Injured Construction Workers Can Still Sue For Damages Outside The Workers’ Compensation System in Cases in Which a Party Other Than The Employer Was Responsible For The Injury
The Worker's Compensation program was established to help reduce litigation costs when an employee is injured on the job. It functions essentially as insurance, where employers pay a monthly premium and employees can draw compensation when they can prove they were injured on the job while engaged in responsible work activities ("responsible" meaning that the injured individual was not taking unnecessary risks or operating machinery or a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs).
If you have been hurt on the job, speak with a qualified worker's compensation attorney to determine if you have a 3rd party case. In addition to workers compensation benefits if a 3rd party was negligent and that negligence caused the workers injury the worker is entitled to damages from the 3rd party.