I was injured at a construction site. Can I make a claim?

I was injured at a construction site. Can I make a claim?

Published on 15 January 2024
Last updated on 18 March 2024

Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, with risks of accidents and injuries significantly higher than in many other workplaces. Despite rigorous safety standards and regulations, injuries at construction sites can and do happen. Whether you’re a worker on the site or a passerby, you have certain rights if you’ve been injured in Queensland. Ascent Lawyers is committed to guiding you through the process of making a claim. This blog provides an overview of what you need to know.

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1. I was a worker

Employers in the construction industry have a legal obligation to protect their workers. This involves ensuring that all safety measures are in place and that equipment provided is safe and well-maintained.

If you’re a construction worker who has been injured on site, you can lodge a WorkCover claim. This type of claim is designed to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, among other things.

2. I was an authorized visitor or just passing by the construction site

Construction site operators must ensure not just the safety of their workers, but also of visitors and passers-by. This extends to securing the site with proper fencing, signage, and other measures to prevent accidents.

3. Case Study: Injury from Falling Debris

Sarah, a 28-year-old marketing consultant, was passing by a bustling construction site downtown on her usual commute to work. Without any forewarning, debris cascaded from the second story of the under-construction building, striking her. Sarah was left with a fractured wrist and a minor head injury.

A subsequent investigation into the incident revealed a series of safety oversights. The construction company had neglected proper site safety protocols, and previous similar incidents had been reported at the same site.

Sarah decided to pursue a public liability claim against the insurer of the construction site. Her case was strengthened by eyewitness accounts, her medical records, and expert reports.

4. Conclusion

If you’ve been injured at a construction site, it’s important to understand your rights and options for claiming compensation. Ascent Lawyers is here to help guide you through the process, whether you’re a worker or a visitor to the site. Our team of experts is dedicated to ensuring you receive the support and compensation you deserve. Contact us for a comprehensive evaluation of your case and take the first step towards your recovery.

5. Client Video Testimonials

Hear from clients who have successfully navigated their construction site injury claims with the help of Ascent Lawyers:

Disclaimer: Ascent Lawyers owns all copyright in the text. This article is of a general nature and should not be regarded as legal advice or relied on for assistance in any particular circumstance or emergency situation. To obtain legal advice in relation to your own circumstances, please contact us for consultation.

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