Unlike many other occupations, construction workers face some of the most demanding and dangerous job conditions. Although the industry is highly regulated to protect the safety and livelihoods of construction workers, thousands are killed every year due to negligence, and even more, suffer serious injuries. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, please contact the Phoenix construction accident attorneys at Torgenson Law today. We can discuss the details of your case in a free consultation and determine whether you have a viable claim.
The most common types of construction accidents that lead to injuries or fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), are:
Falls account for the greatest number of construction accident fatalities (33.5%). They can often be the result of uneven or unstable work surfaces, a lack or misuse of fall protection equipment, or worker error.
Being struck by an object is an obvious hazard on a construction site, and account for 11.1% of construction worker fatalities. Materials and machinery can fall, fly, swing and collide into workers. Hard hats are essential to reduce the risk of a serious brain injury if struck.
Approximately 8.5% of annual construction worker fatalities are due to electrocution. This can happen when coming into contact with exposed wires, defective tools, the improper use of extension cords, or live power lines.
Being caught in or between objects is the cause for 5.5% of annual worker fatalities. It is an increasing cause of construction accidents. Workers may, for example, get wedged between heavy vehicles, stuck in a trench, or pinned in between objects.
Many Arizona construction workers believe that workers’ compensation benefits are their only option after being injured on the job. This is not always the case. Although workers are often not able to sue their employer, under certain circumstances, accident victims can file a personal injury or product liability lawsuit. Property owners, contractors, product manufacturers, maintenance companies and/or architects may be held responsible if their negligence resulted in the injury or death of a worker. Therefore, you may be entitled to recover full lost wages and benefits, medical expenses, and damages for pain and suffering.
Only a thorough investigation of medical records, the construction site, witness statements, and parties related to the incident can help to determine liability, as well as the laws applicable to your claim. A skilled construction accident attorney will have the ability to investigate your accident, identify any liable parties, and determine the type of claim you should pursue. Construction accident victims in Arizona must act quickly, as the law typically only allows two years to file suit.
We have more than 20 years of experience recovering compensation for injured clients. Please contact our Phoenix injury lawyers for a free consultation if you or a loved one has been injured in an accident on a construction site.