Construction site accidents in Pennsylvania are common. Although construction work is inherently dangerous, workers have a right to a safe work environment. When an on-the-job injury occurs, construction workers also have a right to workers’ compensation benefits. If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction site accident, it takes a dedicated workers’ compensation lawyer to assert your rights.
Nikolaus & Hohenadel represents injured construction workers throughout Central Pennsylvania. When you consult us, we will take the time to learn about your injuries, investigate the cause of the construction accident, and explore all your legal options. Whether you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, your claim has previously been denied, or you have a valid third-party claim, we can help.
Attorney Jeffrey Mills has over 30 years of experience in the field and is Certified as a Specialist in the Practice of Workers’ Compensation Law by the Pennsylvania Bar Association Section on Workers’ Compensation Law. Our legal team is knowledgeable in the applicable workers’ compensation rules and has a proven history of helping injured construction workers obtain the benefits they deserve.
The Fatal Four Construction Site Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified four leading causes of construction site fatalities:
- Falls — Workers at construction sites are at a high risk of injury due to falls from heights such as ladders, scaffolding, and roofs. According to OSHA, falls are the most common construction site accident, accounting for nearly 38 percent of construction site fatalities.
- Struck by object — Construction workers can be seriously injured if struck by improperly secured tools, equipment, other construction material or debris. OSHA reports that struck-by-object accidents are responsible for more than 9 percent of construction site fatalities.
- Caught-in/between — Workers at construction sites can be caught-in/between construction equipment, machinery, and other objects, or trapped under collapsing structures. Caught-in/between accidents cause more than 7 percent of construction worker fatalities according to OSHA.
- Electrocutions — Construction workers are at a high risk of electrocution from exposure to wires and electrical currents; over 8 percent of construction worker deaths are caused by electrocutions.
Although OSHA has labeled the foregoing construction injuries as the Fatal Four, workers are also at risk of serious injury in construction site accidents such as:
- Trench Collapses — Construction workers who are required to dig trenches are at a high risk of being trapped in a cave-in or trench collapse, especially if proper safety measures are not followed.
- Fires and Explosions — Exposed wiring, leaking pipes, flammable chemicals, and fractured gas mains can ignite fires or explosions at a construction site, which can also be caused by unattended blow torches and welding tools and other hazards.
- Equipment Accidents — Construction workers can be injured by heavy machinery such as cranes and forklifts, and power tools (e.g. table saws, nail guns).
Common Construction Accident Injuries
Construction workers in Pennsylvania are at risk of a variety of serious injuries, including:
- Back injuries
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones and fractures
- Head and neck injuries
- Knee injuries
- Loss of limb
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Spinal cord injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Heart attacks and strokes
- Wrongful death
Depending on the circumstances, an injured construction worker may require amputation of the fingers, toes or limbs, while workers exposed to dust, asbestos, and other toxins are at an increased risk of developing respiratory ailments. Finally, the physical exertion of construction work (e.g. bending, lifting), can cause muscle and joint damage, often classified as repetitive motion injuries.
Legal Rights of Construction Workers in Pennsylvania
Construction work typically involves performing dangerous tasks such as operating large machinery and equipment, lifting heavy objects, and working at elevated heights, placing workers at a high risk of injury. Construction accident injuries can be prevented if required safety practices and procedures are followed, however.
Although injured construction workers have a right to workers’ compensation benefits, insurers often attempt to deny claims to protect their profits, while some employers contest workers’ compensation claims by arguing that an injury was not work-related. The best way to assert your rights is to consult Jeff Mills. He will leverage his skills and experience to make sure you receive the benefits to which you are entitled.
We routinely collaborate with a network of co-counsel plaintiff’s attorneys to pursue construction accident cases arising from negligence. Regardless of the cause of your injuries, we will help you obtain the medical care and financial resources you need and deserve.
Contact Lancaster Construction Site Accident Attorney
We are dedicated to protecting the rights of injured construction workers and helping them navigate the workers’ compensation system. You should know that there are strict deadlines and exacting procedures governing these claims. Any delays and/or mistakes can result in a denial of your workers’ compensation benefits. Our legal team can help you avoid these pitfalls and will handle your claim with the personal attention it deserves.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, you not only need quality medical care, but the dependable legal services we provide. We handle all workers’ compensation cases on a contingency basis, which means you will not pay any attorneys’ fees until we obtain benefits for you. Please contact our office today to set up a consultation.
We serve clients throughout Central Pennsylvania, including Lancaster, York, Lebanon, and Dauphin Counties and the cities of Lewistown, Harrisburg, Carlisle, and Chambersburg. Se habla Español.