Construction workers face dangerous and unsafe working conditions on a daily basis. Most construction companies and workers understand these dangers and take the proper precautions to minimize the risks. Despite these efforts, construction workers are injured or killed on the job at alarming rates. Although worker’s compensation laws help employees who are injured on the job, they do not cover all of the harms and losses suffered when you are hurt on the job. Also, worker’s compensation laws do not fully compensate families when a loved one is killed on the job. Many times, worker’s compensation is not the only source of compensation available to injured workers or their families. Another contractor on the project or a defective product may have contributed to causing the worker’s injury and can provide compensation in addition to worker’s compensation.
Common construction accidents include:
- Falls from height due to unsafe scaffolding, ladders, or defective fall protection equipment (including lanyards, snap hooks and rebar or pelican hooks)
- Defective machinery such as power tools, crane accidents and forklifts
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals or fumes
- Falling materials
Construction injury claims are complicated and involve unique factual and legal issues. The attorneys at Maschka, Riedy and Ries are experienced in investigating construction injuries and deaths to identify all potential causes to ensure a full recovery for you or your loved ones. It is important to act quickly after an injury or death to ensure that key evidence is not discarded or changed. The insurance companies and OSHA will respond to the construction site and investigate in the hours and days after an incident. It is important to have an experienced representative protecting you and your family’s rights immediately following an injury or death.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, it is critical to contact an experienced personal injury lawyer immediately to fully investigate your claim and preserve critical evidence.