If you or a loved one was hurt or fatally injured in a construction injury accident, contact our experienced Alabama construction accident lawyers today. They can help with workplace accidents in construction and other industrial workplaces. Call Belt, Bruner & Barnett, P.C., today at (205) 933-1500.
In the United States, the construction industry is considered a high-risk industry, with thousands of workers being killed or injured each year. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about one in five worker deaths in 2019 were related to construction. Accidents still happen despite legal and trade provisions to prevent such accidents.
Construction and industrial worksites are so dangerous because of the presence of large equipment and other hazards. Workers often complete job duties at great heights or on unstable surfaces. Because of this, common accidents on construction sites and industrial workplaces include:
With the heavy machinery and large quantities of materials involved in construction, it’s no surprise that accidents can cause horrific and even fatal injuries. Frequent injuries that result from construction accidents include:
Many people may be responsible for construction site accidents. In many situations, owners, agents, and contractors face premises liability for failing to supply and operate safety equipment to prevent worker injuries.
In industrial workplaces, safety standards and regulations protect workers from the hazards of working around toxic chemicals, heavy equipment, power tools, and other dangerous materials. For that reason, industrial accidents often have a clearly identifiable cause. An early, thorough investigation is the key to obtaining fair compensation for injured welders, forklift operators, woodworkers, and other industrial workers.
Workers’ compensation laws prohibit employers from covering up workplace hazards or retaliating against an employee who reports such a hazard. While the law does not allow workers to sue their employers while they collect workers’ compensation benefits, injured construction site or industrial workplace employees are more likely to have a case because their type of work typically involves multiple contractors.
Injured workers may be able to sue the owner, its agents, and contractors for all damages sustained by virtue of any physical harm which has occurred to them. Such suits are permitted on behalf of injured workers in addition to workers’ compensation benefits they may have received. Unlike workers’ compensation, however, where an owner, agent, or contractor is negligent or liable by statute, recovery can also be made for past and future lost earnings, pain and suffering, past and future medical expenses, loss of benefits, and many other types of damages.
Workers’ compensation is not always adequate. Although most injured workers will be entitled to workers compensation benefits, these benefits will not cover all of the expenses faced by an injured worker. They also generally do not cover the full range of damages available to the loved ones of a worker killed in an accident.
When negligent construction or industrial site management personnel put workers in the way of unnecessary risks and harm, and injury or death occurs, it is important to consult with an experienced construction site accident attorney as soon as possible.
You may be eligible for compensation if you have suffered a personal injury due to a construction site accident or an industrial workplace accident. The Alabama workplace injury lawyers of Belt, Bruner & Barnett, P.C. are dedicated to our clients’ needs and achieving the best possible result for each client. Contact our construction site attorneys today at (205) 933-1500 to find out how we can help you.
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