The Most Common Construction Site Accidents
Protecting Your Legal Rights Following a Construction Site Accident
If you or a loved one have suffered an injury on a construction site, you are far from alone. As you will see in a moment, a construction accident is a very common occurrence in the United States.
Indeed, there are a set of the most common types of construction accidents that are known in the industry as the fatal four. These four types of accidents cause over 60 percent of all fatal construction accidents in the United States. They also account for a comparable percentage of construction site injuries as well.
Construction: The Most Dangerous Profession
According to the U.S. Department of Labor and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, OSHA, the most dangerous industry in the United States is construction. Almost 20 percent of all workplace injuries in the country occur at construction sites.
A person planning on a career in the construction industry is almost certain to sustain a serious injury at some juncture in time. Perhaps even more alarming is the statistic that a person making a career in the construction industry has a 1-in-200 chance of being killed at work.
Construction Accident Facts: A Look at the Fatal Four
As mentioned previously, there are a set of construction site accidents that collectively are known as the fatal four. These are:
- struck by object
- caught in between/crushed
Falls are the single most common type of fatal construction accident. Falls account for almost 40 percent of all construction worker deaths on an annual basis. Of the 10 most common OSHA violation citations, three are related to falls: inadequate fall protection, scaffolding problems, and unsafe ladders.
Electrocution is the second most common type of fatal construction accident. Just over 8 percent of worker deaths arise from electrocution.
Being struck by an object at a construction site represents the third most common type of fatal accident. This type of accident comprises about 8 percent of fatal construction accidents, only slightly lower than electrocution.
Finally, a worker caught in something, including equipment, represents about 40 percent of construction accident cases in the country each year. This category also includes being crushed by some type of debris at a work site.
Construction Accident Injury Claim
If a person is injured at a construction site, a claim for compensation may include financial recovery for injuries, losses, and damages that include:
- medical bills
- pain and suffering
- lost wages
- mental anguish and emotional distress
- permanent disability
Compensation includes money not only for existing losses but for those you reasonably can expect to face in the future because of the accident and your injuries.
Construction Accident Wrongful Death Claim
Certain family members of a person killed at a construction site may be able to pursue what is known as a wrongful death cases. The laws differ from one state to another when it comes to which family members may pursue this type of claim.
With that noted, family members that oftentimes can pursue a wrongful death claim include:
The types of losses for which compensation may be available in a construction accident wrongful death case include:
- final medical bills
- funeral and burial expenses
- mental anguish and emotional distress
- lost companionship
- lost income or support
Hire a Fighter: Doan Law Firm Construction Accident Lawyer
The first step in protecting your legal rights following a construction site accident is to call The Doan Law Firm at (800) 349-0000. The construction accident attorney hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
You can schedule an initial consultation with an experienced Doan Law Firm construction accident lawyer at a time and place convenient for you. The Doan Law Firm is a nationwide legal practice, with offices from coast-to-coast in the United States.
In addition to scheduling an appointment at any one of our offices, an attorney from the firm can meet with you at your home or even at the hospital, depending on your situation. We can also arrange for a virtual appointment online.
During this appointment, you will receive an evaluation of your case. You will also get answers to any questions you might have about your claim. There is no charge for an initial consultation with The Doan Law Firm.
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