Construction Accidents - Frequently Asked Questions

  1. What are the steps to starting the process for compensation for my construction site accident?
  2. What are the most common injuries suffered on a construction site?
  3. What is OSHA?
  4. If I'm injured while working on a construction site, can I get more than just workers' compensation?
  5. Who is liable if a person is injured by debris from a construction site while walking on a public sidewalk next to that site?


What are the steps to starting the process for compensation for my construction site accident?

Although every construction injury claim is different, there are certain universal steps you can do to help your claim. These steps generally include:

  • Enter the details in the employer's record book as soon as possible after the accident. Be sure to enter the specifics yourself, or insist on viewing any entry as it is made.
  • Gather the names, addresses and telephone numbers of any potential witnesses to your accident.
  • If possible take photographs of the location of the accident as soon as you can.
  • Organize and write all details of the accident down as soon as possible and include all events that led up to it.
  • Photograph any machinery, plants, tools, supports, or vehicles involved.
  • Photograph and document all visible injuries.
  • Consult a doctor to give medical treatment and also to document your injuries and conditions. [top]


What are the most common injuries suffered on a construction site?

There are literally thousands of potential hazards on a construction site. Heavy equipment, dangerous chemicals, and rushed production schedules can significantly increase the injury rates of workers, supervisors, and even people in the surrounding areas. OSHA states that most injuries on construction sites involve excavation cave-ins, power tool accidents, falls, electrical hazards, and exposure to potentially dangerous materials such as asbestos, lead, benzene, and vinyl chloride. [top]

What is OSHA?

OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration. It is responsible for enacting and enforcing rules that govern workplace health and safety to prevent work-related injuries, illnesses, and deaths. [top]

If I'm injured while working on a construction site, can I get more than just workers' compensation?

Your financial recovery against your employer in Minnesota is limited by Workers' Compensation laws, but remember that other parties may be legally responsible for your injuries, including third-party contractors, property owners, or equipment manufacturers. [top]

Who is liable if a person is injured by debris from a construction site while walking on a public sidewalk next to that site?

In some circumstances, the injured person will be able to recover damages from the construction company, which has a duty to take reasonable steps to keep public sidewalks near its construction site free from bricks and other debris. If the company fails to remove such obstructions and someone trips and falls, the company may be liable. Construction companies should also tell pedestrians they can be injured if they stray from the sidewalk. Posting a sign is usually not enough. If a company fails to place barriers and warning lamps by a building pit, for example, it may be responsible if anyone falls into it and is injured. [top]

Client Reviews

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Jennifer G.
Danielle Bird was very professional and worked hard to make sure I was compensated fairly for my injury. My case was difficult to prove, but she continued to move forward and supported me through the process. I would highly recommend her for Workers' Compensation claims.
Eric Sumner

Danielle Bird did a great job and she was very aggressive on getting things done. I was always informed what was going on. Very personal and especially when she was going through a maternity on leave. Still worked on my case no matter what. She is a true warrior in my opinion. When you as a client are suffering from the injustices from your work place, work comp, insurance you need someone who will fight for you like a "wolverine". This law firm is titled best super lawyers for a reason.

Kimberly Stern
Mark Olive represented me in a Work Comp Claim. He went above and beyond, got results and helped my family with what was rightfully mine. I applaud he and his paralegal Sharon. If you have a legit injury, he's the guy you wanna talk to.
Teresa Zweber

I retained Robert Brabbit in 2011 for a workmans comp case. I have been extremely pleased with him as my attorney. He won the first part of my case with ease, he has great knowledge and professionalism and am anxious to see the end results of my settlement. I would recommend him highly and he won against a major retail store.

Dean Tabor
You made sure I got all the help I needed! Mark Olive made sure that I got the best compensation possible through mediation. In the long run your office made me feel like you were looking out for my best interest all the way around, and yes I have recommended your group to people that have asked who helped me!
Phil Pearson
If it were all about the settlement, I would give Bob Brabbit 5 stars. He and his staff were so much more though. There was the patience to take us through this two year long ordeal. Answering our questions and explaining to us what was going on. There was the knowledge Bob had to take on a big insurance company. And last there was the determination to get us the best possible deal. Bob was referred to me by a friend in the legal business and I would be proud to recommend him and his staff to anyone with workman's compensation problems. Great job Bob !!!!!
Jody Draper

I have had very long trying Workman's Compensation injury case and Eric Beyer and his assistant Rita Cerny have been totally amazing!! Always so informative and helpful!!

I strongly recommend using Eric as your advocate and personal lawyer!! You will not be disappointed!! Thank you Eric and Rita!! I could not of done this without you!!!

Lon Nystrom

Danielle and Alison were honest and professional with my case. Very pleased with the results. Everyone worked hard and did an excellent job. Nice to know you have someone in your corner. They have helped get my quality of life back.

Rich Huth

Eric Beyer is the best!!! Definitely above a five star rating.

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I worked for Art at SiebenCarey for a few years while I was in college and it was a great experience. Art is always friendly and treats everyone with respect, including his clients. He is extremely intelligent and a fantastic attorney. I can confidently say that Art and his staff go above and beyond for their clients and work incredibly hard on all of their cases. They are passionate, trustworthy, and dedicated. If you're looking for representation in a personal injury matter, go see Art Kosieradzki with SiebenCarey - I guarantee that you will not be disappointed!

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Thanks for everything, your experience paid off BIG!!!
Tanya Miller

I have been working with Art for many years now, and have always been impressed by the care he gives his clients. Art and his staff are compassionate, dedicated people that I would trust with any personal injury crisis.

Cynthia Vermeulen

I have worked on cases with Sue Holden of Sieben Carey for over 20 years. As a trial attorney, I feel confident referring my clients with personal injury issues to Sue, as I know she and her team take the time to listen to their clients, explore and explain their options, monitor their recovery with compassion and persistently advocate for them in negotiations and in court. Sue has the utmost credibility in the legal community and an ability to resolve complex problems. She is highly respected by the courts as well as attorneys for her competence and steadfast dedication to helping injured people. I recommend working with Sue Holden and her team without reservation.

Jazz Smith

SiebenCarey is a professional and dedicated law organization that help accident victim.

Alyssa Mark

If you want a caring and skilled lawyer with integrity I highly recommend Art Kosieradzki. The thing that immediately struck me was that he seemed to genuinely care about me and my situation. I felt comfortable right away. He and his staff are great to work with; they are highly competent and knowledgeable. He helped me and my family greatly, and I can't thank him enough!

Steve Miller

I've know Art Kosieradzki and the folks at SiebenCarey for nearly 30 years. When my mother-in-law needed an attorney after a roll-over accident, I sent her to SiebenCarey. They were compassionate and professional. I'd recommend them to anyone who wants a personal injury lawyer they can trust.

Roberta Jordan

My family was referred to Susan Holden at SiebenCarey by our hometown attorney in a wrongful death case.  She was very accommodating to us and very approachable. Staff was top notch and doggedly pursued two different insurance companies to accomplish an outcome far beyond anything we'd anticipated. We could not have gotten results close to what she achieved without her. We will be forever appreciative. 

Sarah Peterson

It was a great experience working with Jim and his entire team! Always felt well taken care of and someone was always there to answer my many questions! Thanks!

Steve Erwin

I have referred several personal injury and wrongful death cases to Susan Holden for handling. Susan has been very professional in her approach to these cases and has obtained settlements on behalf of the clients. She also is very courteous, knowledgeable, and has a great "bedside manner" in dealing with her clients. Several clients have thanked me for referring their cases to Susan.

Thai Vuong

I had the opportunity to work with Art and his staff. They were fabulous and I would definitely recommend them to family and friends. They helped me through my claim getting a result beyond my expectations.

Susan McIntosh

Art and his staff are extremely professional and easy to work with. Having a local attorney is very convenient. It is clear these folks have been doing this a long time. I highly recommend this firm!

Scott Reeve

The Lakeville SiebenCarey office has been great to work with. They listen and they care about their clients. I have very much enjoyed getting to know the folks in Lakeville, and would highly recommend any of the SiebenCarey Personal Injury Attorneys.

Art Kosieradzki from the Lakeville office cares about each of his clients and is an excellent attorney.

Sheryl Nixon

Jeff Sieben was the first one I talked to about my injury. I was not sure if there was even a case. But as the months went by and my pain got worse, the seriousness of the injury became apparent. Jeff took on the case and put me at ease about the medical bills and calls. He was professional in his attitude while being compassionate to my situation. I have recommended him to others and will continue to do so. 

Align Chiropractic

Art and his team at SiebenCarey in Lakeville are top notch. Professionally, they are very easy to work with. I know first hand that their clients are taken care of. If you have been in an Auto Accident, or have experienced any type of injury. Art and his team at SiebenCarey are where you need to go.

Bob Levin
I was very pleased with John and the services he provided. I would highly recommend him.
Scott Wilson

I've worked with Art Kosieradzki as co-counsel in a number of major personal injury and coverage cases, and I know his abilities. He is a top-flight trial lawyer and he has the results to prove it. At least two of his attributes may not be immediately apparent, however: First, he's creative and has achieved large recoveries where a lesser lawyer might have given up. Second, he cares and he has time for people. The latter is a precious quality in our hard-driven profession. Add to that an excellent and personable staff and the backing of the powerhouse SiebenCarey law firm, and what you have in Art is simply this: the right lawyer.

Robin Wilson

Attorney Kosieradzki is a man of intelligence, experience and integrity. I would whole-heartedly recommend his services to anyone.

Sean Tyson

Had a great response and was very pleasant. The whole process was simple and easy and had more than I thought.

Troy Rognrud

In June of 2013 I was enjoying a ride on my vintage motorcycle, and was severely injured by an inattentive motorist, sending me to the hospital, physical therapy, and amassing a considerable amount of debt.

Fortunately I made contact with Robert Hauer, and Paul Downes with SiebenCarey!
Paul walked me through the entire process, explaining in layman's terms as to what to expect, and he continued to keep me informed as each step was reached.

Ultimately we used mediation to reach a settlement that allowed me to pay off my outstanding bills, and to bank an amount that gave me some peace of mind.
If by some unfortunate incident you ever have need for the services of a personal injury attorney, I highly recommend SiebenCarey... Thanks Paul!

Daniel Ball
Really good professionals, they solved my issues in no time using the most impressive and advanced approach. Really good, highly recommended
Ryan Betzina

I have known Mr. Kosieradzki for several years and every patient who has ever consulted him for legal services has given him rave reviews. His level of communication with me and my patients is outstanding. For anyone needing legal advice on a personal injury matter we highly recommend him and his team!

Kelli Bechtel

Finding a great personal injury attorney can make all the difference in the world on how your case turns out. I’ve known Art and his staff for years having had the opportunity to see what they can do. If something unfortunate happens and you want results, answers and the ability to feel comfortable with your representation, give them a call. I’m so glad I’ve had a chance to get to know them.

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