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Charlotte Construction Accident Lawyers
At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our team of skilled construction accident lawyers and support staff in Charlotte bring over 60 combined years of experience to each case we represent, because when it comes to protecting our North Carolina construction workforce, we are all in this together.
Our law firm founder and managing attorney, Martha Ramsay, is a Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation Specialist who connects with each of our clients to understand how their injuries have impacted their lives, and fully explores what their construction accidents mean to their livelihoods going forward, so we can create a legal strategy that provides the physical, emotional, and financial support they need to move forward with confidence.
We believe all workers have rights, and that is never more evident than in the construction industry, which is consistently ranked in the top twenty most dangerous jobs in the U.S.
No matter your role on a construction site — from painters, electricians, framers, roofers, masons, welders to installers — each job comes with a specific set of risks most of us do not encounter in the workplace.
Our Mecklenburg County construction accident attorneys work hard for the hardworking people of North Carolina to protect your rights and pursue real results.
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Are All North Carolina Construction Workers Covered by Workers’ Compensation?
Preliminary data showed that there were 7.2 million construction jobs throughout the country — including just over 229,000 in North Carolina — marking the highest employment level for the construction industry in a decade.
Unfortunately, the higher number of construction jobs often directly corresponds to an increase in construction accidents, injuries, and fatalities here and across the nation.
This makes having access to workers’ compensation benefits all that more important for our construction industry workers, as their livelihoods are potentially at stake every day they show up for work.
With very few exceptions, all businesses that employ three or more employees — including construction companies — must carry workers’ compensation insurance, or qualify as self-insured employers as required by the North Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act.
If you have been injured in a North Carolina construction accident, the first step to pursuing the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to is reporting the injury promptly to your employer, so the incident and resulting injuries are on the record.
Next, all injured construction workers should file a workers’ compensation claim within 30 days of the construction site accident, with assistance from an experienced workplace injury attorney in North Carolina, so your rights are protected going forward.
Employers will likely require injured construction workers to see a company doctor of their choosing, which could easily undermine the severity of your injuries, since the physician is contracted by its workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
Our Charlotte construction accident attorneys know the tactics employers and insurance companies use to minimize benefits or deny claims outright, and we will execute an aggressive, proactive legal strategy designed to protect your rights and pursue the full benefits you deserve.
What are the Most Common Causes of Construction Accidents in North Carolina?
Last year alone, throughout the U.S., there were approximately 150,000 construction site accident injuries that claimed more than 5,200 lives, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Statewide, the private construction industry reported 39 fatalities, which represented 21% of all work-related fatalities.
Additionally, the North Carolina Department of Transportation reported 6,542 people were injured in construction, utility, and maintenance work zones across the state last year.
The “fatal four” leading causes of death and fatal injuries among construction workers include:
- Object Strikes
- Being Caught Between Objects
Other types of accidents that are common on construction job sites include:
- Building Collapses/Structural Collapses
- Crane Accidents
- Defective Equipment Accidents
- Falls from Heights
- Forklift Accidents
- Getting Hit by a Vehicle
- Job-Related Vehicle Accidents
- Ladder Accidents
- Lockout/Tagout Accidents
- Machinery Accidents
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Trench or Ground Collapses
Backed by more than 60 combined years of legal experience representing disabled construction workers in the Charlotte region, the aggressive and knowledgeable Charlotte construction accident lawyers at the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A. are here to help our injured North Carolina construction workforce file workers’ compensation claims, appeal denied claims, or fight an employer’s request to suspend, reduce, or terminate their benefits.
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What are the Most Common Construction Accident Injuries?
The risks associated with construction work are evident to anyone passing by a job site and are intimately engrained in construction workers’ day-to-day movements.
Even with OSHA safety regulations, and other state and federal construction guidelines in place, one false move — by anyone on the job site — can lead to severe, life-changing injuries.
Common construction accident injuries may include, but are not limited to:
- Amputation/Loss of Limb
- Ankle Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Bone Fractures/Broken Bones
- Burn Injuries
- Chemical Burns
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Crush Injuries
- Dislocated Joints
- Ear Injuries/Hearing Loss
- Electrical Burns
- Eye Injuries/Vision Loss
- Facial Injuries
- Finger and Thumb Injuries
- Foot and Toe Injuries
- Hand Injuries
- Head Injuries
- Knee Injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Organ Damage/Organ Failure
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Soft Tissue Injuries (Sprains/Strains)
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI) and Paralysis
- Wrist Injuries
If you have been injured in a construction accident in North Carolina, contact our skilled workers’ compensation attorneys in Charlotte today to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the benefits you are entitled to as a construction worker in the Tar Heel state.
Why Would My Workers’ Compensation Claim Be Denied After a Construction Accident?
Workers’ compensation coverage is provided by the employer’s insurance policy, which means benefits must be approved by the company that issued the contract.
Like all insurance companies, the goal is to pay as little as possible to protect their corporate interests and bottom line, so their representatives will put up a fight when anyone files for workers’ compensation benefits for construction accident injuries in North Carolina.
Workers’ compensation denials are often based on one of three factors:
- The employer refuses to admit that the injury occurred during work-related activity.
- The insurance company simply calls you a liar by stating you are not hurt at all.
- The workers’ compensation laws state your injury occurred in a way that does not comply with the obligation to show that you were injured by accidents, by a specific traumatic incident, or an occupational disease.
At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., we believe you are injured, and we want to help protect your rights, eligibility, and ability to successfully pursue workers’ compensation even if you have already been denied coverage.
In addition to your workers’ compensation claim, our Charlotte personal injury attorneys may also assist you in filing a lawsuit, depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident and resulting injury or injuries. While employees in North Carolina are generally prohibited from suing an employer for workplace injury, several exceptions may apply in your case.
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Contact Our Construction Accident Attorneys in Charlotte, NC at the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A. for a Free Consultation Today
At the Ramsay Law Firm, P.A., our experienced construction accident attorneys in Charlotte have 60+ years of combined experience producing personalized results for our clients.
We are dedicated to helping our North Carolina residents have their voices heard through customized legal representation that ensures they will never get lost in the shuffle or be bogged down by red tape and legal details.
Call or text us at 704-376-1616 or contact us online to meet with our Board-Certified Workers’ Compensation attorney and allow our skilled team of construction accident injury lawyers and support staff to handle each detail of your case, so you can focus on your recovery.
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