The Role of Expert Witnesses in Construction Injury Cases

The Role of Expert Witnesses in Construction Injury Cases

Working in construction can not only be a physically laborious job but also a dangerous one. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the construction industry is one of the most risky to work in and one of the deadliest. The BLS indicates that in 2022, the construction industry had a fatal work injury rate of 38.5 per 100,000 full-time equivalent workers. In 2022, the construction industry was only number four for most dangerous jobs to be employed.

Several things can go wrong on a construction site. Heavy machinery not being used properly, falling objects, being hit by a construction vehicle, electrocution, and more are all possibilities. There is a constant and real threat that workers on an active construction site face which is why there are so many safety regulations to follow. Still, even when all regulations and recommendations are followed exactly, there are no guarantees that accidents can be avoided. When accidents happen on the construction site serious physical bodily harm and death can result. Workers who suffer injuries typically can be compensated for their harm.

If you were injured while working on a construction site, then you may be entitled to compensation for the losses you had to endure. The Pennsylvania construction accident injury attorneys at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP are here to help and provide legal counsel and representation. 

The Importance of Expert Witnesses After  a Construction Site Accident

the Role of Expert Witnesses in Construction Injury CasesThere could be several methods of obtaining compensation after a construction site injury. Filing a workers’ compensation claim is usually the first way to approach such a situation. However, if a workers’ compensation claim is filed, then an employer is usually shielded from legal liability for the accident which means they cannot have a suit brought against them.

However, in some situations, several parties have some amount of responsibility for the accident happening. Even if a workers’ compensation claim is filed, that does not mean that an injured worker or the family of a deceased worker cannot bring a claim against a liable third party. Third-party liability could fall on a subcontractor, a construction site owner, or the manufacturer of construction equipment for example.

The most important part of a claim or a lawsuit is to determine what entities are responsible for the accident happening and the resulting damages a worker suffers, along with proving liability. Several pieces of information or evidence can be used to show liability on the party of a third party including pictures, witness testimony, or medical records. Expert witnesses may also be used and these individuals can be persuasive and compelling for a victim to obtain the full amount of compensation they need.

Expert witnesses are professionals who have extensive training or knowledge about a particular subject area or field. They tend to be trusted authorities in certain areas and they can use their in-depth knowledge and background to assess a situation and provide an opinion that can potentially, back up the allegations a claimant makes about how their accident happened and who caused it.

Speak with an Attorney at Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP

Whether it be an accident reconstructionist, an engineer, or a vocational expert, an expert witness can be an invaluable part of a successful claim. When you were harmed in a construction site accident, speaking to an attorney is a good way to learn more about your options and how to proceed with taking legal action.

For more information, call Edelstein Martin & Nelson, LLP today to schedule a free consultation with an attorney at (215) 731-9900.

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