Construction Site Fall Accidents
Over 20% of all work-related deaths occur in the construction field. Of construction-related injuries, falls are known as the most common cause. Construction workers have ample opportunities to fall each day as they climb up ladders, onto scaffolds, and around roofs. If you or a loved one has fallen at a construction site and suffered injury, contact Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz today for a free consultation with a Memphis construction accident lawyer. NST has a skilled team of 30+ attorneys and 120+ staff members to assist you when you call. We are familiar with the federal and state regulations governing construction sites, and our firm has more than 25 years experience representing workers injured at construction sites and other places of employment across Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Kentucky, and Missouri.Legal Remedies After a Construction Site Fall
Falls at construction sites are very common and often result in serious or fatal injuries. In fact, nearly 33% of all construction site fatalities are due to falls. Sadly, most falls are preventable. The Occupational Health Safety Administration (OSHA) promulgates regulations to prevent falls and other construction site accidents. One such requirement is that employers must provide safety equipment and gear to prevent construction workers from falling if they are working at a height of six feet or higher.
Construction site falls can cause serious injuries such as broken bones, traumatic brain injuries, back and neck injuries, amputations, and sometimes death. Such severe injuries may require prolonged hospitalization, multiple surgeries, and extensive rehabilitation. In extreme cases, the worker may suffer a permanent disability that prevents him or her from being able to return to work in the construction field. It is important in these cases to consult with a knowledgeable construction accident attorney who can advise you as to all potential theories of liability under which you may be able to recover.
If you are injured at a construction site in Memphis or elsewhere in Tennessee, you will likely be able to file a workers’ compensation claim by reporting your injury to your employer. Under workers’ compensation laws, the employer will be responsible for all of your medical bills and expenses, and you will also be entitled to temporary total or partial disability benefits if you miss work due to your injury. If you suffer a permanent impairment as a result of your fall, you may also seek permanent partial or total disability benefits based on your vocational disability.
Workers’ compensation is typically the only remedy for construction site fall victims that occur during working hours. However, in some cases where an outside party’s negligence contributed to your injury, you may be able to file a third party claim seeking recovery for your medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering. This third party claim will be a completely separate claim from the workers’ compensation claim. If your employer violated OSHA regulations, then you may also have a separate claim based on those violations.
You should contact an experienced attorney to assist you as soon as possible after a workplace injury, but particularly so in a construction site fall where you may be able to bring multiple claims against multiple parties. Statutes of limitations are strict deadlines, so you must settle your claim or file a lawsuit to preserve your claim within that period of time or you will forever lose out on your right to recovery. These deadlines apply regardless of how serious your injuries may be.Discuss Your Claim with a Construction Accident Lawyer
If you have fallen in Memphis or a loved one passed away as a result of a construction site fall, contact NST today to speak with one of our knowledgeable attorneys. We want to make sure that you are aware of all of your legal rights and ensure that you get all the compensation and benefits to which you are entitled under the law. We represent injured workers throughout Tennessee, Missouri, Mississippi, Arkansas, and Kentucky, including cities like Memphis, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Nashville, Caruthersville, Hayti, Oxford, Starkville, Corinth, Columbus, Tupelo, Meridian, Jackson, Little Rock, and Jonesboro. Call Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz at 800-529-4004 today for a free consultation with one of our slip and fall attorneys, or complete our online form. NST is the way to go.