Private industry employers reported more than two million nonfatal workplace injuries and illnesses in 2016, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.
Of these reported injuries and illnesses, nearly one-third qualified as serious and resulted in missed time from work. Construction sites are particularly dangerous workplaces due to the nature of the work. If you’ve been injured in a construction site accident that was no fault of your own, contact Hasner Law today.
Common Types of Construction Accident Injuries
Construction sites are home to moving equipment, noise, and subcontractors from various companies. Often a chaotic environment, construction sites pose a high risk for potential accidents. Common types of injuries resulting from construction site accidents include:
Falls—Hazards such as unprotected roof edges, improper scaffold construction, and unsafe portable ladders can result in falls that cause serious injuries. Broken bones, spinal cord injury, and traumatic brain injury are just a few possible outcomes from the impact of a fall.
Struck by object—Struck-by injuries occur when the impact from being struck by an object causes an injury. Flying, falling, swinging, and rolling objects are all hazards that can result in a struck-by injury. Falling bricks and swinging cranes are two examples of how a construction worker may suffer a struck-by injury. Traumatic brain injury and spinal cord damage from the impact of the object are potential injuries, which require long-term medical and personal care.
Electrocutions—Electrocutions occur on job sites where there is contact with power lines, faulty extension cords, and/or improper grounding of equipment. Burns are the most common type of shock-related injury. Shock occurs when an electrical current enters someone’s body at one point and leaves at another. An arc flash is a sudden release of electrical energy through the air, giving off heat and intense light that causes burns. Electrocutions can be fatal.
Caught-in/between—A construction accident that involves crushing injuries from two objects is commonly referred to as a “caught-in/between” accident. Examples of such accidents include cave-ins; being pulled into machinery; and being crushed between rolling, sliding, or shifting objects. Injuries from caught-in/between accidents are often severe due to the traumatic nature of the event. Loss of limbs, internal injuries, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries are possible severe consequences of such distressing events.
While the four aforementioned types of construction accident injuries are often referred to as “construction’s fatal four,” not all injuries are fatal—some result in life-altering injuries that may require long-term care. The costs of caring for a loved one with a traumatic brain injury or spinal cord injury escalate over time due to frequent price increases for necessary items and services, such as the following:
- Doctor visits
- Personal care attendants
- Future surgeries
No one expects to suffer a severe, life-changing injury while at work. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured while working on a construction site in the Savannah, Georgia, area, contact Hasner Law as soon as possible.
Regulations and Liability
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets and enforces standards to assure safe and healthful working conditions at workplaces across the country. OSHA also provides training and assistance to private employers. Despite efforts to educate and regulate employers regarding workplace safety, OSHA officials continue to frequently encounter violations in the following areas:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication
- Scaffolding requirements
- Respiratory protection
- Control of hazardous energy
- Powered industrial trucks
- Machinery and machine guarding
- Fall protection—training requirements
- Electrical—wiring methods, components, and equipment
At Hasner Law, we believe companies that violate federal regulations regarding workplace safety should be held accountable for injuries that their employees sustain while at work. If you or a loved one has sustained an injury at work, you should contact us immediately; we provide a free consultation to assess the validity of your claim. If we move forward, we will want to interview witnesses and investigate the accident as soon as possible, before witnesses forget the details or evidence is lost. Contact our Savannah personal injury law firm to speak with an experienced attorney today.
Workers’ Compensation Claim vs. Third-Party Liability
Hasner Law’s experienced attorneys understand personal injury law as it pertains to workers’ compensation claims and issues involving third-party liability. Each case is different, and the specific circumstances surrounding an accident dictate case strategy and the potential for recovery. Let us deal with the aggressive insurance companies while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
Savannah Construction Accident Lawyer
Sustaining an injury due to a construction site accident can create significant stress for you and your family. Oftentimes, worries about lost wages and climbing medical expenses can prevent you from focusing on your recovery.
At Hasner Law, we offer free consultations to discuss the details and assess the validity of your claim. Should we decide to pursue litigation on your behalf, we provide regular case updates, and encourage frequent communication between client and attorney. While every case is different, and we cannot guarantee a favorable result in your case, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If a workplace injury resulted in death to one of your loved ones, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim.
Construction site accidents are serious matters. Federal safety regulations exist for a reason—to protect employees from unnecessary harm. Using safety shortcuts to expedite a job violates regulations and can result in serious injuries or even death. Contact Hasner Law today at (912) 234-2334, or online, for a free consultation with an experienced attorney. Our attorneys are friendly, knowledgeable, and many speak Spanish.
At Hasner Law, we have over seventy years of experience litigating personal injury cases in Savannah and the surrounding area. No one should have to navigate the complex Georgia legal system alone, particularly after sustaining a serious injury. Our experienced attorneys understand how to negotiate with insurance companies, and how to litigate your case all the way to trial, if necessary. Contact Hasner Law today, and take your first step toward justice.