Construction Accident Lawyer in Nashville
Injured on a Construction Site?
Statistics from the United States Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) estimate that each day 6.5 million people work at more than 252,000 construction sites nationwide. Sadly, OSHA also noted that the construction accident rate of fatal injury for workers in the construction industry is higher than the national average for all other industries combined. Nonfatal accidents are also high, since every year hundreds of thousands of workers sustain catastrophic injuries that may forever change their lives and the lives of their families.
Construction accident lawyer Stanley A. Davis believes workers hurt on construction sites deserve compensation when someone else’s reckless actions are responsible for serious injuries. His work in this area of law includes several significant recovers for clients. This includes a nearly $1 million dollar settlement and a lifetime of open medical benefits gained for a client unable to continue working after suffering a catastrophic injury on a construction site.
Types Of Injuries in Construction Accidents
When safety standards are not followed, or when another person makes a careless mistake on a job site, serious construction accidents will happen and can cause a variety of injuries, such as:
- Head injuries: Hard hats cannot always prevent the damage resulting from a severe blow to the head. Certain closed head injuries can cause concussions, traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), or even comas.
- Severed nerve: Improperly maintained equipment, falling from a ladder, or scaffold accidents can cause nerve damage injuries. Symptoms can include numbness, chronic pain, or limited range of motion. Furthermore, a severed nerve can lead to paralysis or loss of feeling.
- Cumulative trauma disorder: This condition can occur when workers have to perform repetitive motions that strain certain parts of their bodies. It is referred to as repetitive stress injury, carpal tunnel syndrome, or thoracic outlet syndrome.
- Spinal cord injuries: These types of injuries can cost thousands of dollars to treat and a lifetime to rehabilitate. A severed spine or spinal cord, paralysis, quadriplegia, or paraplegia might prevent construction workers from ever working again.
- Severe gashes: Construction workers suffer a number of cuts at work, but deep or open gashes that go untreated can result in infection and other consequences.
- Broken bones or fractures: A construction equipment accident can easily result in broken ribs or fractured shoulders, spines, and teeth.
- Dislocations: Any fall can easily cause a dislocated joint and ligament damage. This may then limit joint mobility and put the injured party out of work for some time, if not permanently.
- Amputations or loss of limb: This life-altering injury can cause immense physical pain and emotional trauma.
- Blindness or hearing loss: You do not need to be completely blind or deaf to have suffered a disorder that affects your vision or hearing. A construction accident may have impaired your sight or hearing if you can no longer hear or see near the capacity of a normal person.
- Severe burns: The amounts of electricity, chemicals, heated water, and steam at construction sites has the potential to cause catastrophic injuries. This is especially true if site managers fail to create and enforce strong safety procedures.
If you have suffered any of the above injuries, then you may be eligible for damages in addition to benefits from workers’ compensation. These can then help pay for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. All workers deserve respect and financial assistance while they recover.
Did My Boss Violate OSHA Regulations & Cause a Construction Accident?
Every workplace must minimize accident risks, and construction sites are no exception. Obeying OSHA regulations for construction site safety can minimize the risk of serious accidents. Unfortunately, many employers still choose not to follow these OSHA regulations in an attempt to save time and money.
According to OSHA, some of the most commonly cited workplace violations involve:
- Lack of adequate fall protection
- Scaffolding not properly constructed
- Employees unaware of chemical hazards in the workplace
- Improper installation of electrical components and equipment
- Powered industrial trucks, such as lift trucks or forklifts
- Unsafe electrical systems design
- Lack of machine guarding
Should I File an Injury Lawsuit or Workers’ Comp Case?
If your company has workers’ compensation insurance, then you may not be eligible to file a lawsuit against your employer or your coworkers. However, some situations may allow someone injured on the job to file a personal injury lawsuit outside of workers’ compensation. Personal injury lawsuits often result in larger damage amounts because they allow the victim to recover damages for pain and suffering and lost earning potential. These and other expenses are not included in workers’ compensation benefits.
Unlike in workers’ compensation cases, where determining who is at fault is unnecessary, all personal injury claims are based on fault. Typical reasons to file a personal injury claim include if the:
- Injured worker is hurt by a third party, such as those responsible for defective equipment
- Intentional reckless actions of an employer result in injuries
If you believe your injuries or the injuries of a loved one justify a personal injury lawsuit, then it is important to talk with a construction accident attorney near you.
Attorney for Construction Accident Injuries
Stanley Davis is an attorney committed to helping others and living by God’s word. He abides by passages, Luke 6:38, which reads “Give, and it will be given to you… for the measure you give will be the measure you get back.” He is a trustworthy, caring attorney whose mission is to work with those injured during their time of need.
Stanley has successfully represented hundreds of clients from all over the Volunteer State. This includes residents of Clarksville, Lebanon, and Goodlettsville, as well as all of the surrounding East Tennessee areas. He has worked hard to hold employers accountable in construction accident lawsuits.
What Are Common Construction Accidents?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) compiled an accident report on the most frequent causes of work injury.
The following are some of the most common types of injuries in the construction industry that may be caused by the failure to follow OSHA requirements/OSHA regulations:
- Falls: OSHA calls falls one of the construction industry’s “fatal four,” which means it is a leading cause of fatal accidents in construction. When a worker falls from a ledge, scaffolding, or another type of support above the ground, permanent injury and wrongful death can result. Construction sites need guard rails and other fall prevention devices to prevent injuries.
- Struck by an object: This injury is another of the “fatal four” in construction. It involves objects forcefully striking employees. About three out of every four struck-by fatal accidents involve heavy equipment, such as trucks or cranes. Vehicles, objects falling, and collapsing buildings or structures can all cause struck-by incidents.
- Electrocutions: An electrocution happens when workers come into contact with power lines, when no appropriate ground-faults exist, or when electrical equipment is mismanaged or in poor condition. This type of accident is so serious and common that it is the third of OSHA’s “fatal four” types of construction accidents.
- Caught-in or in-between: The final of the “fatal four” is similar to struck by object accidents but caught-in or in-between accidents are typically the result of an object crushing, squeezing, pinching, or compressing a worker between two objects. Examples include cave-ins and being pulled into or caught in equipment.
Not only are all these injuries frequent in the industry, but they are also all likely to be fatal. Workers and employers need to put safety measures in place to prevent these types of accidents and other OSHA violations from occurring.