Mississippi Construction Accident Lawyer

Mississippi has the third-highest accidental death rate in the nation, following only Alaska and Wyoming, in addition to 50 accidental deaths per 100,000 residents. Some common causes of construction accident reports include faulty scaffolding, falls from heights, motor vehicle accidents, carbon monoxide poisoning due to faulty gas mechanisms, forklift accidents, electrocution, machinery accidents, and injury due to falling objects. Others may be from negligence of other site workers, mistakes and negligence caused by those under the influence of alcohol or drugs, defective machinery, or inappropriate behavior of other site workers.

Construction accident reports must be filed immediately following the injury and a construction accident lawyer should be retained directly after. Both federal and state law may apply. The Mississippi statute of limitations is three years. Only one attorney is listed to specialize in construction accident law in Mississippi, plus about 359 who practice workman's compensation law, all of whom can be found through the Mississippi Bar Association, at http://www.msbar.org.

In Mississippi and most other states, an injured worker is barred from suing the employer for negligence. That means that if the worker or the employer is 100% at fault, remedies will be limited to workers' compensation benefits. However, if a third-party such as the employee of another supplier or contractor contributed to the accident, the injured party still file suit on a third-party claim.

The attorney will gather a list of several possible third party defendants in order to ensure a better chance at winning a settlement. Any or all of several parties can be held accountable for a construction accident. Depending on the size and sophistication of the construction project, there can be a wide variety of individuals involved at a construction site, including the site's landowner, design and engineering professionals, contractors (including general, "prime," and "sub"-contractors), construction managers, and equipment and material suppliers. While many construction projects are based on general contract relationships (where a general contractor retained by the site owner enters into agreements with sub-contractors as needs require), larger projects are increasingly being handled by "construction management" organizations.

The type of system in place at a construction site where an injury occurs will be an important consideration in assessing the potential liability of the various individuals involved in the project, especially as to the site owner's liability. To determine who may be liable for injuries resulting from a construction accident, the attorney will take a close look at the duties and legal responsibilities of individuals involved in the construction project.

No matter how stringent are the safety procedures in place at your job site, accidents can and do happen. In this unfortunate event, you need the law on your side. Although you can file a workers' compensation claim on your own, especially if your injury is a minor one, there are cases which may benefit from the professional assistance of an attorney. Moreover, there are some instances in which you may have the right to file a personal injury suit instead of a workers' compensation claim.

Mississippi construction accident attorneys have the knowledge and expertise to help you in your fight for the largest compensation package possible under the law.

Allow an accident law attorney who specializes in construction accidents to help you receive the compensation befitting your injuries. As soon as you've had an accident on a construction site, make sure to file the appropriate paperwork with your employer, and then contact a qualified legal professional. Make sure that any attorney with whom you consult is in good standing with the North Dakota Bar Association and the American Bar Association, and then rest assured that your case is being handled in the best way possible.

If you have been injured in a construction related accident, contact a Mississippi Construction Accident Lawyer today.


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