Richmond Construction Accident Lawyer
Accidents on construction sites are some of the most dangerous accidents of all. Of all fatal accidents in workplaces, one out of five takes place in the construction industry, according to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Just recently, a youth died and a man injured in a collapsed ditch on a construction site in northern Virginia.
Experienced Construction Accident Lawyers With Proven Results
If you or a loved one were hurt or killed in a construction accident, get in touch with an experienced Richmond construction accident lawyer. We can investigate the causes of the accident and work with you to ensure that justice is sought.
Several years ago, for example, a construction accident worker fell 14 feet to a concrete floor, through an unsupported opening covered by a panel of fiberglass, which was painted a color similar to the roof. He suffered multiple fractures and a traumatic brain injury (TBI). His injuries resulted in permanent pain, and he is unable to return to competitive employment.
Lawyers at Emroch & Kilduff obtained a $2.25 million settlement for him.
What Injuries May a Worker Suffer in a Construction Accident?
While collapsed ditches and tunnels are dangerous, the four most common fatal accidents on construction sites are called the Fatal Four: (1) falls, (2) being struck by an object, (3) electrocution, and (4) accidents in which a worker is caught between two or more objects.
Falls alone constitute almost 40 percent of construction accidents. Fatal accidents from falls at the workplace are at the highest levels recorded in the 26 years that data has been kept by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, at 887 deaths (17 percent of total workplace deaths). Together, the fatal four cause approximately 60 percent of construction worker deaths in the United States.
Although the Fatal Four make up the preponderance of construction deaths, workers on a construction site can sustain injuries or die in a multitude of ways. Some potential injuries can heal, such as bone fractures, but may cause a worker additional harm related to the injury, such as mounting doctor’s bills and lost time and wages from work. Other injuries may be catastrophic. A spinal cord injury may mean the affected person can never return to work again and will need around-the-clock care.
Some of the most common injuries on a construction site include the following:
- Fractured bones
- Severe burns
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Nerve damage
The results of these injuries can cause blindness, permanent disfigurement, or necessitate the amputation of a limb or limbs.
Who Is at Fault for Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accidents can occur for many reasons. Sometimes, appropriate safety equipment, such as harnesses for workers on high floors, are not provided. In fact, OSHA issues violations for instances when safety standards are not met in the workplace. In 2016, violations relevant to construction sites made the list several times. Violations of fall protection standards were number one, violations of scaffolding standards were number three, and violations of standards for ladders on construction sites were number seven on the overall list.
In most cases, however, fault does not matter where your employer is concerned—workers’ compensation insurance kicks in. You will still want a construction accident lawyer to help with your case, however, because the insurance company may place its bottom line profit ahead of your need to recover from your injury. A construction accident attorney will make sure you get the full compensation you deserve under the law.
If third parties violated safety standards and led to an accident—for example, the manufacturer of faulty equipment—a court can hold them liable for any resulting injuries. Companies owe a duty of care to workers on their construction sites. The sites must be kept as safe as possible. Any violations must be fixed within a reasonable time, and companies are expected to know if there are unsafe conditions or violations.
If they try to argue they did not know, the law applies a reasonable person standard, where a court determines whether a reasonable person would have known that conditions were unsafe and needed to be rectified. If live wires were laying out on the floor for an entire day, for example, a court may find that a reasonable person would have known the condition was unsafe and should have taken measures to rectify the situation.
If conditions or equipment are not safe and a responsible third party fails to fix them, this inaction may constitute a breach of duty of care. If such a breach causes the accident, a court can hold the company negligent and thus liable for the accident.
Because of the multiple factors that lay behind the causes of an accident, an investigation is usually required to find out if a third party was responsible. Your lawyer can examine records and interview witnesses regarding any dangerous conditions.
If You Need a Richmond Construction Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, let the experienced lawyers at Emroch & Kilduff help. We will use our expertise and skill to help you receive the compensation you deserve.
Our initial consultations are always free. We will carefully review the accident, outline your legal rights for you, and guide your case in the right direction. We’re here to help, so contact Emroch & Kilduff online or call us at (804) 358-1568 to schedule your initial consultation today.