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Every year, construction remains one of—if not the—most dangerous industries for workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), approximately one in five worker fatalities in the private industry sector in 2019 occurred in construction.
This sobering statistic is largely attributed to the inherent dangers of the job; construction workers must work in hazardous situations and use dangerous tools, equipment, and machinery nearly every day. However, at Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we believe that no one should have to worry about being seriously injured at work, and we believe that those involved in devastating on-the-job accidents deserve justice.
If you were injured or if someone you love died due to a construction accident, you could be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. You could also be eligible to file a third-party personal injury lawsuit, depending on the specific details of your situation. We encourage you to reach out to our New Castle construction accident attorneys to learn more during a free and confidential consultation. During this initial consultation, we will take the time to personally get to know you, listen to your story, and share how we can help.
Common Construction Worker Injuries
Construction accidents tend to be relatively catastrophic. Even a seemingly “minor” construction accident can leave to severe, life-changing injuries.
Some of the most common injuries sustained by construction workers include:
- Broken bones/fractures
- Second- and third-degree burns
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Sprains and strains
- Repetitive motion/strain injuries
- Head, back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Eye and face injuries
- Illnesses resulting from toxic exposure
- Hearing damage, including partial and total hearing loss
- Mesothelioma, asbestosis, and other asbestos-related conditions
- Soft tissue injuries and organ damage
For many construction workers, these injuries are severe enough to warrant extensive medical attention and weeks, months, or even years off work. Some will never be able to return to their jobs and may struggle to obtain any form of gainful employment whatsoever due to their injuries.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Every day, construction workers face a variety of dangers on the job. From working with hazardous materials to being hundreds of feet off the ground, these dangers put workers at risk of all types of serious and even life-threatening construction accidents.
Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falls from heights to lower levels
- Being struck by falling objects
- Forklift, crane, and other vehicle accidents
- Scaffolding and other structure collapses
- Trench cave-ins
- Explosions, fires, and electrocution
- Being caught or crushed between materials/objects
- Machine entanglement and related incidents
- Accidents caused by defective tools, equipment, and safety gear
Typically, when a construction worker in Pennsylvania is injured in any type of on-the-job accident, he or she is entitled to workers’ compensation. However, you could also have a third-party work injury claim if someone other than your employer was responsible for the incident that led to your injury.
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Filing a Third-Party Construction Accident Claim
Our New Castle construction accident attorneys at Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George have sued third-party subcontractors on construction projects, as well as the manufacturers of defective tools or equipment and homeowners who created safety hazards or directly caused job site injuries.
We have secured settlements and verdicts relating to:
- Heavy machinery accidents (graders, paving rollers, cranes, etc.)
- Roadway construction accidents caused by negligent motorists
- Improperly assembled scaffolding, leading to collapses and other accidents
- Failure to properly secure ladders and defective ladders
- Defective power tools, equipment, and machinery
- Removal of or missing safety guards on equipment
- Explosions and fires resulting from third-party negligence or misconduct
- Electrocution caused by exposed live wires and similar hazards
- Falls into holes without barriers, warning signs, or other safety precautions
- Trench collapses, cave-ins, and similar accidents
In some cases, you may be entitled to both workers’ compensation benefits and compensation through third-party liability. At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we believe in doing everything possible to maximize our clients’ recoveries and provide them with the resources they need to heal.
Protecting Your Right to a Fair Recovery
In Pennsylvania, most construction workers are covered by workers’ compensation. This means that you are likely entitled to medical benefits, wage replacement benefits, and other workers’ compensation benefits if you suffered any type of work-related injury, illness, or medical condition. However, workers’ compensation is limited and does not always cover the full costs associated with your injury. Additionally, workers’ compensation does not provide any coverage for non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
At Luxenberg Garbett Kelly & George, we recognize that construction accidents don’t just lead to significant financial hardships; they also have far-reaching physical, mental, and emotional implications. This can make it incredibly difficult to get back on your feet and move forward with your life.
Our New Castle construction accident lawyers understand the importance of securing a fair settlement or verdict, one that covers all your accident-related costs and provides the necessary monetary resources you need to heal. We prioritize attorney-client relationships and will take the time to truly get to know you, your story, and the impact your injuries have had on your life. Our team genuinely cares about you and your family, and we are ready to guide you through the entire legal process.
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