According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction accidents involving falls are the leading cause of injuries and fatalities among construction workers. Those who survive these falls may suffer from severe and permanently debilitating injuries. At Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC, we specialize in representing victims of construction accidents that take place on Richmond, VA construction sites.
Regulations set forth by OSHA require employers to provide their construction workers with appropriate safety equipment to prevent falls and other accidents from occurring. Safety equipment at construction sites is required when working at six-feet elevations and above. Other requirements may include handrails or guardrails, safety harnesses, keeping floors dry, and providing workers with proper training.
Injuries Caused by Construction Accidents and Falls
Falls on construction sites can have serious consequences for the injured worker. The victim may suffer severe, life-altering, and life-threatening injuries, such as:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury and partial or full paralysis
- Multiple broken bones
- Lacerations or impalement
Construction workers are at risk of fall injuries when using ladders or scaffolding and working on roofs, balconies, or in stairwells.
Collecting Damages after a Fall Injury
Construction companies are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation provides injured workers benefits that cover their medical bills and lost wages during recovery. As a no-fault system, it doesn’t matter whether the employee or someone else was at fault for causing the injury.
Workers’ compensation has its downfalls, however. Although it covers medical expenses related to a work injury in full, it only covers about two-thirds of a worker’s wages. Unlike personal injury claims, which also cover damages such as pain and suffering and reduced quality of life, workers’ compensation only covers medical bills and lost wages. Additionally, by offering workers’ compensation, your employer is generally protected from lawsuits.
There are, however, limited circumstances under which an injured worker can sue his or her employer. If your employer was grossly negligent or intentionally caused your fall, you may be able to file suit. Many injured workers have a claim against another party, such as a manufacturer. If you were using a safety harness during the course of your work and it broke, causing you to fall and injure yourself, you may have a product liability claim.
Why You Need an Attorney
At Reinhardt Harper Davis, PLC, our attorneys have a thorough knowledge and understanding of the workers’ compensation laws in Virginia. We will also explore all potential liable parties and pursue all possible avenues for compensation. As a result, our clients often receive greater compensation than those who fail to seek legal counsel after such an injury.
Contact Our Law Firm Today
If you or a loved one fell on a construction site and suffered serious injuries, contact our law firm today to schedule a consultation. Our attorneys will conduct a thorough investigation into your case and ensure all negligent parties are held responsible.