Omaha Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction pops up around the state on a near daily basis, as companies expand, new companies move in, and new houses are built to accommodate the influx of workers. This is a cycle that is evident throughout the country as the construction sector has remained relatively stable over the last ten years. Construction site accidents have remained relatively high despite ongoing training to prevent them from occurring.

Construction Sites

The construction industry unfortunately has developed what the Occupational Safety & Health Administration has dubbed the “fatal four:”

  • Falls
  • Strikes from Objects
  • Electrocutions
  • Caught-in/Between

These are all causes of construction site accidents that occur to construction workers on a daily basis and were responsible for over half of all construction site fatalities in 2013.[1] The number of construction site accidents which led to fatalities increased in 2012 for the first time since 2006.

Construction companies are frequently the responsible party for any injuries that occur on the construction site location. Construction companies must have an extensive training set up to instruct workers on how to handle certain situations as well as how to perform their basic duties. Many construction site accidents are often the result of untrained workers who fail to recognize the constant need for safety.

With the increase in the number of multiple level buildings, falls make up a large majority of construction site accidents. Falling objects are another common event. An inexperienced construction worker may place a heavy tool at the ledge of scaffolding or other location only to have it fall down on top of another worker.

One of the leading causes of construction site injuries is also related to the use of equipment on the site. Workers must go through extensive training to ensure they know how to properly use all tools and equipment on the project. Failure to accurately complete the required training can lead to devastating injuries.

Recovery After a Construction Site Accident

While a construction site accident is often the result of one worker’s actions, the construction company is often the responsible party for any resulting injuries. The construction company must properly train all of its workers to ensure the project moves forward without any safety issues. The unpredictable environment of a construction zone can lead to a wide variety of accidents and resulting injuries, many of which are the most severe types of injuries that a person can receive. Common construction site injuries include:

  • Broken bones
  • Amputations
  • Burns
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Paralysis

Many of these injuries require extensive medical care and ongoing rehabilitation. Many construction site workers are independent contractors who do not qualify for worker’s compensation and related company healthcare. However, the construction company should nevertheless be held liable for their injuries. Not only will you often have a long road to recovery, you will likely be unable to work for long periods of time and thus receive no paycheck. A personal injury attorney will take all these factors into consideration when drafting your claim to ensure you receive the amount you deserve for your injuries.

The Knowles Law Firm | Omaha, Nebraska Personal Injury Attorneys

If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction site accident, do not hesitate to contact the attorneys at Knowles Law Firm. Contact our Omaha, Nebraska office today for your initial free consultation.

[1] https://www.osha.gov/oshstats/commonstats.html