According to a report from KREM 2, three construction workers were injured in a construction accident in North Spokane. A representative of the Spokane County Fire District told reporters that the incident occurred at a site near the intersection of North Division Street and East Hawthorne Road. All three workers were taken to a local hospital—but none have life-threatening injuries.
Unfortunately, construction site safety remains a serious concern in Eastern Washington. For construction workers, navigating the legal claims process can be challenging. In this article, our Spokane personal injury lawyers provide a comprehensive overview of the key things to know about construction accident laws in Washington.
Construction Workers are Covered By Workers’ Compensation
In Washington, companies and organizations are required to provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. Construction workers should be covered by workers’ comp. It is an exclusive remedy. In other words, an injured construction worker generally cannot file a personal injury claim against an employer after a construction site accident. Instead, their sole remedy against their employer is through a workers’ comp claim. In Washington, workers’ comp covers:
- All medical care (costs) that are reasonable and necessary; and
- Wage replacement benefits for time the construction worker is forced to miss.
A construction worker who suffered a severe or permanent injury may also be eligible for additional workers’ compensation benefits in the form of a permanent partial disability (PPD) award. Injured construction workers should always file for workers’ comp benefits. Make sure you notify your employer/supervisor that you were hurt on the job. Failure to report a construction accident in a prompt manner could interfere with your ability to get workers’ comp benefits.
An Injured Construction Worker May Also Have Third-Party Liability Claims
Although a workers’ comp claim is the sole remedy that you have against your employer, it is not necessarily the only legal option that you have available. You may also be eligible to file a third-party liability claim against any other at-fault party. Modern construction sites are complex. There may be several companies that are actively working on a single project, including:
- Property owners; and
- Equipment manufacturers.
If you were hurt while working in the construction industry. You have the right to file a personal injury claim against any party other than your own employer. These types of claims are known as third-party liability claims. Through a third-party liability lawsuit, an injured construction worker can seek compensation for pain and suffering and other damages not covered by workers’ comp.
Get Help From Our Spokane, WA Personal Injury Attorneys Today
At Albrecht Law PLLC, our Spokane personal injury lawyers have the skills and experience to handle construction accident claims. If you or your family member was harmed in a construction site accident, we are ready to help. Contact us now for a no-cost, no-obligation consultation. We handle construction accident injury claims throughout Eastern Washington, including in Spokane, Spokane Valley, Dartford, Mead, Fairwood, Country Homes, Liberty Lake, Medical Lake, and Airway Heights.