Top 3 Types of Construction Accidents
If you work in construction, you understand that getting hurt goes with the territory. According to OSHA, four types of work accidents were responsible for the majority of construction-related deaths in 2011: falls, electrocutions, being struck by an object and getting caught in between machinery. Construction accidents don’t always result in fatalities, however. There are also a high number of construction accidents that cause serious injuries.
How Common are Construction Accidents?
In California alone, nearly 4,000 people were injured in a construction accident and missed work because of their injuries in 2011. Most construction accidents occurred in three areas:
- Construction of buildings
- Heavy and civil engineering construction
- Specialty trade contractors
Although injuries and construction work seem to go hand in hand, that doesn’t mean you’re powerless. Injured workers are protected by the law – but you have to exercise your rights in order to get the compensation you deserve.
Most construction companies have insurance to cover on-site injuries. Their insurance companies work with a network of medical practitioners that you may be instructed to see. The problem is insurance companies are interested in one thing: settling for the least amount of money as possible. Oftentimes that means you’ll get denied for the medical care you really need and offered far less financial compensation than you legally deserve.
Unlike insurance companies that want to settle for the least amount, a lawyer can help you get the most out of your injury claim. This is true even for 3rd party contract workers, who may be able to file a claim against the contractor, the contractee and the subcontractor.
What to do After a Construction Accident
- Report your injury to your employer or contractor.
- Get medical attention, whether or not you feel pain.
- Talk to a lawyer right away.
1-800-THE-LAW2 has helped countless construction accident victims since 1985. Call us and we’ll help you get connected with a construction accident attorney who could help you get the compensation you need and deserve.