Have you or someone you love been injured on or near a construction site? Alternatively, are you a construction worker who was injured in the course of doing your job? Belal Hamideh is a Construction accident attorney in Burbank who may take your case, helping you to get the maximum compensation for your injuries.
If you’ve been hurt on a construction site, whether you were a passerby or a worker, you very well could deserve compensation for your injuries. It’s always worth it to reach out to an attorney experienced with this kind of case. During a free case evaluation, Belal can let you know exactly what your claim might be worth. Hablamos Espanol.
What Are The Most Common Construction Accidents?
According to OSHA, roughly one-fifth of worker fatalities in private industry were in construction. That said, you don’t have to be a construction worker to be injured on a construction site. Construction sites can be dangerous, even for those with the proper training. No matter who you were or what caused your accident, Belal Hamideh can help you to receive the medical care as well as the compensation you deserve. Common types of construction accident include:
Falls: These are among the most common construction accidents. Falls can occur on a site in a multitude of ways: defective railings, weak ladders, inappropriate scaffolding, and many other hazards.
Equipment Accident: Construction sites require heavy equipment. When this equipment falls on a person or otherwise strikes them, it can lead to serious injuries and worse. Cranes, ladders, even toolboxes, hammers, and more – a little less than one out of every ten construction accident injuries are caused by equipment.
Electrocution: There are so many different kinds of electrical equipment on a construction site that electrocution injuries are all too common. Power tools, faulty electric wiring, lighting, and others — are serious injuries that could strike a worker or passer-by at any time.
Fires: The potential for fire on a construction site is higher than it might be elsewhere. These destructive fires can take a toll on construction workers and others alike.
Caught Between Accidents: A dangerous situation that’s more common than many realize, construction workers are often at risk of being caught between heavy machinery, bulky equipment, and moving vehicles.
Improper Placement: With so many materials in and around a construction site, the odds are too high that something will be placed in such a way that people could potentially trip and fall over it, causing an injury.
Lack of Signage: Holes, ditches, and other dangerous areas abound in or near construction sites. If they aren’t properly marked, construction workers, as well as folks passing by, could potentially injure themselves.
Not Enough Safety Equipment/Improper Use: Hard hats, gloves, goggles, and more — whether it’s construction workers, visitors, or anyone else on site, the lack of safety equipment too often leads to serious injuries.
Those are just some of the more common reasons for construction accidents. There are many others.
Why Do Construction Site Accidents Happen?
The truth is that, unfortunately, construction accidents could happen for any number of reasons. Construction workers do their best, but they’re often under strict deadlines. So, it’s possible that they work themselves until they’re fatigued, potentially leading to dangerous mistakes. With so much going on on a construction site, they could be distracted as well.
Many construction workers have been working for several years. So, repetitive motion accidents, ones that come from making the same gestures over and over again, can also be common.
Too often, construction companies try to “cut corners,” by getting around one safety requirement, type of equipment, or another. No matter how you’re injured on a construction site, we can fight to make sure you get what you deserve.
Which Construction Site Accidents Can Be Considered Catastrophic Injuries?
Catastrophic injuries are, short of death, some of the most severe injuries that a person can suffer. These injuries are, generally, associated with disfigurement, brain injury/damage, loss of limbs, and so forth. For the most part, these injuries require medical treatment that can be complex and long-lasting. It’s entirely possible that those suffering these kinds of injuries will never fully recover (or recover at all). Even those that do may require rehab and extensive time in a medical facility. Some types of catastrophic injuries suffered on a construction site are:
- Concussions, severe trauma to the head
- TBI/Traumatic Brain Injuries
- Skull fractures
- Loss of consciousness
- Amputation of limbs
- “Crush” injuries, that crush limbs or even the body
- Paralysis from spinal cord injuries
- Burn injuries from dangerous chemicals
- Internal bleeding/internal organ damage** Again, those are just some catastrophic injuries that could occur on a construction site. There are many others.
Common Equipment-related Injuries at a Construction Site
The heavy equipment used daily at a construction site can lead to any number of accidents. Even the safest, most conscientious construction worker is at risk of an equipment-related injury and accident. Some of the most common injuries include:
- Electrocution. The heavy equipment used on many construction sites is often placed close to live power lines. Alternatively, the heavy equipment could be defective, leading to electrocution and worse.
- Cuts. Saws, blades, and similar types of equipment can cause accidents on construction sites.
- Burns. Welding and metalworking equipment can harm even an experienced construction worker at a moment’s notice.
- Rollovers. Unfortunately, these are some of the most common types of construction accidents. When a too-heavy load is placed on a piece of equipment or the equipment is used on uneven ground, a dangerous rollover could occur.
- Collisions. Backhoes, trucks, and other motor vehicles all too often collide with vehicles and other kinds of equipment.**
While those are the most common, there are many other kinds of equipment-related accidents on construction sites.
What Should I Do If I Suffer An Accident at a Construction Site?
If you’re a construction worker injured on a construction site, the very first thing to do is to get medical attention as soon as possible. You may feel “fine,” you may feel as if you can go back to work. But, many injuries suffered on construction sites can be internal, the full extent of which won’t be known for a period of time. The best course of action is to get medical attention immediately.
Additionally, let your employer know. There’s nothing wrong or “weak” about telling them; it’s the right thing to do. If you can do so safely, document what may be important at the site as well. Take pictures of the equipment, the environment, your injuries, and more. These can help your case. Then, reach out to a construction accident attorney in Burbank with experience in construction accident cases.
A Construction Accident Attorney in Burbank Who Can Help
Belal Hamideh has helped many who are dealing with what you’re dealing with right now: recovering from a construction accident and unsure what you’re supposed to do next. We work on contingency. You don’t have to pay upfront for Belal’s services. Instead, our payment comes out of your eventual settlement.
Schedule a free case evaluation with Belal Hamideh through the contact form at our site or by calling.