Our Columbia construction accident lawyer represents injured workers. Bert Louthian works diligently to assist people who are hurt in construction accidents to receive benefits and compensation. Reach out to The Louthian Law Firm to see what you may receive for your case and how we can take care of the claims process for you. Call (803) 592-6231 today to talk about your situation with a skilled injury attorney in Columbia.
Attorney for Construction Accident Victims in Columbia, SC
Someone injured while working in construction may receive financial compensation through workers’ compensation or through a third party injury claim. A lawyer for construction accidents in Columbia, SC can evaluate your rights, discuss your options and represent your interests.
A construction accident may occur during:
- Repairs and maintenance
- Renovations, alterations
- Planning and evaluation for construction
The Louthian Law Firm is a family-owned law firm. We understand how an unexpected injury can impact the entire family. That’s why we focus on representing people in legal claims for financial compensation. Since 1985, lawyer Bert Louthian has represented people in the Columbia region to receive justice and the financial help they need following an injury.
When you need a lawyer for construction accidents in Columbia, SC, contact us for a free consultation.
Types of Construction Accidents
- Falls including from the same level and from elevation
- Falling objects
- Struck by and stuck between accidents, crushing injuries
- Fires and burns
- Sharp objects, tools, machines and equipment malfunction
- Exposure to toxic and harmful chemicals
Construction accidents have many different causes. A lack of fall protection, failing to supply personal protective equipment, poor training, poor storage and materials handling, inadequate safety practices, a lack of resources and poor communication are just some of the reasons that a construction accident may occur.
Legal Help for a Construction Accident
Most construction accident claims fall under workers’ compensation or a third party claim for injury compensation. As your lawyer, Bert Louthian examines what claim or claims you qualify for. He explains what to expect in the claims process and what you need to know. Together, we create a legal strategy for your situation.
Workers’ compensation for construction accidents
In South Carolina, an employer with four or more employees must carry workers’ compensation coverage. There are limited exceptions. Generally, workers’ compensation provides benefits to employees who are hurt, including people hurt in construction accidents. Unlike third party claims, the victim doesn’t have to prove that the employer is at fault for the accident. All they must prove is that they suffered an accident in the course of their employment.
If you qualify for workers’ compensation because of a construction accident, you may receive:
- Medical care provided by your employer
- Replacement wages when an injury prevents you from working
- Disability benefits
- Death benefits
For construction accidents, replacement wages are especially important because light duty may not be possible. A victim should report the injury to their employer. A lawyer can assist you in preserving your right to benefits, knowing what to do and taking legal steps to receive the benefits you deserve.
Third-party injury claims
Construction work often involves numerous parties other than your employer. Many parties may be present at a construction site including the owner of the property. A third party may have legal liability for a construction accident based on tort injury laws. If you are a victim, and a third party has legal liability, you may qualify to receive financial compensation. If qualified, the victim may claim pain and suffering and other non-economic damages that are not paid in worker’s compensation claims.
When a workers’ compensation case is also a personal injury case, there are important things to know. Understanding the laws and the possible outcomes can help you prepare the appropriate legal strategy. Lawyer Bert Louthian understands the laws for construction accidents and how an injured worker may pursue compensation. He evaluates all the relevant considerations to personalize a plan for your situation.
About Construction Accidents
Common construction injuries
Common construction injuries include:
- Cuts and bruises
- Loss of limb
- Paralysis, quadriplegia, paraplegia
- Broken bones
- Organ damage
- Occupational disease
- Injuries to the senses like hearing and sight
- Traumatic brain injury
- Muscle strains and sprains, other soft tissue damage
- Heat exhaustion, heat stroke
What should I do after a construction accident?
If you’re in a construction accident, summon emergency responders if necessary. Secure the appropriate medical attention, including emergency or urgent care, if needed. Tell a supervisor or employer representative about the accident and injury. In South Carolina, you must file Form 50 or Form 52 to preserve your right to benefits.
Comply with your medical care instructions and attend all medical appointments. Abide by your restrictions. Talk to a lawyer as soon as possible.
Construction accident statistics
- 11.4 million people in the United States work in construction.
- 35.3% of construction deaths result from slips, trips and falls. Falls are the leading cause of death in the construction industry.
- 15.4% of construction-related fatalities result from struck-by accidents.
- 7.2% of construction-related fatalities result from electrocution.
- 21,400 injuries occur each year in construction because of non-fatal slip and falls.
- 62.2% of construction laborers work on elevated surfaces.
- 75% of fatal falls occur in employers with under 20 employees. These employers make up just 39% of payrolls in the construction industry.
How an experienced lawyer can help
Construction accident lawyer Bert Louthian provides legal representation for victims in many aspects, including:
- Reporting and documenting that the construction accident occurred
- Investigating to determine the possible causes of the accident and injury
- Filing forms to preserve your right to benefits
- Responding to reasons your claim may be denied
- Ensuring your benefits or damages are calculated properly
- Preparing legal documents, filing your legal claim
- Negotiating your settlement
- Representing you at hearings and at trial
- Understanding the unique issues present in construction injury claims
- Customizing representation and the plan for your case
When we represent you, we know that you need to focus on your injury and recovery. We are here to alleviate the stress, using our knowledge and experience to pursue your legal interests. Throughout the case, we are always available to answer questions and communicate with you.
Contact us for a personalized consultation and learn how our services may benefit you after a construction accident.
Why choose The Louthian Law Firm?
The Louthian Law Firm focuses on helping people when they need a lawyer the most. Bert Louthian holds a juris doctorate from the University of South Carolina. Under the mentorship of his attorney father, Bert Louthian has decades of experience representing people in the Columbia region. This experience gives him insight in how to approach construction accident claims.
We are here for you when life goes wrong. Through diligent investigation and case preparation, we build your claim. Then, we focus on your case while you devote time to your recovery.
Consultations with our law firm are free. Bert Louthian is a member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and holds an AVVO 10.0 rating. We handle claims in Columbia and throughout the region. We represent people injured in construction accidents to receive their benefits, compensation and justice.
Consultations Available – Talk to a Lawyer Now
To talk to a lawyer now, we invite you to have a consultation with our Columbia construction accident lawyer, Bert Louthian. We will explain your rights and your options. Get to know us and see how we can advocate for you. We are taking new cases, and we can start representing you today.
Call (803) 592-6231 or send us a message now.