Personal Injury Lawyer
Construction sites are one of the leading locations of work-related injuries and accidents. In 2017, as reported by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker fatalities was in the construction industry. The injuries sustained in construction accidents are often severe and life threatening. Head injuries, spinal cord injuries, multiple broken bones, loss of one of the five senses, or loss of limb are very common. Losing the ability to work can affect the worker and his or her family. If you were injured on the job, it may be a good idea to speak with a work injury lawyer. [law firm name] would be happy to schedule a consultation with you to discuss your case and advise you of your legal rights.
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lawyers for legal representation, including:
- We have handled thousands of work injury cases
- We have represented injured workers and families of those who lost someone
- We are relentless in our efforts to recover maximum damages
- We understand how the other side thinks
- If we don’t win, you don’t pay us
Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites are dangerous. The leading causes of fatal accidents are known as the Fatal Four. The include:
- Falls (39.2 percent)
- Being struck by an object (8.2 percent)
- Electrocution (7.3 percent)
- Being caught or in between an object (5.1 percent)
These four incidents total over half of construction site fatalities. In addition to them, a worker may be injured by:
A Trench Collapse – A collapsing construction trench can cause broken bones, crushed internal organs, and suffocation.
Failure to Use Protective Gear – Failing to use the right safety equipment can put all employees in a dangerous position, and heighten their risk for injury.
Repetitive Motion Injuries – Soft tissues and muscles can be damaged from repetitive motions. Usually these injuries happen overtime and can require a worker to take several months off of work.
Who Can Be Held Liable?
Most construction workers who are injured on the job will be able to collect workers’ compensation insurance. This will cover any medical bills and a portion of lost wages. These claims can be denied, or the coverage may be less than what you need. A construction accident lawyer New York trusts, like from Polsky, Shouldice & Rosen P.C., may be needed in order to get the maximum amount of benefits.
When a third party caused the accident, such as a subcontractor, or manufacturer, there may be other legal remedies. For example, a work injury lawyer might explore whether or not a personal injury or wrongful death claim should be filed. The damages for these claims exceed those that are available through workers’ compensation.
There are time limits to filing a claim. Usually this is two years from the date of injury, but there are instances in which this time is much less. When you are seeking workers’ compensation, you typically need to report the incident within 30 days; any later than that and you may lose your right to the benefits. Having a work injury lawyer evaluate your case is advisable. Call a law firm today to learn more.