About every 1 in 5 construction workers die on the job. Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations and likewise constructions sites are one of the most hazardous places. Construction workers and civilians passing by a construction site are exposed to high risks and dangerous. In one instance, one man was fatally injured while three others were harmed when a crane operator in New York failed to secure a crane operating in high winds, resulting in the crane crashing onto civilians on the street. In another story, one middle age construction worker fell down numerous floors from scaffolding when he was working at a residential development site in New York. He sustained serious head injuries from the fall and passed away not too long after that. In yet another incident, a construction worker was crushed to death during his lunch break on a work site in California when a 6-feet-tall concrete wall collapsed on him.
Construction accidents are on a rise with recent development boom in major metropolitans. Construction occupation may include construction laborers, carpenters, electricians, plumbers, pipefitters, and steamfitters. According to Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more than 93 occupational deaths happen a week, or more than 13 deaths happen every day. Over 20% of this of these fatalities were workers in construction. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, death from construction accidents rose by 2%, its highest since 2008. Common causes for construction accidents may include, but are not limited to:
- Getting struck by an object.
- Getting caught-in or stuck between a place.
- Inadequate training provided to construction crews.
- Lack of safety gear for construction crews.
- Defective or poorly maintained tools and equipment.
- Prolonged exposure to harmful chemicals and materials, such as asbestos.
- Faulty wiring.
- Falls from dangerous heights.
- Faulty building materials.
- Improper site inspections.
- Debris from construction sites.
- Unguarded platforms.
- Lack of warnings for when construction is in progress.
- Falling materials.
If you or a loved one was harmed in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries and losses. Compensation for construction accidents may include but are not limited to:
- Medical bills (including current and future medical expenses).
- Loss wages from the incapacity to work.
- Loss earning capacity.
- Pain and suffering.
- Workers compensation.
Here at Mitcheson & Lee, our personal injury attorneys work quickly to get
you the compensation you so rightfully deserve. Construction accident cases can be extremely complex to litigate, involving different issue depending on whether the injured party was a civilian or a worker, who the liable parties are, whether contractors were involved, and insurance disputes. Our experienced attorneys know where to look for evidence to support your claim, and aim to get you the maximum amount of recovery.
At Mitcheson & Lee, our knowledgeable personal injury attorneys are prepared to represent you. We care about your health and safety. The goal at our firm is to obtain justice and maximum compensation for our clients and their loved ones. If you or someone you know was injured in a construction accident, please contact Mitcheson & Lee at (617) 939-4388 or (781) 223-3635 to schedule a complimentary consultation.