Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in America. Heavy equipment, exposed heights, and exposure to hazardous situations contribute to the risk construction workers face. If you suffer an on-the-job construction injury due to someone else’s negligence, you can pursue legal action against those responsible without fear of reprisal. The Nielsen Law Firm can help.
TYPES OF CONSTRUCTION INJURIES
Construction injuries are as diverse as construction jobs and sites. No two accidents or injuries are quite the same; each requires a careful investigation to determine liability and move forward. Here are some of the most common types of construction injuries:
- Brain and spinal cord injuries. Getting struck in the head, falling off a ladder, or experiencing an equipment accident can all contribute to brain and spinal cord injuries. These injuries are often serious and may forever change your body’s ability to function properly. Motor skills, mood, cognitive abilities, and sensation are all at risk after a brain or spinal cord injury.
- Burn injuries. Chemical burns, thermal burns, and friction burns can all arise from construction accidents. Depending on the severity of the burn and access to medical assistance, these can cause permanent scarring and disfiguration. They may also require an extended healing process and prevent burn victims from performing their jobs and normal daily activities.
- Electrocution injuries. If you work with or near electrical wiring on construction sites, you risk suffering an electrocution injury. Electrocution can cause instantaneous death, precipitate heart attacks, and cause severe organ and tissue damage from the inside of the body to the outside.
- Lacerations, impalements, and broken bones. A serious fall, equipment malfunctioning, or an on-site vehicle accident can result in tissue damage and broken bones. While many of these injuries will heal over time, others may produce lasting consequences. For instance, an impalement and deep lacerations may permanently damage internal organs or lead to sepsis (a body-wide infection).
Serious construction injuries can put a worker on the sidelines for months or years. Finding an adequate source of financial support can make a significant difference in an injured worker’s ability to recover.
CAUSES OF CONSTRUCTION INJURIES
Many construction injuries happen as the result of negligence—not because of an unpreventable accident. Some of the most common causes that precipitate legal action include:
- OSHA violations. Construction companies are required to provide their employees with a safe working environment, but many fail to follow industry standards for safety and support.
- If a construction worker has a bad day or develops bad on-site habits, he or she may contribute to an accident. Greasy rags left near an engine, hammers left on scaffolding, and improperly secured ladders can all cause accidents and injuries.
- Defective equipment. Improperly maintained and defective equipment may explode or malfunction under normal working conditions.
WHEN TO REACH OUT TO AN ATTORNEY
Workers’ compensation insurance covers most construction injuries, but that does not always mean that an injured worker will receive fair compensation. Talk to an attorney about your options if:
- Your workers’ compensation insurer denies a valid claim, fails to distribute benefits in a timely manner, or fails to provide you with adequate benefits for your injuries.
- Your employer is trying to convince you to avoid filing a workers’ compensation claim, threatens you, or discriminates against you after you file a claim.
- You do not have access to workers’ compensation benefits.
- You believe a third party, such as an equipment rental service or another contractor, may bear some responsibility for your injuries.
The attorneys at the Nielsen Law Firm have the experience and determination needed to help you obtain justice and financial support after a devastating construction injury. To discuss your free case evaluation, call or message our Houston, Texas, office.