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Statistics from the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reveal that one in ten workers in the construction sector sustains injury each year. While some construction firms do their best to keep their employees safe, others sidestep or ignore safety standards to cut costs or meet deadlines. This results in serious construction accident-related injuries or death to workers who do their best to repair and build their community.

If you’ve suffered from an injury and suspect that your company did not do enough to keep you safe, you can file a claim with the help of a law firm that specializes in construction injury cases. A compassionate and knowledgeable attorney can come up with an effective plan to help you achieve full and fair compensation.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

The injuries that workers sustain in a construction site can be severe and may have lifelong effects. Some of the construction-related accidents that can take place in worksites are:

  • Falls from Scaffolding or Heights –Depending on the nature of the work, a worker may need to work in high places and use a ladder or scaffolding. When construction firms fail to take reasonable steps to safeguard employees who work from heights, victims may suffer severe fall injuries due to lack of appropriate fall protection, poorly maintained ladders, scaffolding, and other hazards.
  • Falling Objects – Materials, tools, debris, machinery, and other various items are used on construction sites. These objects can easily fall and hit workers and cause severe head, brain, or spinal injuries.
  • Slips and Trips – A worksite may have many potential slip and trip hazards, including wires and cords, wet substances, tools and materials lying around, uneven ground, and open holes. If left unaddressed, these hazards can cause a significant construction injury or accident.
  • Transportation Accidents – Construction projects may require large and heavy vehicles, such as concrete mixers, bulldozers, and excavators. Poor maintenance and lack of training can lead to vehicle-related accidents.
  • Electrocution – During the construction stage, it is not uncommon for workers to come near live. Exposed wires and electrically charged metal objects can electrocute and cause significant injury to workers. The current that passes through the body can destroy muscles, nerves, and tissues.
  • Fires or Explosions – Gas lines, pipes, and explosive or flammable materials on construction sites can increase the likelihood of an explosion or fire occurring. Companies should take steps to minimize these risks and protect workers.
  • Caught-in and Caught-between Accidents –These accidents happen workers become lodged or stuck in between heavy and immovable objects. These incidents often involve structures that are still a work in progress and heavy machinery.

Causes of Construction Accidents

Construction jobs are unique, as they take place in different environments depending on the nature of the project. Nevertheless, many construction worker accidents occur due to these leading causes:

  • Failure to follow safety rules and regulations
  • Failure to recognize an unsafe condition either before the job begins or after the commencement of the project
  • Proceeding with construction work despite knowing an unsafe environment
  • Insufficient skill or training of the crew

While workers should exercise caution when doing their job, companies should identify preventive measures to keep unwanted construction accidents to a minimum.

Why Come to Us for Legal Assistance

When you sustain injury from a construction accident, you’re typically eligible for worker’s compensation. This form of reparation, however, may be insufficient. You cannot, for instance, obtain compensation for pain and suffering. You may have a second avenue of recovery called a third party case against any individuals or companies that caused injury other than your employer. The only way you can get the maximum compensation possible is with the aid of a seasoned construction injury lawyer from Taxman, Pollock, Murray & Bekkerman, LLC.

As a recognized accident law firm, we thoroughly investigate your construction case. Our attorneys are well versed in construction safety practices. They use this knowledge in fighting for compensation and justice for their clients. We’ve successfully pursued construction cases against general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, construction managers, architects, safety consultants, and owners on behalf of our clients.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is my case worth?

The value would depend on a variety of factors, including the nature of your injuries, the insurance coverage of the erring party, and the egregiousness of the acts by the negligent party. It is wise to discuss this issue with a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer.

The at-fault party’s insurance claims adjuster is asking for my statement. What should I say?

Nothing. Even if you do not say anything controversial, the statement you will issue can undermine your chances of obtaining a fair settlement. The insurance company often uses anything you say against you. If the adjuster insists on hearing your side, simply tell them to speak with one of our established construction injury attorneys.

I am a pedestrian. Am I entitled to compensation if I sustained injury from debris or other material that has fallen off a construction site?

Absolutely. Supervisors of construction sites are required to protect not just the workers, but also all passersby. You might be within your rights to file a lawsuit if you did not receive sufficiently alerts about the danger.

If I file a claim against the construction company I’m working for, can they file a counterclaim against me?

Companies cannot use your claim as a reason to file a countersuit. Additionally, your employer cannot “retaliate” by depriving you of any future raises, transferring you to another department, or firing you. These actions are against the law.

I think my case looks solid. Should I still hire a legal team to help me?

Yes. Having a legal professional who specializes in construction accidents can be an invaluable resource. Your legal counsel can:

  • Help you file the initial paperwork correctly and in a timely manner
  • Expedite your claim and maximize your returns
  • Advocate your claim in court, if necessary

Get in touch with our Chicago-based construction accident law office by emailing info@tpmblegal.com or calling (312) 586-1700.

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