Construction Injury Lawyer
When you’re injured in a construction accident, the ensuing personal injury case that tends to follow is rarely simple and clean-cut. The injured plaintiff requires compensation for lost wages and pain and suffering. The construction business deemed responsible for the injury is attempting to protect its finances while trying to continue running a successful business. Because personal injury trials can become lengthy and strenuous, both the plaintiff and defendant will often opt to settle the case out of court if possible – arbitration, mediation, and/or informal settlement are usually pursued in lieu of litigation. Settling the case out of court greatly reduces the chance of the case becoming drawn out and costly; however, in certain situations litigation cannot be avoided, in which case a certified personal injury attorney will be vital to representing you and your case in court. Though you may choose to represent yourself, you will almost certain need the assistance of a personal injury attorney to ensure that you receive the support and representation that you need to get your life back on track.
Statistics: Injuries in Construction
In the ten-year period between 2002 and 2012, almost 20 percent of all deaths in the workplace occurred within the construction industry. The most-violated violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) guidelines is a lack of fall protection. According to the Center for Construction Research and Training, falls are the greatest cause of fatal construction injuries. 39 percent of fatal falls in 2011 were from the roof of a building. 33 percent were from a scaffold, 12 percent from a ladder with a height of over 25 feet, and 27 percent from a ladder with a height of 10 feet or less. Due to the fact that the most common OSHA violation is in regard to fall protection standards, construction workers should take extra caution when working at great heights. OSHA reports that one out of every ten construction workers are injured annually. Safety + Health, the official magazine of the National Safety Council, states that the average construction worker faces 1-to-200 odds of dying over the course of a 45-year career. It’s no mystery why the services provided by a certified construction injury lawyer have consistently remained in-demand by the public.
Preventing a Construction Injury
It’s quickly becoming clear that, even with extensive safety regulations, the chance of injury for the average worker in the construction industry is much higher than other industries. Though a number of construction injuries are no fault of the injured worker, many injuries are due to inattentiveness or simply ignorance regarding safety concerns. Approximately sixty percent of construction injuries occur during the first year of a worker’s employment. This suggests that many construction injuries are caused either by ignorance of safety procedures or sheer carelessness. These cases are much more difficult for a construction injury lawyer to defend. By remaining aware of your surroundings, you can greatly reduce your chances of falling victim to a debilitating construction injury. Ensuring that you maintain a proper diet and an effective sleep schedule will also help you avoid injury. A healthy dietary regime and a good night’s sleep will keep you on your toes to prevent injury to yourself or another.
Hopefully, you will never be in a position in which you need the legal services of a construction injury lawyer, but in the event that you do, please give Hoag Law Firm a call or complete your online Free Case Evaluation. A free consultation can help you understand your rights. With honest advice and an experienced attorney at your side, you can recover the largest possible settlement and get back to living your life.