Of the 4,251 deaths that occurred on the job in 2014, more than 20 percent, or 1 in 5, happened on a construction site, according to OSHA. Nearly 60 percent of those deaths were attributed to employees falling, being electrocuted, being struck by an object, or being trapped between objects.
Unfortunately, construction workers face risks every day that they step onto a worksite. In 2013, CDC reported that “private industry construction workers had a fatal occupational injury rate nearly three times that of all workers in the United States.” If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be able to file a personal injury claim for damages.
Generally, a construction worker’s injury is covered by workers’ compensation benefits that limit the financial recovery of the employee and bar the employee from pursuing a claim against his or her employer. Workers’ compensation laws are meant to cover injuries caused by the negligence of a co-worker or an employee, but there are certain situations in which an injured party can seek additional damages from a third party, such as a subcontractor or the manufacturer of a defective machine.
Construction site accidents are often the result of negligence by one or more parties, such as site supervisors, owners or managers of the property, or the operators or manufacturers of heavy equipment. Some of the most common construction accidents involve:
Sometimes, workers are crushed or run over. These accidents lead to finger or limb amputations, broken or fractured bones, burns, impaired vision, back injuries, hearing loss, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), paralysis or spinal cord damage, or traumatic brain injuries. These injuries can be debilitating and cause an employee to become incapable of working either temporarily or permanently, resulting in financial strain within the employee’s family.
If you believe you have a claim for damages against a negligent party other than your employer, contact the attorneys at the Law Offices of Alexander H. Schwartz for an honest evaluation of your situation. Construction accident injury claims can be complicated because they involve numerous parties. Not only does our firm have more than 30 years of trial experience in both state and federal courts across the country, our attorneys are experienced in both workers’ compensation law and personal injury law.
We also offer accommodating appointment availability, affordable representation, and flexible payment plans. If we don’t win your personal injury claim, you don’t pay attorney fees. What’s more, we provide you with personal attention and the opportunity to work directly with the primary attorney on your case. If you need a construction accident attorney who will offer you one-on-one attention, thorough experience, and reasonable costs, contact our Southport, Connecticut, office today for a free consultation.
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