Work in construction is often ranked as one of the most hazardous occupations in the United States. Accidents in the construction sector result in serious injuries and even death to thousands of employees yearly. In the United States construction workers account for one out of every five deaths on the job. Accidents are common in construction because construction companies often fail to implement safety engineers and fail to adequately execute necessary safety measures in order to provide a safe working environment.

As a result of the vast number of building projects that take place in metropolitan areas, accidents that take place on construction sites don’t just involve construction employees, they also cause significant injuries to pedestrians, cyclists, and motorists.

What Kinds of Claims and Lawsuits Can I File After a Construction Accident

What Kinds of Claims and Lawsuits Can I File After a Construction Accident?

In the event you were injured while working on a construction site, you may be eligible to pursue one or more of the following claims with the assistance of your attorney:

Workers’ Compensation: In most cases, an employee who sustains an injury on the job is precluded from suing their employer due to the fact that the individual is able to receive benefits from workers’ compensation insurance. A worker who wants to collect worker’s compensation payments needs to demonstrate that they sustained an injury; the specifics of how or why the accident happened are immaterial.

If the worker’s claim is validated, they will be eligible to collect benefits under the worker’s compensation system. Claims for worker’s compensation might be filed alongside other claims against third parties to maximize the compensation received for losses.

Personal Injury: In the context of a personal injury claim, the worker has the burden of proving that the carelessness of a third party was the cause of their damage and that the worker caused the negligence.

Product Liability: If a faulty product brought on harm, the person who was hurt has the legal right to file a claim for compensation against any party in the distribution chain. For instance, if a ladder that was being used on a building site malfunctioned because it was defective and caused an accident, the party that was injured may be able to claim compensation from the retailer, the wholesaler, the manufacturer, or any other person that was involved in the chain of distribution.

Wrongful Death: If a worker loses their life on the job, the worker’s family may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on behalf of their loved one. In some circumstances, numerous claims may be submitted at the simultaneously.

Accidents That Can Occur on Construction Sites

The construction sector is known to be rather dangerous. As a result, the construction industry’s four leading causes of death are generally known as the “Fatal Four.” These four causes are as follows: falling, being struck by something, being electrocuted, and being caught in/between something. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the Fatal Four were to blame for more than half of the deaths that occurred on the job in the construction industry in 2018.

Below is a list of several factors that frequently cause accidents on construction sites:

  • Inadequate levels of safety gear worn by employees
  • An inability to properly place or secure the scaffolding
  • Equipment, machinery, and tools that have not been adequately maintained
  • Construction sites plagued with faulty tools, gear, and other equipment
  • Inadequate levels of oversight in some areas
  • The failure to notify any potentially hazardous conditions on the location
  • A lack of sufficient training for operating complicated gear and equipment

Essential Things to Do After A Construction Accident

Essential Steps to Do Following a Construction Accident:

When an accident happens on a construction site, a worker or their family can take steps to protect their legal rights and be compensated for their injuries. The most important steps for a victim to take following a construction accident are:

  1. Report the Incident
    An employee who gets hurt on the job must report it right away. Under the law, a worker’s right to compensation benefits could be at risk if they don’t report an industrial accident. Also, if the victim doesn’t report it and fails to get the necessary paperwork, it may be much harder to prove later what caused the damage, what kind it was, and how bad it was.
    In court cases, the accident report may be one of the most critical pieces of evidence. This may be especially true if the report has statements from the victim and witnesses that were made at the time of the incident, and if they were documented before their memory faded.
  2. Seek Medical Help
    If a worker is hurt in an accident, they must get medical help immediately, even if they don’t think they’re hurt or don’t think it’s that bad. Some injuries, like traumatic brain injuries, may take hours or days to show their full effects, but they may have already done damage that can’t be fixed. Emergency care is a must because severe injuries have the potential to kill a person. You shouldn’t think twice about calling 911 to get the person to the nearest hospital emergency room.
  3. Talk to a Construction Accident Lawyer
    It is important that you take pictures of the incident location and the equipment involved in the collision.  If you have severe injuries, take pictures of them or have your family member take pictures of them and immediately contact an attorney.  They will preserve the video and other evidence of the incident.


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