There were almost 250,000 injury-related deaths in the United States in 2017, as per the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Over 65% of these deaths were caused by unintentional accidents such as poisoning, workplace accidents, vehicle accidents, and slips and falls. There were also more than 43 million emergency room and hospital visits for accident injuries in 2017, and these accidents and injuries cost society tens of billions of dollars every year.
Of all industries, construction work is one of the most dangerous. Roughly 5,000 people were killed on the job in 2018 with around 21% being construction workers. Tens of thousands more employees suffered lost income, some form of paralysis, amputations, or short or long-term injuries as a result of workplace mishaps. If you suffered injuries in a construction accident, contact a construction accident lawyer in Babylon with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. for assistance. Our team can be reached at (631) 451-7900.
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Types and Causes of Construction Accidents
Understanding the causes and types of construction accidents is crucial to filing a personal injury claim for damages. Of the roughly 200,000 construction accidents that were reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) in 2018, almost 80,000 led to missed workdays. Business productivity losses, lost income, lower earning potential, medical treatment costs, and insurance administration for construction accidents are serious causes for public concern
On an individual or family level, however, a construction accident can be devastating, especially if an accident leads to a fatality or prevents someone from working or earning as much as they used to before their injuries.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) identifies the following as the four leading causes of workplace deaths:
- Being struck by an object
- Getting caught in or in-between objects or caught in a collapsing structure
Other common types of accidents include burns, chemical exposure, suffocation, vehicle accidents, and accidents involving powered tools or machines.
There are many ways these accidents can occur, as the following list makes clear.
- Poor worker training, inadequate servicing or maintenance, poor lighting, or inadequate safety equipment can lead to a slip or trip and fall accident.
- Faulty vehicle warning systems such as backup alarms, malfunctioning parking brakes, or improperly secured hoists or materials can lead to a vehicle or materials accident.
- Machine guarding and electrical energy lock-outs are needed to prevent puncture wounds, cuts, lacerations, electrocution, and other machine-related injuries.
- Improper labeling, unclear usage instructions, and unsecured storage can lead to hazardous chemical or toxin exposure.
- Inadequate face protection, poor design and planning, and errors concerning air or water management can lead to suffocation and/or drowning accidents.
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Common Construction Injuries
Construction site injuries can range from minor scratches or bruising to life-altering paralysis and death. As mentioned above, it is not uncommon for construction accidents to result in lost time from work, high treatment costs, or an inability for an injured construction worker to earn as much after an accident as he or she did before the accident. Injuries can have long-term repercussions on the mental and financial stability of a family as well, not to mention the pain and suffering that they cause.
Common injuries caused by construction accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve, muscle, neck, and back injuries
- Puncture wounds
- Eye injuries
- Respiratory irritation
- Caustic burns
- Thermal burns
- Broken bones or crushed body parts
- Full or partial paralysis
- Limited range of motion
If you suffered one of these injuries or any other type of construction injury, contact a construction accident lawyer in Babylon with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. for assistance. You can reach us at (631) 451-7900.
Pursuing Liability for Injury Accidents in Construction
To determine liability for a construction accident, you must first identify the cause of the accident in question. You must then determine whose negligent or reckless actions, if anyone’s, caused the accident and led to the injuries, damages, or losses suffered by the victim. You must also evaluate the losses of the victim, determine if they are compensable or not, and obtain evidence to prove the extent of the injuries and any related costs or outlays.
There are many ways you can prove construction site negligence and potentially hold an individual or construction company responsible for your injuries.
For example, OSHA sets rules and regulations that construction sites must meet to ensure worker safety. A failure to meet any of these standards can lead to an accident and liability on the part of the construction site owner or other responsible parties.
A failure to have proper machine guarding, in particular, can lead to serious construction site accidents. Many sites involve the use of dangerous tools and equipment, such as power presses, milling machines, barrels and containers, hand-held power tools, hydraulic tools, and more. A failure to properly train workers to use these tools or to install machine guarding or provide workers with appropriate safety clothing can lead to an accident and serious injuries.
Some of these requirements can be very costly and time-consuming to implement. This may be one reason a construction site or a construction company fails to implement them. A failure to do so, however, can lead to serious injuries and losses on the part of construction workers, as discussed in the previous section.
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A construction accident lawyer in Babylon with Rosenberg & Gluck, L.L.P. can help you file a personal injury claim for your accident. Contact us today at (631) 451-7900 to discuss how we can help you with the following:
- Identifying the at-fault party responsible for the accident and your injuries.
- Gathering the proof and evidence needed to support your claim.
- Identifying potential compensable damages and injuries.
- Filing a claim within the statute of limitations.
- Negotiating on your behalf with the at-fault party’s insurer.
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