Injured On A Construction Site? We Can Help.
Whether you are helping build a building or repair a road, it is no secret that construction sites can be dangerous. But even with that risk, contractors and laborers do not have to give up their rights to seek proper compensation if they suffer from workplace injuries.
Cohen, Snyder, Eisenberg & Katzenberg, P.A., has represented injured construction workers across Maryland for over 40 years. Our trusted attorneys help workers in the construction industry get proper compensation for the full range of construction site injuries,
If your loved one died in a construction site accident, talk with a Baltimore construction accident attorney about a wrongful death action or death claim.
What About A Third-Party Claim?
You may be wondering what are your remedies after a construction site accident? It makes sense to talk with an experienced lawyer about the possibility of a lawsuit against parties other than the employer, such as a negligent contractor or the maker of a defective product. This type of “third-party claim” may be possible, even if you believe that you can only obtain compensation from your employer through the workers’ compensation system.
That considered, it is important that injured workers proceed appropriately when pursuing a third-party claim that involves workers’ compensation carrier as well. Pursuant to Maryland law, Employer/Insurers involved in workers’ compensation claims have a statutory lien against any benefits received from a third-party recovery. This situation creates a complicated web of interests, and it is critical that the injured worker has counsel experienced in such claims to avoid any pitfalls.
What Are Common Types Of Construction Accidents And Injuries?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) refers to the following as the “Fatal Four,” for how many construction fatalities can be attributed to these types of accidents: falls, electrocutions, being struck by objects and getting caught in between objects.
In addition to these types of accidents, we have worked with injured construction workers after suffering a wide array of injuries, including those involving:
- Scaffolding collapses and falls
- Falls from ladders
- Defective equipment
- Negligent contractors
- Streets and highways
Falls From Scaffolding And Ladders
Deficient scaffolding is one of the most common workplace safety violations. If you were injured at work, you would have a claim for workers’ compensation. Our law firm will make sure you know your rights. We have handled tens of thousands of workers’ compensation cases and can help you file a claim.
Injuries from scaffolding accidents can occur in many ways, including:
- Support or planking giving way
- Slip-and-fall on slippery scaffolding
- Falling objects or scaffolds
Falls from scaffolding or ladders can cause brain injuries, back and spinal cord injuries and fatalities. Government statistics show that ladder falls are among the ten most common workplace safety violations. If you have injuries because of a fall from a ladder in the workplace or elsewhere, you need to know where to turn for help in getting compensation so you and your family can move forward.
Operating Cranes, Forklifts And Heavy Machinery
Just like with construction site falls, any number of careless acts can cause a crane or forklift accident. Perhaps the operator simply was going too fast or not paying attention. Perhaps the operator was not properly trained or had a history of accidents and should not have been in control of the machinery in the first place. The employer is responsible in these cases under the Maryland workers’ compensation law.
This heavy equipment takes a great deal of wear and tear. It must be properly maintained. In some cases, we find that these accidents were the result of cranes and forklifts that were left in disrepair by careless employers. We may also discover that the machinery came from the manufacturer defective, in which case, we will take action against the manufacturer if appropriate.
The Risks Of Scattered Or Falling Site Debris
A safe construction site is a well-maintained and well-cleaned construction site. Unfortunately, those types of construction sites are rare. On most construction sites, you will see tools, equipment and building materials scattered everywhere. Not surprisingly, a substantial number of construction accidents are the result of debris left where it should not have been.
Cases we handle may involve scattered debris. These are typically trip-and-fall claims in which a construction worker tripped and fell over debris that was left carelessly in a walkway. We also handle cases involving cranes and other pieces of equipment that have dropped debris onto construction workers, causing serious head injuries and other types of injuries.
Talk To A Knowledgeable Lawyer In A Free Consultation
Call us at 443-529-0795, or at 443-529-0795 on nights or weekends, or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation and get our lawyers on your side. Whether you need a Baltimore construction accident attorney or a Frederick construction site injury lawyer, our firm can help. We have offices in Baltimore and four other Maryland locations.