Construction Site Accidents
Safety matters! There is no such thing as an unavoidable injury. Even in a setting with as many hazards as a construction site, a well-run site can significantly reduce worker injuries. Sloppy practices and being out of step with OSHA and WISHA regulations can lead to construction site injuries, and unfortunately, these are often significant. When someone gets injured, it’s up to the site’s management to fix what went wrong and ensure the employee is well taken care of.
At Brumback & Ottem, we understand how much we owe to construction workers. We also know how many construction workers get injured every year, and we want construction companies to do better. Until they do, we help hold them accountable.
Causes and Common Injuries in Construction Site Accidents
Construction site injuries are often very serious due to the presence of heavy machinery and the transportation of large loads. This leads to common accidents involving:
- Crushing caused by heavy machinery
- Falling loads
- Inadequate training
- Faulty machinery
- Roof/floor collapses
- Exposure to toxic materials
- Back-over events
All of these instances can be avoided with thorough training, site maintenance, and safety precautions. This is why the responsibility rests on the construction company when a worker gets injured, and why we work to hold them accountable. While these accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, it’s important to remember an injury doesn’t have to be catastrophic to severely impact your life, or to qualify for compensation.
Common construction site injuries include:
- Broken/fractured bones
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- spinal/back injuries
- Wrongful death
While these injuries range from relatively minor to the worst case scenario, they can all have mounting medical costs and serious expenses. Even a minor injury can make returning to work unsafe for both you and your fellow employees, leading to loss of income. All these expenses should be covered by your employer, since it was their failure that caused your injury. In cases such as these, your medical bills, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, potential permanent partial disability and pension benefits can be recovered.
We understand the financial impacts on your life don’t end with medical expenses, which is why we don’t end there either. When you hire us to fight for you, we will fight for your full compensation. This means your physical, emotional, and career damages. The team at Brumback & Ottem have seen enough short-cutting employers to know how to advocate for you and your losses.
Hire the Firm that Has Your Back
Located in Yakima,Washington, Brumback & Ottem helps injured construction workers across the Pacific Northwest. We make it our number one priority to help those who literally build our communities avoid financial ruin.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, please don’t hesitate to contact the team at Brumback & Ottem. We are happy to answer any questions you might have and discuss your case. Call us today to schedule your free consultation.