Maryland Roadway Worker Injuries
Roadway workers put their lives on the line every day while working in highway construction zones. They face countless risks due to reckless and speeding drivers who ignore warning signs and reduced speed limits, in addition to risks caused by their employers, who may try to cut corners by failing to take reasonable precautions or provide appropriate safety gear. Of course, Maryland workers are not alone in this. According to the CDC, construction is one of the most dangerous industries that an individual can work in, and these dangers are dramatically increased when working in highway construction zones. Approximately 124 roadway workers are killed every year, and the number of those injured is far higher.
Are You a Roadway Worker Who Has Been Injured?
If you are a roadway worker who has been injured while on the job, either due to a reckless driver or a negligent employer, you have legal options available that will allow you to recover financially so that you can get the support and medical treatment that you need. The best course of action depends on your employment status, as well as the circumstances of the accident. For instance, if you are classified as an employee, you can file a workers’ compensation claim for your injury. Additionally, if parties other than your employer (such as the driver of a vehicle) contributed to your claim, you can hold them individually accountable by bringing a personal injury lawsuit against them. On the other hand, if you are classified as an independent contractor you do not qualify to bring a workers’ compensation claim, but you can bring a personal injury lawsuit against your employer if they were negligent in contributing to or causing your injury. Examples of employer negligence include failing to properly maintain equipment, not taking appropriate safety measures, such as posting adequate signs, warnings, or cones warning of and clearly marking the construction zone, and providing inadequate training when necessary to prevent injury.
Suing for Roadway Injuries in Maryland
If you have suffered a roadway injury due to another party’s negligence, you can bring a personal injury lawsuit to recover for the harm that you have suffered. These lawsuits allow you to recover compensation for all costs incurred as a result of your injury in addition to compensation for pain and suffering caused by the accident. If you lost a loved one due to a construction zone accident you can bring a wrongful death claim on their behalf. This essentially operates as a personal injury claim, but gives you the right to assert the claim on your loved one’s behalf.
Contact Berman, Sobin, Gross
If you are a roadway worker who has been injured due to another party’s negligence, or if you have lost a loved one who was working in a construction zone, the experienced Maryland personal injury attorneys at Berman, Sobin, Gross, LLP to schedule a consultation and find out how we can help you to get the support and compensation that you are entitled to.