In the construction industry, there is a wide range of different types of injuries which a worker may suffer in the course of performing their professional duties. In some cases, these injuries may be relatively minor, requiring little in the way of medical care; in others, they may be severe, requiring significant care and attention from a trained medical professional. This care can, in many circumstances, be extremely costly.
However, it is often the loss of income which most directly affects a construction worker following an injury. This problem can be particularly acute when a worker suffers from a back injury, which often takes an arduously long time to recover from and can severely limit the activities which a construction worker can complete. Therefore, many construction workers choose to pursue a personal injury lawsuit in cases where they suffered a severe back injury due to the reckless or negligent actions of another party.
Types of Back Injuries
Some estimates state that back injuries account for one-quarter of all injuries suffered by construction workers. Of this broad category, a number of different forms of back injury stand out as particularly common, including the following:
- Injuries to the spinal cord
- Cervical radiculopathy (herniated disks)
- Damaged vertebrae
- Ligament tears
Any of these types of injuries can have a serious impact on the health and lifestyle of a construction worker, potentially limiting their ability to earn a living and reducing their physical capabilities. When these types of injuries are the fault of another party, they should be responsible for covering the costs and losses of the injury.
Causes of Back Injuries
There are several different ways in which a construction worker may suffer a significant back injury on the job. Some of the most common include:
- Crane or scaffolding collapse
- Being struck by a moving vehicle
- Falling objects
- Carrying heavy loads
- Repetitive motion injuries
Regardless of the cause, the back injuries that a construction worker can suffer from are frequently severe. Due to this, pursuing compensation through a personal injury lawsuit may be necessary to pay for the costs of medical care, lost income, and other expenses.
Depending on the circumstances under which a construction accident occurred, there are often several different parties who may be considered responsible, and therefore financially liable, for the cause of the injury. Some parties commonly deemed liable for construction accident injuries include:
- Third party contractors
- General contractors
- Property owners or managers
- Equipment manufacturers
One or more of these people may be deemed liable for a construction accident injury if their reckless or negligent behavior caused or contributed to the injury’s occurrence. However, actually determining who is at fault for these types of injuries can be difficult for those without a background in personal injury law. Therefore, many construction workers who have suffered a back injury choose to employ the services of an experienced legal professional who understands how to properly assess liability in these circumstances and successfully utilize the legal system to help them pursue the financial compensation they need.