Construction Site Injury
When it comes to workplace safety, construction sites are one of the top locations for on-the-job injuries. If you are a construction worker and get injured while on the job, you need to contact a legal professional today. Your injury may have been caused by a variety of factors, which means multiple people could be at fault for your pain. To accurately determine who is at fault, contact a trusted lawyer immediately so that he or she can help you navigate the claims process from start to finish.
What are Some Common Construction Site Injuries?
- Broken Bones
- Back Injury
- Head Trauma
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Puncture Wounds
What are the Major Causes of These Injuries?
- Poor Training
- Mechanical Failure
- Rushed Jobs
- Misuse of Materials/Tools
- Crane Accidents
- Harness Failure
- Slips and Falls
- Electrical Accidents
- Faulty Structure
Who is Responsible for My Injury?
This depends on the circumstances of your injury. The construction site owner could be at fault if your injury was due to a faulty aspect of the site itself. Fault can fall on the contractor or sub-contractor if your injury happened because the leader in charge failed to provide you with some major element to ensure your safety. The architects or engineers could be at fault if they failed to check progress regularly to ensure compliance with code regulations. Lastly, manufacturers can be at fault if your injury is due to a faulty piece of equipment. In some instances, it can be a combination of any of these factors. That is why it is crucial to involve your lawyer as soon as possible so that he or she can begin tracking the line, or lines, of responsibility.
How Common are Construction Site Injuries?
The United States Department of Labor identifies a phenomenon known as construction's Fatal Four. It states:
Out of 4,779 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2018, 1,008 or 21.1% were in construction — that is, one in five worker deaths last year were in construction. The leading causes of private sector worker deaths in the construction industry were falls, followed by struck by object, electrocution, and caught-in/between. These Fatal Four were responsible for more than half (58.6%) the construction worker deaths in 2018.
Eliminating the Fatal Four would save 591 workers' lives in America every year.
- Falls – 338 out of 1,008 total deaths in construction in 2018 (33.5%)
- Struck by Object – 112 (11.1%)
- Electrocutions – 86 (8.5%)
- Caught-in/between* – 55 (5.5%)
- Fall protection, construction
- Hazard communication standard, general industry
- Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
- Respiratory protection, general industry
- Control of hazardous energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
- Ladders, construction
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry
- Fall Protection–Training Requirements
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements
- Eye and Face Protection
What are My Next Steps if I Suffered a Construction Site Injury?
First, seek the medical attention you need and document your injury as thoroughly as you can. Take photographs of any marks left on your body, and continue to update the progress of your healing over the next few days or weeks. Request copies of your medical reports and pass them on to a lawyer you know and trust.
Work with that lawyer to create a plan of action. Provide the lawyer with the documentation of your injury and your medical reports. Give this person a detailed report of what you remember happening, and continue to monitor the progress of your health while your lawyer works hard to start your claims process and establish fault.
Do not waste time in contacting a lawyer. The longer you wait, the more bills you may accrue as time passes. Either way, you are going to need compensation to pay for all the bills that will come due to your injury. You may need money for medical bills, insurance, loss of wages, therapy, living expenses, and counseling. All of this adds up so quickly in addition to missing out on work while you recover. Do not make this recovery any harder than it has to be. Let a knowledgeable attorney take care of your needs so that you can focus on your health.
If you or a loved one have experienced an on-the-job injury on a construction site, now is the time to start documenting your injury and contacting a lawyer. Take a quick minute to contact us at Keller, Melchiorre & Walsh today to set up a consultation to discuss your needs. By letting a legal professional take the reins on your case, you free yourself up to focus on your recovery and well-being. This may be your first work injury, but this is not your lawyer's first case of this nature. Give us a call today so that we can get you on the road to compensation and recovery.