Gulfport Construction Accident Defense Attorneys Protect Contractors
Mississippi work site injury lawyers fight claims by employees
Construction sites can be dangerous workplaces. In fact, one out of five worker deaths in the United States involves construction workers. Every ladder, walkway, platform or rail has the potential to turn into a slip or a fall. However, just because a worker has been injured doesn’t mean you need to pay. The attorneys at Franke & Salloum, PLLC work to minimize your company’s exposure through settlements and third-party claims.
The most common dangers on Gulfport work sites
Nearly every item, tool or machine on a construction site is capable of causing injury. Workers routinely experience injuries due to falls, falling objects, crushing and exposure to dangerous materials. The most common causes of work site deaths are falls, falling and moving objects, electrocutions, and workers getting caught or stuck in between surfaces. In most cases, employees are entitled to workers’ compensation.
Workers’ compensation in Mississippi work site accident claims
Workers’ compensation is the standard way for injured workers to get their medical bills and other costs paid. Although workers’ comp applies slightly differently in each state, it generally works by covering medical bills and partial wages for the duration of the time that an employee is injured. It is available to those who have been injured on the job and is generally the only way workers can bring a claim against their employers for injuries. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning that a worker can recover whether your company was negligent or not.
Minimizing workers’ comp claim exposure
If your company self-insures or is responsible for making workers’ compensation payments, we can help. Our attorneys work to minimize your payout in workers’ comp claims by challenging the cause of the injury, the severity of the injury and the employees inability to work. By using medical experts, we seek to prove that the employee was injured off-the-job, that his injuries are very minor or that he is capable of returning to work. We are often able to convince workers to settle their claim to minimize and finalize your costs.
Bringing third-party claims to compensate your business
If your worker was injured due to the actions or negligence of another contractor, a property owner or some other third party, you may find that you are on the same side of the law. While the law prevents workers from suing their own employer, it does not prevent lawsuits against other people or companies on a construction site. Workers are frequently able to bring negligence claims against other contractors, subcontractors and property owners. The law also lets employers bring third-party claims so that you can be compensated for any money you had to pay an employee through workers’ comp. Our lawyers work with you to bring a negligence claim against any party whose actions caused you financial loss.
Defending third-party claims by workers or other companies
Because we defend contractors, we represent clients on either side in third-party construction accident claims. Our attorneys present a strong defense using all available evidence to prove that your company was not negligent. We negotiate settlements and fight claims in court.
If one of your employees has been injured in a construction site injury, call us today.
At Franke & Salloum, PLLC, we provide experienced and skilled personal injury and workers’ compensation defense to construction companies. If you are facing a lawsuit or claim from an injured worker, our Gulfport attorneys can help. Call us at 228-868-7070 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.