insurance to cover their employees’ accidents or injuries. In Indianapolis, this system is not optional. Generally, an injured employee must file for workers’ comp if they want any money for their injuries from their employer.. However, the system only applies to “employees.” Under the law, the definition of employee does not include independent contractors. Since many construction workers are independent contractor, Workers' Compensation may not cover your case. Additionally, there may be other responsible parties other than your employer from whom you may seek legal recovery.

Before deciding what path to take to get compensation for your accident, you might want to make a call to your local Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) office. OSHA is a federal organization charged with regulating a wide variety of work industries, including construction. Safety violations and accidents should be reported so the incident can be investigated and future accidents prevented.

Seeking recovery outside of Worker’s Compensation will allow you to recover damages not available through the Worker’s Compensation system, including your pain and suffering and loss of enjoyment of life. While employees are barred from suing their employers under the Workers' Compensation system, independent contractors, on the other hand, are not employees and are not so restricted. Additionally, it is often possible to seek recovery against your employer for injuries suffered at an accident site, as well as seek recovery outside of worker’s compensation for other persons whose fault may have contributed to your injuries. Fortunately, there is no restriction in Indiana from pursuing both Worker’s Compensation from your employer and seeking additional damages from others.

Who Is Liable for an Indianapolis Construction Accident?

Any number of people could be liable for a construction accident. Perhaps your accident was caused because the people in charge of the construction project failed to meet specific safety standards. Alternatively, your accident could have been caused by third parties not connected with the construction project. Whoever caused your accident, our Indianapolis construction accident attorneys can help you hold them liable and get compensation.

As an independent contractor, you are not legally barred from suing the person who “hired” you. This person is legally not considered your employer. If they created an unsafe work environment on your construction site that caused your accident, they can be held liable for your damages. However, it is key that we establish the nature of your professional relationship with them.

It is also possible your accident was caused by a third party, such as a person walking or driving past the construction site.. Construction zones are dangerous, and passersby are not always mindful of their actions, even with ample warning. For example, someone could wander into your construction site and cause an accident. A person driving past could take their eyes off the road and end up driving through your construction site, injuring you and others.

Additionally, worksites are often staffed by many trades and workers who are from many different companies. If a worker from a company other than your employer injures you at the construction site due to their carelessness, you likely have a claim against them to recover pain, suffering, and other losses that may not be covered by your worker’s compensation through your own employer.

In some cases, construction accidents are not caused by people. Instead, they are caused by defective or faulty tools and equipment. For example, a construction worker using a nail gun to install roof shingling could get hurt if the nail gun is defective and misfires, sending a nail through the worker’s hand. When a faulty piece of equipment causes an accident, you can sue the manufacturer, the retailer, or anyone in the chain of sale. However, you must prove you were not misusing the equipment at the time of the accident.

Common Construction Accident Injuries in Indianapolis

The damages you may claim in your construction accident case will depend on what kind of injuries you sustained. Construction accident injuries may vary greatly, as many kinds of jobs are being performed, sometimes simultaneously. Construction projects may involve heavy machinery, large materials like wooden beams and drywall, electrical wiring, plumbing equipment, and more. While many things could go wrong, there are a few common kinds of accidents worth mentioning.

Falls are some of the most common construction accidents to happen. Workers are frequently working high above the ground on rooftops or scaffolding. Any work being done from an elevated position could lead to serious or even deadly falling accidents.

In cases involving electrical work, burns and electrocution are possible. Electrical work is very dangerous because of the risk of electrocution, and workers must be very mindful of when wires are live and when they are not. Other mishaps involving power tools or heavy machinery are also possible and could result from a defective product or an unsafe environment.

Our Indianapolis construction site accident attorneys can help you assess your damages if you were injured in a construction site accident. You can recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

Evidence Needed for an Indianapolis Constriction Accident Case

Proving your claims in a construction accident case requires supporting evidence. You should speak with our Indianapolis construction accident attorneys as soon as possible about your accident so we can start collecting evidence. If you wait too long, evidence may disappear.

Construction sites are constantly changing as projects progress. It can be hard to describe how your construction site looked during your accident because the site likely looks very different today. Therefore, it is important to record what the site looked like on the day of your accident. Photos and videos from the accident taken with a cell phone can be very helpful. Surveillance cameras often monitor construction projects, and videos of the accident itself might be available.

Even if photos or videos are unavailable, we can still use the testimony of witnesses to recreate the scene of the accident. We will also need witnesses to verify who was present at the accident scene and discuss how the accident could have happened.

Our Indianapolis Construction Accident Lawyers Can Help

Our Indianapolis construction accident lawyers can help you get compensation for your injuries and begin rebuilding your life. Call the offices of Wruck Paupore at (219) 322-1166 to schedule a free case review with our dedicated team of attorneys.

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Top-Rated Litigator.
Helping injury victims move forward.

Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.

More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.

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In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.

Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.

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For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.

Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.

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