If you find yourself on the wrong end of a construction accident, such as a building collapse, contact Mike Brandner and our construction accident attorneys today to see what options are available to you.
With heavy machinery and lots of action, construction sites are some of the most dangerous work environments in the US. When you’re on the job, the last thing you expect is an injury, but unfortunately, they occur more frequently than one might expect. One in five worker deaths occurred due to construction site accidents in 2017, according to OSHA. Furthermore, construction-related accidents account for the highest number of work fatalities in just one year.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
While every site is unique, some hazards exist unilaterally. With awareness, hopefully you can avoid being one of the injury statistics. Our construction accident attorneys have seen it all, and some of the most common causes include:
Blindness– Chemicals and flecks of metal both present dangers to your eyesight. Wear proper safety gear and dispose of chemicals properly. Also, maintain constant vigilance, even if you aren’t personally using the chemicals. If you are injured on the job due to management’s negligence in safety protocol or code, contact us today.
Broken bones- Falls from scaffolding, roofs, ladders and cranes can result in broken bones or worse. Heavy machinery, like bulldozers, can also crush limbs if not secured properly. These types of injuries can mean a loss of work for a few hours up to several months. Wearing a cast to the construction site can also present other dangers.
Burns– Exposed or shorn wires can spark and cause painful burns. Burns have varying levels of severity, referred to as either first, second or third degree. Depending on the burn, you could be out of work for days, weeks or even months. Treatment for burns can include skin grafts and other medical procedures which can be costly and time consuming.
Cuts, lacerations, and accidental amputations– Tools that are poorly maintained, exposed nails or screws and other items on a site can cut through fabric, safety gear and bare skin, creating deep wounds or possible dismemberment, resulting in possible loss of both current and future employment opportunities. While this is extreme, it is a distinct possibility. If you do find yourself on the wrong end of an injury, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today.
Deafness-With the big machinery at construction sites comes bigger noises. Even with ear plugs and proper safety equipment, eardrums can still accrue lasting damage. Even if you aren’t working with a jack hammer or other noisy tool, loss of hearing still may occur if struck in the head by falling debris or swinging beams.
Head injuries– As stated previously, swinging beams and moving parts present unique construction accident dangers. One of the biggest dangers on a construction site is head injuries. Hard hats can dampen some of the damage that can happen, but only so far. Taking the proper safety precautions can also help. For example, concussions can have lifelong consequences, so if you get injured at work, get the proper medical treatment first. Then reach out to our construction accident attorneys to ensure you get the compensation you deserve.
Heat stroke-In a humid environment, it is easy to ignore the symptoms of dehydration. Heat stroke can occur even on the mildest of days when outside in the sun. The combination of overexertion and exposure to the sun, especially in July and August, can cause a heat stroke, which includes symptoms like nausea, lightheadedness, and often fainting. These symptoms can create an unsafe work environment for everyone. Heat stroke can especially affect those climbing around the beams of unfinished buildings. Furthermore, heat stroke, when untreated, can lead to kidney, heart or brain damage, or, in extreme cases, death.
Repetitive motion injuries– Constant and repetitive movements can create stress injuries over time. These injuries are often felt most seriously in the back and arms and can create life altering injuries. If you’ve been affected by a repetitive motion injury, contact Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys today.
Spinal cord damage– Damage to spinal cords can occur after falls from great heights, usually from ladders or scaffolding. Falls from these heights can also result in partial or complete paralysis, and even death.
Louisiana Workers’ Compensation
The state of Louisiana provides financial compensation benefits due to a work-related accident injury, with some important exemptions. The payout you could receive depends on the extent to which your injury impacts your working abilities. Your surviving family members could also receive monetary compensation in the tragic event of a death. It is important to note that these benefits are intended to cover working time lost and medical bills incurred.
Some states limit the benefit amount that you can receive, but, Louisiana does not; however, your disability level will determine the final amount. The Louisiana workers’ compensation laws can be complex and difficult to understand. If you find yourself in need of help with the initial application or unsure of what to do if your application gets rejected, contact Mike Brandner today and let our construction accident attorneys help you.
Reporting an Injury
You should immediately inform your employer if you were hurt on the job. Louisiana law says you must give your employer notice of your injury within 30 days or you will not be able to receive benefits. Claims for payments, in most cases, must be made within one year of the injury-causing accident. All claims must be made within three years of the date of the accident that caused the disability.
If your injury results in disability which lasts for less than 2 weeks, you are entitled to compensation beginning during the second week. However, if your disability lasts for 2 weeks or more, you will receive compensation for the first week after two weeks.(Source)
What Can a Construction Accident Attorney Help With?
Having an experienced construction accident attorney on your side, like those at Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys, will help you to understand how to file a civil suit. We will bring our knowledge and experience to your case. Our construction accident lawyers will reduce the paperwork, stress and hassle associated with your claim.
Injured due to negligence on the work site? Hiring Mike Brandner Injury Attorneys can make the difference between a successful case and dealing with the medical bills alone. Visit our office from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., use our online LiveChat, or call us 24/7 at (504) 345-1111.