Highway and building construction accidents injure thousands of workers every year. Many of these workers do not realize that the law may entitle them to financial compensation outside of their workers’ compensation programs. Usually workers’ compensation does not even begin to fully compensate you for your pain, suffering, and long term needs.
If someone else’s negligence seriously injured you on a construction site, please call me today for a free consultation. I want to help you obtain fair compensation for your injuries and will immediately begin investigating your case. Remember—you do not owe me anything unless I obtain a settlement for you.
Call The Fountain Law Firm today for a free Indianapolis construction site accidents attorney consultation. I will personally ensure that you understand your rights, your options, and the legal consequences of your decisions before proceeding with representation. I am committed to obtaining the best possible settlement for you.
If you were injured while working on a construction site, call an experienced Indianapolis construction site accidents attorney.
Common Construction Accidents and Injuries
Construction sites are inherently full of hazards. Even when construction companies follow the strict safety standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), accidents can still take place and result in serious injuries to workers. When companies fail to follow safety regulations, injury risks can increase.
Examples of common construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding collapses
- Trench collapses
- Heavy machinery mistakes or malfunctions
- Power tool accidents
- Falls from high places
- Objects falling onto workers
- Swinging objects hitting workers
- Getting trapped or crushed between objects or materials
All of the above have potential to cause severe injuries to anyone involved. Some construction accidents injuries can damage a victim’s life for months, years, or even permanently. Common construction accident injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Severe lacerations
- Cardiac issues from electrical shocks
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck and back injuries
- Internal injuries
Have a doctor properly diagnose and treat any of these injuries as soon as possible after an accident. If you incurred an on the job injury, report the injury to your supervisor and seek the medical attention you need, which may require an ambulance transporting you from the construction site or an immediate trip to the emergency department or doctor’s office. Do not let the cost of medical care stop you from getting help, because you may recover compensation for your medical expenses and other losses stemming from your injuries.
Road Construction Accidents
Road work zones are particularly dangerous places for construction workers. While new road construction, improvements, and repairs are all needed in and around Indianapolis, workers face risks of serious accidents and injuries any time they work near traffic. The Federal Highway Administration reported the following statistics regarding road work zone accidents in 2015:
- 96,626 crashes took place in the United States
- 25,485 of those crashes caused at least one injury
- An average of 70 injury-causing crashes took place on a daily basis
- 642 people died in work zone accidents
Construction workers on the job sustained many of those injuries. Common causes of road construction accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Failing to follow construction signs or warnings
- Improper passing in work zones
- Machine or equipment malfunctions
- Mistakes on the part of the construction crew
Despite strict laws that increase penalties for speeding in work zones, many drivers continue to engage in negligent behaviors that cause them to crash into workers. Workers rarely wear more protection than hard hats, which mean they often sustain severe traumatic injuries when cars hit them
In other situations, a driver may not necessarily cause a road construction accident. The negligence and errors of construction crews can create safety risks—either risks of car accidents or of accidents related to construction equipment or materials. In either situation, an injured construction worker must seek immediate medical attention and then discuss compensation rights with an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible.
Who Is Liable for Your Construction Accident Injuries?
Liability for construction injuries will depend on the circumstances that led to your accident, among other factors. However, in most cases, injured construction workers have the right to compensation from at least one party, if not more. At the Fountain Law Firm, attorney Merry Fountain will thoroughly evaluate the circumstances of your accident and identify all possible liable parties to maximize your compensation.
One possible source of reimbursement is workers’ compensation benefits from your employer’s insurer. Workers’ compensation covers medical expenses and partial lost wages of employees who suffer injuries on the job. However, workers’ compensation may present numerous issues when it comes to receiving the full amount you need after a construction accident, including:
- Construction accident injuries can leave lasting effects, and workers’ compensation coverage rarely covers long-term losses sufficiently.
- Workers’ compensation will not provide benefits for pain and suffering and other common losses that serious injuries cause.
- Many people may work on construction sites as independent contractors, and workers’ compensation may not cover them.
The good news: You have other avenues for seeking financial recovery after a construction accident.
If someone else besides your employer caused your accident and injuries, you can seek compensation directly from that negligent party. You may, in fact, hold several different parties liable for this type of accident, including:
- A construction company, if you are an independent contractor
- An equipment manufacturer, if your injuries resulted from a defect or malfunction
- A driver who hit you in a road work zone
A skilled personal injury attorney can determine the cause of your accident and advise you of your rights to compensation from all possible liable parties.
Helping You Recover for Your Losses
You need to identify every potentially liable party to cover your extensive and ongoing construction accident losses. The Fountain Law Firm can help you recover the following and more:
- Medical expenses already incurred
- The estimated costs of medical treatments you will need in the future—sometimes, for the rest of your life
- Lost wages
- Future lost income if your injuries and impairments keep you from returning to your previous job
- Pain and suffering—both physical and mental
- Permanent disfigurement or disabilities
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Wrongful death
Contact an Indianapolis Construction Accident Lawyer Today