Complex Legal Issues Surrounding Construction Site Accidents
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While bystanders injured at construction sites typically file personal injury claims, injured construction workers can face a more complex set of insurance issues. Their claims typically begin with the filing of a workers’ compensation claim. However, when there are multiple contractors, an injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against one of the contractors.
In addition, if workers’ compensation coverage proves inadequate insurance to cover the injuries, other coverages may apply. The legal issues surrounding these claims can become complex and contentious very quickly. Our law firm has the experience and expertise to help you sort it all out.
Establishing the Cause
Construction site accidents generally fall into one of three categories:
Falls. Construction site accidents are most commonly due to falls, often resulting from improperly designed or erected scaffolding, faulty ladders, or unprotected holes in flooring. In 2001, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that falls accounted for more than one-third of all construction site fatalities. See “Construction Site Fall Wrongful Death.”
Electrocution. The second most common construction accident is an electrocution accident. Construction workers often find themselves working near power lines, which places them at an extremely high risk of electrocution if proper safety measures are not followed.
Improperly Braced Trenches. Collapsed trenches are also responsible for many construction accidents.In fact, improperly braced trenches account for the fatality rate in excavation work being more than double that of general construction.
Establishing that a contractor failed to properly erect scaffolding, secure a trench or take proper precautions with power lines can require considerable expertise and knowledge of the construction world. During representation of construction accident cases, our work injury attorneys often consult experts in construction safety and accident reconstruction.
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