According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, approximately 150,000 workers are injured on construction sites each year. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has found four leading causes of worker deaths in the construction industry. OSHA estimates that eliminating these “Fatal Four” would save over 600 lives in the United States every year.
Construction site injuries may develop over time or occur as a result of an accident. Some common construction injuries include:
All states offer some form of Workers’ Compensation, which allows injured workers to collect compensation for their injuries regardless of who was at fault. Workers’ Compensation rules generally only apply to an injured worker and his or her employer, and compensation is limited. However, if a third party is responsible for the worker’s injury, the victim may file a claim for third-party negligence. Filing a third-party liability claim is advantageous to injured construction workers because they may be able to recover substantially higher awards than by filing a Workers’ Compensation claim alone.
Subcontractors, vendors, property owners, architects, engineers and suppliers are all third parties that may cause or contribute to construction workers’ injuries. Injured construction workers may file a third-party liability claim against any of these parties and the companies they work for.
Injured construction workers must generally prove that the defendant had a duty to act in a safe and reasonable manner towards them; that the defendant failed to act in such a manner; and that they were injured as a result of the defendant’s negligence.
Successful third-party liability claims may entitle injured construction workers to compensation for past and future medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium, among other damages. Due to the often-complicated nature of this type of claim, it is advisable to seek counsel from an experienced construction accident lawyer who is knowledgeable about federal and state construction law as well as OSHA regulations.
If you or your loved one was injured in a construction accident, contact an experienced Delaware County construction accident lawyer at Eckell, Sparks, Levy, Auerbach, Monte, Sloane, Matthews & Auslander, P.C. Our knowledgeable construction accident lawyers are dedicated to providing comprehensive and aggressive representation to construction accident victims and their families. From our Media and West Chester offices, we represent clients throughout Delaware County and Chester County. Contact us online or call us at 610-565-3700 to schedule your no-cost consultation.