There are many jobs that involve risks and can lead to accidents; nonetheless, construction is one of the areas where it can happen the most, and where accidents can lead to permanent injuries. The heavy machinery, the neglect of many people when taking safety precautions, poor quality materials, working in heights, etc. are some of the reasons why construction accidents happen so often.
In the United States, there are organizations such as OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Administration) that have as a purpose protecting workers’ safety. These laws and regulations apply in all of New York’s state.
Keep in mind that the priority after an accident is to regain your health, therefore, if you had an accident, what you should do is immediately call an ambulance or visit the doctor, even if you don’t think your injuries are severe. Then you should report the accident to your supervisor and hire an accidents lawyer to help you file a claim.
There are many more risks in construction than the ones we already mentioned. Therefore, today we will explain the 5 most common construction accidents that can lead to permanent injuries.
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding: Normally this type of fall is caused by to the lack of proper equipment or failure to properly secure the equipment, either due to negligence or lack of training.
- Accidents due to debris, garbage and other types of waste: In construction areas, the company must ensure that surfaces are clean, and no more risk is taken than necessary in exchange for saving money.
- Collapse of structures: Laws to protect construction workers have been in place for more than 30 years, and they dictate that there must always be support for structures. In this case, a lawsuit against the owner or general contractor would be possible (since there is often more than one company working in the same space).
- Stress and back injuries: These kinds of injuries occur from both lifting heavy objects and doing repetitive movements that can cause an intense pain and injury in the joints. Construction workers have a tendency to suffer from both of these injuries since they work with heavy machinery that they have to be handling every day.
- Accidents involving equipment: As we already mentioned, construction workers usually work with heavy, difficult-to handle machinery such as cranes, hoists, forklifts, drills, etc. All these tools could cause severe injuries if they are mishandled.
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If you are injured as a result of a work accident, you can file a workers’ compensation claim and your employers’ insurance will provide compensation for your medical expenses and for the lost wages.
If there was a third person or entity involved in the accident (for example another company working in the same space, a general contractor, or the building owner), you can file a third party lawsuit. This type of claim usually gets a much higher compensation for the client.
Regardless of the type of claim, keep in mind that hiring an accidents lawyer will always be your best choice since there are deadlines to be met and guidelines to be followed when filing a claim.
At Proner & Proner, we are ready to fight for your rights. We have experienced attorneys that know how to handle insurance companies. We care for our clients and will always look for their best interest. If you had a construction accident, contact us at 1800 321 1234.
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