Fall Accidents in Construction
Construction sites are busy locations with numerous people, power tools, extension cords and various equipment. Proper signage, warning flags and safely storing dangerous equipment must be part of the typical daily housekeeping at a construction site to ensure that those who are working and visiting construction sites are safe. Unfortunately, too often, this is not the case.
Trip or slip and fall accidents
There are a number of situations in which people suffer injuries caused by falls on a construction site. Wet surfaces, spilled fluids and tools left in walking areas are all fairly common sources of injury. Construction site workers face a number of hazards and falls happen all too frequently. Often, these falls are caused by negligence or carelessness and could have been prevented. Tools left near walkways can cause injury if you fail to see them in your path. This is clearly an issue of negligence because tools should be kept in a safe location.
Safety and signage
Construction sites should have signs posted in areas where dangers can be found. This includes areas where high-voltage electricity may be used. However, many times other dangers are not easy to identify such as an extension cord that has been pulled too tightly causing a trip and fall. Another dangerous situation can be created when someone spills cleaning solvents or other fluids that cause you to slip and fall on a construction site. In a perfect world, the person who spilled the solvents would have wiped them up or put a warning sign near the spill warning others. Unfortunately, we do not live in a perfect world.
Knowing your rights
Too often, contractors, employees and visitors on construction sites do not know their legal rights when fall accidents in construction happen. While a worker is covered under Workers’ Compensation when they are injured on a job site, Workers’ Compensation will only cover medical bills and a portion of lost wages. However, If a worker falls on a site due to the negligence of another party, they may be entitled to compensation in excess of that permitted under Workers’ Compensation laws, including compensation for pain and suffering. The only way to establish whether you have the right to pursue a claim is to contact a personal injury attorney for assistance.
If you are visitor or a contractor on a construction site and you are injured in a slip and fall accident due to the negligence of another party, you also have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. Without the help of an attorney, you will have to deal directly with an insurance company which is more concerned about their bottom line than protecting your rights. Hiring a personal injury attorney can help make sure that you get the maximum possible remuneration for injuries, medical bills and pain and suffering.
While accidents do occur frequently, when an accident is caused by the negligence of another party, you are entitled to be compensated for your physical, emotional and financial damages caused by that negligence. Hiring a construction accident attorney can make the difference between settling for only a portion of the compensation to which you are entitled and obtaining full compensation for all of your losses including medical bills, rehabilitation bills and loss of wages. Contact us for a free consultation.