Construction Accidents Lead to Many Questions
According to the U.S. Department of Labor, construction is one of the most dangerous professions in Indiana and across America. When a construction accident causes serious injuries, you may find yourself with many questions. What happened? Could the accident have been prevented? Who was responsible? How will I support my family while I’m struggling to recover from a serious injury? Will I ever be able to work again?
Construction’s “Fatal Four” Accidents
Construction sites are one of the leading workplaces for both fatal and non-fatal injuries.The vast majority of deaths and serious injuries result from just four causes of construction accidents, leading the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to call these causes the “Fatal Four.” They are:
- Falls. Falls from a height like a roof or scaffolding are far more likely to cause death than falls on a level surface. According to OSHA, in recent years, falls have accounted for over 40 percent of all construction site deaths. Falls can also cause catastrophic injuries, including brain and spinal cord injuries, broken bones, and other harm. In some cases, permanent disabilities linger even after the body has recovered from the initial trauma. Whether from a height or on a surface, falls may be caused by broken or unstable walkways, dirt, debris, objects or substances that are left in the walkway. It takes only an instant for a slip or trip to cause a severe injury.
- Electrocution. Nearly all construction sites use electricity or involve electrical work, such as installing wiring or installing or repairing electrical components. As every skilled electrician knows, working with electricity is very dangerous, and when safety procedures are not followed, the risk of electrocution and electrical burns becomes unacceptably high. Whether or not you are an electrician by trade, if you were injured in an electrocution accident, an attorney can help.
- Pinned-Between Accidents. Heavy equipment and heavy loads are often present on a construction site. Any time a load or equipment is moving, there is a risk that workers may become pinned between two large, heavy masses. For instance, a worker may become pinned between a moving backhoe and a wall, or between a load of materials and the machinery that is attempting to lift or move it. Pinned-between accidents can cause death or severe injury to any part of the body that is trapped.
- Trench or Tunnel Collapse Accidents.Trenches and tunnels are a common sight on construction sites. Like other structural elements, they must be built to withstand the work and the forces placed on them during the entire course of the construction project. When proper attention is not paid to shoring or reinforcing, serious or even fatal injuries can result. Suffocation frequently occurs when workers are trapped in a tunnel or trench that has collapsed. A worker who survives suffocation may experience severe brain or organ damage due to the loss of oxygen. Broken bones, brain injury and spinal cord injuries as well as other serious harm can occur.
Have you been injured in an accident that doesn’t fall into one of these four categories? Don’t worry. Your construction accident attorney can help you seek compensation and hold any negligent third parties accountable for the harm they have caused. From car accidents while working to scaffolding accidents, a personal injury attorney can help you today.
What to Do If You’ve Been Injured in a Construction Accident
If you’ve been injured in an accident during your work on a construction site:
- See a doctor immediately. In a severe accident, someone may have called 911 to get emergency help for you. If you have not yet seen a doctor, however, do so as soon as you can. The doctor can examine the extent of your injuries and advise you how to avoiding further injury to yourself.
- Follow all your doctor’s instructions. If your doctor prescribes medication or medical devices like braces, casts, or crutches, use these according to the directions that come with them. Always keep all appointments with your doctor and with any specialists that your doctor sends you to. If you have appointments for physical or occupational therapy, keep these as well. If you can’t go to an appointment because you are in too much pain, tell the office the reason when you call to cancel. Following instructions carefully helps you build a record of your injuries, demonstrate exactly how they limit your daily life, and puts you on track for the best possible recovery.
- File a worker’s compensation claim as soon as you can. The sooner you notify your employer of your injury and file your claim, the more quickly your claim can be processed. If you’re having trouble filling your claim or you believe your employer or the insurance company is fighting your claim, talk to a lawyer immediately.
- Keep track of your expenses. Keep copies of your medical bills and a running estimate of the wages you have lost by being unable to work. Costs like transportation to doctor’s appointments, medications, and medical devices should also be added to this list. If you need to hire someone to take over jobs that you normally do at home, like mowing the lawn, cleaning, or watching children, add the costs of hiring this person to your list as well. This list will help you and your lawyer demonstrate exactly how much the accident has cost you, which can help you secure the full compensation to which you are entitled.
Construction Accident Lawyer Indianapolis, IN
If you’re asking these questions, you’re not alone. And you don’t have to seek answers on your own. The construction accident attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin, PC offer the experience and compassion to stand by your side, find the answers, and help you secure the compensation you deserve.
Attorneys Randy Klezmer and Nathan Maudlin chose to represent those who were injured in construction accidents because we believe that everyone has the right to build a bright future, and strong legal representation levels the playing field. We work one-on-one with each of our clients, combining our decades of service to our community with a compassionate approach that gets results—all while treating our clients like family.
Since 1992, our attorneys have handled over 30,000 worker’s compensation claims. We were selected by legal publisher Thomson West to write the Indiana Practice Manual on Worker’s Compensation—the handbook used by worker’s compensation attorneys throughout the state.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, contact our office today for a construction injury attorney to review your claim and advise you on your legal options. We are ready to fully investigate what actually happened in your construction accident. In addition to a worker’s comp claim, you may also have a claim against someone other than your employer if they did something careless to cause your injury.
Our firm has the resources and experience necessary to pursue all potential sources of recovery on your behalf. We take pride in treating our clients like family as we work hard to get results for them.
Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney Today
Schedule a free case consultation with the skilled and experienced attorneys at Klezmer Maudlin, PC now. We will go over all the details related to your injury and determine what your next steps should be.