The construction industry is subject to specific regulations due to the inherently dangerous nature of the work. Before Congress created OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) in 1970, approximately 40 construction workers per day were killed on the job. That number has since dwindled to 14 deaths per day, however accidents – whether life-altering or fatal – continue to happen with regularity. The causes are as varied as the injuries themselves: from dangerous working conditions, to heavy machinery, to careless co-workers or third parties, to defective tools and products, construction workers encounter countless risks on a daily basis.
Injuries suffered by construction workers are comprised of four primary categories: falls, electrocution, “struck by” (such as standing under a load of lumber and the lumber falling on the worker, and “caught between (such as being pinched between an I-beam and a wall).
If you have been injured while working on a construction site, you have many options available to you. Depending on the circumstances of your claim, you can pursue either a worker’s compensation claim, a civil suit, or both. Contact Levin Simes Abrams to determine which claims apply to your unique situation.