No one goes to work expecting to be injured. But when your loved one is injured, the world as you know it may come to an end. A serious injury at a job site will impact your wages, increase your medical bills and lead to chronic pain or serious disabilities.
A work injury at a construction job site will affect your entire family. But you don’t need to go through the process alone.
Job site accidents and injuries can leave employees with large medical bills, lost wages and debilitating pain. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury on a North Carolina construction site, you may be able to pursue compensation for damages related to the accident. If someone other than your employer caused your injury, you may be eligible to file a third-party injury claim.
Types of North Carolina Construction Accidents
There are many different types of construction accidents that occur throughout the state of North Carolina.
Each year, thousands of workers experience severe life-threatening and even fatal injuries. The most common types of construction site accidents involve workers:
- Falling from buildings or scaffoldings
- Being electrocuted
- Being sprayed with hazardous materials
- Being hit with falling objects or debris
- Getting smashed between heavy objects or materials
- Being burned in a fire or an explosion
- Crushed by heavy machinery
Construction is simply one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. An experienced attorney can get you and your family the financial compensation to which you are entitled.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents occur because of a variety of reasons. Each year, thousands of Americans are injured on the job. Forty percent of all construction workers will be injured every year and nearly 1,000 will die.
The causes of construction accidents are many, and they include:
- Improper safety training
- Lack of safety equipment
- Poor equipment maintenance
- Lack of a safety plan
- Holes or other defects in scaffolds, floors or ladders
- Poor equipment design
- Third-party negligence
Depending on the actual cause of your injuries, your construction site accident may involve workers’ compensation issues, product liability issues, third party negligence law and much more.
To ensure that you and your family get the best possible outcome, you need an experienced construction site law firm that has a comprehensive understanding of the law.
Common Construction Site Injuries
One out of every 10 construction workers is accidentally injured each year. Common construction site injuries include:
- Burns (electrical, chemical, etc.)
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Bruises and contusions
Construction accidents can cause workers to be out of work for extended periods of time. These injuries can be caused by defective equipment, falls from scaffoldings or ladders, crane accidents and fires. Sometimes, a construction injury can be so severe that the worker may never be able to return to work. If you have a question about your workers compensation claim, please visit our Workers’ Compensation FAQ section.
Job Site Fatalities
Unfortunately, many construction accidents lead to the wrongful death of the injured worker. The BLS reports that in 2010, 18 percent of all worker fatalities were in the construction industry. The leading causes of construction site deaths include:
- Falling objects
- Occupational diseases
- Truck accidents
- Faulty equipment and machinery mishaps
If your loved one was killed in a construction accident, the dependents of the deceased may be eligible to collect wrongful death damages.
North Carolina Construction Accident Lawsuits
Construction site injuries can cause financial instability for the injured worker and limit your ability to lead a normal life. If you or a loved one has suffered harm due to no fault of your own while working on a construction site, don’t rely solely on workers’ compensation to pay for your medical expenses and lost wages. You and your family be entitled to a construction accident lawsuit.
At Lewis & Keller, formerly Mike Lewis Attorneys, we handle all types of job site accident cases and accept cases on a contingency fee basis, this means we don’t collect any attorney’s fees unless we collect compensation for you.
For more information on your legal rights or to schedule a no-obligation appointment with our North Carolina construction workers’ compensation lawyers, please complete the Free Case Evaluation form on this page.