The Most Common Types of Construction Accidents
Construction workers face a variety of hazardous conditions on a daily basis. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction accidents account for 20% of all worker fatalities in the private industry each year. With proper safety training and equipment, construction site employees can avoid serious accidents. Our firm has helped hundreds of construction workers obtain favorable workers’ comp settlements to move forward and recover after a serious injury.
There are 4 types of construction accidents that cause the greatest number of deaths each year. These are known as the Fatal Four:
- Falls from heights
- Blunt force trauma by flying objects
- Caught in-between objects and machines
Falling from heights account for about 38% of all construction employee deaths. Being struck by falling objects accounts for about 9% of worker fatalities, and being electrocuted accounts for about 8% of construction employee fatalities. Getting caught in-between objects, machines, or vehicles accounts for about 7% of all construction employee deaths each year.
Victims of non-fatal construction accidents could sustain a variety of injuries. These include traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal hemorrhaging, bruises, lacerations, accidental amputations, burns, and broken or fractured bones. Depending on the situation, you could be facing years of extensive medical treatments, such as surgery, medication, and physical therapy. It is important to seek workers' comp benefits to help you avoid financial strain.
What Compensation Am I Entitled to for a Construction Injury?
If your injury occurred while performing work duties as a construction employee, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer’s insurance company. You may be able to receive a settlement for all past, present, and expected future medical bills, travel costs to and from medical appointments, disability, lost wages, and other injury-related expenses. Compensation for pain and suffering, emotional distress, loss of enjoyment of life, and other non-economic damages will not be available through workers’ compensation. Our Atlanta workers’ compensation attorneys will discuss your options and walk you through the legal process as you pursue the best possible outcome.
Call The Law Offices of Nathaniel F. Hansford, LLC today by dialing (770) 629-9321, and learn how we can help. We offer free consultations.