Construction is a necessary but dangerous job. According to the United States Department of Labor, in 2013 4,585 workers were killed on the job. On average, that’s 3.3 people per 100,000 full-time workers, or more than 12 deaths every day. Contractors accounted for about 16-percent of fatal work injuries.
In the construction world, there’s a term called that ‘Fatal Four.’ Out of 4,101 worker fatalities in the private industry in 2013, 20% were in construction. In other words, one in five deaths were in construction. The Fatal Four are the four most common causes of worker deaths: falls, struck by object, electrocution, and caught in-between. These Fatal Four caused 57.7% of construction worker deaths in 2013.
Of course, these statistics don’t even cover injury rates, which are much, much higher.
If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in a construction accident, you are entitled to compensation. Attorney James Cunningham has been working with construction accident victims for more than 30 years, and is ready to aggressively represent you against the construction companies involved.
There are many types of injuries you can suffer and accidents you can become involved in while on the job at a construction site, including:
- Burn Injuries
- Construction Tool Malfunction
- Crane Accidents
- Electrical Injuries
- Excavation Accidents
- Falls From Roof
- Falling Materials Injuries
- Falls From Ladders
- Forklift Accidents
- Heavy Equipment Accidents
- Hoist Accidents
- Safety Equipment Failure
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Structure Collapse
- …and more.
Some of these accident and injuries can be debilitating, even if you live. A severe spinal injury could mean you never walk again, and a brain injury could take away your ability to function on your own. Construction injury accidents don’t only impact you, but also your family. They now take on the role of caretaker, and without your income, they could have to take on extra work or suffer financially.
Other injuries, such as from a structure collapse, include:
- Crushed or broken limbs/body parts
- Internal organ damage
- Muscle/tendon injuries
- General back/spinal injuries
- Skull fracture/concussion
Burn accidents also have their own unique injuries, such as:
- Excruciating loss of tissue
- Significant, extensive scarring (often permanent with severe burns)
- Post-burn infection
- Nerve damage (also sometimes permanent)
- Fusion of limbs or digits, leading to loss of range of motion
- Possible amputation due to extremely severe 4th degree burns
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you could be entitled to compensation not only for medical treatment, but also for medications, recovery time, physical therapy, trauma, emotional distress, lost wages, and more. Unfortunately, construction companies usually work closely with insurance companies, and you could struggle to achieve the compensation you both need and deserve. An attorney with experience battling insurance companies and fighting for the rights of construction accident victims can help.
If you, or a loved one has been injured or killed in a construction accident, contact us at the Law Offices of James O. Cunningham, P.A. today at 866-FL-INJURY (866-354-6587) today to learn how you can get compensated for your injuries, recovery, and loss.