Construction workers put their lives on the line every day. Heavy equipment, materials, heights, and electricity all put contractors and laborers at risk of serious injury. Many construction workers are involved in workplace accidents that cause serious and permanent injuries every day. Unfortunately, many are even killed while working in this dangerous industry.
In 2015, there were 937 deaths in the construction industry. This is the highest number since 2008. An accident on a job site can cause a wide range of injuries, including broken bones, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, and death. Those who survive a construction accident often have long-term or even permanent injuries. Our Indianapolis construction accident attorney can help those with injuries.
Most construction accidents are caused by the Fatal Four – falls, getting struck by an object, electrocutions, and getting caught in between objects. Falls, slips, and trips are the main cause of construction accidents. In 2015, they caused 364 deaths. Most falls were from six feet or higher.
Accidents in the construction industry are often caused by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations. These include a lack of fall protection, falls from scaffolding, lack of respiratory protection, issues with ladders, electrical problems, and machinery operation errors.
Employers have an obligation to provide a safe workplace for employees. Employees must have appropriate training and have access to safety gear. Tools and materials used should be safe.
Despite working in a relatively safe environment, accidents can still occur. If you were injured in a construction accident, liability will be a key issue. This is especially true if it is a large project. There can be multiple parties liable for an incident, including the employer, contractor, subcontractor, the owner of the property, engineer, equipment operator, and material supplier. When determining liability for a construction accident, two main factors are considered – who had control over the premises at the time of the accident and how badly the person was injured. When an OSHA violation is the cause of an accident, the contractor or other parties who violated the law will automatically be considered negligent. No further evidence will be required.
While workers’ compensation benefits are available to injured parties regardless of fault, sometimes it is more beneficial to file a lawsuit. A lawsuit can help an injured person recover compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other damages. A lawyer can help determine the best course of action.
If you have been injured while working on a construction job, you need to understand your legal rights. While you may be eligible for workers’ compensation, the benefits likely will not be enough to pay for all your expenses.
In many cases, filing a lawsuit against your employer or other liable party is the best course of action. The experienced Indianapolis construction accident attorneys at Holland & Holland can help you file a lawsuit against the negligent party. We can help you obtain the compensation you deserve for your construction injuries. Call Holland & Holland at (317) 581-4400 for a free consultation.
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