A construction project should be a good thing — a new or revitalized place to live, work, or play. If you or a loved one suffers an injury as a result of a construction site hazard or defect, you may be left wondering how you can put your life back together. A personal injuries attorney or construction accident lawyer can review the facts and help you move forward toward recovery.
Construction Site Hazards and Construction Defects
Though the Occupational Safety and Health Administration or OSHA mandates safety regulations for work sites, the construction industry features built-in hazards that come with the job.
Frequent dangers for construction workers include:
- Repetitive motions
- High temperatures and demanding conditions
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Electrocution caused by contact with exposed wiring
- Falling tools, building products, or other objects
- Entrapment by vehicles or machinery
- Slips, trips, and falls at ground level or from a significant height
- Ground shift or collapse caused by excavation
These hazards may result in immediate harm when a construction project is in progress.
Workers may also face risks as a result of construction defects. These dangers can occur years after a structure has been completed because of substandard or defective materials or shoddy workmanship.
Work crews that perform renovations or make repairs after a problem surfaces put themselves in danger decades after someone chose to cut corners somewhere along the line.
With something as catastrophic as a major structure fire or a building collapse, construction workers and the general public all face great risk. Many people may seek lawyers for injuries relating to these massive tragedies.
Common Injuries That Construction Workers Sustain
Even the strictest safety precautions and adherence to the procedure cannot prevent all possible injuries.
Under the best conditions, the work can be risky. If a builder or site manager tries to trim costs and cut corners, the danger only intensifies.
Types of bodily harm that professionals on a construction site may sustain include:
- Stress injuries from repeated motions during a particular job
- Injuries to ankles, knees, neck, shoulder, back, or spine
- Heatstroke or overexertion
- Bone fractures
- Eye damage
- Sickness due to exposure to toxic materials
- Injuries to the head and brain
The damage from these injuries may cause lost time from work, temporary or permanent disability, and even death. An attorney for personal injury or wrongful death cases can help seek compensation for these losses.
Common Injuries That Residents and Visitors May Sustain
When dealing with construction defects, residents and visitors face some of the same potential for injuries that constructor workers do. In the case of an improperly installed window, porch, or staircase, people may fall. These falls lead to a variety of injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Head injuries.
Faulty electrical wiring can cause electrocution or burns. Toxic materials may result in breathing problems or illness. A catastrophic failure, like a massive fire or building collapse, can lead to severe injury or death.
Visitors and members of the public also face risks during new construction. Causes of injuries to those nearby include:
- Slip-and-fall hazards
- Holes and uneven ground
- Falling objects
- Dust and noise pollution.
If you think you may have a construction accident case as a resident, visitor, or someone passing by, a bodily injury lawyer or construction accident injury attorney can help you decide how to proceed.
For What Types of Compensation Does Florida Law Allow in Construction Injuries?
If you receive injuries while working at a construction site, you may seek workers’ compensation benefits to cover your medical costs and financial losses that result from temporary or permanent disability. This coverage applies regardless of who’s to blame for the work-related construction accident.
Personal injury law may apply to construction workers as well as residents, visitors, or passers-by who get hurt because of a construction accident.
Since these laws can be complex, you will need a personal injuries lawyer with experience in construction accidents to help you put your case on solid ground.
How Can Dyson Law, PLLC, Help You If You’ve Suffered an Injury in a Construction Accident?
If you or a family member have received injuries in a construction accident resulting from a site hazard or construction defect, our team at Dyson Law can help you seek the compensation you need to help rebuild your life.
At Dyson Law, PLLC, we combine an old-school work ethic with the latest technology. We do not have a huge attorney-to-client ratio, so we can provide value to each of our clients. When you choose our team at Dyson Law, PLLC, any decision on how to proceed with your construction accident case remains in your hands. We will not abandon you during these challenging times. Our experienced professionals will provide solid guidance and keep you in the loop.
Our team believes in using the most advanced tools in our stalwart determination to get the best results for you. We will tackle the issues with insurance companies and opposing counsel so you can tackle the hard work of getting better.
If you or someone you love has suffered injuries in a construction-related accident, our construction accident lawyers at Dyson Law, PLLC, are committed to helping you re-establish a solid foundation. Contact us at 561-498-9979 or complete our online form for a free consultation. From our Delray Beach, Florida, office, we serve clients throughout Palm Beach County and South Florida.
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