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What Are the Consequences of Construction Site Accidents?

Whether a new build or a renovation project, construction sites are brimming with activity, equipment, and people.  They are also fraught with hazards and safety concerns.  Construction work is taxing both mentally and physically, and injuries on the work site are part and parcel of the job.  Heavy equipment, human error, and materials in motion can all contribute to dangerous working conditions and unforeseen accidents.  These accidents range from minor inconveniences to serious and catastrophic injury, and even death.  Construction site accidents impact both the business and the injured party in several ways.

For the employer, the effects of a construction site accident can result in reduced productivity, increased expenses, skyrocketing insurance premiums, unanticipated Worker’s Compensation expenditures, and weakened employee morale.  These unanticipated events delay work deadlines and inhibit all progress towards the final completion of the project.  At the worst, a loss of professional reputation and even the complete closure of a reputable business can result from a tragic disaster.

For those injured in a construction worksite accident, the consequences of such mishaps may have both short- and long-term ramifications impacting job performance, mistrust of employer supervision and protection, personal financial stability, and medical & physical future.  The combination of all of these dynamics can greatly impact an individual’s ability to return to their job and their ability to provide for their family in the time to come.

If you are involved in a serious construction site accident, you are likely to require extended time off work to tend to your health and healing.  Depending upon the severity of your injuries, a return to work may not be possible at all.  Worker’s Compensation, while helpful in the short term may not sustain you and your family for the duration of your anticipated recovery.  This can add untold stress and strain to an already emotionally, physically, and psychologically demanding situation.

The impact upon the family at this time is also a consideration. Extra care and support may be required for those family members called upon to support and tend to the needs of their loved ones dealing with life-changing injuries.  This can add incredible pressure as they rearrange their own day-to-day lives, influencing their own home life, employment, or childcare responsibilities.

Consequences of Construction Site Accidents

Construction site accident injuries vary widely and can result in:

  • Head & Brain Injuries
  • Eye Injury & Vision Damage
  • Neck, Back, & Spinal Cord Injuries
  • Broken Bones
  • Severe Contusions
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Crush Injuries
  • Chemical/Electrical/Smoke Exposure or Illness
  • Psychological Harm
  • Death

The impact of such injuries will depend on myriad circumstances.  What is your anticipated medical treatment?  For how long?  What are the circumstances that contributed to your accident?  Was heavy equipment or neglect involved?  How long are you expected to be out of work?  Will you be able to work again?

Liability is of the utmost importance following a construction accident and is generally determined by the following factors:

  • Was the General Contractor responsible?  Did they provide a safe work environment and site?
  • Were there any additional subcontractors involved in the accident?  Did their actions in any way impact the outcome?
  • Did you or your loved one affected conduct yourself in a way that influenced the incident that occurred?

There may be more than one party responsible for the circumstances that led to your accident.  Our team of attorneys can help sort out whether there is culpability on the part(s) of your employer, design defects caused by the architect(s) and/or engineers, and equipment manufacturer issues.  Perhaps the fault lies with more than one party; together we will sort all these details out completely.

Serious Construction Site Accidents

Did the accident result in a death?  Death from construction injuries can lead to a wrongful death suit.  In these circumstances, the experienced attorneys at Daniella Levi & Associates can guide you as you navigate the overwhelming process.  We will represent your best interest in pursuing your loved one’s estate, acquiring financial damages compensation, and championing your case for pain and suffering following the loss of a loved one.  It is important to understand that states may limit a family’s ability to recover in a wrongful death suit depending on whether the deceased was married or had dependent relatives. If the deceased was not married and did not have dependent children, then the amount of compensation for loss of love, companionship, and emotional support may be capped or excluded entirely.

Construction site accidents and injuries can have long-term and sometimes permanent consequences, possibly placing you and your family in emotional, physical, and financial hardship.  At Daniella Levi & Associates, we are uniquely qualified to assist you with your construction accident injury claim.  If you or a loved one have suffered an injury or loss as a result of a construction site accident, call our experienced construction site injury law team today.

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