What to Do if You Are Injured in a Construction Accident
Construction sites can be extremely dangerous and construction site accidents can cause serious injury and even death. In 2014, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that there were 56 fatal work injuries in just the Washington D.C, Northern Virginia, Maryland area (DMV) alone. People at construction sites can be injured through falls, electrocution, falling objects, and other hazards. Falls are the most common kind of construction site accident and they make up about 40% of construction site deaths each year. Since construction site accidents are unfortunately common, it is important to know what to do if you are injured in a construction site accident.
What to Do if You Are Involved in A Construction Accident
- The first thing that you should do if you are involved in an accident at a construction site is to get the necessary medical attention by calling 911 or summoning other emergency help. Follow the directions of emergency personnel as to how to prevent more or greater injury from happening. If someone has fallen and has a neck or back injury, you want to make sure that you do not move them because you may make the injury worse.
- Once medical help has been summoned and everyone is stabilized, you need to report the accident to your superiors. Make sure that the person in charge of the job site knows that the accident happened so they can follow the proper procedures for documentation. You may be asked to participate in the incident report.
- If you are able to you should get the names and contact information of any witnesses to the accident and photograph any evidence.
- Once the immediate emergency has passed, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney as soon as possible. A knowledgeable attorney can help you to make sure you are taking the proper measures to secure the damages that you may be entitled to.
Who is Liable for My Construction Accident Injuries? Figuring out who is liable for your injuries will depend on the fact of your case. There are many people who may potentially be liable, including:
- The General Contractor
- The Architect
- Construction Site Owners
- Manufacturers of Construction Equipment
- Equipment Suppliers or Rental Companies
- Insurance Companies
Many people injured on the job are required to pursue workers’ compensation as their only source of compensation and cannot bring their case to court. However, construction injuries occur due to the fault of people other than the employer, such as the people listed above. Therefore, before you agree to a settlement or to use workers’ compensation as your sole remedy, you should talk to a skilled personal injury attorney.
Common Construction Injuries There are many kinds of injuries that someone can receive on a construction site. These injuries include:
- Amputation of extremity, limb, finger, or toe
- Broken bones, fractures, and other bone injuries
- Sprains, or other muscular injuries from overuse or other damage
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Spinal injuries or other back problems
- Eye injuries including vision loss
- Burns from fires, chemicals, or explosives
- Injuries from exposure to toxic chemicals
Injuries that may first appear minor may end up being more severe than they at first appear. If you or a loved one have been injured at a construction site, you should contact us as soon as possible to talk about possible damage recovery for your injuries.