The construction industry is one of the most important industries in the United States and construction workers have an important part of our economy even right here in Rogers Arkansas. However, accidents in the construction industry are all too common. Workers face danger from the moment that they step on to a construction site. From large moving machine, to sharp tools, and unstable support systems, construction workers put their life on the line every time they go to work. Even though workers may do their best to be careful, debilitating and often horrific injuries are common.
The attorneys at the Law Office of Ken Kieklak understand that after an injury a construction worker often is unsure who to turn to and now sure how they will pay for their medical bills and expenses. We bring over twenty years of experience to our personal injury and workers compensation practice and are ready to fight for your rights.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are busy hustling places where even the safest worker can find himself or herself in dangers way. The Bureau of Labor Statistics has estimated that in any given year there will be an estimated 150,000 construction site accidents, which result in an injury. Throughout decades of representing injured construction workers throughout Rogers Arkansas, the personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Ken Kieklak have grown accustomed to the most common accidents in the construction industry including:
- Electrical Shocks
- Falls from Scaffolding
- Chemical Spills
- Injuries from falling materials
- Crane Accidents
Out of these accidents that have become so common to the construction industry, one of the most common types of injuries are falls. In fact, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics falls make up a large portion of the estimated 150,000 construction site accidents each year.
Common Construction Site Injuries
When there is an accident there is very likely going to be an injury. Injuries in the construction injury are not only common but in many instances they are devastating. Often injuries result from a safety regulation being ignored or because it was not followed. Through representing construction workers and other injured workers in Arkansas we have seen the following injuries as some of the most common in the construction industry.
- Head injuries – it is no coincidence that construction workers wear heavy construction helmets. While these helmets are designed to absorb a lot of blunt force trauma head injuries are still one of the leading causes of long term injuries in the construction industry.
- Spinal cord injuries – any injury to the spinal cord or the spinal column will likely not only produce life-long and debilitating injuries, but also will often be the end of a construction workers career.
- Broken bones – With heavy machinery, tools, and building materials on a construction site it is easy for any one of the bones in the body to break. However, while some broken bones will heal on their own and with minimal medical care needed such as the case with fingers and perhaps toes. Other bones such as the arms, legs, hips, and bones in the back require prompt medical treatment and care.
- Stress Injuries – Stress injuries or repetitive motion injuries are common in the construction industry. When a construction worker is subjected to lengthy periods of stress from tools and machinery they can develop long lasting and debilitating injuries.
The list of injuries that construction workers are subjected to is almost endless. While many of these injuries can be prevented with proper care and a rigid application of the OSHA safety requirements, other injuries cannot.
How Can an Attorney Help Me Recover For My Construction Accident?
With such a high rate of accidents and injuries every year, construction workers have to face the reality that they too may be injured while working on the construction site. In addition to the amount of injuries that happen every year, these injuries often are debilitating and cause workers to miss work and incur expensive medical bills. In addition to these extensive medical bills, construction workers often find themselves in a position where they can no longer provide for their families, and may not be able to return to work because of serious and long-term injuries. 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 many workers are required to file their cases through the workers compensation commission, in certain cases filing a personal injury case may be the most effective way of handling your case.
Contact a Rogers, Arkansas Construction Accident Attorney If You Were Injured On a Construction Site
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.