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The construction industry remains one of the most dangerous sectors of the U.S. economy. Approximately 824 people died while working in construction trades during 2013, which amounts to approximately nineteen percent of all workplace fatalities according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Many other construction workers suffer serious debilitating injuries and occupational illness. Construction worksites are filled with a multitude of potential safety hazards that include but are not limited to heavy machinery, open trenches, exposed electrical lines, falling objects, unsafe scaffoldings and a plethora of other dangerous conditions.
Construction accidents pose unique legal challenges, so injured construction workers need an experienced Philadelphia construction accident lawyer who understands these unique factual and legal issues. Construction projects are dynamic work environments where the parties and physical conditions are in constant flux. This means that critical evidence, responsible parties and witnesses can disappear in the absence of a prompt investigation to preserve evidence and identify witnesses. Philadelphia construction accident lawyers also recognize the importance of pursuing multiple remedies, including workers compensation benefits against the injured worker’s employer and a third party lawsuit.
Why Steven Chung Is the Right Lawyer for Injured Workers
Steven Chung is an experienced Philadelphia construction accident attorney who has handled a broad spectrum of construction accident injury claims. Mr. Chung has experience dealing with workers compensation carriers and indemnity insurance providers for companies in the construction trades. He tenaciously litigates cases and prepares for trial, which often motivates insurers to settle cases on terms favorable to his clients. When handling construction accident claims, he typically works closely with construction industry experts and medical experts, as well as carefully investigating the accident site and equipment or conditions that contributed to the workplace accident.
Mr. Chung has been selected as a Pennsylvania Rising Star on two separate occasions by Super Lawyers. His unique background allows him to think like insurance defense attorneys and judges. Prior to representing victims pursuing personal injury claims, Mr. Chung spent a significant period representing insurance companies defending against liability claims. Because he has extensive experience with adjusters, insurance defense attorneys and their tactics, he provides his clients with an advantage when negotiating and litigating construction injury claims. Because Mr. Chung has also served as a Judge Pro Tem and an arbitrator for the Philadelphia County Court of Common Pleas, he also has an advantage when anticipating judicial rulings on issues that might impact your case.
Workers Compensation Benefits
When you are injured on a construction site in Philadelphia, workers compensation benefits constitute your exclusive remedy against your employer. The workers compensation system provides a mixed bag as a forum for seeking compensation for work-related injuries. An injured construction worker has no duty to prove the negligence of an employer, so a workers compensation claim can provide an efficient way to pursue remedies for on-the-job injuries. However, the benefits received through the workers compensation system typically are far less extensive than damages awarded in a personal injury lawsuit. Experienced Philadelphia construction accident lawyers can pursue a range of workers compensation benefits that might include the following:
- Reasonable and necessary medical expenses
- Wage-loss benefits (temporary total or partial disability)
- Specific loss benefits (permanent loss of use of particular body parts)
- Survivor benefits (fatal construction accidents)
Third Party Personal Injury Lawsuits
While the workers compensation system provides the sole remedy for construction industry injuries against an employer, injury workers might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a multitude of third parties on construction sites that include:
- Property owners
- General contractors
- Suppliers of poorly maintained equipment
- Manufacturers of defective equipment or tools
- Employees of other companies performing work on the project
- Other negligent parties
Steven Chung recognizes the importance of pursuing the broader scope of damages available in a civil lawsuit that might include pain and suffering, diminished enjoyment of life, emotional distress, loss of consortium and punitive damages. Mr. Chung routinely pursues both a workers compensation claim and personal injury lawsuit simultaneously on behalf of injured construction workers.
Common Types of Construction Accidents Handled by Steven L. Chung
Because Mr. Chung has extensive experience representing construction accident victims, he has the ability to effectively represent clients who suffer the full spectrum of construction injuries, including but not limited to the following:
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Shoulder injuries
- Injuries to the knee or ankle
- Paralysis (paraplegia, quadriplegia)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs)
- Broken bones and fractures
- Eye injuries
Contact an Experienced Lawyer Today!
If you need an experienced Philadelphia construction accident attorney who can investigate and pursue both a workers compensation claim and personal injury lawsuit, we invite you to contact Steven Chung at (215) 883-4100. Serious legal representation for serious injuries!