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Injuries from construction sites are usually the most serious injury cases we encounter. Every year there are thousands of construction accidents that cause serious injury and death. Legally, construction companies are required to provide safety programs and formally inspect work sites with a safety engineer, but, unfortunately, accidents still occur resulting from the inadequacy of these provisions.

The site owners, architects, insurance companies and manufacturers of equipment can all be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions when a construction site accident occurs. In addition, the general contractor and all subcontractors are also required to provide a reasonably safe site, to warn of hazards, to hire careful employees, to coordinate job safety and to supervise safety compliance. In spite of all of these precautions, construction sites are still danger areas and, as a result, construction accidents happen daily. If you’ve been injured at a construction site, please contact our attorneys today by calling (414) 271-0900.

Common Construction Accidents

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous workplaces in the country, and the relatively high rate of accidents is caused by the wide range of hazards that can be present at any given time. While negligence can lead to a mishap in almost any situation, the following are a few of the more common types of construction accidents:

  • Crane collapse – Crane collapses on a job site can harm the operator and workers who are beneath the crane on the job site.
  • Scaffolding collapse – When a scaffolding collapses, workers who are on it may suffer serious injuries, especially if they were at a high elevation. Workers below may be injured as well when it collapses.
  • Slip and fall accidents  – Slips and falls on the job site are common and some are very minor. Others may result in severe injuries that require medical attention and can have a lasting impact on the worker’s health.
  • Machinery malfunctions – A malfunctioning machine can be very hazardous to the health of the operator and workers nearby. Some machinery accidents may even prove to be fatal, so it is essential that manufacturers adequately test their products before releasing them to market.
  • Vehicle collisions – When commercial vehicles collide on the job site, the potential for serious injuries is high. Operators should exercise caution at all times when driving vehicles for work, and every operator should have the appropriate licenses to handle the vehicle they are assigned to.

Any of these accidents can lead to serious injuries, requiring extensive medical treatment and time spent away from work recovering.

Types of Construction Site Injuries

Most serious injuries result from a fall from heights. However, even a trip over steel cabling or operating a forklift can result in serious injury. Common construction site injuries include:

  • Broken and/or fractured bones (arm, neck, leg, back)
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Spinal Cord Injury
  • Electrocution
  • Quadriplegia
  • Paraplegia
  • Death

If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to an accident at work that caused the injuries above or a fatality, don’t wait to contact an attorney to discuss your legal options. The sooner you talk to a lawyer, the sooner you may be able to secure the compensation you are owed to pay for the costs that inevitably come with a serious accident.

Frequently Asked Questions about Construction Accidents

Each year, thousands of workers are injured or killed in construction accidents, making it one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. The attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® understand this, and we have worked hard to protect workers in Milwaukee and all across the state of Wisconsin. We are here for you in your time of need, so turn to us if you’ve been hurt in an accident. We are always available to answer any questions you may have about your legal options, so we have provided the answers to some common questions we hear below. Contact us directly with any specific questions you may have at (414) 271-0900 today.

What should I do following an accident?

When an accident occurs at work, there are a few things that you must do immediately to protect yourself. By following the steps below, you can ensure a speedy recovery and make sure your best interests are protected:

Step 1: Seek medical attention right away. A doctor should immediately evaluate your condition following an accident. There is no way to know if your injuries are life-threatening or not until you visit a qualified medical professional and get an accurate diagnosis. Keep in mind that some injuries may not seem serious at first, but may worsen over time after the accident.

Step 2: Report the accident. Make sure to notify your immediate supervisor of the accident and file an official report as soon as possible. Do not trust your supervisor to file the report for you, even if they offer. You need to ensure that the paperwork is submitted officially and to the proper authorities to ensure that it is recorded and noted.

Step 3: Take photos and get witness statements. As soon as you are able to, make sure to get photos of the scene if possible. Also, talk to witnesses who saw what happened, and see if you can get a statement from them on record.

Step 4: Write down an account of what happened. Because details can become hazy or are forgotten over time, make sure to write down an accurate account of how the accident occurred, the conditions at the time, the safety gear you were wearing, and any other details that may be necessary to recount in the future.

Step 5: Contact an attorney. Select a lawyer who has experience with construction accidents and has a track record of success with these specific cases. Discuss your legal options with your attorney and take legal action if it is warranted.

What type of compensation might I be owed?

If you are injured on the job, you will likely not be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer. Depending on the circumstances of the case, a third party may be held liable for your injuries if negligence can be demonstrated. Most of the time, however, injured workers will be eligible for compensation from their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. These benefits are typically issued on a weekly basis while the employee is unable to work, and will typically cover medical expenses. If your workers’ compensation claim is delayed or denied by your employer, you have the right to consult an attorney to pursue the benefits that you are owed following an accident.

What is third-party liability?

If a worker is hurt on a job site due to the negligent actions of a third party, like a property owner, contractor, or equipment manufacturer, the worker may be able to take legal action against the party responsible for their injuries. Contractors, specifically, have a duty to ensure that the property is safe for workers to perform their duties. Contractors typically are required to:

  • Properly warn workers of potential hazards on the site
  • Contract with workers who will follow proper safety protocols
  • Ensure that all safety procedures are followed at all times
  • Coordinate the project with safety in mind for all workers on site

If a contractor fails to follow the steps listed above, they may be held liable for injuries to workers if an accident occurs.

Can an equipment manufacturer be held liable for my injuries?How?

Manufacturers of tools and construction equipment have a responsibility to deliver products that are safe for use. Construction equipment can be especially dangerous, with many moving parts, sharp ends, and heavy components that can cause serious injury to operators and workers nearby if they malfunction or are defective. If you are hurt in an accident caused by a defective piece of construction equipment, don’t hesitate to contact an experienced attorney at Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today.

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Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® is a law firm with a team of Milwaukee construction accident attorney with offices throughout Wisconsin who have been fighting successfully for the rights of those who injured on construction job sites for many years. Regardless of how you or someone you love was injured, contact Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ® today by calling (414) 271-0900 to find out how we can help you.

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