Construction Site/Work Accidents
Construction accidents and construction site negligence are the cause of more than 5.2 million injuries in the United States every year. On the average, 16 workers are killed daily in accidents on worksites nationwide. Construction companies are responsible for conducting safety inspections of every site, employing safety engineers, and conducting safety training. Nevertheless, accidents happen because companies fail to adequately implement these procedures.
Beyond Workers’ Compensation
Injured construction workers usually file a Workers’ Compensation claim to recover for their damages. But a Workers’ Comp claim is often not enough to adequately compensate the worker for all of the losses, especially intangibles damages such as pain and suffering, future lost wages, potential future earning ability, and loss of enjoyment of life. A worker injured on the job may also be able to recover damages from a negligent third party, for example a manufacturer, general contractor, supplier or property owner, if their negligence can be demonstrated.
Third-Parties May Be Liable in Construction Accidents
Many different people, products, and equipment are involved in the construction of a building, and many of these, including general contractors and subcontractors, owners, architects, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, are responsible to some extent to maintain a safe worksite. When a construction site accident happens, a construction accident lawyer will need to determine which of these bears responsibility for negligent safety provisions.
Kinds of Construction Accidents
These are some of the kinds of construction-related accidents that often cause injuries:
- Collapsing roof
- Structure failure
- Crane accidents
- Lifting equipment failure
- Scaffolding accidents
- Electric shock
- Fires and explosions
- Operating equipment failure
Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers at the Alvarez Law Office
The construction injury lawyers at the Alvarez Law Office in Crown Point, Indiana, are thoroughly experienced in gathering the evidence needed to determine which parties are liable for the failure of required safety provisions that led to the accident. The Alvarez firm has access to construction safety engineers who specialize in accident reconstruction, and who can testify on your behalf if you’ve been injured due to negligence. We understand the shortcomings of Worker’s Compensation when it comes to covering the many losses related to a serious construction accident and are committed to justice for the individual who has fallen victim to an unsafe workplace. We accept cases throughout Northwestern Indiana Lake, Porter, Laporte, Jasper, Newton, St. Joseph, White Counties and the entire Chicagoland area.
If you or someone you know has been injured while working on a construction site, your best course of action is to schedule an appointment for our firm to review the circumstances of your accident. The consultation is free, and there is never a fee unless we win money for you.