Falls on construction sites are some of the most common accidents that cause severe injuries to workers. Every year, one-third of all deaths on construction sites are attributed to construction falls. If you have been injured in a construction fall or have had a loved one die as a result of a construction site fall, then it is important to know your legal rights and the extent of compensation that may be available in your case.
The Many Causes of Construction Site Accidents
A construction site accident can be caused in a variety of ways. Construction workers should get in touch with a lawyer as soon as possible in the time following an accident, because it is vital for a lawyer to assemble evidence for one’s case.
The evidence must link one’s injuries to a cause of a construction fall that was the result of someone’s negligence or recklessness. This could mean that a supervisor failed to place handrails on a scaffolding or that an engineer failed to properly repair a scaffolding. Here are some of the other causes of a construction site fall:
- Unprotected sides of buildings
- Unrepaired scaffoldings
- Worksite filled with debris and harmful objects
- Lack of protective gear given to construction workers
- Inadequately maintained work areas
- Lack of training
- Exposed electricity on a construction site
These are some of the serious ways in which the risk of construction falls can be increased on a worksite. It is necessary to hold the right parties accountable when there has been a construction fall that is the result of someone else’s negligence. A construction worker may be entitled to file a worker’s compensation claim and may also be entitled to file a third-party liability claim against someone other than an employer.
The Resulting Injuries from Construction Site Falls
There are serious injuries that can result from a construction site fall. If a worker suffers from an injury, then he or she may face great expenses in the rehabilitation process after an injury. The rehabilitation process can entail additional surgeries, counseling, physical therapy, expensive medications or expensive medical equipment.
For a worker that does not have health insurance or minimal health insurance, it is likely these costs add up to an extremely high debt burden. The injuries that a worker suffers can also be hard on one’s family, because one may never be able to return to work to serve as the sole “breadwinner” for the family. Falls can cause permanent pain and suffering in the lives of construction workers.
Here are some of the injuries that construction workers can suffer involving a fall on a work site:
- Permanent disabilities
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Fractured bones
- Anxiety and depression
- Severe abrasions
- Severe burns
- Bruising and scraping
- In the worst cases, death
When a loved one has suffered from injuries or death after a fall accident on the job, it is in one’s best interest to work with a lawyer to maximize compensation. The only way for a family to survive in the present time may be from additional compensation that a lawyer is able to obtain in filing a third-party liability lawsuit. Additional compensation may also be the only way for a construction worker to afford the extremely high costs of medical care that are associated with injuries after falls.Speak With Work Accident Attorneys At Rosenfeld Injury Lawyers LLC Today for Help With Your Construction Fall Case
Chicago construction injury attorneys at Rosenfeld are here to help you learn about the compensation that may be available after a fall through workers compensation and/or a third-party lawsuit against a responsible entity. Our lawyers are here to meet with you and help support you and your family members in this difficult time and provide answers to the question that you have regarding your legal rights.
You can call one of our lawyers to schedule an initial consultation to receive the help that you need to rehabilitate yourself and meet the financial burdens that you now face. There can be severe pain and suffering after a fall, and it is only right that a construction worker is made whole again after a construction fall– let our team help you.