Working in the construction industry can be very hazardous. Workers have to operate heavy machinery and utilize tools and equipment that have the potential to be dangerous. Besides dangerous tools and machinery, construction workers also work in locations that are inherently dangerous, such as towering scaffolds or below ground in trenches. Even with all these potential hazards, you should still be able to expect a degree of safety from unreasonable and unnecessary dangers.
Unfortunately, this is not always the case. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA), a federal agency responsible for the health and safety of hundreds of millions of workers employed at work sites around the country, thousands of construction workers die on the job every year. A large portion of these deaths fall under the following categories, which are sometimes referred to as the “Fatal Four” categories:
These cases also often involve evidence that may disappear or change quickly if not immediately preserved. It is very important to begin investigating early so that important evidence doesn’t get destroyed or altered and so that the right parties are contacted and put on notice of your injuries. No matter what your situation entails, you may be entitled to some form of compensation.
For example, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, which may pay for your hospital bills and other medical costs, lost wages and partial or permanent disability. In addition, you may also qualify for a separate third-party liability claim, which may pay you for additional things like pain and suffering.
Worksite accident cases often involve numerous parties, such as contractors and subcontractors, all of whom may share some responsibility for your injury. These cases often have one party pointing the finger at another party. We can help sort out who is really at fault for your injuries. Call Gama Law Firm, and attorney Richard Gama will be happy to talk to you for free about your options.