It’s no secret that construction is a dangerous industry. If you or a loved one were injured on a construction site in St. Louis, MO, you may be entitled to compensation under workers’ compensation and personal injury laws. An experienced St. Louis construction accident lawyer at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers can help you understand your legal options.
Our lawyers have decades of combined experience fighting for workers who are injured on the job. We’ve recovered over $50 million in compensation to date.
Insurance companies rarely make it easy to recover fair compensation. For help getting the maximum compensation you deserve, call our law offices in St. Louis, Missouri at (314) 444 4444 to schedule a free consultation.
How Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers Can Help After a Construction Accident in St. Louis
Construction workers in the United States put their safety at risk every day. That doesn’t mean you should suffer the financial consequences while construction companies profit. We highly recommend that you consult an experienced St. Louis personal injury lawyer who can help you fight to recover fair compensation. That way, you can worry less about money while you’re recovering.
Over the years, our AV-rated attorneys have been recognized by Super Lawyers and the Best Lawyers in America. We also have a proven track record of helping injured workers like you.
When you trust Schultz & Myers Personal Injury lawyers to protect your rights, you can count on us to:
- Investigate your accident and identify all responsible parties
- Determine whether you’re eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit
- Calculate the fair value of your case
- Defend you if your right to workers’ comp is challenged
- Handle your workers’ compensation claim
- Negotiate with the insurance companies on your behalf
With our St. Louis personal injury attorneys by your side, you’ll improve your odds of recovering fair compensation. To get the legal advice you deserve, give us a quick call today.
How Common Are Construction Accidents in St. Louis?
According to research from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2020, a total of 105 workers lost their lives in the workplace in Missouri. However, 24 of those workplace fatalities were in the construction industry. In other words, about 23% of all workplace deaths happened in construction.
Statewide, over 4,000 construction workers were injured on the job in 2021. St. Louis County was the most dangerous county in the state of Missouri, with over 850 incidents reported.
What Is My St. Louis Construction Accident Case Worth?
When our lawyers estimate your case value, we’ll evaluate a number of different factors, including
- The type and severity of your injuries
- Whether a negligent third party contributed to your accident
- Whether you’ll suffer any permanent disability
- The cost of your medical care and rehabilitation
- Your lost wages and income
- Your emotional pain and physical suffering
The value of your workers’ compensation check depends on:
- Your average weekly wages prior to the accident
- The duration of your recovery
- Whether you can perform any light duty during recover
- The type of injury and types of benefits you’re entitled to receive
You’ll receive about 66% of your average weekly wages during your recovery.
However, the wage replacement benefits covered by workers’ comp are limited by state law. You won’t receive disability benefits for your first three days of disability unless you’re out of work for at least 14 days. Your benefit check is also capped by state law. In 2022, the weekly maximum is $1,104.92.
Settlements and verdicts tend to be higher if a negligent third party contributed to your accident. You can’t sue your employer for damages. However, you can sue any negligent third parties who contributed to your accident.
What Types of Damages Are Available to Construction Accident Victims?
Under Missouri workers’ compensation laws, injured workers are entitled to a few types of benefits, including:
- All reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- Disability benefits
- Death benefits in fatal work accident cases
The types of disability benefits you receive will vary from case to case. Depending on the nature and severity of your injuries, you may be entitled to wage replacement benefits for:
- Temporary total disability
- Temporary partial disability
- Permanent partial disability
- Permanent total disability
Workers’ compensation benefits only compensate you for economic losses, including your medical bills and a portion of your lost wages. If you’re entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit, you may be entitled to additional damages.
Under Missouri personal injury laws, injured workers can seek compensation for:
- Past and future medical expenses not covered by workers’ comp
- Mental anguish
- Lost wages
- Decrease in earning potential
- Diminished quality of life
- Pain and suffering
- Property damage
- Anxiety and depression
- Physical therapy
- Loss of consortium
Our St. Louis construction accident attorneys will conduct a thorough review to identify all available damages in your case. To get the legal advice you deserve, call our law firm for a free case review today.
Can I Recover Damages If I’m Being Blamed for a Construction Accident in Missouri?
Shared fault is only an issue in personal injury cases. You can file a workers’ comp claim even if you caused your own workplace injuries because workers’ compensation is a no-fault system.
Under Missouri’s pure comparative negligence law, victims who share part of the blame can recover a portion of their damages in a personal injury case. Your compensation is reduced in proportion to your percentage of fault.
We’ll Work To Obtain Compensation for All of Your Construction Accident Injuries
Our lawyers at Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers often represent clients who have sustained:
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
- Catastrophic injuries
- Soft tissue damage
- Hearing loss
- Wrongful death of a loved one
- Organ damage
- Eye and facial injuries
If you’re suffering because of someone else’s negligent or wrongful acts, you shouldn’t have to bear the financial burden alone. Call our lawyers in St. Louis to learn more about how we can fight for you today.
What Causes Construction Accidents in St. Louis, Missouri?
Construction workers face many dangers on the job. So, it’s not surprising that construction accidents happen for all kinds of reasons. Of course, some factors tend to cause accidents more often than others.
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), four types of construction site accidents create the most danger for workers.
The “fatal four” include:
- Fall accidents
- Workers being struck by objects
- Workers being caught between two objects
Some of the most common causes of construction accidents in St. Louis include:
- Lack of proper protective equipment
- Inexperienced workers
- Negligent hiring, including failure to properly train and supervise workers
- Lack of fall protection
- Improperly installed scaffolding
- Defective tools and equipment
- Communication failures
- Negligent property maintenance
- Failure to follow state and federal safety regulations
At Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers, we often represent clients in construction site accident cases involving:
- Scaffolding accidents, including scaffolding collapse and falls
- Falls from roofs, ladders, and other heights
- Building collapses
- Welding accidents
- Industrial accidents
- Exposure to toxic chemicals and materials
- Defective work equipment
- Fires and explosions
- Electric shock
- Accidents involving heavy machinery
- Unsafe work equipment
- Trucking accidents and other motor vehicle accidents
- Nail gun accidents
- Workplace violence and negligent security
No two cases are exactly the same. Multiple parties and factors can contribute to a construction site accident. If you were injured, you can count on our lawyers to find out why. All you have to do is call for a free case review today.
How Do I Prove Negligence After a Construction Accident in Missouri?
You only have to prove negligence if someone other than you or your employer was responsible for your injuries.
For example, you’ll probably have to prove negligence to recover compensation from a negligent:
- Driver, if you were injured in a car accident
- Property owner
- General contractor
- Third-party supplier
- Engineer or architect
To prove negligence, you must establish:
- A legal duty of care
- Breach of duty
You don’t have to prove negligence to receive workers’ compensation benefits. If you were injured as an employee in the course of employment, you’re entitled to claim benefits.
How Long Do I Have To File a Lawsuit After a Construction Accident in Missouri?
It’s important to take action quickly if you were injured on the job site. If you don’t notify your employer about the accident within 30 days, you risk losing your right to file a claim for workers’ comp benefits.
In personal injury cases, the statute of limitations in Missouri is five years. You have five years to file a third-party claim if a negligent third party caused your accident.
Contact a St. Louis Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Consultation
Any work-related injury can derail your life. Construction accident injuries have the potential to be the most severe. If you or a family member were injured, don’t hesitate to reach out to Schultz & Myers Personal Injury Lawyers to schedule a free consultation with an experienced St. Louis construction accident lawyer today.