A crush injury is caused when part or all of a worker’s body becomes pinned between two objects. These types of injuries are unfortunately very common in the construction industry. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists them among the top four causes of death for construction workers. Construction workers who are involved in crush accidents often face severe injuries and are unable to work for a period of time, if not permanently.
Because of the types of equipment used on construction sites, workers often face the danger of being pinned in between a piece of machinery and a fixed object. The most common causes of crush injuries include:
- Large machinery and heavy equipment
- Falling materials or collapsing structures
- Runover by large equipment
- Trench collapses
A construction worker’s entire body may not be crushed in these situations, but having a hand, leg, or other body part caught between two pieces of equipment can lead to serious injuries and complications. It is important for construction workers to understand their right to seek compensation, not just for medical expenses but also for any lost wages. If the crush accident occurred because of faulty equipment or negligence on another’s part, the worker may be eligible to seek compensation in other ways as well.
At Reinhardt | Harper | Davis, we help construction workers across the state of Virginia who have suffered serious injuries on the job. By representing these clients to the best of our ability, we are able to obtain financial compensation to assist the injured worker with medical expenses, rehabilitation and recovery, and loss of wages.
Our team of experienced construction accident attorneys look at every aspect of your case to determine the best option for your unique situation. In some cases, a manufacturer or third-party vendor may be at fault. Our attorneys can help you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been the victim of a construction site crush accident, please contact the legal team at Reinhardt | Harper | Davis to discuss your case. Our consultations are free and thorough. Let us help you today!