Metairie Construction Site Injury Attorneys
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation beyond workers' compensation if someone other than your employer or a coworker is at fault for your injury.
At the Ates Law Firm, we offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and determine if you can file a personal injury lawsuit against the party that caused your injury. With law offices in Destrehan and Gretna, our lawyers represent clients in Greater New Orleans, the River Parishes and throughout Louisiana.
Can I Sue My Employer?
In exchange for providing workers' compensation benefits, employers are shielded from being sued by their employees. Therefore, if you were injured by a co-worker or your employer, you are limited to the benefits offered by workers' compensation. However, if you were injured by a third party, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the third party.
While workers' compensation benefits are limited, a personal injury lawsuit allows you to seek full compensation for all the damages you have suffered, including pain and suffering.
What Is a Third Party?
A third party is someone who doesn't work for your employer. The following may be third parties in a construction accident case:
- Another contractor who works for a different employer
- A vendor who supplies equipment, materials or services
- The owner of the site
- Another driver in a car accident case
In some cases, third parties can be considered statutory employees under the law, so it's important to retain an attorney who understands Louisiana workers' compensation law.
What Is Fault?
To recover compensation in a personal injury lawsuit, you must prove that someone else was at fault for your injury. This is different from workers' compensation, which pays benefits regardless of who was at fault.
Many so-called accidents are actually events caused by negligence. To prove fault, our attorneys will use experts in the construction industry who can testify that your injury was caused by the negligence of the third party.
For More Information About Construction Accidents
We offer a free initial consultation to evaluate your case and answer your questions. To talk to our Gretna, Destrehan or New Orleans construction accident attorneys at our firm, call 504-264-9524 or fill out the contact form on this website.