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K.C. Mangus Lohr - attorney, lawyer, sc, charleston

All Third-Party Claim Reviews Are Provided By K.C. Free Of Charge. 

You Only Pay If K.C. Wins Money For You.

third party claims attorney mangus sc south carolinaK.C. Mangus Lohr is a South Carolina Low Country medical third-party claim attorney who can help you.  She has more than 14 years of legal experience handling all types of injury claims.

If you or a loved one is injured on the job by the negligence of a co-worker, faulty equipment, or just by accident, the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act is the sole and exclusive remedy for those injuries and damages.

However in some situations, injured construction workers and other types of employees may be eligible to file a personal injury claim in addition to a workers' compensation claim in South Carolina.  In these cases, personal injury claims are referred to as third-party claims, which are claims against a person or company other than the injured worker's employer.  For example, a claim may be against another subcontractor or another contractor working on a construction site.  If you are injured on the job, K.C. will evaluate all potentially responsible people and companies and give you all your South Carolina legal options.

According to Occupational Health & Safety Administration (OSHA), nearly 6.5 million people work at approximately 252,000 construction sites across the United States on any given day.  The number of deaths in the construction industry is higher than the national average for all industries.

3rd party claims south carolina lawyer mangusAccording to OSHA, some of the most potentially dangerous conditions for workers at construction sites include:

·         Electric shock and arc flash/arc blast

·         Excavation trench collapse

·         Falls from heights

·         Scaffold collapse    

Electrical shock is a serious hazard according to OSHA.  Many of the electrical shock deaths and injuries could have been prevented by having power shut off and grounds attached, lockout/tag out systems in place, worn electrical cords replaced, extension cords with grounding prongs, all electrical tools and equipment being maintained and checked for defects, and devices in place to protect tool users.  These factors come into play if another contractor or subcontractor working at the job site fails to properly use and maintain these electrical tools and devices.  In South Carolina, what can result is a third-party claim against the other contractor or subcontractor.

Trench collapses cause dozens of deaths and hundreds of injuries each year according to OSHA.  Some actions that could have been taken to reduce trench deaths and injuries include sloping the trench wall at an angle, shoring to protect workers with supports that prevent soil movement, shielding to prevent trench cave-ins, and a way to exit the trench.  Oftentimes, one contracting company will dig the trench, while another company’s employee will be down in the trench.  If that trench collapses on the second employee, he or she can have a claim against the company which was constructing the trench in South Carolina as well as a claim against the employer for South Carolina Workers’ Compensation benefits.

Construction workers who fall from heights often suffer the most serious injuries. According to OSHA, every year falls cause the greatest number of deaths in the construction industry.  A number of factors are often involved in falls including misuse or failure to use fall protection, unstable work surfaces, and human error.  Studies have shown that if an employee uses restraint systems, covers, safety nets, fall arrest systems, and guardrails serious injuries and deaths can be prevented from falls.  How many times does one contractor company construct a temporary guard rail, and then another company’s employee leans against that rail thinking it’s stable, but instead falls to his or her death?  This is another example of a third-party claim. 

Sometimes scaffolding is not used properly or not constructed properly and falling injuries happen.  According to OSHA, about 2.3 million construction workers frequently work on scaffolds.  Protecting these workers from scaffold-related accidents could prevent an estimated 4,500 injuries and 50 deaths each year.  Another example of a third-party claim is where one company constructs the scaffold, and another company’s employee uses it only to fall because of faulty construction.   

South Carolina third-party claim law is both vast and complicated, but can result in you being paid money for your injuries above and beyond what is provided by the South Carolina Workers’ Compensation Act.  If you have been injured on the job by the negligence of an independent contractor or subcontractor, please do not delay in meeting with an attorney experienced in dealing with third-party claims. Call the Mangus Law Firm to schedule your free consultation with K.C. Mangus Lohr today.

K.C.’s South Carolina injury law practice includes the cities and towns of Moncks Corner, Bonneau, Goose Creek, Summerville, St. George, Ridgeville, Holly Hill, Charleston, Mt. Pleasant, Georgetown, Huger, McClellanville, West Ashley, James Island, Johns Island, Wadmalaw Island, Kiawah Island, Seabrook Island, Edisto, Hollywood, Ravenel, North Charleston, Isle of Palms, Sullivan's Island, Awendaw, Adams Run, Folly Beach, Ladson, Hanahan, Wando, Pinopolis, Harleyville, Reevesville, Orangeburg, Cross, and St. Stephen.

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