New Haven Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction work is risky. Even with numerous safety precautions, rules and regulations in place to ensure worker safety, accidents are common and too many workers are injured or killed. This is due in part to the very nature of construction work. Construction sites are constantly evolving workplaces that often have multiple, independent businesses operating in close quarters. For example, a failure on the part of a subcontractor could create risk for all the other parties on the site. Our New Haven construction accident attorneys assist those who have been harmed due to the negligence of contractors, subcontractors, or other workers.
Protecting Victims Of All Types Of New Haven Construction Accidents
The complexity and fast pace of the construction industry make it dangerous for even the most careful workers. At Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, we have pursued and secured financial benefits for hundreds of workers hurt on construction sites in Connecticut.
Our clients include workers affected by all kinds of accidents, including:
- Falls from heights such as ladders, scaffolds and roofs
- Heavy machinery accidents involving front-end loaders, dump trucks and other equipment
- Crane accidents
- Accidents involving dropped objects such as tools or construction materials
- Trench accidents
- Electrocution caused by improper wiring or defective tools
- Power tool accidents
Experienced Counsel For Injured New Haven Construction Workers
At Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante, we are proud to provide knowledgeable representation that our clients in the construction industry can rely on. We are dedicated to helping injured workers and their families secure the medical care and financial support they need to recover from on-the-job accidents.
Because construction projects often involve multiple businesses with complex employment relationships, a workers’ compensation claim may not be the most appropriate avenue for you to pursue compensation. Depending on the circumstances and the responsible party, you may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent third party in New Haven. Our lawyers can help you understand these issues and take steps to protect your rights.
Construction Accident Statistics
Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured or killed in on-the-job accidents. According to the most recent statistics from The Center For Construction Research and Training (CPWR), construction workers lead the nation in the number of fatal and nonfatal workplace accidents.
Construction accidents are by far the most frequent cause of workplace injuries and are particularly troublesome because the injuries are typically more serious due to the nature of the work and the heavy equipment being used.
The types of injuries that occur on a construction site range from scratches and bruises to traumatic brain injury or death. In many cases, ineffective safety measures, negligence on the part of coworkers or site supervisors, inadequate use of caution signs, or defective safety or operating equipment is to blame. Our New Haven personal injury attorneys have the experience and skill to breakdown the situation and fight for fair compensation for you or your loved one.
Your employer has a legal responsibility to comply with statutory requirements and regulations regarding safe working practices. If an employer, general contractor, or subcontractor fails to comply with these requirements, they may be held liable to compensate you for any injury you sustain as a result.
Construction Site Injuries
A New Haven construction accident can result in serious and life-changing disabilities that may require long-term therapy and help with performing everyday tasks. Even less serious injuries, like broken bones and mangled limbs, could mean months or years of medical treatment. These things cost money, and the bills can be overwhelming. Often more than an ordinary family can handle alone. Our team of New Haven catastrophic injury attorneys strives to win you the compensation you need to overcome your situation.
Common Causes Of New Haven Construction Accidents
Construction sites are rife with hazards that can lead to serious injuries, lost wages, and financial uncertainty. Here are the five most common causes of construction accidents:
Falls From Heights
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), falls from heights are the #1 cause of fatal construction accidents in the United States, and account for more than 30% of all construction deaths.
Falls are most often the result of the following hazards:
- Failure to properly install scaffolding;
- Failure to use proper safety equipment; and
- Inappropriate use of ladders and hoists
OSHA standards are clear on this subject––if you are working more than 6 feet above the ground, you are required to wear a safety harness, or some other type of fall protection, at all times.
Slip and Fall Accidents
Construction workers can slip and fall on wet surfaces, or trip over cables and discarded materials. This can lead to a variety of injuries, such as broken bones, twisted ankles, muscle strains, puncture wounds, and in more severe cases, serious head trauma and death. Your employer should enforce good housekeeping practices to help prevent slip and fall accidents from happening.
There are often exposed wires, power lines, and unfinished electrical circuits on a construction site. Individuals who work in proximity to live current are most at risk of being burned or electrocuted. Employers need to identify and respond to electrical safety hazards and comply with OSHA’s mandates for electrical safety.
Construction workers often use heavy tools and machinery that are lifted to heights. Workers below can easily be struck by falling tools, machinery, or debris and sustain head injuries, or worse. Your employer must require safety helmets to be worn at all times, and ensure that any heavy tools or equipment that are lifted above the ground are properly secured from falling and injuring someone.
Fires and Explosions
Unfinished piping, leaking gasses, and exposed electrical circuits make fires and explosions a common occurrence on construction sites. Most fires and explosions that occur on construction sites are readily preventable. Your employer has to be extremely vigilant in making sure that every precaution is taken to keep the site free of trash, combustible material, and debris, and that “NO SMOKING” signs are obeyed by all who enter.
Compensation for Construction Accidents in New Haven
If you have been injured on a construction site, you may be unable to return to work, have significant medical expenses, and be dealing with a considerable amount of personal pain and suffering. If you are an employee, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits for your lost wages, reasonable medical expenses, and any partial or permanent disability you have suffered as a result of the accident.
If you are not an employee, or if the actions of a general contractor, subcontractor, or someone other than your employer or a co-worker caused or contributed to the accident in which you were injured, you may be entitled to file a personal injury lawsuit against this person. A personal injury lawsuit can allow you to recover compensation above and beyond that which is available to you under Connecticut’s workers’ compensation program.
If you have been injured on a construction site in Connecticut, contact an experienced Connecticut construction accident attorney from our law firm to find out if you are entitled to compensation and from whom. You may have a very significant claim, and the sooner you call, the better.
How Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante Can Help
At our law firm, we represent injured construction workers who need help securing fair compensation. Depending on your situation, we may be able to recover medical costs, lost wages, compensation for your pain and suffering, and more.
Our attorneys have handled cases involving inadequate safety training, malfunctioning equipment, and other clearly dangerous practices on construction sites. Employers often attempt to save a few bucks this way, but when a worker gets hurt in a New Haven construction accident, they are legally responsible for that person’s injuries.
For more than 60 years, we have helped people who are injured due to no fault of their own recover the compensation they deserve. We know the law and know how to fight against big businesses and insurance companies to hold them accountable to ordinary people.
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When you or a loved one has been affected by a New Haven construction accident, you need to take immediate action to protect your right to compensation. The attorneys of Lynch, Traub, Keefe & Errante can help you. To schedule a free initial consultation, call 203-800-7343, toll free at 888-692-7403 or contact us online.