Phoenix Construction Accident Attorney
Construction sites are inherently dangerous places, both for work and as passersby. The Bureau of Labor Statistics names construction as one of our nation’s most dangerous occupations each year. If you or a loved one recently sustained injuries on a construction site, you may be able to collect damages for your monetary and non-monetary losses. Call the Phoenix construction accident lawyers at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A., at (602) 254-6071 for a free strategic review of your legal options today.
The “Fatal Four”
Construction accidents face regulation and investigation from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). This organization works to assure worker safety and recommend best practices for reducing the risks of injuries on a construction site. OSHA also collects data on construction site accidents and how they happen. The administration states that the most common causes of death and injury in construction occur as part of the “Fatal Four:”
#1 – Falls
Falls are the leading cause of construction site injury, and they’re preventable. Employers have a responsibility to provide adequate fall protection and educate employees about their use. Examples of adequate fall protection include guardrails, harnesses, nets, and warning line systems.
#2 – Being Struck by an Object
Construction sites are home to falling debris and heavy machinery. Struck-by accidents, such as by objects or debris, are the second leading cause of construction-related deaths and injuries.
#3 – Being Caught Between Two Objects
Construction sites often feature trenches and other temporary features to assure drainage and separations. Caught-between accidents, whether it’s heavy machinery or a trench and equipment, is the third leading cause of injury and death.
#4 – Electrocution
Ungrounded wires can cause electrocutions, as can negligent subcontractor work and inadequate safety training. Electrocutions are the fourth leading cause of construction site injuries and can lead to burns, cardiac arrest, and nerve damage.
Your Options After a Construction Site Accident
Injured workers have a couple of different options following an accident at a construction site:
Workers’ Compensation Claims
Most employees will look to the workers’ compensation system to provide legal recourse following an accident at a construction site. The state of Arizona requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This is a no-fault system that allows workers to gain compensation for medical bills and a portion of lost wages. The advantage of the workers’ compensation system is that you won’t have to prove your employer was negligent to collect benefits. On the other hand, it limits your ability to file a personal injury claim against your employer for negligence.
In some instances, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against a third party, if it was responsible for your injuries. Examples include:
- You sustained an injury after falling through a negligently installed roof. You may have a claim against the subcontractor who installed the roof.
- You were using a welding torch that malfunctioned, causing severe burns. You may have a defective product claim against the manufacturer of the torch.
- You electrocuted yourself on a negligently installed wire. You may have a third-party claim against the electrician who performed the work.
Construction Hazards for Non-Workers
Construction sites can also be hazardous for civilians. Passersby may face unique hazards when driving through or walking under construction sites. Construction companies and all their contractors have a responsibility to make the site reasonably safe for civilians. Failure to do so may give rise to a personal injury claim.
Your Construction Site Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one recently experienced an injury on a construction site as an employee or a passerby, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim. Contact the attorneys at Begam Marks & Traulsen, P.A., to arrange a free case evaluation.