Accidents on a construction site are very common but in many cases avoidable. Despite stringent regulations by OSHA and other regulatory bodies consistently report that construction workers are some of the most at risk workers in the United States. Thousands of workers are injured and killed every day as a result of a construction accident. Often these accidents happen because safety measures were not followed or altogether avoided in an effort to cut costs.
For more than 20 years our construction accident and personal injury attorneys have handled all types of personal injury claims. We understand that after an accident workers often feel like they have no one to turn to who can help them. However, we are here to help you if you have been injured on a construction site contact us today.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Working in the construction industry or on a construction site is dangerous. Tens of thousands of workers are injured every year all across the country, and even right here in Fort Smith Arkansas. Construction workers often perform some of the most dangerous work imaginable. The number of accidents and the different types of accidents that can occur on a construction site and within the construction industry are rather daunting. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration, which is also commonly referred to simply as OSHA has estimated that nearly one in every ten construction site workers will experience an injury in a given year.
- Mechanical injuries
- Collapsed structures
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- Slips and falls
- Crane Accidents
- Misuse of tools
- Scaffolding accidents.
One of the most prominent sources of injuries for construction workers comes from scaffolding. Scaffolding is often a crucial structure for construction workers to use as they build from the ground up. However, when a scaffolding system is not properly assembled construction workers can fall and in some cases, they may fall from an exaggerated height. In addition to building a scaffolding system, a proper scaffolding system needs to be maintained. However, this is often skipped because supervisors are trying to meet or exceed deadlines at the expenses of their workers safety.
Can I Recover Money for a Construction Accident?
Under such stressful working conditions the last thing that an injured worker needs to stress about is how they are going to continue to provide for their families and how they are going to pay for their medical treatment and care. The costs of injuries are so great that some workers have ignored their injuries so that they can continue to work, however, this is not the best method. By filing a lawsuit against a negligent party, an attorney may be able to help an injured employee recover:
- 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.
While personal injury cases may be common in most industries, in the construction industry in Arkansas and Fort Smith, most claims are filed through the Arkansas Workers’ compensation system. This provides injured construction workers with a unique set of challenges to face as the workers compensation system can be complicated and intricate.
Cases A Personal Injury and Construction Attorney Handles
While there are an almost endless list of safety regulations and requirements they have an essential purpose to construction workers, they keep workers safe. When these regulations are not followed they often result in accidents, and even a minor deviation from the safety requirements can result in a severe and even life threatening injury and accident. While it is important that all construction workers and employees follow the protocols of OSHA, often companies are more concerned with the bottom dollar than they are for their workers health and well-being. That is why we have been working for decades to protect the rights and help injured workers recover for their accidents and injuries. Ken Kieklak brings years of experience to the table and handle cases involving:
- Equipment malfunction
- Slip and falls
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Employer and supervisor negligence
- Lifting injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Head and brain injuries
- Wrongful death
While construction accidents can cause severe physical trauma, they can also cause severe emotional trauma that can impact a construction worker and their family for years after an accident. We have fought to help injured workers recover for all of their injuries and will fight to hold all those who are accountable for your injuries.
Injured on a Construction Site? Contact a Fort Smith 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, Ken Kieklak can fight for you. For more than 20 years Ken 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.