Construction Accidents and Injuries
Through no fault of their own, a construction worker may develop a serious injury or become disabled due to a workplace accident. If you are hurt at work, the Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. will fight to protect your rights. A devastating work accident can threaten your lifestyle and place an enormous financial burden on you and your loved ones. With extensive experience litigating work injury cases, we will ensure you receive justice and the compensation you need to cover the various expenses associated with your injuries – whether through workers’ compensation or a third-party liability claim.
Responsible Third Parties
The majority of construction workers recognize the dangers and try to avoid accidents that could put them in harm’s way. Unfortunately, despite safeguards at work sites and proper supervision by qualified supervisors, outside influences may contribute to a devastating incident resulting in serious or even fatal injuries.
A third-party entity such as a subcontractor or vendor involved with the project may be responsible for the accident. In some cases, multiple parties are involved and may share responsibility. This can complicate the process of recovering the necessary funds to assist you and your loved ones during the healing process. Other potentially liable parties include construction site property owners, general contractors, subcontractors, designers, engineers, and architects.
Equipment manufacturers may bear responsibility for a worker’s injuries if equipment was improperly designed, defective, inoperable, or poorly maintained. Compensation may be recovered by filing a personal injury lawsuit against the negligent company or individuals responsible for the workplace accident.
Types of Accidents
Countless construction employees may be at risk for serious injury or even death. Common construction accidents may include:
- Falls – The most common type of construction accident that may lead to death involves falls. A falling incident may include scaffolding or roof collapses, falling objects and debris, falls in elevator shafts, slip, trip and fall accidents, and more.
- Machinery accidents – Poorly maintained or defective equipment is a serious workplace hazard. Construction equipment used to transport items such as cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, conveyor belts, hoists, tractors, dump trucks, and other vehicles may factor into serious accidents including motor vehicle accidents. Equipment used to perform tasks like jackhammers, nail guns, and welding gear may lead to injuries. Workers may be in danger if the individual becomes trapped between two heavy objects.
- Fires, explosions, and toxic exposure – Construction accidents like fires or explosions on work sites may cause life-changing injuries. Exposure to toxins such as gases or chemicals used in construction work may contribute to injuries such as poisoning, asphyxiation, and suffocation as well as occupational illnesses that may develop months or even years after the initial exposure.
Filing a Civil Suit
An experienced construction accident lawyer is your best source for legal advice. In some cases, workers’ compensation claims may be applicable, but if a third party carries responsibility for the worker’s injuries or untimely death, a civil suit may be the best option. As with most cases involving negligence, it must be proven that the other individual or party bore responsibility for maintaining safety for the staff working at the site. Proof of their failure to ensure safety and that the injury sustained by the worker resulted from negligence by the third party must also be given.
Philadelphia Work Accident Lawyers at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. Successfully Handle Construction Accident Claims
If you were injured in a construction accident, contact a seasoned Philadelphia work accident lawyer at Freedman & Lorry, P.C. for legal counsel. Call us today at 888-999-1962 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation to discuss your legal options. We have offices in Philadelphia, Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and Pinehurst, North Carolina to serve clients throughout Southeastern Pennsylvania and the areas surrounding our offices.