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Construction accidents

Construction sites can be dangerous, killing and injuring thousands of workers every year. Workers are often required to use powerful machinery, scaffolding, and ladders and climb to great heights. The Bureau of Labor Statistics states that one in ten construction workers dies every year in the US. It is important for workers to familiarize themselves with the common causes of these accidents to prevent their occurrence.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Falls: This is one of the most common causes of construction accidents. Workers at construction sites are at risk of falling off scaffoldings, cranes, roofs, ladders and other equipment or machinery.

Falling objects: Workers at construction sites are at risk of getting struck by falling objects, such as tools or other construction materials, that are not properly secured. These objects can cause severe brain and spinal injuries even if proper safety equipment is worn.

Machinery-related accidents: Heavy machinery such as forklifts and dumpsters can malfunction and cause serious accidents and injuries to workers.

Electrocution, fires, and explosions: Construction sites often contain exposed wirings, leaking pipes and flammable chemicals that can lead to electrocution, fires and explosions and result in serious injuries.

Trench or building collapse: Trenches being built on construction sites may collapse and injure workers inside. Buildings under construction can suddenly or unexpectedly collapse and injure or kill workers.

Due to the strenuous physical labor required in the construction industry, workers are often victims of the following injuries:

  • Repetitive motion injuries
  • Muscle and joint damage due to overuse
  • Heat stroke due to extremely hot temperatures
  • Hypothermia in cold climates
  • Burns and electrocution
  • Eye injuries resulting in vision impairment or blindness
  • Broken bones, knee and ankle injuries
  • Neck, shoulder, back and spinal cord injuries
  • Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
  • Head and brain injuries

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If you have been injured in a construction accident, we can help you. We have the experience and knowledge and will fight to protect your financial future. Our construction accident lawyers have successfully represented thousands of construction workers. Call 917-300-0797 or 718-619-4525 or email dervishi@dervishilaw.com.

 

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Construction accident

The four fatal construction accidents account for more workplace fatalities than any other kind of accident. These accidents claim hundreds of lives every year in the construction industry. They are the cause of 60% of all construction industry deaths. The four fatal construction accidents are:

  • Falls: According to OSHA, falls account for over 35% of the total deaths in the construction industry. Wall openings, floor holes, ladders, scaffolding, roofing and unprotected edges are some of the hazards that contribute to falls at construction sites.

  • Electrocution: Power lines, inadequate grounding, improper use of equipment and faulty power cords are some of the common causes of electrocution at construction sites.

  • Struck-by-object: Almost 10% of fatal construction site injuries result from a worker being struck by a flying, falling, swinging or rolling object.

  • Caught-in-between: Trench or excavation collapses, being crushed between rolling, sliding or shifting objects, and being caught in machinery are some of the examples of caught-in-between accidents.

How to Prevent the Four Fatal Construction Accidents

Well-planned safety protocols, safety training and the strict use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can help prevent the four fatal construction accidents. Here are some ways to prevent these kinds of accidents:

  • Use guardrails, fall arrest systems, safety nets, covers and restraint systems.

  • Use protective equipment when working with electrical hazards. Create a comprehensive list of all electrical hazards on site and post warning signs to alert workers of electrical risks.

  • Provide adequate training to employees on proper usage of machinery and equipment.

  • Always wear high-visibility clothing.

  • Follow OSHA safety guidelines.

  • Post signs about common safety procedures.

  • Reinforce safety awareness on a regular basis.

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Construction accident

Accidents at construction sites can happen from ladder or scaffold falls, explosions, electrocution, etc. Regardless of the cause, accidents may result in financial loss or life-changing injuries to the workers. An injured construction worker under New York law can recover for damages suffered due to the accident. If you are injured in a construction accident due to someone else’s negligence, it is important to contact a construction accident lawyer to help you with your case. An attorney will do a thorough investigation of the construction site, medical records and witness’ statements that can help to determine liability. He or she can also help decide on the type of claim to pursue.

Construction Accident Damages

The different categories of damages are:

  • Lost Wages

    A construction worker can recover wages lost due to the injury sustained in the accident. These damages include the amount of money the injured would have earned, from the time of the injury to the date of the settlement and into the future. When the injured cannot earn the same amount of money because of the accident, he or she may be able to recover for future earning capacity.Other economic damages include union benefits, pensions lost, overtime pay, etc.

  • Pain and Suffering

    Construction workers are entitled to recover the past and future pain and suffering damages. To place a monetary value on this type of injury, the jury will consider the nature of the injury and the certainty of future pain. The severity and how long the injured is likely to be in pain is also taken into consideration.

  • Medical Expenses

    Construction workers can recover medical bills such as doctor’s fees, ambulance fees, hospital stays, emergency room treatment and nursing services. It can also include the cost of future medical expenses. The injured must show that the expenses are a result of the injury sustained from the accident.

Construction Accident Lawsuits

The different kinds of lawsuits a construction worker can file are:

  • Worker’s Compensation

    Workers are entitled to benefits provided by worker’s compensation insurance after proving that an injury occurred irrespective of the surrounding conditions.

  • Personal Injury

    In a personal injury claim, the worker has to prove that a third party was negligent and the negligence led to the accident.

  • Product Liability

    An injured worker can bring a lawsuit against any party in the chain of distribution if the injury was caused by a defective product.

  • Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death lawsuits can be brought by the family if a worker is killed on the job.

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Dervishi Law Group, P.C. specializes in construction accident cases. We provide our services in NYC, Manhattan, Westchester and the Bronx in NY.If you need a construction accident lawyer, give us a 917-300-0797/718-619-4525 or email at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

 

Construction Accidents

Many people are injured on construction sites every day, including non-employees and innocent bystanders. Some injuries can be serious and some fatal. Construction accident cases involving non-employees are treated like normal personal injury cases. This means that the injured persons can file a lawsuit against the liable parties, such as general contractors, sub-contractors, property owners and negligent employees.

Elements to prove

Non-employees or bystanders, such as pedestrians or people driving by the construction sites may sustain injuries from falling debris, structural collapse, fires, electrocution, and other hazards. If the parties in charge of the construction site failed to follow safety measures in keeping the construction site safe, they may be held liable for injuries suffered. In order to file a lawsuit against the responsible parties, injured parties must prove that:

  • The parties acted negligently or intentionally
  • The accident caused the injuries

Claiming compensation

Non-employees who suffer injuries from a construction accident can pursue damages by filing a personal injury claim. The amount of compensation depends on the severity of the injury and financial losses sustained as a result of the accident. Injured victims can claim compensation for:

  • Medication costs: This is a reimbursement for all the medical expenses incurred from the time of the accident, to the present day. It includes medical treatment, prescription drugs, medical examinations, hospitalization, travel expenses, out of pocket expenses, and rehabilitation costs. It is important to keep all the receipts for any purchases related to your injury and treatment.
  • Loss of earnings: This compensates for lost wages and earnings suffered as a result of the injury, from the day of the accident to the present day, as well as future earning capacity. Lost income should be verified by the injured victim’s employer.
  • Pain and suffering: This compensation is awarded for pain and discomfort suffered as a result of the accident. Pain and suffering damages depend on the type of injury and how long one takes to recover.
  • Wrongful death: This damage is awarded when the case involves loss of life. It covers funeral expenses and compensates deceased relatives for the loss of income, loss of love, companionship and more.

The Statute of Limitations

Generally, personal injury claims are made within three years from the date of accident or injury. After this period, you may lose your right to sue.

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Construction accident

Falling object accidents are quite common at construction sites. Minor mistakes can lead to major injuries and if safety regulations, specifications, inspections or job safety requirements are not followed, workers or pedestrians can be fatally or seriously injured by falling objects. Some liability and causes of falling objects at construction site are:

Insufficient Barricades

Barricading dangerous areas is essential to prevent injuries from falling objects. In construction sites, there are hard-hat zones that must be barricaded so that people or workers passing by do not accidentally enter. If barricades were never erected, the liability for the accident may fall on the construction manager or property owner.

Poor Signage

Sometimes, a passersby might not realize that construction work is occurring. Clear visible signs at all access points to the construction site must be there to alert people that there is a risk of falling objects. The contractor or property owner may be liable for injuries caused due to poor or insufficient signage.

Failing to Inspect Equipment

All equipment must be properly maintained to prevent any failure. All devices should be inspected daily for wear and tear. Any damage or flaw on the equipment should be replaced immediately. The owner of the equipment, the manufacturing company, contractor or property owner can be held liable for injuries caused due to faulty equipment.

Failing to Secure Tools and Other Equipment

Workers have to move tools around frequently when they work. Careless placement of the tools and materials can result in injuries or even kill someone if it falls. Tools and materials must be stored in a secure location when not in use to avoid any accident. Negligence must be proved in order to establish liability in a falling object accident.

Contact Dervishi Law Group, P.C.

The New York City construction accident lawyers at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can assist you with a personal injury claim. Our personal injury lawyers will evaluate your claim, and help you to identify responsible parties. We handle claims involving all types of loss, from broken bones or fractures to brain injury, from spinal cord injury/paralysis to amputation or loss of limb. We also litigate wrongful death claims. If you have been injured due to falling objects.

 

Construction accident

Construction workers face some of the most dangerous hazards on a daily basis. Whether it’s falling off a scaffold, being electrocuted, or getting cut by a sharp metal, these workers put their lives at risk to complete a building project.

Below are steps to take after a construction accident:

  • Being well prepared is an important step. All workers and management staff on the site should be well trained and know what to do in case an accident occurs.
  • Call 911 and obtain medical attention immediately, even if the injury seems minor.
  • Report the accident to your direct supervisor.
  • Make sure to obtain a copy of the accident report and any related paperwork filed by your supervisors, upper management or the medical personnel.
  • Report to OSHA within 8 hours of the hospitalization or death of individuals, if an accident involves the hospitalization of at least three individuals or results in the death of one or more individuals.
  • It is advisable to report the accident to the company’s worker’s compensation insurance provider as soon as possible.
  • Always gather the names and contact information of all the witnesses to the accident.
  • Take photographs of the site where the accident happened, any equipment involved in the accident and if possible the injured victims.
  • Never admit fault to company management or insurance representatives.
  • Never rush into a settlement with the employer or the employer’s insurance company.
  • Hire an experienced construction accident attorney.
  • Do not sign any agreements or waivers prior to meeting with an attorney.

Contact Dervishi Law Group, P.C. for free case evaluation

When a construction accident happens, seeking the advice of a construction accident lawyer may be the best option. An attorney can help victims follow crucial steps in receiving compensation for their injures. Construction workers have rights in the event of an accident. We have the experience to advise you about these laws, and to protect your financial future. We have successfully represented thousands of construction workers who have been hurt on the job. We have our own investigative team and act quickly to gather and preserve evidence. Call us at 917-300-0797/718-619-4525 or email at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

 

Construction accident

Accidents are prone to occur anywhere, and construction sites are no exception. Whether it is a small project or a major commercial development, construction work is quite dangerous. Safety is extremely important on a construction site. All the safety regulations, specifications, and inspections have to be met in order to prevent construction site accidents. The job safety programs help prevent construction site accidents and create safety awareness for all parties involved in the construction project. However, when a construction accident occurs, determining liability can become a problem and cause major difficulties. This is because of the large number of people involved in the construction project.

While filing for a construction site accident lawsuit or an insurance claim, it is important to identify the parties that are at fault for the harm caused. However, identifying the parties can be a challenging task. The system followed at a construction site will be an important consideration that needs to be taken into account when determining the potential liability of the numerous individuals involved in the project. When assessing liability for injuries at a construction site, the extent of a potential party’s control of the premises where the construction is being done, and the amount of control they have over the work, is generally a main determination.

Here is a guide to help you determine who could be held liable for the injuries that you suffer from in an accident at a construction site:

Identifying Who is Liable

  • Construction Site Owner– While the construction project is under way, the landowner might not be considered the legal possessor of the land. This depends on how much control he has given to the contractor. However, by virtue of being the owner or possessor of the land, the landowner is liable for any construction site accident that occurs. Since the injury was caused at his site, the owner can be held liable if he or she knew about a potential danger on the site, and the accident occurred due to that hazard. The court will consider how much control the landowner has over the work itself and will come to a decision as to who is legally at fault for the injuries sustained.
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  • General Contractors and Sub-Contractors – It is the legal duty of the contractors and sub-contractors to warn the employees of any potential hazards or defects on the site. Additionally, they are expected to provide a safe environment for the workers. It is their responsibility to hire competent employees and to abide with the safety protocols and OSHA regulations.
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  • Prime Contractors– A prime contractor differs from a general or sub-contractor, because he or she is only responsible for the work that is stated in his or her prime contract. Also if a prime contractor chooses to delegate work to sub-contractors he or she has exclusive responsibility over the sub-contractors (including as to payment and work quality).
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  • Architects and Engineers– Architects, engineers and design professionals are responsible for meeting certain standards during the design and/or construction phases of the project. Their extent of responsibility can be determined by looking at their contract with the site owner. The duty of an architect, engineer, or design professional may include progress observations in order to ensure it complies with the specified plans, and site inspections to make sure they comply with the code regulations. If the standards are not met, the architect or engineer can be held liable for the construction site accident.
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  • Manufacturers of Construction Machinery– Manufacturers of faulty and defective design of construction machinery can be held liable in the case of a construction site accident.
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  • Insurers– In major construction projects, the parties involved are required to have ample insurance coverage. This should cover all aspects of the construction project. The insurance coverage and the extent of that coverage are important issues that need to be assessed to determine if the insurance company is liable for the construction site accident.

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If you or a loved one is injured in a construction site accident, construction accident attorneys at Dervishi Law Group, P.C. can help you. We specialize in construction accidents. If you would like a free consultation, call us at 718-619-4525/ 917-300-0797 or email at fdervishi@dervishilaw.com.

 

If you have been injured in a scaffold accident, you have the right to claim compensation for your damages. Consider hiring an experienced construction accident attorney to make sure that you receive the compensation you deserve for your damages.