Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. Even if every precaution is being taken, there are multiple ways in which an accident and injury can occur. Inadequately secured scaffolding, heavy machinery and falling objects all pose serious threats to those in or around construction sites. Many times, construction accidents result from the negligence of employers, general contractors and property owners who don’t make an effort to ensure the work site is safe.
Proving negligence in these injury cases can be very difficult. You need an experienced construction accident attorney in your corner. For more than 60 years, the Frickey Law Firm has protected the rights of injury victims. Call us today at 303-237-7373 for a complimentary consultation. We serve Denver, Boulder, Lakewood and nearby communities in Colorado.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
You can walk through Denver, Boulder or Lakewood on any given day and see construction sites that are bustling with activity. While there is an inherent element of danger in every construction site, that doesn’t mean injuries should ever be expected or acceptable.
Unfortunately, many construction site accidents lead to injuries caused by:
- Slip and falls
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Defective equipment
- Being struck by an object
- Structural collapse
- Scaffold or ladder injuries
- Barricade accidents
- Falls from heights
These injuries can be devastating, and often prohibit workers from continuing in their construction careers. Full and fair compensation is crucial in these cases.
How Often Do Construction Accidents Occur?
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in America. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) states that there are over 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year.
Fatal construction accidents are less common than construction site injuries though they do occur at an alarming rate. There were 991 construction fatalities recorded in 2019.
If you were injured in a construction accident or lost a loved one on a construction site, know that you are not alone. Construction site safety remains a significant concern in today’s world. Not only can you pursue justice and compensation through a legal claim, but you might prevent future accidents by holding others accountable for their mistakes.
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Compensation in Construction Accident Cases
Although workers’ compensation laws prevent you from filing a lawsuit against your employer, you may be able to file a claim against other parties who shared responsibility for your accident, and seek compensation above and beyond your work comp benefits, including:
- Medical expense
- Lost wages
- Diminished earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- End of life costs in a wrongful death claim
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Third-Party Construction Accidents
Construction sites are hives of activity, involving a number of contractors, subcontractors, engineers, project managers, drivers and more. In many instances, injured parties settle for far less than they deserve because they don’t understand the complicated nature of determining liability in construction accidents.
It’s important to realize that you can receive workers’ compensation from your employer and still take legal action against a negligent third party for further damages. By thoroughly investigating every aspect of your injury and identifying every responsible party whose negligence played a role in your accident, our construction accident lawyers can effectively seek the maximum compensation to which you are rightfully entitled.
How Soon After a Construction Accident Should You Contact a Lawyer?
If you were injured at a construction site, contact a lawyer immediately. It can mean the difference between getting the compensation you deserve and coming away empty-handed.
Our attorneys offer free case evaluations where you can learn about your options. If we determine that you have a valid claim, we will protect your rights during negotiations and discussions with other parties. We will also work to gather the evidence before it is lost or destroyed.
Waiting to contact a lawyer can negatively affect your legal claim in several ways. You even run the risk of losing your right to file a lawsuit altogether.
Who Can Be Held Responsible For Your Construction Accident Injuries?
Many different people work at construction job sites. There are third-party contractors, property owners, and vendors. There are individuals driving trucks and operating heavy machinery. If you were injured because any of these people were negligent, you may have a claim against them.
You may also have a claim against people who weren’t on the job site at all. Engineers, architects, and equipment manufacturers are just a few of the outside parties that may be legally responsible for your injuries. Our attorneys will determine who you should sue based on the specifics of your accident.
Not Just Employees
In some cases, passersby can be injured near construction sites by being struck by falling objects, suffering a construction-related motor vehicle accident or accidentally wandering into a construction site with insufficient barriers and notices.
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Whether you work on a construction site or simply passed by one, you should expect that the environment is safe. Our experienced attorneys can help determine the parties responsible for your injuries and hold them accountable.
What Should You Bring With You When Meeting a Construction Accident Attorney?
It’s important to come prepared for your first meeting with our construction accident attorneys. Having the right paperwork and documentation on hand will make the meeting more efficient. It will allow us to get a better understanding of the situation right away
Here are some of the things you should try to bring with you:
- This includes documents explaining your diagnosis and treatment plan, bills, dates you were admitted and released from the hospital, and a list of your current prescription medications.
- Paperwork explaining your health insurance coverage and any claims that you have filed due to your injury can be helpful.
- Proof of your dates missed from work, as well as paychecks or a W2, can demonstrate how your injury has impacted your ability to make a living.
- The police report, occupational injury/ illness report, and worker’s compensation claim forms, if available, are often needed for your claim.
If you took pictures of the accident details, your injuries, or the hazardous condition at the construction site, bring them with you.
What Are Some Common Injuries Seen in Construction Accident Cases?
There are OSHA safety and health regulations for the construction industry. Employers must maintain working conditions that are free of known dangers. They must provide personal protective equipment and train workers about job hazards. When oversights occur, innocent employees can get seriously hurt or killed.
Some of the most common injuries seen in construction accident cases include:
- Broken Bones
- Eye Injuries
- Back and Spine Injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Illnesses caused by chemical expoisure
In the most devastating of cases, the injuries sustained by a construction worker are fatal. Our attorneys have experience litigating wrongful death claims. We work tirelessly to obtain justice and compensation for the affected families.
Call Now for a Complimentary Consultation
Calling the Frickey Law Firm right now to discuss your case won’t cost you a penny. If you’ve been hurt on a construction site, contact us immediately online or at 303-237-7373 for a complimentary initial consultation. We welcome clients from across Colorado, including Denver, Boulder and Lakewood.