The downturn in the economy slowed many construction projects for a few years, but this only helped spur new small business growth, as well as ongoing moves with the new healthy economy. This has, in turn, led to new construction projects to house new workers and new companies. However, while construction may be a lucrative business during periods of strong economies, the incidence of construction accidents remains high throughout the industry. If you are a Virginia construction worker and were injured in an accident, you should seek the expert legal counsel of a Richmond construction accident attorney at Pendleton Law as soon as you are able. You may be entitled to compensation for your injuries.
What is a Construction Accident?
Construction accidents have been classified as some of the most likely for any given industry by the United States Department of Labor. The construction industry is a physically demanding industry and requires a lot of time spent with dangerous equipment. This requires the employers to adequately train their workers to be proficient at different types of equipment, and learn to recognize signs of danger. Handling dangerous equipment on a day-to-day basis is a difficult task and could easily get monotonous, leading to injuries.
Construction has the unfortunate title of the “fatal four” in terms of worker casualties. The fatal four in construction accidents (accidents leading to deaths) include:
- Strikes by objects
The United States Department of Labor has noted that removing these four dangers from construction workplaces would curb the number of worker deaths in the construction industry by over 500 every year.
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Construction Accident Recovery
Many construction workers are contract workers and therefore are not covered by the Virginia Workers’ Compensation Commission. Many companies that employ contract workers do so precisely for this reason. However, workers who were injured while on the job in accidents that stem from the employer’s negligence in either training employees or providing safe locations for employees can be held liable for any resulting injuries. Injuries can include:
Victims of construction accidents, unfortunately, suffer extreme injuries that could lead to weeks or even months of unemployment. For contract workers, this hiatus from work could lead to months without a paycheck and no other support for their families. Employees who are subjected to this treatment after the negligent behavior of their employer should be entitled to bring a claim for their financial and physical damages against the employer, including the following:
- Medical expenses
- Rehabilitation expenses
- Lost wages
- Future earnings
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
Virginia is, unfortunately, a contributor negligence state, which means if the victim is even one percent at fault for the injuries, they could risk losing the entire claim. Our Richmond construction accident lawyers at Pendleton Law will carefully examine your claim and assist you in filing the best claim to adequately represent the facts of the accident and will work to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.
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If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, do not hesitate to contact the lawyers of Pendleton Law. Our Richmond personal injury attorneys have years of experience in handling construction accident claims and will work closely with you and your family to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve after the accident. Call our Richmond, Virginia office at 804-250-5050 or contact us online today for your free consultation.
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