Being injured on the job can be an ordeal. This is the case with any job, but it can be especially devastating when you work in construction. A construction safety hazard lawsuit can help you recover damages for your injuries.
Construction sites are dangerous work environments. There are endless opportunities for injuries to occur.
Four of the most common types of injuries at construction sites include:
- Struck-by accidents
- Caught-between accidents
Exposure to Hazardous Conditions
|Guardrails not provided for open-sided floors or platform||Falls from elevation; probable injuries, death or fractures|
|Lack of head protection from falling, struck by objects and electrical burns||Death to major concussion or trauma; electrocution|
|No ground fault protection provided||Fatal electrocution, electrical burns ranging from critical to minor; fire, explosion|
|Missing electrical path to ground||Electrical shock, death to minor burns; fire, explosion|
|No protective system for trenching/excavation||A trench cave-in (is the greatest risk associated with excavation); fatalities can be expected; additional health hazards similar to confine space situation: inhalation of toxic materials, asphyxiation due to lack of oxygen, fire, and drowning|
|Egress from trench/excavation causes a cave-in||Probable injury is death; hazardous atmosphere caused by broken utilities, toxic material; large range of injuries from death due to inhalation to first and third degree burns|
|Falling objects to inhalation of toxic materials||Instant death from inhalation to minor burns|
|No stair rail at change of elevation||Falls from elevation; can be fatal|
|Use of non-approved container tanks for storing or handling flammable or combustible liquids||Fire and or explosion; fatalities to first degree burns|
|Protruding steel rebar||Punctures, death to serious internal injuries No securing of compressed gas cylinder|
|No securing of compressed gas cylinder||Struck by facing or rocketing cylinder; injuries, death to contusions|
|Lack of eye/face protection for operation that creates an exposure||Struck by flying object, particles or chemical; probable eye injuries ranging from blindness to minor irritation|
|Radiant energy exposure from welding and laser operation||Blindness|
If you are injured in one of these four types of events or in another type of event, your life can drastically change in just a moment.
Not only will you be faced with expensive medical bills following a construction site accident that causes injuries, but you must also figure out how to afford necessities when you are unable to work. You’ll likely be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits when you’re injured in a construction safety hazard event, but these benefits rarely do enough.
If you’ve been injured in a preventable incident, you may be eligible for compensation.
Are you Eligible for a Construction Safety Hazard Lawsuit?
Accidents happen all the time at construction sites. Some are caused by unavoidable fluke events, while others could have easily been prevented. Many construction site injuries are caused by inadequate training, unsafe conditions, faulty equipment, insufficient supervision, or reckless behavior – all things that are avoidable.
If you or a loved one is injured in an accident at a construction site, especially if negligence was involved, you should contact a construction safety hazard lawyer immediately. A lawsuit may be able to help you recover damages and hold the parties accountable for your injuries responsible.
How to Determine Third Party Negligence
Working with a construction safety hazard lawyer makes it easier to determine third party liability. If a third party – someone other than you or your employer – is completely or partially at fault for your injuries, a claim may be able to be filed against that party.
Examples of third parties that might be liable for your on-the-job injuries include:
- Property owners
- General contractors
- Construction managers
- Design engineers
- Product manufacturers
Your employer and third-party entities that are involved in a construction project are all required to follow the guidelines put in place by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Additionally, they must do everything within their power to keep the work site free of unnecessary risks.
If your injuries occurred because of a workplace safety hazard, whether or not the incident was linked to an OSHA violation, you could be eligible for compensation. Employers are required to maintain a reasonably safe worksite for employees and when they fail to do so, they can be held liable for regulatory citations, fines, and be held accountable for your injuries.
Should You Contact a Construction Safety Hazard Attorney?
To qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you need to show you were injured on the job. If it can be proven there was negligence involved, you might be eligible for additional compensation to help you pay for your injuries.
Some employers do not offer workers’ compensation benefit, which means your online remedy is to file a claim.
Whether you are receiving workers’ compensation benefits or not, a construction safety hazard attorney may be able to help you when you are injured at a construction site.
OSHA provides hundreds of safety standards for construction sites. Even if you do not qualify to file a lawsuit against your employer, there might be other parties at fault and liable your damages.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, we can help. Contact us to learn more.