As a skilled, experienced worker on a construction site, you’re undoubtedly aware of the dangers of your workplace. That’s why you take all the proper precautions, adhere to all company and governmental regulations and keep safety in mind at all times.
However, Arkansas construction accident attorney Alan LeVar understands that sometimes, all of your precautions aren’t enough. Good, careful employees have been hurt and victimized on construction sites by other people’s negligence.
These are complicated cases, which is why you should see our personal injury lawyer as soon as possible. The Law Offices of Alan LeVar will help you navigate the Arkansas workers’ compensation system and pursue other avenues of compensation as well.
If you need a construction accident attorney after being hurt on the job, please call The Law Offices of Alan LeVar at (888) 220-7068 today for a free consultation.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are, by definition, dangerous places to work, but that doesn’t relieve your employer of an obligation to provide for your safety. The accident you suffered wasn’t your fault and our Arkansas construction accident attorney doesn’t think you should have to suffer in silence.
The U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that although the construction industry only accounts for about 4 percent of all workers, the industry is responsible for 21.1 percent of all work-related fatal accidents. That means that more than 14 construction workers die at work every day. Another 71,000 plus construction workers a year suffer non-fatal injuries.
OSHA has identified what it refers to as the “Fatal Four.” These are the four most common construction accidents that result in injury or death:
- Falls. Workers fall off of scaffoldings, roofs, and cranes. They fall into elevator shafts, and even off of seemingly ordinary ladders.
- Struck by an object. These are objects falling from above, falling off of shelves, falling off of a crane, or even being hit by a swinging object.
- Electrocution. Construction workers use many power tools every day. Some cases of electrocution are due to improper grounding of power cords, faulty power cords, and failure of the workers to use appropriate protective equipment.
- Caught-in-between accidents. This happens when a worker is caught between a heavy piece of equipment and a wall, or any piece of moving equipment and a stationary object. It is a caught-in-between accident when an excavation worker is caught in a trench during a cave-in. The category also includes accidents where a worker’s clothes or body part becomes entangled in a machine part.
Common elements of construction site accidents include:
- Electrical shocks as a result of faulty wiring
- Falls from scaffolding
- Heavy machinery failures
- Other mechanical issues
- Head, neck and spinal cord injuries
Whatever the specific cause of your accident, our Mr. LeVar is prepared to discuss your case at a free consultation.
Why Speak to an Arkansas Construction Accident Attorney?
Many of our clients were initially reluctant to speak to an attorney about their construction accident. This reluctance has many causes, but one of the most common is a belief that there is little compensation available to victims. Arkansas’ workers’ compensation system is not generous, and you might think workers’ comp is all that’s available to you.
But this is why you should speak to our construction accident attorney. Yes, workers’ compensation will handle most of these cases. However, there are two main benefits to speaking with an attorney:
- We can help you deal with the workers’ comp system, which is not always easy
- In some cases there are compensation options that go beyond workers’ comp. When you’ve been hurt by defective machinery or by an out-of-control vehicle on the work site, a personal injury claim might be appropriate for you.
However, there’s no way for you to know if your claim will be simple or if you have a case outside the workers’ comp system. By speaking to an Arkansas’ construction accident attorney you have the opportunity to speak to a trained legal professional and get some insight into the legal process.
If you’re Arkansas resident who was hurt while working on a construction site, you should speak to our construction accident attorney immediately. Please contact The Law Offices of Alan LeVar today for a free consultation.