We all know construction is a dangerous profession, but few are prepared for the consequences of a construction site accident. You may suffer a serious injury and be unable to work, or, worst of all, you may lose the loved one who was providing for your family as a construction worker. Most construction site accidents are preventable, and when the injury is caused by the negligence of others on the construction site, you may be able to get compensation for your injury or loss.
To find out whether you can make a construction site accident claim, please contact us for a free construction site accident claim evaluation and speak to a local attorney with experience in construction site accident claims.
Preventable Construction Site Accidents
Most construction site accidents are preventable if everyone on the site is doing their job carefully and maintaining appropriate communication.
Electrocution is the most common cause of construction site fatal accidents, accounting for up to 40% of deaths. Electrocution is often caused by people making circuits live without telling others, leaving live wires exposed, or forgetting to turn off circuits before people work on them.
Falls claim about a third of all construction workers killed on the site. Falls are caused by failure to mark open pits, failure to properly install scaffolding, and a failure to use proper safety gear.
Compressed gas hazards can lead to injury or death when not properly handled.
Sometimes employees are asked to operate machinery without the proper safeguards, which can lead to dangerous injury of the operator or others.
People driving construction vehicles may not pay attention to activity around them and run over construction workers.
As you can see, these and dozens of other potential construction accidents can be caused by negligence.
Construction Site Accidents May Not Be Covered by Workers’ Compensation
Many construction workers are not considered “employees” by the contractor that hires them. In this case, they may not be eligible for workers’ compensation, depending on the laws in your state, and may have to file a third party lawsuit to get compensation.
Other times, the accident may be caused by someone other than your coworkers. With so many people on the construction site, your accident may be the fault of:
Other contractors and their employees
Engineers and architects
Manufacturers of defective equipment
If you accident is caused by any of these people, you may be able to get compensation for your injury with a third party lawsuit rather than workers’ compensation.
The Right Lawyer Can Help
If you are unsure about your options after your injury or the loss of a loved one to a construction site accident, talking to a lawyer can help.
At AccidentAttorneys.org, we select only lawyers who have been recognized by their peers or independent ratings agencies as being superior personal injury lawyers. We can put you in contact with an experienced construction site accident lawyer who can help you understand your best course of action.
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