Unfortunately, construction injuries are not uncommon. They occur in the workplace, on sidewalks, on freeways and highways, and in buildings under construction or in the midst of repairs. Because construction projects often involve extremely dangerous equipment and hazardous job sites, accident injuries can be severe, often requiring immediate medical attention. The potentially catastrophic consequences of a construction accident can greatly diminish the quality of life of both the victim and the victim’s family. Cooper Law Partners was created to help those who have been injured or the families of those killed in a job site accident.
Construction Accident Injuries and Causes
Construction accident injuries can be quite severe, sometimes resulting in brain damage, amputation, broken bones, spinal injury, and paralysis. Sadly, injuries like these are often life-changing or fatal. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that 5,190 American workers were killed in 2016. Of those fatalities:
- 40% of fatal workplace accidents involved transportation.
- Falls, slips, and trips in the workplace accounted for 849 deaths in 2016 alone.
- Contact with objects and equipment, as well as exposure to harmful substances or environments, accounted for 761 deaths and 518 deaths, respectively.
- Several types of construction occupations, including construction laborers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters and steamfitters, saw an increase in fatal construction accidents in 2015.
Leading causes of private sector construction injury deaths were caused by:
- Objects striking workers
- Workers being caught in or between equipment, structures, or other materials.
- Poor safety precautions
- Inadequate training
- Improper use or maintenance of equipment or machinery
- Defective equipment
- Mechanical hazards
- Toxic chemicals
What Is Workers’ Compensation?
Workers’ compensation is a type of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who have been injured. When an employee is injured in a construction accident, sustains an occupational illness, or suffers the job-related aggravation of an existing condition, he or she may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits, including:
- Medical benefits
- Wage loss benefits
- Disability benefits
- Death benefits
Many times, the employer’s insurance company denies the injured worker’s claim, leaving the injured employee without benefits. If your claim has been denied, it is important to retain the services of a Cooper Law Partners workplace accident attorney who can maximize the benefits you obtain.
Workers’ Compensation Isn’t Always Enough
In some cases, workers’ compensation may not be enough for someone who has been injured in the workplace. If an employer has workers’ compensation insurance, he or she is typically immune from personal injury lawsuits. However, this immunity does not prohibit lawsuits against employers if the injury is proven to be intentional. Also, a construction accident attorney may file claims against a third party such as:
- The construction site owner
- General and sub-contractors
- Prime contractors
- Architects and engineers
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident or at the workplace, it is important to call Cooper Law Partners because there may be more than one party liable for your injuries. A construction accident attorney may be able to protect your legal rights and help you to recover compensation for your condition.
How Cooper Law Partners Attorney Can Help
Successful litigation of a serious or fatal construction accident can be complicated, requiring specialized knowledge, skills, and experience. In some cases, more than one party may be held accountable for your injuries. If you have been injured, or have lost a loved one, as a result of a serious or fatal construction accident, a Cooper Law Partners construction accident attorney can help guide you through the legal process. Contact us today for a free case review.