How Can a Construction Accident Attorney Help?
A construction accident can result in serious injuries that not only impact your health but also your livelihood. If you’ve been injured on the job, a skilled construction accident lawyer at Friedland & Associates can provide the legal support you need to recover the compensation you deserve. Here’s how a construction accident attorney can assist you:
A dedicated attorney will assess the extent of your injuries, medical expenses, lost wages, and other damages resulting from the construction accident. This evaluation helps determine the appropriate compensation you are entitled to.
Navigating No-Fault State Laws
If you live in a no-fault state, an attorney will help you understand how workers’ compensation laws apply to your case. They’ll guide you through the process of seeking compensation for medical expenses and lost wages through your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance.
Investigating the Accident
An attorney will conduct a thorough investigation of the construction accident to determine its cause and identify any parties that may be liable for your injuries. This could involve examining safety regulations, site conditions, equipment maintenance, and the actions of fellow workers.
Pursuing Third-Party Claims
If a third party’s negligence contributed to your accident (such as a manufacturer of faulty equipment), a construction accident lawyer can help you pursue a personal injury claim against that party to seek additional compensation beyond workers’ compensation benefits.
Building a Strong Case
Your attorney will gather evidence, including accident reports, witness statements, medical records, and expert opinions, to build a strong case that supports your claim for compensation.
Negotiating with Insurance Companies
An experienced attorney will communicate and negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf to ensure that you receive fair compensation for your injuries and damages.
Ensuring Compliance with Safety Standards
An attorney can review whether your employer followed proper safety standards and regulations, ensuring that negligence or safety violations are properly addressed.
What Are the Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents?
Construction sites can be hazardous environments, and accidents can occur for various reasons.
Common causes of accidents on construction sites include:
Falls from heights, such as ladders, scaffolding, and roofs, are one of the leading causes of construction accidents. Failure to provide proper fall protection and inadequate safety measures can result in severe injuries or fatalities.
Struck by objects
Workers can be struck by falling tools, equipment, or materials if they are not stored or secured properly. Cranes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery can also cause injuries if not operated safely.
Electrical hazards are prevalent on construction sites. Contact with live wires, faulty equipment, and unsafe electrical practices can lead to electrocutions and serious injuries.
Caught between objects
Workers can get caught between heavy machinery, equipment, or vehicles if proper safety precautions are not taken. Trench collapses and excavation accidents also fall under this category.
Construction sites often involve numerous vehicles, including trucks, forklifts, and heavy equipment. Collisions, rollovers, and workers being struck by vehicles are potential risks.
Collapses and structural failures
Poorly constructed scaffolding, shoring, and structures can lead to collapses, resulting in injuries to workers on or near the structure.
Tool and equipment malfunctions
Defective tools and equipment can lead to accidents. Proper maintenance and inspections are essential to prevent malfunctions.
Fire and explosions
Welding, cutting, and working with flammable materials can result in fires and explosions if safety protocols are not followed.
Working with hazardous chemicals and substances without proper protective gear and training can result in chemical burns, respiratory issues, and other health problems.
Heavy lifting, repetitive tasks, and inadequate breaks can lead to overexertion injuries, such as strains, sprains, and musculoskeletal issues.
Lack of proper training in operating machinery, using equipment, and following safety protocols can contribute to accidents.
Lack of communication
Inadequate communication between workers, supervisors, and contractors can lead to misunderstandings and accidents.
Unsafe working conditions
Poorly maintained work areas, cluttered spaces, and inadequate lighting can increase the risk of accidents.
Adverse weather conditions like rain, snow, or high winds can create hazardous conditions on construction sites.
Inadequate personal protective equipment (PPE)
Failure to provide workers with proper PPE, such as helmets, gloves, and safety glasses, can result in injuries.
What Types of Damages Am I Entitled to After A Construction Accident?
Accident victims may be entitled to various types of damages, depending on the circumstances of the accident and the extent of their injuries. These damages are intended to compensate the victim for the physical, emotional, and financial losses they have suffered due to the accident.
Compensation can include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Property damage
- Loss of consortium
Consulting with an experienced construction accident lawyer can help you understand your rights and the potential compensation you may be entitled to.
Contact Us Today!
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, seeking legal representation is essential to protect your rights and secure fair compensation. Friedland & Associates offers free consultations, allowing you to meet with an experienced construction accident lawyer on our legal team to discuss your case, learn about your legal options, and understand how they can help you navigate the complex legal process.
Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.