Construction workers have an important job and contribute to our economy, our infrastructure, and our communities. However, despite the important work that construction workers perform, they often perform their job in some of the most dangerous conditions possible. Construction workers are constantly at risk of injury from heavy machinery, falling objects, improperly maintained or installed scaffolding, dangerous chemicals, and a whole list of other hazards.
At the Law Offices of Ken Kieklak we know that there are strict standards and regulations that have to be met, and we know that when a construction worker is injured on the job they often face an uphill battle trying to recover for their injuries. However, we are here for injured construction workers in Fayetteville and bring more than twenty years of experience to our personal injury cases.
Causes of Construction Accidents
In 2011, there were an estimated 9 million public and private sector construction industry workers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey. In addition to a large number of workers in this industry, the construction industry is one of the most notorious injuries for injuries. That is often because construction sites are filled with heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, and employers who are looking for any opportunity they can find to cut corners and to save money. This is often at the expense of the health and safety of their workers. Because of the dangers on a construction site, even a worker who is diligent in adhering to safety measures can find themselves injured when working on a construction site. Some of the most common types of accidents that lead to an injury include the following:
- Defective equipment
- Scaffolding falls
- Poor safety precautions
- Electric shocks
- Chemical spills
- Crane accidents
- Falling materials, such as rock or brick
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics these 9 million workers are at a statistical risk. In a series of data that was collected by the Bureau of Labor Statistics there were 781 fatalities in 2011 and 933 in 2014. Concerning to many is that certain features of a construction site are more dangerous than others. Scaffolding accidents in particular are a primary cause of construction site accidents and deaths across the construction industry, and injuries stemming from scaffolding accidents account for nearly 10,000 injuries every year. One of the biggest contributing factors for scaffolding injuries is how the scaffolding used throughout construction sites is assembled and maintained.
What Type of Compensation Can I Receive From a Construction Accident?
In 2011, there were an estimated 9 million public and private sector construction industry workers according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics Current Population Survey. According to the BLS annual survey of occupational injuries and illnesses, the incidence rate of injuries and illnesses in the construction private industry sector declined from 4.0 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2010 to 3.9 cases per 100 full-time workers in 2011. With these numbers in mind, it is important that injured construction workers know that they can recover for their injuries if they were caused by a negligent party. By working with a skilled personal injury and construction attorney, you may be entitled to receive any of the following types of compensation.
- Loss of wages;
- Medical expenses;
- Counseling costs;
- Physical therapy;
- Property damage;
- Ongoing living expenses;
- Mortgage and rent;
- Pain and suffering; and/or
- Loss of consortium for widows or widowers.
Most injured construction workers file their injury claims under the workers’ compensation commission. However, that does not mean that you are not entitled to the above types of compensation. When there is a construction accident it is often the result of a complex set of facts that have all come together to result in an accident. This means that while filing a workers’ compensation claim may be appropriate in many instances, in others filing a personal injury case may be the best method for you and your family to recover for your injuries.
Most Common Construction Injuries
Working with heavy machinery, sharp blades, all while trying to balance on an often insecure plank on scaffolding sounds like an act you might see when you go to the circus, however, this is not the circus. These scary conditions are the real working conditions of construction workers all across the country and right here in Fayetteville. As discussed above, there are many different reasons why there might be an accident on a construction site. When these accidents do occur the following are some of the most notable injuries.
- Repetitive Stress Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Lower back injuries
- Traumatic Brain Injuries
While this list may appear short, these are only some of the injuries that we have seen in our experience representing injured construction workers. There are countless other injuries that construction workers are exposed to on a daily basis.
Injured on a Construction Site? Contact a Fayetteville, Arkansas Construction Accident Attorney
If you have suffered a serious injury or if you have lost a loved one due to the recklessness or carelessness of another, the Law Practice of Ken Kieklak can fight for you. For more than 20 years Ken Kieklak has stood up for hard-working people who have been injured through no fault of their own. To schedule your free and confidential personal injury consultation call (479) 316-0438 or contact us online.