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Construction sites are some of the most dangerous locations to work in the United States. According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health, around 20% of worker fatalities in 2019, representing 1,061 deaths, happened in the construction industry. Working on construction sites is inherently dangerous, and injuries happen even when the best of safety precautions are taken. In these cases, injured workers are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to cover medical expenses and wage gaps during the time that the injury keeps them off the job. However, in cases involving negligence, workers may be eligible for additional compensation.
If you or a loved one have been injured at a construction site, the attorneys at Dan Chapman & Associates can help. Call today for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Common Construction Site Accidents
The nature of construction sites and the ongoing flow of workers, machinery, and materials that goes into building comes with a variety of hazards.
Some of the most common construction site accidents and injuries include:
- Falls and subsequent back injuries
- Traumatic brain injury from falls, falling objects, and vehicle collisions
- Falling object injuries
- Crushing injuries
- Burning injuries from smoke, steam, and other hot materials
- Chemical burns and related injuries
- Neck injury from motor vehicle collision or machinery collisions
Even a minor bump to your head on a construction site could result in a life-altering injury. When you experience a bump, blow, or penetrating would to your head, you could experience a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. Even a minor TBI, often called a concussion, can have lasting impacts on both your ability to work and enjoy our personal life. A concussion can impact your ability to focus and concentrate, which can impact your ability to work, and it can even result in changes in personality that impact your personal relationships.
When you experience injuries that change your life in the long-term, collecting compensation that fully covers the costs and damages associated with your injuries requires collecting evidence, filing claims, and negotiating settlements or filing lawsuits. Your work injury attorney handles this for you every step of the way so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries.
Construction Employers are Required to Provide for Employee Safety
Employers in the construction industry are required to follow a variety of rules and safety measures put out by OSHA in order to be compliant. This includes providing edge safety measures like employee fall protection nets, measures to prevent falling objects, and for workers on the ground, safety helmets.
Even the best safeguards cannot protect against any and all accidents, and as we discussed above, injuries and even deaths are very common on construction sites. If you have been injured while working on a construction site, a work injury attorney can help you put together a claim, gather evidence, and collect the full compensation you are entitled to.
Connect with a Work Injury Attorney
For a free assessment on your case to determine what compensation might be available to you for your construction site accident injury, schedule a consultation with one of the dedicated work injury lawyers from Dan Chapman & Associates today!