Construction sites are known to be some of the most dangerous workplaces in the country. For this reason, the safety regulations at construction sites are comprehensive and must be followed exactly to protect workers. Unfortunately, some employers are not as focus on safety as they should be, leading to unnecessary injuries and sometimes fatalities. If you or a loved one were hurt in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation through a personal injury case.
As an attorney I have helped hundreds of clients to pursue successful cases against negligent individuals, businesses and their insurers. Let me use my experience to get you the compensation you deserve.
Common Construction Accidents
A lot of things can go wrong on a construction site, especially when a worker or an employer starts cutting corners. Some of the most common construction accidents include:
Every day on construction sites, numerous vehicles are crisscrossing the area, all with a job to do and a clock to beat. Vehicles like trucks, cranes, bulldozers and other heavy equipment need to be property maintained and driven carefully. When maintenance is not performed, or someone starts driving carelessly, people can get suffer serious injury.
Forklifts cause a significant number of injuries each year on work sites all over the U.S. They can roll over, be driven recklessly or just be poorly maintained.
Working in construction often involves working at dangerous heights. Even when the height does not seem dangerous, it can still cause injury if you fall. If you were encouraged to work at a height without following property safety procedures – like tying off – you may be entitled to compensation for your injury.
Employers have a duty to keep construction equipment in proper working order. If equipment and tools are not property maintained, workers can be injured.
Dropped Or Falling Objects
Construction materials are often stored at heights where they can cause serious injuries if the fall on you. Your coworkers and your employer are supposed to ensure that all these materials are stored and worked with safely, but this does not always happen. It only takes a heavy object dropped from a short height to cause broken bones, traumatic brain injuries or spinal injuries.
With so much equipment moving around and so many heavy materials being transported, you can end up getting caught in machinery and injured or caught in-between objects and crushed.
If you are working anywhere near electricity, specific safety procedures must be maintained. Failure to do so can lead to electrocution injuries. Depending on the severity of the injuries, you could be dealing with ongoing damage for the rest of your life.
The work that goes on at a construction site sometimes requires the use of hazardous chemicals. When working with chemicals your employer is supposed to guarantee that all safety precautions are taken, but sometimes this does not happen. The specific chemicals you were exposed to can cause lasting injuries.
Construction Accident Injuries
The injuries you sustain from a construction accident can vary widely, including:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
These injuries can all lead to missed work, ongoing medical bills and pain and suffering. Depending on the severity of the injury, you may be dealing with the aftermath for the rest of your life.
Proving Fault After A Construction Accident
It is my job to prove who was responsible for the injuries you sustained. Having pursued hundreds of successful personal injury cases, I understand how to get to the bottom of what happened. My investigative work will include visiting your workplace, talking to all witnesses, taking photographs and discussing the circumstances with experts in the field. I will build a strong case that demonstrates exactly who is responsible for your injuries.
Your work in the construction industry may involve parties that do not work for your employer, like sub-contractors. You are also working with equipment that is manufactured by companies that are not your employer. You can pursue legal action against these third-parties in addition to a case against your employer. You can also get compensation in addition to your regular workers’ compensation from a third-party case.
Contact Our Attorneys Now
If you or a loved one were hurt in a construction accident, the best time to pursue legal action is now. The sooner I can get started on your case, the sooner I can get you the compensation you need to move on with your life.
A successful personal injury case will not erase what happened, but it can give you the money you need to move on with your life. Contact my firm today for a free consultation. I can help you understand your legal options and assist you in determining the next steps you need to take in your case.