Those who work in the construction industry face dangerous conditions each and every day. Whether it is from the heavy equipment they are working with or the nature of the specific job, the construction industry is a dangerous one in itself. Some construction jobs require the operation of a bulldozer, crane, or forklift, whereas others require workers to stand on scaffolding high above the ground. Regardless of the specifics, injury is always a possibility when working in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, roughly one in five workplace injuries take place on construction sites. Because these accidents can lead to serious injuries and even death, it is important for you to contact a knowledgeable Oklahoma personal injury lawyer. Our attorneys can help you or someone you know that might have been injured on the job while visiting a local construction work site.
Common Types of Construction Site Injuries
Accidents that occur at construction sites come in many different shapes and forms, many of which could lead to catastrophic injuries that require the workers to miss work for weeks or months. Some of the most common types of injuries sustained at construction sites include slips and falls, which may result in brain injuries or broken bones in some serious cases. Many construction jobs require workers to be situated high above the ground, such as on a tall ladder, the roof, or on scaffolding, these falls may result in very serious injuries, including spinal cord injuries or paralysis. Other common injuries sustained at construction sites include electrocution from hot machinery, which may also lead to severe burns. Lacerations, puncture wounds, or injuries that require amputation are also typical amongst Oklahoma construction workers. If you have been injured on the job, lawyers at Atkins & Markoff will be able to fight to help you receive compensation from your injuries. We have more than 100 years of combined experience and have worked on a wide variety of construction accident cases, which are just a couple of the reasons we are qualified to take on your case.
Construction Accidents Due to Negligence
While many construction accidents occur because of faulty machinery or inherently dangerous work conditions, other injuries occur as a result of unsafe conditions on a work site that is not being properly supervised. In these cases, construction workers may be able to file for workers’ compensation, which will help the injured worker pay for medical expenses and time off from work. Additionally, cases of workers’ compensation may benefit the employer, as they will be protected from a lawsuit. However, you may still be eligible to file a third party lawsuit against your employer, but only in the case that they were in some way affiliated with your accident and ensuing injuries. In order to determine whether or not you qualify for and are able to file a third party liability claim, please contact our Oklahoma law firm today.