Perhaps one of the most severe cases of construction accidents for a worker is one in which the structure being built, demolished, or otherwise worked on collapses while he or she is present. In 2010, the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) conducted an intensive investigation of structural collapses between 1998 and 2008, and found that out of 96 structural collapses leading to injury or fatality, 80% were due to construction errors, and 20% were due to inherent structural design flaws.
Though OSHA continues to provide direction for construction workers dealing with a variety of structures (e.g. homes, office buildings, warehouses, support structures), it is difficult to ensure perfect adherence to safety rules and guidelines. Additionally, OSHA often finds that workers have not been given proper standardized training on equipment controls, standard operating procedures, and/or general construction safety.
When an individual is severely injured by the collapse of a structure on the job, he or she may end up not only battling with his or her employer over which party was at fault in the incident, but also with insurance companies and hospital billing departments over the costs of medical treatment for such injuries as:
- Paralysis (sometimes permanent)
- Skull Fractures
- Lung issues due to dust and debris after collapse
- …and more.
For many workers who have been severely injured by an unexpected structure collapse on the job site, the basic assistance of worker's compensation may not be enough to cover the financial and medical burden of recovery and loss of work. For those who have been injured so severely that they may be unable to return to work, the loss of an established career can be financially and personally devastating.
Some workers may even find themselves challenged legally over the incident by their employer or another party. Whatever the case, workers injured in a structure collapse accident may be entitled to compensation beyond the usual. Because of this, it is important for an injured worker to contact an experienced lawyer to assist in related legal affairs and offer appropriate advice when dealing with the repercussions of the collapse becomes too challenging to handle on his or her own.
For over 35 years, Mr. Cunningham has been representing individuals who have suffered injuries due to structure collapses. Compensation and peace of mind are important after an accident, and attorney Cunningham works had to get you both. Please contact us today at 877-FL-INJURY (877-354-6587) for a free initial consultation.
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