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What are the Most Common Construction Accidents?
On construction sites, some accidents happen more frequently than others. No matter what the project is, there is a general trend regarding accidents that may help specific sites be more diligent. There are many types of construction site accidents and injuries, but four stand out. They are known as "The Fatal Four” by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) because they cause the most construction accident fatalities, year after year.
The OSHA Fatal Four includes:
- Struck-by an object accidents
- Caught-in/between equipment accidents
Other common accidents are less serious but still occur regularly. However, accidents that don’t cause a fatality or life-changing injury can still be serious enough to warrant a construction accident investigation and claim.
Even an injury that does not seem serious at first can result in severe consequences for an injured worker and their family. When a construction worker is injured, they face financial stress brought on by medical bills and lost wages during recovery. In cases where the injury is serious, the injured construction worker may lose the ability to ever return to work again. Moreover, in especially catastrophic incidents, a construction worker may face a lifetime of treatment, surgeries, therapy, and rehabilitation. The expenses associated with medical treatment and loss of earning capacity can amount to six-figure, even seven-figure sums. A devastating injury can amount to great financial hardship which injured construction workers and their families should not face alone.
Should You Also File a Personal Injury Action in Addition to Workers’ Compensation Case?
Workers’ compensation benefits only apply to legal claims between the direct employer and the employee. Although workers have the right to file a worker’s compensation claim against their employers, the benefits are generally inadequate compensation for lost wages, medical bills, future earning capacity, and diminished quality of life.
Victims have the option to file a work injury claim with a construction accident attorney to see if other financial entities can provide justice for the construction worker. Construction projects usually involve multiple companies, entities, and persons all involved in and working on a single construction site project. A construction accident lawyer can help find which groups, persons, or companies are liable for an accident, and file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits claim.
In some cases, where defective materials or safety equipment are the cause of the injury on a construction site, an employee may also be able to bring a product liability case against the manufacturer for negligence.
Because of the myriad of possibilities for potential recovery from various potential parties in a construction site injury, it is vital that injured constriction site workers and their families contact a lawyer immediately.
How Can a Construction Accident Lawyer Help You?
Construction work is both dangerous and demanding, requiring a worker to handle heavy machinery and dangerous equipment, climb to great heights and perform their job in inherently dangerous environments. Construction accidents occur even when a construction worker takes all the proper precautions resulting in the worker suffering a significant injury while on the job. Unsafe circumstances that lead to an injury on a construction site may entitle the injured worker to compensation from the employing construction company and possibly other parties. A construction accident attorney is an important advocate who can ensure that you and your family can protect your legal rights.
An experienced construction accident attorney will be able to help you and your family fight to get compensation regarding:
- Medical bills, hospital bills, and rehabilitation costs associated with treatment for your injuries.
- Lost wages as a result of missing time from work because you’re injured, including lost earning capacity for the future.
- Emotional distress you’re suffering because you’ve been seriously injured.
- Pain and suffering, both past and future including diminished quality of life.
Learn How to Start Your Claim – Call Now
Levy Konigsberg and our team of construction accident attorneys are standing by to fight for your rights and justice. We proudly stand up for the men and women of the construction industry who work so tirelessly in such an important profession. If you want to make sure that you have a fair chance of getting the compensation you need after a construction accident, come to our firm right away.
Contact our office today to talk about your case with one of our experienced lawyers via phone at (800) 315-3806 or by submitting an email inquiry. Our attorneys will be quick to respond to you and happy to answer all of your questions.
Construction Accident FAQ
How common are the OSHA Fatal Four?
The OSHA Fatal Four – falls, struck-by accidents, caught-in/between accidents, and electrocutions – account for more than 50% of all fatal construction accidents each year. If construction companies and other businesses that work with them prioritized safety revolving around these four types of accidents, in particular, hundreds of fatalities and catastrophic injuries could be prevented each year.
What do I do if my workers’ compensation settlement doesn’t
cover my medical costs?
Workers’ compensation should cover necessary medical treatments, but there is often an argument about what is “necessary.” As such, it could be possible for you to receive workers’ compensation benefits without getting full coverage of your medical costs. When this happens, you could be eligible to file an injury claim against the liable party as long as that party is not your employer who has already given you workers’ comp benefits.
How long do I have to file a construction accident claim?
The statute of limitations on third-party construction accident claims varies from state to state. Some states have brief statutes of limitations between 6 and 12 months. Others have longer statutes that can reach three years or more. You should assume that you have less time than you think and speak to our attorneys as soon as possible.
How much does it cost to hire a construction accident lawyer?
At Levy Konigsberg, we offer our legal services to injured construction workers on a contingency fee basis. Using this payment system, our clients don’t owe us any contingency fees unless we end the case positively for them. Also, our attorney fees will be equal to a percentage of the settlement or award. In this way, hiring our professional attorneys is always highly affordable.
What happens if my construction accident was caused by a subcontractor?
When a construction accident is caused by a subcontractor or a worker for another company at the same jobsite, you can hold that subcontractor or employer accountable for your damages and losses. This type of situation is a common reason for filing a construction accident claim.
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