Construction sites can be extremely dangerous. With the heavy equipment, sophisticated electronic systems, and uneven surfaces, there is a lot of potential for injury on construction sites.
Construction accidents happen in a variety of ways and can lead to devastating and life altering injuries. A fall from a high place, an electrical burn, or an accident with a heavy piece of machinery can result in brain trauma, severe burns, broken bones, paralysis, and even death. With a fall or equipment injury, there is also the chance of injury to your spinal cord when you suffer a blow to your head and neck.
Construction accidents and spinal cord injuries often require extensive rehabilitation and treatment before the victim regains full use of all limbs or can return to work. The legal team at Reinhardt Harper Davis in Richmond, VA knows how to get you the compensation you deserve.
Causes of Construction Site Accidents
Construction site accidents can be just that; an accident, but they can also be the result of the negligence of others. Some of the most common causes of accidents at a construction job site include:
- Faulty equipment: Electrical and other systems require routine maintenance. When these systems are not properly maintained, serious injury can occur. Electrical fires can cause severe burns or electrocution. In many instances, the injuries are life threatening, if not life ending. Failure to abide by or implement safety measures to prevent electrical malfunction is actionable against the negligent party, such as the manufacturer of the equipment or the construction company.
- Improper use of safety equipment: Safety equipment is required to be used on construction sites for a reason, and that reason is to help prevent injuries. However, proper use of the equipment is the responsibility of management and when management fails to require proper use or is unaware of the proper use of equipment, they bear the responsibility for any injury.
- Inadequate training: All workers on a construction site are required to be properly trained. When workers are not properly trained, the responsible party is liable for any injuries caused by an accident.
What to Expect When You are Hurt on a Construction Site
If the injury takes place while you are on the job, you should report it immediately and consider filing a worker’s compensation claim. You will be entitled to lost wages and the costs of medical care and treatment.
If you are hurt on a construction site while visiting, your recourse is not through the worker’s compensation system, but by filing a personal injury lawsuit. You can expect to receive some of the same types of damages, such as lost wages and the cost of your medical care.
Who to Call for Help
The attorneys at Reinhardt Harper Davis work to get our clients the compensation they deserve. We always consider your best interests and never treat you like a number. Every case is different and receives the specialized attention it deserves. Contact us online or call our office at (800) 884-9507.