A construction injury is any injury that is sustained during the course of a construction project. Since Construction sites are considered inherently dangerous areas, construction companies are required to comply with the requirements set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Construction site accidents and injuries occur since there are various hazards and dangers that construction workers are faced with.
What Are Some Common Construction Injuries?
The common accidents and injuries that occur at construction sites involve:
- Injuries resulting from falling objects
- Slip and fall injuries due to the handling of power tools
- Back and neck injuries due to heavy lifting
- Electrical injuries
- Injuries resulting from various types of construction accidents
- Various other types of injuries
- Health hazards resulting from exposure to chemicals and asbestors
Due to the nature of some construction projects, construction injuries can sometimes be quite severe. Also, some construction injuries may result over long periods of time rather than from a single incident. Examples of these are vibration white finger and hand-arm vibration syndrome, which result from long-term use of power tools.
Who Can be Held Liable for a Construction Injury?
Depending on the size of the construction company, there are various parties that can be held liable for a construction site injury including the construction site’s landowner, design and engineer contractors, general and subcontractors, construction managers, equipment manufacturer, and material and tools suppliers. The party that was in main control and management of the construction when the injury occurred will typically be liable for the injury. Liability for injury at the construction site will also depend on who delegated the duty to control and maintain the premises and whether they had any duty in the construction project.
Can a Construction Site Limit Their Liability for Injuries?
Many construction jobs have an implied "proceed at your own risk" policy. That is, there are certain dangers and risks that are associated with the construction industry. Also, injuries that are caused by the plaintiff can often hinder their chances at receiving a full monetary damages award (for instance, if the plaintiff’s own negligence led to their injury). Construction companies can also provide adequate warnings and signs to warn pedestrians and other workers to limit their liability.
How Can I Recover from a Construction Accident Injury?
If you are a pedestrian, third party, or even an employee and you have been injured as a result of an accident at the construction site, there are several ways you can recover for your injuries:
- Seek medical attention for your injuries and document all the expenses for the medical coverage
- Report the injury to your employer or the construction site manager
- Get witnesses and contact information for anyone who saw you get injured
- Documents and keep all the evidence related to your injury
- Keep the tool or instrument that caused your injury
- Take any photos or videos of the unsafe construction site, your injury, and anything related to your injury
- Seek a personal injury attorney to help evaluate your potential lawsuit
Do I Need a Lawyer for Help Filing a Construction Injury Claim?
Construction injuries can often involve some complex legal issues that overlap with one another. You may need to hire a personal injury lawyer for assistance in filing a construction injury lawsuit. Your attorney can help you determine which parties might be liable for an injury, and what types of legal remedies may be available to you. Also, your attorney can represent you in court during the legal proceedings.