Construction Accidents And Injuries

Last month, an Oregon construction worker was killed after wooden trusses fell on his head. As this shows, a construction site can be a dangerous place — according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's most recent statistics, 4,609 deaths occurred in the U.S. in 2011 as a result of construction accidents. That’s an average of 13 deaths every day. Most of those deaths resulted from falls, electrocutions, falling objects and getting caught between or crushed by two or more objects.

If you are injured in a construction accident, where you were an innocent bystander, you have the same right to file a personal injury lawsuit as you would in any other situation where you had been injured due to someone else's negligence. If, on the other hand, you are a worker at the site, the road to recovery is different.

Workers’ compensation

If you are a construction worker who has been injured on the job, you must file for relief under workers’ compensation.

Personal injury claims

You may be allowed to file a personal injury claim if you are injured on the job for reasons that include:

  1. There could be many different companies doing work at a large construction site at the same time. If you are not employed by the company whose actions caused your injuries, workers’ compensation does not apply and you may file suit against that company in court.
  2. If your employer ordered you to perform a task that was unduly dangerous (such as handling toxic chemicals), you may be able to sue the company for personal injury.
  3. If the equipment that caused your injuries was defective, you might have a personal injury claim against the manufacturer and your employer.

The Salem lawyers at Harris, Wyatt & Amala have the skill and experience needed to determine the most efficient and beneficial way of pursuing your claim after a construction accident, whether you are a worker or bystander, under workers’ compensation or under personal injury law.

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