Construction workers have a huge impact on our everyday lives because of the variety of important work they do. Construction workers are an important part the roads we travel on, the malls and other stores we frequent, and they make it possible to enjoy many commodities used everyday. However, construction workers have a hazardous job and thousands of workers are injured each year while on the job. If you or your loved one has been injured in an accident or incident in the state of West Virginia, contact an experienced attorney at Colombo Law to schedule your risk-free initial consultation
Causes of Accidents
Construction accidents can happen as a result of a variety of factors. However, there are certain accidents that personal injury lawyers see time and time again. Although OSHA regulations are meant to protect workers, accidents will still happen even when the rules are being complied with. Some common construction accidents we see are:
- Falls: Falls are the main cause of accidents while on the job. Falls from ladders, scaffolds, or roofs are the most common. These types of injuries can lead to serious debilitating injuries or have fatal consequences. Slip and falls are also common due to uneven and unfinished surfaces that block the lane of travel. Even some minor injuries from falls require prompt medical attention to determine the seriousness of the injury.
- Defective Equipment: Defective equipment can range from simple hand tools to heavy equipment such as forklifts, cranes, and hoists. Equipment malfunctions can lead to electrocution and dismemberment. The lasting effects of using defective equipment can also cause problems with assembly, which leads structures collapsing causing later injuries.
- Exposure to Toxic Materials: Working in older buildings and homes can expose the worker to hazardous materials. Asbestos, lead, and mercury can all lead to serious health complications and death. While many construction workers are careful to identify these hazardous materials, sometimes it is missed and workers do not realize something is wrong until it is too late.
Injured on the Job?
If you have been injured on the job, it is important to follow all company policies and procedures when reporting the accident and to seek proper medical attention. It is also important to seek assistance from an experienced attorney for legal representation about a workmen’s compensation claim or other claims that may be available.
Contact Colombo Law Today
Colombo Law assists clients located in and around West Virginia including in Morgantown, Fairmont, Clarksburg, Bridgeport, Kingwood, Grafton, Weston, Philippi, Buckhannon, Elkins, Parkersburg, as well as Monongalia, Marian, Harrison, Preston, Taylor, and Lewis county. If you have been injured in a workplace accident or incident but are unsure of whether you have a claim for relief, let one of our attorneys take the stress away from you.Contact one of our attorneys today.