The most common place of occurrence for workplace accidents is on construction sites. It is estimated that one in five workplace fatalities will happen via construction-related accidents. A worker is more likely to die on a construction site than in any other industry.
The four most common culprits of construction site fatalities and injuries are falls, being struck by an object, electrocution and getting caught between objects. Often, these accidents result from a lack of precautionary measures on the worksite.
Construction accidents can cause permanent, irreversible damage to the person who has been injured. These accidents can also negatively impact the families of the person who has suffered the injury either financially or emotionally. Injuries that cause serious, debilitating conditions can result in loved ones having to become caretakers for the victim. Construction accidents could affect the injured person’s ability to be independent and be a part of the wage-earning working force.
Common conditions suffered due to construction accidents include:
- Loss of Vision
- Loss of Hearing
- Loss of Limbs/Amputation
- Back and Neck Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury
Cases for construction accidents must be filed within two years of the accident occurring. These accidents can fall under one of two categories. While most will be handled by worker’s compensation law, there can be claims made for construction accidents that fall under personal injury law.
In the event that there is clear evidence the worksite was not properly maintained and deemed dangerous, a person can file a suit against the employers or supervisors in charge of that worksite. Another instance in which personal injury law applies is when an outside, third party enters the site and causes an accident that would not have otherwise occurred without their presence.
You will most likely need an experienced lawyer to represent you, bearing in mind that you must deal with difficult parties and legal complexities before you can receive your due compensation. Remember to be quick about hiring an attorney or otherwise risk missing the deadline for filing your injury claim, as stipulated in your state’s statute of limitations. At Oswalt Law Group, our attorneys are always available for a free consultation about your injury case, so call us today on (602) 225-2222 to see how we can help you.