American workers in the construction industry literally build America. From home construction sites to 110-story tower projects, construction workers have a legal right to have a workplace free of safety hazards. Unfortunately, work in the construction industry remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction sector reported more than 251,000 workplace injuries and illnesses in 2009. In 2010, 530 construction workers were killed in workplace accidents.
Serious injuries and deaths remain highest among construction laborers, who are often the most vulnerable and least-paid workers in the construction industry.
Construction workers face many hazards in the workplace, including:
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American workers have strong legal protections to hold employers and third party manufacturers of defective equipment accountable in the civil justice system. OSHA is the federal government agency responsible for ensuring that employers provide their employees with working conditions that are free from known dangers. OSHA establishes and enforces protective workplace safety and health standards to protect worker’s safety and health in the workplace.
When employers or third party manufacturers of defective products fail to protect workers or users of products, or when they do not warn workers of dangerous conditions, parties may be liable in civil court for their mistakes when workers are injured or become ill as a result of the negligent acts.
Seriously injured workers can face millions of dollars in long-term medical care and quality of living costs, and long-term unemployment or underemployment as a result of their injured status, placing their families in serious financial difficulty.
When accidents happen, injured workers are often left with inadequate options to make them whole. Worker’s compensation may be available to injured or disabled workers, but settlements are often limited to a fraction of the worker’s earned wages prior to his or her injuries, and any resolution of a worker’s compensation claim may leave a hurt worker with unpaid medical bills.
Filing a lawsuit can allow you to recover additional damages not available in workers' compensation. One of our construction accident lawyers can walk you through your options.
It is important to have an experienced legal team like the Gilbert Law Group® investigate your case and provide you with a professional and well-researched opinion about your options.
The Gilbert Law Group® has decades of experience investigating, litigating, and resolving product liability and consumer safety cases nationwide, which enables us to commit significant resources and expertise to each case we handle for clients around the country. Our national reputation and extensive network of co-counsel relationships with experienced attorneys in dozens of states will provide you with a superior legal team to handle your case.
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