Construction is among the most dangerous sectors to work in. Falling hazards, heavy machines and dangerous tools cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths annually. Security regulations imposed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are designed to reduce the threat of a construction accident causing serious harm. Despite these regulations, people get hurt daily. Here’s how you can get help after a devastating construction accident.
How Serious Are Construction Injuries?
Of all construction injuries, falling is the number one risk. Injuries due to falls account for more than 40% of construction incidents. Falls can cause any number of critical injuries, and are at a higher risk of causing a fatality. The risk of death goes up the higher the fall. Falls from scaffolding, roofing, and tall buildings can be deadly.
Other types of construction injuries include, but are not limited to:
- Broken bones
- Limb amputation
- Lethal injuries, including electrocution
- Head and brain injuries
- Second and third degree burn injuries
What Can I Do As the Victim of a Construction Accident?
You likely have the ability to file a workers’ compensation claim if injured in an accident at work. This is generally available to anyone injured at work, not just individuals who are working in the construction industry. Unlike civil lawsuits, there’s normally no need to prove neglect or assign blame in order to obtain benefits.
However, workers’ compensation only covers so much. Workers’ comp will generally cover all injury-related medical needs, including surgery, hospitalization, medications, and physical therapy. Lost wages, on the other hand, are usually not fully replaceable by workers’ comp. This leaves many construction accident victims and their families in a financial crisis when the worker is unable to return to work for a significant period of time.
When to Speak With an Attorney
In the event that your workers’ compensation will not cover all your damages, you might be able to file another suit against other responsible parties. Other responsible parties may include machinery manufacturers, subcontractors, architects, or truck drivers. At this point, work with an attorney to establish fault and determine responsibility for the accident.
Speak with a construction accident attorney at the Sarkisian Law Offices today about your legal options if you suffered an injury due to negligence on a construction site. We are available now to help you. Call us at (219) 942-7171 to schedule a consultation.