Construction is one of the most dangerous industries to work in. Heavy machinery, fall risks and potentially dangerous tools all cause thousands of injuries and hundreds of deaths every year. Safety regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) are designed to reduce the risk of a construction accident causing serious injury, but people still get hurt every day.
How Dangerous Are Construction Accidents?
OSHA reports that more than 850 people were killed in construction accidents during 2014. Of those, almost half died due to fall-related injuries. Falling is the number one danger in construction, accounting for more than 40 percent of construction deaths.
Hundreds of thousands more construction workers are injured each year. Common injuries in the construction industry include:
- Broken bones
- Fatal injuries such as electrocution
- Deep cuts or lacerations
- Head injuries
- Crush syndrome
What Can I Do After a Construction Accident?
If you are injured in an accident while at work, you will probably be able to file a worker’s compensation claim. These policies generally follow a “no fault” system, meaning that, unlike civil lawsuits, there is usually no assigning of blame nor proving of negligence. Usually, the worker’s comp insurance pays for any medical expenses, lost wages and disability resulting from the accident.
There are some pros and cons with worker’s comp claims. For example, worker’s comp claims eliminate the need for lengthy trials. However, by filing a claim, you will be giving up your right to sue for pain and suffering and other damages.
In some cases, you may be able to file a separate lawsuit against other responsible parties, such as subcontractors, architects, truck drivers or machinery manufacturers.
Talk to a construction accident lawyer about your legal options if you are injured due to the negligence of a third party. An attorney will have more information about who could be liable for your injuries.
Dealing with uncooperative companies after a serious work injury is extremely difficult. The Atlantic City construction accident attorneys with Targan & Pender, PC have years of experience helping construction workers who were hurt on the job and are proud to help as many people as possible get back on their feet.