According to recent estimates, over a dozen people are killed in workplace accidents in the United States every single day. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported over 5,000 work-related deaths in the United States in 2018.
Falls, electrocution, machine accidents, and being struck by objects or materials are perennial leading causes of workplace fatalities every year–especially in the construction industry.
In addition to fatal accidents, construction work can lead to serious long-term injuries such as traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, amputated body parts, and varying degrees of paralysis, to name a few. If you or a loved one was involved in a construction accident, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335.
A construction accident attorney in Philadelphia can help you understand what you need to know about filing a personal injury claim or a civil lawsuit for damages.
Understanding the Severity of Construction Accidents
According to figures from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, an estimated 200,000 construction site accidents were reported in 2018. Many of these accidents–about 80,000 of them–led to missed workdays and lost income. In fact, business productivity losses, lost income, medical treatment overheads, and insurance costs of construction accidents were estimated to be as high as $170 billion in 2018, per the National Safety Council.
These cases can cause significant costs. If you have grounds for seeking compensation after suffering a construction accident, it is recommended that you do so. We talk more about accidents, how they occur, the types of injuries for which you can seek compensation, and how construction accident insurance works in the sections below.
Potential Causes of Your Construction Accident
Per OSHA, the leading causes of construction accidents are slips and falls, electrocution accidents, machine-related accidents, and accidents involving objects and/or materials. Other causes of construction accidents include chemical burns, thermal burns, suffocation, and vehicle accidents.
There are many ways that accidents such as these can occur. The factors below are often involved in construction accidents:
- Poor worker training
- Inadequate machine servicing
- Improper vehicle maintenance
- Poor lighting
- Not meeting workplace safety standards
- Warning system errors
- Inadequate machine guarding and power lockouts
- Confusing, unclear, or inaccurate product packaging and/or labeling
- Inaccurate operating instructions
- Product defects
- A lack of worker safety gear
Depending on the type of accident that you suffered, how it was caused, and who was responsible for it, you may be able to seek compensation from your insurer for personal injuries. You may also be able to seek compensation from the insurer of the at-fault party who caused the accident, based on the proportion that all parties were responsible for the accident.
There is an additional level of complexity with workplace accidents that you may have to deal with if you suffered a work-related accident and have workers’ compensation coverage from your employer. Under the Pennsylvania Workers’ Compensation Act, you cannot sue your coworkers or employer for any accidents that occur during the normal course of work. Instead, you must file a workers’ compensation claim for specific categories of accidents with your employer’s insurer.
To learn more about when you can and cannot sue for damages, what kinds of insurance policies apply to your case, and how to file a personal injury claim, contact Cordisco & Saile LLC at (215) 642-2335. A team member can discuss how a construction accident attorney in Philadelphia will guide you regarding the next steps that you should take.
Injuries, Damages, and Evidence
Evaluating your injuries and damages is an important part of any personal injury claim or civil lawsuit against an at-fault party responsible for causing you harm.
Before initiating a claim, you must gather evidence to demonstrate how your accident occurred and who–if anyone–was at fault for it. Video evidence, photos, eyewitness statements, maintenance logs, medical treatment receipts, and OSHA reports (or assessments by other relevant regulatory bodies regarding workplace safety and adherence to standards) can all be used to support your claim.
This evidence will be used to:
- Identify the at-fault party;
- Demonstrate how the actions of the at-fault party led to an accident;
- Prove the extent of your losses; and
- Place a dollar figure on the value of your claim.
Some of the personal injuries for which you can file a claim include:
- A traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Spinal cord injury (SCI)
- Neck, back, and nerve injuries
- Bone, muscle, and internal organ injuries
- Cuts, lacerations, bruises, and puncture wounds
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Amputation and paralysis
- Eye, ear, and dental injuries
- Thermal burns
- Chemical burns
- A limited range of motion
- Physical incapacitation
Other losses you may be forced to bear after a workplace accident can include lost income, the loss of a loved one, or an inability to earn as much as you used to before the accident.
Contact Us Today
A workplace or construction accident can happen in an instant, but it can lead to a substantial amount of pain and suffering and physical incapacitation. If you suffered a construction accident, call Cordisco & Saile LLC today at (215) 642-2335. A construction accident attorney in Philadelphia can help you:
- Understand the laws that apply to you
- Gather evidence
- Quantify your damages
- File appropriate paperwork on time
- Negotiate with the right agencies or insurers
- Represent you in court if we cannot secure a settlement
It can take time to gather evidence and build a case, and there are time limits within which you must bring forth a personal injury civil lawsuit to secure compensation for your injuries. In Pennsylvania, this time limit–known as the statute of limitations–is generally two years (42 Pa. C.S.A. § 5524).
We encourage you to act quickly and contact us today for a free case evaluation. We are here to help, and we are just a call away.