Construction Site Injuries and Accidents
Construction sites can be dangerous places for anyone; however, workers at these sites face the most significant dangers to their health and safety. Powerful machinery, heavy equipment, exposure to gas and electrical lines, and many other factors create considerable potential for dangerous accidents to occur. The injuries which can occur as a result of construction accidents are often extremely serious, frequently require intensive medical care and recovery, and often result in consequences which may affect a worker for the rest of his or her life.
In many circumstances, workers who suffer a construction injury may be able to receive compensation for their injuries and losses through their employer’s workers’ compensation fund. However, there are many other situations in which the employer is responsible of gross negligence or the responsibility for the accident lies with another party, making the pursuit of a personal injury lawsuit the best possible way for a worker to get the compensation they need to help pay for medical bills and other costs related to their injury.
Types of Construction Injury
There are a variety of different ways in which a construction worker may become injured as a result of their working environment. The following are some of the most common construction injuries in the United States:
- Neck and shoulder injuries
- Back injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Falling injuries
- Occupational diseases
Suffering any of these common types of injuries can have a devastating impact on a worker’s life, potentially leading to chronic health problems or life-long disabilities and often causing significant financial losses due to costly medical bills and reduced earning potential. For this reason, construction workers who suffer a serious injury at work may need to consider filing a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party to help compensate for these and other costs.
The causes of construction accidents can vary considerably. In some cases, faulty or malfunctioning equipment may be to blame for injuries. In others, unclean or uneven walking surfaces may have been the cause of the accident. Depending on the exact circumstances of the accident, liability for construction injuries may be assigned to several different parties. Some of the most common parties to whom blame is assigned include:
- Equipment manufacturers
- Third-party contractors
- Construction site owners
In some circumstances, liability may rest with a single party, while in others it may be determined that liability should be shared between several different parties. An attorney can help determine, based on the circumstances, who should be held liable.
How a Lawyer Can Help
No matter how valid an individual’s claim may be, legal representation is absolutely critical to ensuring that an individual’s suit receives fair treatment and stands a good chance at being successful. In many cases, personal injury lawsuits arising from construction injuries involve large companies or contractors with powerful legal resources at their disposal. Attempting to fight these groups on your own can be extremely difficult. Fortunately, an experienced construction accident attorney can help you:
- Determine liability for injury
- File your suit
- Compile necessary documentation
- Devise litigation strategy
- Negotiate a settlement
For these and other reasons, the assistance of a qualified legal professional can be an invaluable aid in this difficult situation.