It is common knowledge that the construction industry ranks among the nation’s most dangerous. Fortunately, the vast majority of serious accidents can be easily prevented by maintaining a safe work environment and adhering strictly to safety guidelines. That does not mean, however, that all employers are taking these necessary precautions.
According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), more than 20 percent of worker fatalities in 2017 occurred in the construction industry. In layman’s terms, that is one out of every five worker deaths. The leading causes of these fatalities were falls, followed by the other three accidents dubbed construction’s “fatal four.” The fatal four, which comprise more than half of all construction-related deaths, include:
- Being struck by an object
- Being caught in, or in-between an object or objects
When a construction accident results in serious injury or death, you have a right to seek compensation for your injuries. If you have been injured on the job, call a construction accident lawyer in Yardley, PA. At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our construction accident lawyers have a track record of obtaining compensation for our clients.
How to Avoid Construction Accidents
- Wear personal protective equipment and fall protection gear whenever necessary.
- Always be mindful of the space you are working in and the people around you. Your workspace should be clean and free of clutter, and other workers should be following safety guidelines at all times. If workers are goofing off or behaving recklessly, report the behavior.
- Participate in any and all training that is offered and speak to your supervisor if adequate training is not being provided.
- Report any dangerous working conditions to your supervisor. If he/she does not address the situation in a timely manner, you can report the issue to OSHA.
- Make sure that your tools and any equipment you are working on (scaffolding, ladders, etc.) are in good working order. If they are not, report the problem to your supervisor.
- Follow your employer’s safety guidelines, as well as those set in place by OSHA.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance product purchased by your employer that provides benefits to most injured workers. If you have been injured in a work-related construction accident, you are likely eligible for workers’ comp. However, workers’ comp also benefits the employer in that injured employees accept compensation in exchange for agreeing not to sue. If negligence played a role in your injuries, you may be entitled to additional compensation by bringing a lawsuit against your employer or any other negligent party.
Workers’ Comp Benefits
If you are eligible for workers’ comp benefits, you may be entitled to compensation for a percentage of your lost wages. Most medical expenses will also be covered, as well as additional benefits for specific losses, such as the loss of a finger or toe, or your ability to hear or speak. That being said, obtaining workers’ comp benefits can be a complex and confusing process. Even minor application errors can result in delayed benefits; in some cases, eligible workers receive no benefits at all. Further, employers frequently deny claims.
At Cordisco & Saile LLC, our construction accident lawyers in Yardley, PA know how employers and their workers’ comp insurers think and operate. We will help you seek the maximum compensation available so that you can focus on healing. Call us today at 215-642-2335 for a free and confidential consultation case about your case.
How a Yardley, PA Construction Accident Lawyer Can Help
For starters, legal counsel can help to ensure that you receive the full workers’ comp benefits you are entitled to in a timely manner. But if the negligence of your employer or a third party contributed to your injury, you may be entitled to seek additional compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Having an attorney by your side can be of immense help in such a situation.
If, for example, your employer intentionally injured you, or lacked sufficient workers’ comp coverage, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit. If you can sue your employer, it will likely result in a much larger payout than available through workers’ comp. This is because a lawsuit offers some damages not available in worker’s comp, such as pain and suffering.
Cordisco & Saile, LLC fights tirelessly to protect the rights of injury victims in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Do not go through this difficult time alone; we can help.
Contact Cordisco & Saile LLC Today
If you have been injured in a work-related construction accident in Yardley, the legal team at Cordisco & Saile LLC can help you obtain the compensation you deserve. Our construction accident lawyers in Yardley, PA can understand the complexities of work injury and workers’ comp cases.
It is our goal to make the process as smooth and painless as possible so that you can get the money you are owed and move on with your life. Do not make the mistake of attempting to go through this complex process alone. We can help. Call us today at 215-642-2335 for a free and confidential consultation about your case.