When safety is compromised at construction sites
Cleveland is a booming area with many ongoing construction projects. As a result we’ve also seen an increase in construction site accidents; many serious and some fatal. These cases are complex and require an experienced lawyer and investigative team. At Friedman Domiano and Smith we’ve recovered millions of dollars for injured workers.
Construction sites and industrial settings can be dangerous places to work. With various contractors and sub-contractors on site, safety measures are sometimes overlooked especially on heavy construction days.
Whether intentional or not, the disabling of safety devices can cause serious injury. Employers who are under tight deadlines may also put unreasonable strain on employees.
Frequently Asked Questions About Construction Accidents
If you are considering hiring a construction accident attorney, you may have concerns about contacting a lawyer about your accident. We answer your most frequently asked questions below.
What should I do if I’ve been in a construction accident?
Construction accidents are sometimes different than a workers’ comp claim. If you’re an employee at a construction site you may have both workers’ compensation claim and a third-party claim against someone who isn’t your employer.
Learn more about what to do if you’ve been in a construction accident.
What are the most common construction site accidents?
According to OSHA, four types of injuries account for 50 percent of all construction site injuries:
- Body strikes
- Being crushed
Learn more about the most common construction site accidents.
How do construction accidents happen?
Falls can happen because a construction site lacks safety precautions or safety features such as harnesses, railings and barriers. Electrocutions can come from insufficiently contained circuitry or improperly managed conductors. Heavy machinery sometimes fail to see workers around them which can result in both body strikes and workers being crushed.
While repeat construction accidents in Ohio are teaching us lessons to prevent accidents, the fact remains that Ohio outpaces most states in this respect. Whether you’re an employee or simply a passerby, accidents resulting from recklessness, tech failures and carelessness can leave you seriously injured.
How to get help
What To Do If You’ve Been In a Construction Accident
Construction accidents are sometimes different than a regular Workers Compensation plan if you are the employee at a construction site. Jeffrey H. Friedman explains that third-party claims against subcontractors and other companies that are not yours are often a factor in these types of situations in the video below.
Our attorneys have successfully handled cases such as:
- Forklift accidents
- Exposure to hazardous chemicals
- Electrocutions and electrical shock
- Working in violation of medical restrictions
- Errors in truck loading
- Falls from roofs and scaffolding
- Air quality issues