Phoenix Construction and Industrial Accident Lawyer
Everyone working in construction and heavy industries knows how dangerous their work can be. Even when workers follow safety regulations and watch out for one another, serious injuries can result from factors that were outside the workers’ control – but that could have been prevented.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, your future may be full of uncertainties. You may wonder when or even if you’ll be able to go back to work. You may worry about how to pay your mounting medical bills or how your family will make ends meet without your hard-earned paycheck. You may struggle with feelings of anger, despair, or even grief.
The construction and industrial accident lawyers at the Folger Law Firm can help. We combine our knowledge and experience in Arizona injury law with a personal investment in our clients and the desire to ensure you receive the compensation you need to move forward.
Common Construction Site Accidents
While a wide range of accidents can occur on busy construction and industrial sites, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified four types that occur far more commonly than others. Known as the “Big Four,” these accidents account for about 65 percent of all construction and industrial accident deaths and serious injuries each year.
The “Big Four” include:
Struck-by accidents occur when a worker is hit by an object. The object might be a vehicle or piece of equipment, a beam or building material, a tool, or any other item.
Struck-by accidents account for about 26 percent of construction and industrial site deaths each year, according to OSHA. They account for about 10 percent of all deaths.
Falls alone account for 39 percent of all construction and industrial site deaths and 34 percent of all workplace deaths, according to OSHA.
A fall may be fatal if it occurs from a height, such as a fall off scaffolding or a roof, or if it involves a fall through an opening like a floor drain or shaft to a lower level. “At-level” falls, such as the kind that result from slip
ping on oil or debris, can cause serious or even catastrophic injuries.
In 2015, electrocution at construction sites claimed 81 lives, or 8.6 percent of all construction and industrial site deaths, according to OSHA.
Of the agency’s top ten most cited violations in 2016, violations related to electrical work appeared three times. They included lockout/tagout violations, electrical wiring violations, and electrical systems design violations.
Even when electrocution-related injuries do not prove fatal, they can cause permanent and catastrophic injuries, severe pain, lifelong problems with mobility, amputation, and severe scarring.
Caught-in or caught-between accidents claimed 67 lives in 2015, according to OSHA, accounting for 7.2 percent of all construction and industrial site deaths.
These accidents occur when part or all of a worker’s body is trapped, pinned, or compressed by equipment, objects, structures, or materials. For example, injuries from tunnel collapse are included in this category, as are injuries involving body parts caught in machinery.
If you or someone you love has suffered a “Big Four” injury or another type of serious harm, it’s important to talk to an experienced lawyer. Construction and industrial site accident claims are typically complex.
What Makes Construction and Industrial Accident Cases Complicated?
Many types of accident claims are straightforward: One person was clearly negligent in a way that caused another person’s injuries. The person who caused the harm is responsible for compensating the person injured.
While this basic structure underlies many construction site and industrial workplace injuries, these claims can be much more complicated. Some common complicating factors include:
- Workers’ compensation. Medical bills, a portion of lost wages, and certain other benefits may be available through workers’ compensation. These claims, however, have their own specific rules. A lawyer can help you deal with workers’ compensation while investigating additional options for compensation.
- Multiple negligent parties. Modern construction sites are often a maze of subcontractors, third-party vendors, temporary workers, and independent contractors. Determining exactly who is responsible for harm can quickly become difficult – and holding everyone accountable for their part in the accident can be even harder.
- Hidden defects. Some construction and industrial accidents are caused by a third party who never appears on the worksite. For instance, a hidden defect in a tool, building material, or equipment may be impossible to detect until it causes serious injuries. Serious harm can occur from situations like these, even when workers and supervisors are carefully following safety rules.
A serious injury or the loss of a loved one makes your life more difficult in countless ways. One way to help alleviate the stress and gain the time and space to focus on your loved ones is to consult an experienced Phoenix construction accident lawyer.
Call the Folger Law Firm today for a free, confidential consultation. We work with clients on a contingency basis, which means you won’t pay fees unless we succeed in winning compensation for you. Our number is 602-774-0033. You can also use our online contact form to reach our law firm.
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