Injuries sustained in a construction accident often fall in the catastrophic category, as these types of injuries can be extremely severe, or fatal. While construction accidents have declined over the past decade, there are still as many as 700 to 1,200 annual fatalities resulting from a construction accident in the United States. In addition to the fatalities which result from construction accidents, the U.S. Department of Labor reports that more than 150,000 construction workers will sustain moderate to severe injuries while on the job. Known as the “fatal four,” the leading causes of construction worker fatalities are falls, being struck by an object, electrocution and being caught between two objects and crushed. These “fatal four” are responsible for at least sixty percent of construction worker fatalities.
Because workers’ compensation claims often fail to cover the level of medical costs and lost wages resulting from a serious construction accident, is it imperative that those injured in a construction accident speak with an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The attorneys at Coxwell & Associates will explore every avenue to secure compensation for construction site injuries (in addition to workers’ comp benefits) if the accident was the result of the negligence of a third party.
The Dangers of Construction Sites
Considering construction sites are packed with potentially dangerous heavy equipment and machinery, toxic chemicals, off-ground structures, scaffolding, power tools, ladders and large amounts of activity on a routine basis, it is not all that surprising that serious accidents can occur. Additionally, most construction sites are under tight deadlines, and may attempt to cut corners to save money or get the job done more quickly. This can make determining who is responsible for your construction accident more complex.
Many different individuals or entities are responsible for various aspects of construction site safety. When one of those individuals or entities neglects their responsibility, an accident can occur in an instant. The responsibility for construction jobsite safety generally rests on the contractor, although the property owner may also bear some responsibility. OSHA, as well as the state of Mississippi, have safeguards in place, including requiring inspections of the property, permit requirements, and the implementation of job safety training. Failure to adhere to established safety procedures or defective tools or machinery can all contribute to construction site accidents. Aside from the “fatal four,” other common causes and types of construction accidents include:
- A lack of safety oversight at the construction site;
- Workers who slack off on established safety precautions;
- Power tool accidents;
- Hoist, scaffolding and crane accidents;
- Exposure to toxic materials;
- Welding accidents;
- Hazardous chemical spills and injuries due to improper storage or use;
- Slip and fall accidents at the construction site due to hazards or wet, slippery surfaces, and
- Ladder accidents.
Most Common Injuries Resulting from Construction Accidents
Workers injured on a construction site will usually have more than one injury. As an example, a construction worker hit by a nail gun dropped from a significant height could sustain serious brain injury, broken bones, puncture wounds, or could even die as a result of the accident. Brain injuries, fractures, broken bones, eye injuries, spinal cord injuries, puncture wounds, nerve damage, hearing loss, neck and back injuries, cuts, bruises and chronic illnesses can result from such accidents as being shot with a nail gun, falling from scaffolding or a ladder, electrocution accidents or being caught between large machinery and crushed.
Damages You May Be Entitled to Following Your Construction Accident
Most of those injured in a construction accident will have significant medical expenses. Your injuries may prevent you from returning to work for weeks, months, or even permanently, resulting in the loss of wages, both present and future. You may suffer chronic pain as a result of your construction accident injuries, and may have to deal with emotional distress as well.
If a third-party was responsible for your construction accident and subsequent injuries, a construction accident attorney from Coxwell & Associates may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against that party. If your accident and injuries were the result of a defective tool or dangerous or defective piece of machinery, our attorneys may be able to file a lawsuit against the manufacturer, known as a product liability lawsuit.
Because of the many complexities associated with a construction accident lawsuit, it is especially important to have an experienced personal injury attorney by your side from start to finish. The Coxwell & Associates attorneys fully understand that construction accidents often lead to grave physical, financial and psychological trauma for you and your family members. Contact Coxwell & Associates today for a free consultation. For more information regarding construction accidents, see the following:
- Bridge Collapse
- Building Collapse
- Construction Design Negligence
- Construction Site Falls
- Crane Accidents
- Elevator Accidents
- Nail Gun Accidents
- Negligent Supervision on the Construction Site
- Retaining Wall Collapses
- Run Over by Equipment
- Scaffold Collapse
- Street Failure
- Structural Support Failure
- Welding / Brazing / Cutting (Torch) Accidents
- Job Site Incidents
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