Construction Site Accidents and Personal InjuriesNY/NJ Legal News
The construction industry is often referred to as the most dangerous industry of the entire workforce. Every year, thousands of people are seriously injured in construction site accidents. A fair share of workers in New York and New Jersey are involved in devastating accidents at construction sites that impact their mental, physical, and financial wellbeing. When victims are harmed in devastating accidents on construction sites, it is crucial that they recognize and understand various legal options available for them.
Working with a construction site accident attorney after a devastating accident will ensure those harmed are able to protect their legal rights and recover.
Common Injuries from Construction Site Accidents
Individuals involved in devastating accidents on construction sites are at risk of suffering serious and life-altering injuries. Although any type of accident can result from an accident, there are some types that are more common. These injuries include:
- Burn injuries
- Eye/vision injuries and impairments
- Broken Bones
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Shoulder, neck, and back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Head trauma
- Brain injuries
Unfortunately, there are numerous causes for workplace accidents at construction sites. Some of the most common causes of construction site accidents, according to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, include:
- Fall Accidents: Workers who fall from buildings or machinery, and those who have large objects fall on them, can sustain life-threatening injuries that require extensive medical treatment.
- Trench Collapse: There are far too many cases of workers crushed or seriously injured by trenches collapsing on top of them. These incidents can cause workers to be buried alive.
- Collapsed Scaffolding: Although there are strict rules and regulations surrounding the stability of scaffolding, we continue to see workers and bystanders injured by falling scaffolding.
- Electrical Shock: Using heavy machinery, generators, power tools, and electrical wiring can lead to serious shock injuries. Sadly, many electrocutions result in fatal injuries for workers.
- Failure to Use Protective Gear: When workers do not utilize or are not provided, adequate safety equipment, they are at an increased risk of suffering devastating injuries. Not having hardhats, safety glasses, and other protective gear leaves workers vulnerable at construction sites.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries: Lifting, squatting, and engaging in other repetitive motions can lead to a break down of soft tissues and limit mobility for workers. Sadly, these injuries can lead to overwhelming and endless pain.
Options for Injured Workers
When construction workers are injured on the job, they may be entitled to compensation and other benefits under workers’ compensation laws. These laws protect workers who are harmed by providing them access to adequate medical care, at no cost to them. These laws also provide injured workers with compensation during their time off work to recover.
In other cases, victims may be able to file third-party lawsuits against those responsible for their injuries and damages. These lawsuits provide victims with compensation for various damages.
Working with an aggressive attorney from Metro Law will ensure you have the best chances of recovering from your accident. Contact our workplace accident attorneys at (800) 469-6476 to explore legal options available for you.