Myrtle Beach Construction Accidents Lawyer
The construction industry is a booming industry that employs many people in South Carolina. It should come as no surprise, however, that construction sites are hazardous places and the jobs often place tremendous physical demands on workers. As a result, many construction workers are injured every year on sites across the state.
Many construction accidents involve workers sustaining severe injuries because of the heavy equipment that is often used on construction sites. Several construction accidents are usually the result of another party’s negligence, and victims can be entitled to compensation for all of the medical bills, lost wages, and other damages they incur because of their injuries.
Did you suffer serious injuries or was your loved one killed in a construction accident in Myrtle Beach? Make sure that you have legal representation before you discuss your accident with an insurance company. The Law Office of William J. Luse will fight to make sure that you get justice. Call (843) 839-4795 or fill out an online contact form to have a Myrtle Beach construction accident attorney provide a complete evaluation of your case during a free consultation.
Why Do I Need a Construction Accidents Lawyer?
Any person injured in a construction accident will likely have to deal with an insurance company to collect compensation. Insurance companies are only looking out for themselves and generally take one of two approaches in handling an accident claim. The first approach is to question the victim’s claims and deny liability by claiming that the victim is somehow at fault for their own injuries.
An attorney will be able to independently investigate your accident to collect the necessary evidence that can prove another party was at fault for your injuries. The lawyer can then negotiate with an insurance company for a fair and full settlement.
In some cases, the insurance company could take an approach in which it tries to quickly resolve a case through a lump-sum settlement. Representatives for insurers will often tell victims that by accepting this early settlement, they will be able to keep more money for themselves without having to pay an attorney. However, these proposed settlements are almost always much less than what people are actually entitled to.
Never speak to an insurance company with legal representation. An attorney can evaluate your claims determine what your case is worth. An attorney can negotiate with insurance companies for the full and fair value of your injuries, and if negotiation is not possible, they file a lawsuit. Either way, an attorney will give you the best chance of recovering as much compensation as possible.
Why Choose the Law Office of William J. Luse?
William J. Luse has over 12 years of legal experience and is licensed the United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as well as state courts all over South Carolina. He was named a Top Ten Personal Injury Attorney by the Attorney and Practice Magazine has been included among the Best Attorneys of America by Best Attorneys of America, LLC, and was named one of the 10 Best Attorneys by the American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys.
At the Law Office of William J. Luse because your case is important to us, and we will never treat you as just another file number. We take the time to listen to your story and learn about all of the ways that your injuries have impacted your life so we can make sure your case truly resonates with a jury.
Our firm will negotiate for a settlement that provides for every single expense that you have incurred or will incur because of your injuries. Should an insurance company refuse to provide an acceptable settlement offer, we will then file a lawsuit to try your case in court.
The Law Office of William J. Luse provides legal representation on a contingency fee basis. In other words, you will not have to pay us anything until you receive a monetary award.
Construction Accident Cases We Handle
Construction sites are often busy scenes involving several moving parts. Workers operate many large pieces of equipment that require tremendous skill and training.
A construction accident could involve any one of a number of different kinds of negligence in the performance of various functions. Some of the most common kinds of construction accidents include, but are not limited to:
- Falls from roofs, ladders, or scaffolds
- Falling objects
- Failure to maintain machinery or equipment
- Malfunctioning tools
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Collisions with heavy machinery
- Fires and explosions
- Power tool accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Crane accidents
- Bulldozer accidents
- Welding accidents
- Crushed-between accidents
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations
- Structure collapses
- Trench collapses
- Burn injuries
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Heat stroke and overexertion
- Inadequate warnings of dangerous conditions
- Lead poisoning
- Repetitive motion injuries (carpal tunnel syndrome)
- Respiratory diseases
Construction accidents can be complex because it may be possible that more than one party is liable for a victim’s injuries. Some of the different parties that could be responsible may include construction site owners, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, architects, site managers, foremen, or other parties.
Frequently Asked Questions
What should I do after being hurt in a construction accident?
Your first step after a construction accident should always be to seek medical attention. Your employer may have a preferred health care provider, or you may choose to see your own personal physician, but it is critical to have your condition evaluated by a doctor as soon as possible after an accident. If you wait to go to a hospital until symptoms appear days or weeks later, an insurance company will likely claim that the delay in treatment proves your injuries were not all that serious.
Victims may also want to take pictures of their accident scene, namely any hazards that caused or contributed to their injuries before an employer has the opportunity to correct the danger and eliminate the evidence. As soon as a person is capable, they should contact a personal injury lawyer.
What kinds of compensation can I be entitled to for a construction accident?
Many legal actions for construction accidents are resolved through settlements, as insurance companies rarely want to pay the costs associated with taking a case to trial. If a case does go to court, the insurer then faces the risk of being ordered to pay various types of damages.
Most cases involve compensatory damages, which are a combination of different economic damages and noneconomic damages. Economic damages are tangible costs that can be calculated and proven, such as medical expenses, lost income, and property damage. Noneconomic damages, on the other hand, cannot be quantified and usually involve such awards pain and suffering, emotional distress, disability or disfigurement or even the effects suffered by a family as a result of the victim’s injury.
How is my claim different if I am taking legal action a government agency?
Legal claims against government entities are subject to the South Carolina Tort Claims Act (SCTCA) under Title 15 of Chapter 78 of the South Carolina Code of Laws. The SCTCA only allows a person two years to file suit against a government entity, but the limitations period may be extended to the traditional statute of limitations of three years if a victim files a verified claim for damages. Under South Carolina Code § 15-78-120(1), recovery in an action against a government entity cannot exceed $300,000 for any one plaintiff, and South Carolina Code § 15-78-120(2) establishes that total recovery cannot be more than $600,000 for cases involving multiple plaintiffs.
South Carolina Construction Accident Statistics
According to the 2016 South Carolina Traffic Collision Fact Book from the South Carolina Department of Public Safety (SCDPS), there were 29 fatal collisions, 1,186 injury collisions and 3,611 property damage only (PDO) collisions involving construction or maintenance vehicles. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that South Carolina had an incidence rate of nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses of 2.4 cases per 100 full-time equivalent workers in the construction industry in 2016 with 2,100 recordable cases, 900 of which involved days away from work and 400 of which involved job transfer or restrictions.
The South Carolina Occupational Safety and Health Administration (SC OSHA) reported 890 construction-related nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involving days away from work in 2016. Of that 890, 420 workers had been with the employers for more than five years, 210 had been with the employers less than three months, 190 had been with the employers between one year and five years, and 70 had been with the employers for between three months and 11 months.
SC OSHA data showed 200 workers suffered nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses in the construction of buildings. Another 100 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses involved nonresidential building construction.
Heavy and civil engineering construction accounted for 200 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, utility system construction accounted for 100, and highway, street, and bridge construction also accounted for 100. Specialty trade contractors accounted for 1,300 nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses, with 100 being foundation, structure, and building exterior contractors, 700 being building equipment contractors, and 200 being other specialty contractors.
Contact a Myrtle Beach Construction Accidents Attorney Today
If you sustained catastrophic injuries or your loved one was killed in a construction accident in the greater Myrtle Beach area, do not wait to retain legal counsel. An experienced lawyer will be able to help you successfully resolve your accident case so you can recover the compensation you need and deserve. The Law Office of William J. Luse represents clients in Myrtle Beach, Socastee, Conway, Little River, North Myrtle Beach, Surfside Beach, and many other communities in Horry County, Georgetown County, and Marion County. You can have our attorney review your case and discuss all of your legal options as soon as you call (843) 839-4795 or contact us online to receive a free consultation.