Every day, construction workers are surrounded by risky situations that can result in severe injuries. In the worst cases, construction accidents can be life threatening and result in death. Construction accidents are considered to be one of the most commonly reported on the job injuries in Indianapolis, IN. When an injury occurs, it can cause difficulty for both the victim and family. It can result in lost wages, months of medical treatment, and even long-term disability.
At Golitko & Daly, our lawyers are equipped to handle construction accident compensation for medical treatment so clients can receive necessary care.
Causes of Worksite Accidents
Construction accidents are considered to be a normal, daily occurrence. While some are minor, others can cause disfigurement, disability, or even death. Even if you follow rules and safety regulations, accidents can still happen. Common worksite accidents can be the result of:
- Using heavy machinery
- Using power tools
- Falling from scaffolding, ladders, roofs, or other high structures
- Falling objects
- Sharp materials
- Fires, explosions, or chemicals
- Being electrocuted
- A crane, tractor, or forklift
- Lifting a heavy object
- Defective equipment
- Collapsing walls or floors
Some of the most common injuries that require short-term and long-term medical treatment include:
- Broken limbs
- Traumatic head injury
- Severe back injury
- Eye injuries
- Loss of an extremity
- Stress fractures as a result of overuse
- Chronic pain
- Severe burns
- Dehydration, fainting, or heat stroke
- Lung damage, cancer, or some other condition caused by toxic exposure
Understanding Your Rights
Meeting with a skilled and IOSHA-certified construction accident attorney will help you understand your rights. With construction accidents, there is generally more than one party responsible that can be held accountable, including the construction company, the property owner, product manufacturer, architect, site inspector, or other employees. Your lawyer will be able to determine whether the construction site was unsafe or whether unsafe procedures were in place that failed to abide by OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) standards. The lawyer can also determine whether the equipment was defective, you received inadequate training, or negligence was involved.
In many cases of construction accident injuries, medical treatment is needed right away and may require numerous surgeries and physical therapy to adequately treat the injury. Our lawyers work hard to make sure our injured clients receive the compensation they deserve so they can receive the necessary treatment.
Steps to Take as Soon as the Accident Happens
As soon as the accident occurs, it’s important to follow the below steps:
- Take pictures of the construction accident scene and injuries
- Notify your supervisor
- Get names and contact information of any witnesses
- Seek medical treatment immediately so the injury can be treated and record of the injury can be notated by a medical professional
- Before leaving the hospital, obtain copies of your medical records
- Document all medical expenses and keep a file of all accident-related items
If you have been injured on the job and you are in need of compensation for medical treatment, please contact Golitko & Daly today. Our skilled and knowledgeable lawyers are equipped to evaluate your personal injury case and determine whether legal action should be taken so you can receive the compensation you deserve. Please contact our office today online to schedule your consultation.