Our South Carolina Injury Lawyers Help Individuals File for Workers Compensation and Third-Party Claims
Construction workers build our homes, roads, office buildings and others structures used by individuals everywhere. However, when employers, third parties as well as other individuals or businesses act carelessly by not following appropriate safety procedures, these essential workers can be involved in serious and often fatal accidents. If an individual survives a construction accident, he or she may face permanent injuries.
Attorneys Ron Cox and David Proffitt know that construction workers are vital to the growth of our country. Our Columbia injury attorneys want to ensure that victims of construction accidents receive the compensation they deserve from those responsible for their injuries.
Safety Regulations to Prevent Construction Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSH Act) sets workplace safety standards in an effort to prevent employees from suffering serious injury and wrongful death at work. The OSH Act requires employers to provide their workers with conditions that are free of known dangers. It also applies to most private sector employees as well as federal, state and local government employees. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) enforces the OSH Act in addition to providing many resources to both employers and employees, so that they can take measure to create safe working environments. If you are an employee, the OSH Act enables you to receive certain benefits, such as the following:
- Ability to use your legal rights without retaliation or discrimination
- Ask OSHA to inspect your workplace, and participate in the inspection
- Get information and training about hazards, methods to prevent harm and OSHA standards for your workplace
- Receive copies of test results OSHA uses to find hazards in the workplace
- View records of work-related illnesses and injuries
According to OSHA, many safety violations occur in the construction industry. Some of the most common accidents caused by violations include falls as well as failing to meet regulations on hazard communication and scaffolding requirements.
What to Do After a Construction Accident
If you suffered from an on-the-job injury at a construction site, you should notify your employer immediately and request that they direct you to appropriate medical treatment. You will also need to fill out a workers compensation claim with the South Carolina Worker’s Compensation Commission. This will allow you and your family the ability to receive benefits from workers compensation.
You should also speak with our Columbia injury lawyers. They can make sure that you file your claim correctly, and if your claim is rejected, they can work with you to fight the workers compensation denial. Additionally, if a third party may be responsible for your injuries, our firm can help you seek additional compensation.
Get the Support You Need After a Construction Accident
The South Carolina injury attorneys at Proffitt & Cox, LLP can identify when safety violations are at fault for a workplace injury, and will work on behalf of their clients to receive the compensation they deserve for their injuries. If you suffered an injury from a construction accident, we will make every effort to ensure that you are treated fairly and with respect. Contact our Columbia law firm by calling locally at (803) 834-7097 or toll free at (877) 276-0533 to learn more about your legal rights.