You know the construction business is dangerous, but do you know just how dangerous it is? The Occupational Safety and Health Administration provides that over 6.5 million people work at over 250,000 construction sites on any given day and there are more injuries and fatalities in the construction industry than any other industry in the country. Our construction accident attorneys know how risky the construction business can be and we have seen the catastrophic injuries that are often suffered by construction accident victims. We know that our clients are generally entitled to workers compensation in construction accident cases, but we also look to any available third party claims in order to maximize recovery options for our clients.
Construction accident injuries
See below for some of the most serious injury accidents that frequently occur at construction sites.
- Electrocutions: Electrocutions often occur due to contact with overhead power lines, live wires, and electrical currents. Injuries may include cardiac or respiratory attacks, burns, organ damage, and death.
- Falls: Falls are a prime cause of construction site deaths. Falls may be from rooftops, openings in floors, scaffolding, and ladders. Falls can result in spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and broken bones.
- Falling debris: Tools, supplies, construction debris, and other items that may be dropped from equipment, buildings, or scaffolding can cause serious injuries including death. These items may drop due to accidentally being knocked over by a worker above, moving items that are too heavy, improperly stacked items, or improperly fastened items.
- Run over or struck by equipment: Being run over by a construction vehicle (back overs are especially common) or being struck by equipment such as a crane load or counterweight are accidents that are all too common at construction sites.
- Being pinned between objects: Stuck between objects in a construction site can cause severe and permanent or fatal injuries. Examples include being stuck between a wall and a construction vehicle or being buried by a caved in wall in an excavation.
Construction accident claims
It is a common, but erroneous belief that if you are injured in a workplace construction accident that your only recovery option is workers’ compensation. In some circumstances this may be true, but frequently it is not, especially at large constructions sites where there are many subcontractors and other people including property owners, managers, and general contractors accessing the site on a regular basis. If the fault of your accident is squarely on your employer or a coworker, workers’ comp may be your only option. On the other hand, if any other party was responsible for your accident, you have may have a personal injury claim which allows you more recovery options.
If you or a loved one was injured in a construction accident, contact our Cherry Hill construction accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. so that we may review the facts of your case. We will explore all liability and recovery options in order to maximize your construction accident compensation.