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Construction Accident FAQs

Construction sites are inherently dangerous, and accidents can happen despite safety precautions. These accidents can result in severe injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial hardship. In such cases, it is crucial to understand your rights and seek legal guidance to protect your interests.

Construction accidents can have devastating consequences, and knowing how to proceed after such an incident is vital. At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we want you to stay informed. We've put together a list of frequently asked questions regarding construction accidents, shedding light on the legal aspects involved and helping you make informed decisions during this challenging time.

Construction Accidents Defined

Construction Accident FAQs

Before diving into the questions, it's crucial to know what counts as a construction accident. Construction accidents encompass a wide array of incidents that occur within the construction industry, leading to injuries or fatalities for workers or bystanders. At The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, we specialize in handling cases related to these accidents, seeking justice and rightful compensation for those affected.

Construction accidents involve various scenarios, including falls from heights, scaffold or ladder collapses, machinery malfunctions, electrocutions, falling objects, fires, explosions, and more. These incidents often result from negligence, inadequate safety measures, faulty equipment, or a failure to adhere to industry regulations and safety protocols.

Frequently Asked Questions on Construction Accidents

1. What qualifies as a construction accident?

A construction accident involves any incident occurring on a construction site resulting in injuries or fatalities to workers or bystanders, often due to negligence, equipment failures, or unsafe working conditions.

2. Who can be held liable in a construction accident case?

Liability can fall on various parties, including property owners, contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, architects, engineers, or other entities responsible for safety and compliance on the construction site.

3. What should I do if I'm injured in a construction accident?

Your safety is the most important; seek immediate medical attention. Report the accident to your supervisor or employer. Preserve evidence, take photos, and gather witness contacts. Finally, consult our firm for legal guidance.

4. Can I file a lawsuit for a construction accident if I'm a subcontractor or not directly employed by the construction company?

Yes, subcontractors, independent contractors, and even bystanders injured on a construction site can typically file lawsuits if negligence led to their injuries.

5. What types of compensation can I seek after a construction accident?

Compensation may cover medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, rehabilitation costs, permanent disabilities, and in some cases, punitive damages. Our firm assesses each case for potential compensation.

6. Is workers' compensation my only option after a construction accident?

No, workers' compensation might not be the sole recourse. Our firm explores whether third-party liability or other legal avenues exist for seeking additional compensation beyond workers' comp benefits.

7. How long do I have to file a lawsuit after a construction accident?

In North Carolina, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury lawsuit after a construction accident is typically two to three years from the date of the incident, but certain factors can impact this deadline.

8. Can I still file a claim if I was partially at fault for the construction accident?

Yes, North Carolina follows contributory negligence laws. However, it's essential to consult our firm as even a small portion of fault might affect the claim's success.

9. Can family members sue for wrongful death in a construction accident case?

Yes, surviving family members of someone fatally injured in a construction accident can pursue a wrongful death claim seeking compensation for damages, including funeral expenses and loss of income.

10. Do I need to prove negligence to win a construction accident lawsuit?

Establishing negligence is often crucial in construction accident cases. Our legal team investigates to gather evidence and determine liability to strengthen your case.

11. How much does it cost to hire a construction accident lawyer?

Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis. You only pay legal fees if we secure compensation for you.

12. What sets The Law Offices of John M. McCabe apart in handling construction accident cases?

Our firm specializes in multiple areas of law, including construction accident law, prioritizing personalized attention, extensive legal expertise, and a history of successful outcomes for our clients.

13. Can I settle my construction accident case out of court?

Yes, many construction accident cases are settled out of court through negotiations. However, our firm prepares each case for trial to ensure our clients receive fair compensation.

14. How long does a construction accident case typically take to resolve?

The duration varies based on case complexity, negotiations, and potential trial proceedings. Our firm aims for efficient resolution while prioritizing fair compensation for our clients.

15. What should I expect during the initial consultation with your firm for a construction accident case?

During the consultation, our legal team evaluates your case, discusses the circumstances of the accident, advises you on legal options, and outlines the potential steps in pursuing your claim.

Why Choose The Law Offices of John M. McCabe?

Since 1994, our firm has had the privilege of representing clients in the Raleigh area and helping them pursue compensation for their personal injury and workers' compensation cases. Our firm understands the unique challenges that come with construction accident cases. We have a deep understanding of the laws surrounding these incidents and extensive experience in handling such claims. When you choose The Law Offices of John M. McCabe, you can expect personalized attention from our dedicated legal team. For a free consultation about your case, contact our office or call (919) 833-3370.


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