According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the construction industry has one of the highest annual numbers of workplace fatalities. With heavy machinery, working from great heights, and hazardous materials all over the place, construction sites have no room for complacency. Negligence on any front can have disastrous consequences, including fatalities and serious injuries.
The dedicated attorneys at the West Virginia personal injury firm of Hewitt & Salvatore fight for the injured and their loved ones because we know our clients are people like us. We are moms, dads, coaches, parents, brothers, and sisters. We continue to fight the legal battles of those injured because they deserve it. After any type of accident, you need time to heal. Our attorneys allow you to take that time by taking on the legal burdens you carry after being injured due to the negligence of someone else.
Common Causes of Construction Site Injuries
Construction site accidents can lead to particularly serious injuries due to the nature of the work and the machinery and materials that are usually present. Construction accidents can oftentimes be fatal or lead to injuries such as:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severed appendages
- Broken or fractured bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Loss of sight or hearing
Catastrophic injuries are far from uncommon on construction sites and can be the result of many different things, including:
- Failure to maintain equipment
- Defective equipment
- Insufficient lighting
- Human error
- Insufficient ventilation
- Falling objects
- Exposed wires
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Structure collapses
- Insufficient employee training
- Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) regulation violations
Think about the types of materials and machines on a construction site and you can easily see how any of the above can lead to catastrophic injuries. Heavy objects falling often result in death or traumatic brain injuries. The U.S. Department of Labor states that falls are the most common fatal accident on construction sites. Heavy equipment accidents are also very common. Cranes, backhoes, bulldozers, and aerial lifts are all large pieces of machinery that can cause serious damage.
Compensation for your Damages
In the face of devastating injuries, you can easily worry about the mounting medical bills and the time off of work you need to take which results in missing those much needed paychecks. If the accident occurred at work, you will most likely be covered by workers’ compensation. This should cover your medical expenses and part of your lost wages.
Workers’ compensation is a type of no-fault insurance coverage most employers are required to carry in order to protect their workers should they sustain a work-related injury or illness. In exchange for providing this type of insurance, you are, most of the time, prevented from suing your employer. There are, however, over potential avenues to recover monetary damages you have sustained in a construction site accident.
If a negligent third party caused or contributed to causing your injuries, you may be able to hold them accountable in a personal injury action. Negligent third parties that are usually involved in construction site accidents include:
- Equipment manufacturers
- Site supervisors
All of these people have duties relating to the safety of construction site workers. If they have failed in their duties, and their negligence was a contributing factor in an accident leaving you injured, you may be able to receive compensation from them for:
- Medical expenses
- Cost of future medical care
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Pain and suffering
Wrongful Death Claim
Unfortunately, construction site injuries sometimes prove fatal. When this happens, a wrongful death lawsuit can provide compensation for a surviving spouse or other family members for:
- Funeral expenses
- Lost income
- Loss of support
- Medical expenses
Many times the accident victim was a source of financial support for his or her family. The loss of a loved one can not only be emotionally devastating, it can be financially devastating as well. The loss of income as well as the medical bills that may have added up prior to death can be an overwhelming burden for the victim’s family. A wrongful death action seeks to ease this financial burden.
Understanding the Needs of Our Clients and Fighting for What They Deserve
With legal complexities and catastrophic injuries at play, you need experienced attorneys by your side if you have been injured on a construction site. With nearly 50 years of combined legal experience in this field, Hewitt & Salvatore is the West Virginia law firm you need to most effectively fight for your claim. Our attorneys are committed to providing the best in legal counsel and unparalleled client support. We are here to serve you. Contact us today.