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Construction Accidents – Denver Personal Injury Attorneys

Construction Accidents - Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer - Burg Simpson

On any given workday, there are nearly 10 million construction workers employed in the United States, earning a living in the deadliest industry in the country. In 2015, more than 900 of those construction workers died on the job – accounting for roughly one out of five on-the-job fatalities. It’s also an industry rife workplace non-fatal accidents, as well. In fact, ironworkers have the highest rate of personal injuries on construction sites. A Colorado personal injury lawyer is here to help!

More than half of construction site fatalities are caused by what construction workers call the “fatal four,” which excludes traffic collisions:

Falls — Nearly 39 percent of construction worker deaths are a result of falls, primarily from roofs, scaffolding, and ladders. The vast majority of these are from heights greater than six feet.
Struck by object – Objects striking workers, which account for nearly 10 percent of deaths, are also the leading cause of death for younger workers – those younger than 24.
Electrocutions – Electrocutions account for 8.6 percent of construction deaths, but also can cause severe burns, brain injury, and cardiac arrest.
Caught-in/between – More than 7 percent of construction workers are killed “by getting caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, and struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structure, equipment, or material,” according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.

The trend hasn’t been a good one, either. Construction worker deaths are up roughly 4 percent over the last three years and have reached their highest level in nearly a decade. Compare that to an overall increase of 0.3 percent in overall worker deaths, and the construction industry looks deadlier than ever. A Denver injury lawyer at Burg Simpson knows how to fight for the compensation you deserve.

Even though you might be eligible for workers’ compensation for personal injuries suffered on the jobsite, you also could be entitled to receive additional compensation against third parties, including equipment manufacturers, contractors, and property owners, who might have contributed to your injuries through simple negligence or recklessness. Burg Simpson’s Colorado personal injury lawyers are committed to helping injured construction workers, or survivors of workers who died on the job. Contact Burg Simpson today at 720-500-5995 or fill out our Free Case Evaluation form.

There are several factors at play when there is an accident at a construction site, due in no small part to the number of parties that can be involved. This can also make the process of determining liability problematic. Among those who could be held accountable for your injuries:

  • The landowner
  • The general contractor
  • Sub-contractors
  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Construction equipment manufacturers
  • Insurance companies

Call our Colorado personal injury attorneys for help now!

If you or a loved one have been seriously injured or killed at work on a construction accident, you could be eligible for a few different kinds of compensation, such as:

Economic damages are those that are easily quantifiable, which can include current and expected medical and rehabilitation expenses. This category also comprises lost income, lost earning capacity, and any other related out-of-pocket costs.
Non-economic losses are less tangible, but equally important, such as pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, as well as mental and emotional distress.
Permanent impairment and disfigurement – This includes compensation for any lasting visible damage, typically to the face or head.
Loss of consortium

Survivors of construction workers killed by the negligence, fault, or recklessness of someone, regardless of whether it’s an individual or a corporation might be able to recover wrongful death damages, or any of the other damage types mentioned above. If you or a family member have been hurt on the jobsite, contact the Colorado personal injury attorneys at Burg Simpson immediately.

First and foremost, it’s critical that you seek immediate medical attention. Then you have to report the injury to your employer and the site manager. Document that contact for your records. It’s important, also, to speak with anyone you think may have witnessed the accident. Also document your injuries to the best of your ability by taking pictures of the injuries and the scene where it occurred. Finally, if you think the accident may have been the result of some kind of safety violation, contact OSHA to file a report.

Most importantly, if you’ve been injured at a construction site – whether you were on the job or an innocent bystander – you need to speak with an experienced worker’s compensation lawyer and/or a personal injury lawyer to understand and protect your rights. As a construction worker, in addition to possible workers’ compensation benefits, you might also be able to recover damages from third parties.  A Burg Simpsons Denver injury attorney handles both workers’ compensation and personal injury claims.

Contact A Burg Simpson Denver Injury Lawyer Now

Construction work can be perilous under the best of circumstances. But poorly maintained equipment or sloppy safety enforcement can turn a dangerous job into a deadly one. If you’ve been hurt on the job, or you’ve lost a loved one to an unsafe construction site, you need to talk to a Denver personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Construction firms already have attorneys and insurance companies on their side, more than willing to offer a small settlement in exchange for your signature. You need someone one your side to help you fight back. At Burg Simpson, we’re fought – and won – these battles before. If you think you have a case, call for help today at 720-500-5995 or fill out a Free Case Evaluation form now.

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