Construction Accidents in Philadelphia
Every year thousands of the over nine million construction workers in the United States are injured at construction sites throughout the country. Construction industry occupations are notoriously dangerous. Construction site injuries account for almost 20% of all workplace fatalities with over 4,000 construction worker deaths each year attributable to construction accidents.
Types of Construction Accidents
- Being caught between two heavy objects
- Being struck by objects
- Collapses of roofs, walls, floors and trenches
- Electrocution and burning
- Exposure to hazardous and toxic materials including silica and asbestos
- Falling objects and debris
- Falls from ladders and scaffolding
- Falls in elevator shafts
- Fires and explosions
- Machinery accidents including jackhammers and nail guns
- Malfunctioning of heavy construction equipment including forklifts, cranes, hoists, bulldozers, aerial lifts, conveyor belts, dump trucks and tractors
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Slip/trip and falls
Injuries at Construction Sites
Construction accidents often result in significant physical injuries such as amputation or loss of limbs, broken bones, burns, loss of hearing, paralysis, traumatic brain injuries, overexertion injuries and repetitive motion injuries. The economic cost of treating these often long lasting injuries can place overwhelming financial stress on injured construction workers and their families.
Responsible Parties for a Construction Accident
Many different parties may be responsible for injuries that occur as a result of construction accidents. If the construction site injury occurred as a result of an unsafe work-site, the injured individual may have a Workers’ Compensation claim against their employer. Construction industry employers must provide the necessary and appropriate construction equipment, fall protection, training and personal protection equipment.
Other potentially responsible parties include general contractors, subcontractors (for plumbing, masonry and electric work), construction site property owners, equipment manufacturers or designers, engineers and architects. Injured individuals often file third party liability claims against these entities in order to receive adequate compensation for their injuries.
South Jersey and Philadelphia Construction Accident Sites
The law requires that injured workers file their construction accident claims within a specific period of time. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, acquiring the assistance of an experienced construction accident lawyer is the first step in obtaining the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Injured construction workers should always remember to document all medical treatment they receive for their injuries. In addition to recording all physician and therapy visits, injured workers should keep a comprehensive list of all diagnostic tests they undergo and all prescribed medications. Any correspondence from insurance companies, including Workers’ Compensation insurers, should be saved as it might assist legal counsel in handling the claim. Finally, injured individuals should also keep a diary documenting all conversations with their employers, insurance companies and other potentially responsible parties such as general contractors or subcontractors.
Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyers at DiTomaso Law Handle Construction Accident Cases in South Jersey and Philadelphia
If you or your loved one has been injured at a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation. In addition to the costs of past and future medical treatment, injured construction workers may be entitled to compensation for lost wages, loss of consortium and pain and suffering damages.
At DiTomaso Law, our dedicated Philadelphia personal injury lawyers have extensive knowledge of both federal and state construction law including OSHA construction site safety regulations. With offices conveniently located in Cherry Hill, New Jersey and Center City, Philadelphia, the Philadelphia construction accident lawyers at DiTomaso Law serve injured construction workers and their families throughout Cherry Hill, Mount Holly, Camden County, Philadelphia and Southeastern Pennsylvania. To schedule a free confidential consultation today, call us at 215-426-4493 or contact us online.