After being injured on a construction site you might be in physical pain while at the same time trying to cope with extensive medical costs that continue to pile up. Working might be out of the question and doctors may be telling you that you have a long road to recovery. All of these things might only add stress to an already complicated situation; ultimately, slowing down the healing process. Although time cannot be reversed, there are options that could help to ease your distress.
As a construction accident lawyer knows, there have been people who have suffered from a broad range of mild to severe and life threatening injuries. We understand how troubling a time like this can be and would like to help you learn about your legal options.
Nearly all injured construction workers can file for workers compensation. This will cover your medical costs and a portion of your wages. Some laborers might also have grounds for a separate personal injury claim which would entitle you to other economic and non economic damages. With either claim, your employer or insurance companies may be telling you not to consult a lawyer and to handle the process on your own (if at all). This is generally not a good idea. Although you deserve maximum benefits, there is a good chance you will actually receive less than what you need, let alone deserve. The truth of the matter is that by having a construction lawyer on your side, you may have an improved chance at recovering maximum benefits.
Most Common Injuries on Construction Sites
Construction is considered to be one of the most dangerous industries in the U.S. with approximately 11 fatalities per 100,000 on an annual basis. The rate of injured workers requiring ample time from work is 6.3 out of 100 according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Our construction accident lawyers have help workers who have been injured because of:
- Falling objects such as a tool, debris, or roof.
- Slipping or tripping on cables, rebar, wet surfaces, tools, and so forth.
- Falling from a significant height such as a ladder or scaffolding.
- Electrocution by a live current or when striking a power line.
- Negligent operation of heavy machinery including cranes, forklifts, and tractors.
- Defective components causing a machine or piece of equipment to fail.
- An explosion due to working near a gas line or hazardous materials.
These causes on injury and more can lead to:
- Brain and head injury
- Severe lacerations or bruising
- Broken bones
- Muscle and tissue injuries
- Nerve damage
- Loss of limb
Many lawyers have found that when someone has been seriously injured, or lost a family member, on a construction site, there has often been OSHA violations. If this can be established, it may be used as evidence against the liable parties. Common OSHA violations include:
- Hazardous communication practices
- Lack of fall protection
- Dangerous scaffolding
- Dangerous ladders
- Lack of guarding around machinery
- Poor control of hazardous energy
- Poor maintenance on industrial trucks
If a violation has occurred, a Fort Lauderdale work injury compensation lawyer can help you to file a complaint while explaining your legal rights with respect to pursuing a lawsuit.
Thank you to our friends and contributors at the Law Offices of Franks, Koenig & Neuwelt for their insight into workers compensation injuries and claims.