Denver Construction Injury Attorneys
Construction is one of the most dangerous occupations ever invented. On average, about three construction workers die every single day on the job in the United States.
When something goes wrong on a site, it almost always ends up severely injuring or killing workers. Although particular trades are more dangerous than others, anyone working in construction is at risk while on the job. Site managers and employers are responsible for making sure their workers are properly trained and given the equipment they need to stay safe while working. When they fail to do so, the workers end up paying the price.
That’s not okay.
Construction disasters take many forms, but often leave workers in chronic pain or loved ones suffering a terrible loss. When injuries or death occur as a result of someone else's negligence, it is important to hold that party responsible. Even with workers' compensation, we know that medical bills, lost wages from missed time at work, and other expenses can quickly add up.
If you were injured while working construction, take action right now to protect yourself. You may be entitled to more than just workers’ comp, if a third party at the site caused or contributed to your injury. Call Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. at (877) 433-3906 to fight for you.
There are four hazards that account for more than 60% of all fatal injuries among construction workers. OSHA has dubbed these the "Fatal Four," and employers and contractors need to train and equip all workers to eliminate the possibility of these hazards causing harm. They are:
- Falls: It's no surprise that falls are common - they are the most common injury-causing event in the U.S. For construction workers, falls account for nearly 40% of all deadly construction accidents, killing one person every day on average.
- Struck by object: Being hit by a piece of machinery, tool, or other object on the jobsite is also very dangerous. Almost 10% of fatal injuries are caused by falling objects.
- Electrocutions: The danger of electrocution is particularly high for electricians, but all workers on a site are at risk. The use of ladders or scaffolding near electric lines is particularly dangerous. Electrocutions account for more than 8% of fatalities among construction workers.
- Caught-in/between: These are incidents in which a worker is caught in equipment or between pieces of equipment, machinery, or collapsing structures and crushed. These calamities account for more than 7% of fatal construction injuries.
Employers, contractors, and worksite managers are responsible for making sure all workers are properly trained before being allowed on a jobsite. They also have to provide certain pieces of safety equipment for their workers, including fall protection, ventilators, and other devices and clothing. Failing to provide the legally required training and safety equipment can make a site owner, employer, or other party responsible for injuries that occur, making them liable for the costs of those injuries under civil law.
When an injury occurs, many people assume that workers' compensation will pay for all their bills and expenses. In reality, workers' compensation can fall short of meeting a person's needs, and there is always the chance an insurance company will deny a claim. An experienced construction injury attorney can appeal a denied claim, and pursue a civil lawsuit when appropriate. Such suits can hold employers accountable for unsafe work conditions, and help with medical expenses, loss of wages, and non-tangible costs that workers’ comp can’t – pain and suffering, emotional distress, lifestyle changes, and more.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, you deserve fair compensation for your expenses, pain, and long-term suffering. Do not sign anything offered to you by any insurance company or employer without first speaking with a lawyer to make sure your rights are protected.
As a premier personal injury law firm that handles cases from across the United States, Leventhal Puga Braley P.C. is well-equipped to go up against big insurance companies and multi-billion dollar corporations and come out on top. Call us at (877) 433-3906 for a free consultation. We will investigate your case and see if there is more compensation to be had. If there is, we will work tirelessly to get it for you and your family.
- Construction Industry - Occupational Health and Safety Administration
- Construction Safety and Health - NIOSH