Construction is one of our country’s most important industries, but also one of the most dangerous. Thousands of workers are injured or killed on construction sites each year. Injuries are often serious and can include: loss of limb, loss of sight, loss of hearing, scarring, Burns, Fractures, Head injuries, and even wrongful death. Victims can face massive medical bills and lost wages. Furthermore, the serious and permanent injuries may mean that the victim is unable to ever work again.
Federal and State laws require that land owners and general contractors provide a reasonably safe work environment. Construction site injuries may be the result of negligence on the part of the general contractor, construction manager, parts supplier and/or manufacturer, or the architect.
Some common examples of construction accidents are:
- Scaffolding failure
- Ceiling collapse or wall collapse
- Falls through unprotected floors or elevator shafts
- Electrical accidents and/or explosions
- Falling debris and/or materials
- Forklift accidents
- Slip and falls
- Material lift failure
In addition, the failure of tools or heavy equipment to work properly may result in a product liability claim. Equipment on the construction site that may result in a product liability claim include:
- Welding equipment
- Ropes and cables
- Construction materials or chemicals
- Power tools
- and other heavy equipment.
If your construction site accident was not caused by the negligence of another person or product, you may be entitled to worker’s compensation.
If you have been injured as a result of a construction site accident contact our office right away for a free consultation. Construction accidents, in particular, require a quick response from your attorney to preserve evidence, interact with investigators on the scene, and identify potential defendants.
In addition, to injured workers, our office also represents bystanders and other victims of construction site accidents who were not involved in the construction.