Construction workers have tough jobs and we applaud them for everything they do. However, they do have more risk of injury than most workers. If they are forced to operate without proper equipment or training, their employers should be held accountable.
At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., we are here to help if you have been injured in a construction incident that was caused by someone else’s negligence or carelessness. When you need a Philadelphia construction accident attorney, let us get to work on securing the compensation you deserve.
A Risky Environment
It is no secret that construction jobs are inherently more risky than other jobs. That is why construction companies face such strict federal and state regulations when it comes to safety standards. First, we can get an understanding of the dangers by looking at OHSA’s list of the most common causes of fatalities in the construction industry:
- Falls (38.7%)
- Getting struck by an object (9.4%)
- Electrocutions (8.3%)
- Getting caught in between objects (7.3%)
However, we know that the majority of construction incidents do not cause fatalities. Thousands of construction workers survive accidents each year and are left dealing with the consequences. We commonly see the following injuries and illnesses in the aftermath of construction accidents:
- Spinal Cord Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Broken or Dislocated Bones
- Stress-related injuries
- Hearing and Vision Loss
- Respiratory Problems
Looking at that list, you will see some non-traumatic illnesses and injuries. Yes, while many construction incidents have immediate consequences (tool mishaps), others happen over longer periods of time. Hearing and vision problems, repetitive stress injuries, and respiratory problems can all take years to develop.
In many cases, these injuries and illnesses are caused due to negligence on the part of a construction company. If employers fail to provide their workers with the equipment and training necessary to keep them safe, they should be held accountable for their actions.
Workers should always have the proper clothing, headgear, eyewear, respiratory equipment, harnesses, and more. They should also be given training for all equipment used at a job site as well as updated safety procedures.
Often, third-party contractors are used on construction sites. If these contractors do not have the same safety standards everyone else on the site, they could cause injuries. Third-party contractors responsible for injuries can face personal injury claims outside of workers’ compensation insurance.
What An Attorney Will Do
The risks associated with working in construction are high, which is why construction companies should take every step possible to minimize the possibility of worker injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction incident, Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is ready to help.
Our qualified and experienced team will work tirelessly to secure compensation for all of your incident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage of your medical bills
- Compensation for lost income if you cannot work
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages