Typical types of accidents in the construction industry can include slip and fall accidents, falling objects, exposure to chemicals or toxins, fires or explosions, falls from heights, machinery accidents, forklift accidents, or struck-by accidents.
Construction accidents are often part of the dangers of this profession and they can cause a range of injuries. As a result, broken bones, sprains, back and spine injuries, traumatic brain injuries, burns, illnesses due to chemical exposure, loss of limbs, and electrocution, and other injuries are possible after many of the typical types of accidents in the construction industry.
Common Accidents That Occur in Construction
Here are some common accidents that occur in construction:
Slip and Fall Accidents
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that in 2010, approximately 18,130 non-fatal injuries occurred in the field of construction, due to accidents involving falls. These accidents can cause a range of injuries that include sprains, broken bones, spinal injuries, and even traumatic brain injuries.
Wiring is essential in construction; however, wiring, electrical equipment, and any type of appliance or fixture that runs on electricity can present a risk of electrical accidents or electrocution.
Falls from Heights
Construction often requires the use of tools such as scaffolding and ladders. A fall from a ladder or from incorrectly assembled or defective scaffolding can be deadly.
Chemicals or Toxin Exposure Accidents
Construction sites using chemicals or toxins may place construction workers at risk of serious respiratory illnesses from exposure.
Gas Explosions, Leaks, and Fires
Gas can present a wide array of dangers in construction, including carbon monoxide exposure. Accidents from leaks, fires, and explosions can cause serious or fatal injuries.
Crane and Construction Ladder Accidents
In the field of construction, cranes and ladders are necessary types of equipment. However, if they are mishandled, serious injuries can result.
Vehicles such as construction vehicles and other motor vehicles are commonplace on construction sites. These vehicles, however, do present the risk of accidents, and workers can be struck by them on construction sites.
Forklifts can be very dangerous and the slightest mishap or lapse in attention can lead to an accident.
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How a Lawyer May Assist You
After a construction accident, you may not be sure how to proceed. It may be helpful to know that a lawyer may be able to assist you if you are considering filing a claim or a lawsuit as a result of your injuries and they may be able to pursue compensation on your behalf. Here are some aspects to consider regarding hiring an attorney and why it may be helpful in your situation:
No Upfront Attorney’s Fees
After a construction accident injury, if you are interested in pursuing a claim or lawsuit, you may wonder if you have to pay for the services of a lawyer upfront. However, with our attorneys, you will not pay for anything out of pocket to pursue compensation; in fact, you pay nothing unless the lawyer secures a settlement for you.
Filing a Claim
In regards to filing a claim after an injury, an attorney can offer guidance that enables you to understand whether you have a legitimate stance to file a claim. An initial consultation is ideal, allowing both parties to understand what potential there may be in filing a claim and what financial damages may be possible.
After an accident, you may be bombarded with medical responsibilities. You may have to seek treatments and attend numerous appointments with physicians or physical therapists. Perhaps you have been hospitalized. Your time to spend on a claim may be limited because you are so consumed with recovery.
An attorney can be of assistance in handling the responsibilities of pursuing the rightful parties, to secure compensation for your injuries, saving you time so you can focus on recovery. In Texas, per the Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, the statute of limitations for personal injury is two years, and lawsuits must be filed within this period of time.
Types of Compensation That May Be Available
After a construction accident injury, you may be eligible for compensation to cover your losses that occurred as a result of the injury. Some of the types of monetary awards you may be entitled to receive include:
- Coverage for your medical bills and related expenses
- Loss of income/wages/lost earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Other expenses you have incurred from the injury
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Contact a Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
If you or a loved one were injured due to a construction accident, you may consider contacting an attorney to discuss the specifics of your injury. You may be entitled to financial compensation, and a lawyer may be able to help you pursue the damages you deserve. Loncar Lyon Jenkins offers a free consultation; contact us today at 800-777-7777 to discuss the potential of your case.