The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) carefully tracks all reported work-related injuries and deaths each year. Construction workers are at increased risk, compared to other occupations, for serious injury and even death on the job.
If you or a loved one suffered an injury while working as a construction worker, you should speak with an experienced workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. Your attorney can guide you through the documentation and filing process to help ensure that you receive the benefits you are entitled to after a workplace accident.
There are certain kinds of accidents which are more common than others. Chances are, if you or a loved one were severely hurt doing construction work, your injury falls into the category of one of the four most common kinds of construction accidents, according to the record-keeping of OSHA.
Be wary of the 'fatal four'
There are four kinds of accidents and injuries on construction sites that are responsible for the vast majority of serious injuries and deaths. The first and most common are falls. Falls are responsible for almost 39 percent of all construction site fatalities. Many times, falls were preventable with proper safety practices, which may mean the employer in the situation is liable for the damages caused by their negligence. The second most common form of accident results from falling objects. Falling objects hitting workers are responsible for 9.6 percent of construction fatalities.
Of course, gravity isn't the cause of all workplace dangers. The third most common injury source for construction workers is electrocution, which is responsible for 8.6 percent of fatalities. Like falling object and workers falls, these accidents are almost always preventable with proper safety practices in place. Finally, "caught in-between" accidents, wherein a worker is crushed by materials or machinery, which causes 7.2 percent of construction worker fatalities. Scaffolding is also a common cause of serious injuries.
An attorney can help you after a construction accident
When you or a loved one has suffered a construction site accident, you should speak with an experienced personal injury and workers' compensation attorney as soon as possible. He or she can review the details of the accident, as well as the employer's record for safety, and determine if the employer is liable for the injuries sustained. Your attorney can also help with the process of filing a claim for workers' compensation or negotiating a settlement with an employer's insurance company.
Your attorney will be your best advocate in the wake of a serious construction accident. Don't risk your family's financial stability and future by trusting in an employer's goodwill. Speak with an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to determine what you next best step should be.