Washington Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction accident attorneys represent employees in workers' compensation cases, and non- employees in personal injury cases. Due to the inherent dangers for employees working on construction sites, injuries occur in about one in ten workers every year.

Construction jobs account for approximately 6% of United States workers, but about 20% of workplace fatalities the largest number of fatalities reported for any industry sector. Even though most sites follow strict health and safety rules, which are put in place by the United States' Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), accidents can and do still happen. No matter how strict the precautions put in place concerning workplace safety and health, a construction site remains a dangerous place.

Construction workers deal with heavy equipment and machinery, electrical work, scaffolding and ladders, just to name a few of the possible hazards. The most common accidents are falls, equipment accidents, exposure to toxic substances and electrical burns. It is also not uncommon to see overuse injuries, especially lower-back injuries, in construction workers. Construction site accidents are caused by various reasons, including negligence of other site workers, mistakes and negligence caused by those under the influence of alcohol or drugs, defective machinery, or inappropriate behavior of other site workers.

Workers who are injured on a construction job can sue for current and future medical benefits, lost wages, pain and suffering and reduced income capability. Employees should report all incidents right away, even if they are not sure they have been injured. In the case of serious injuries, employees should report the incident as soon as they are reasonably able. If you are injured on the job, you need to review your case with a construction accident attorney who specializes in workers' compensation cases. The sooner you involve an attorney, the better off you will likely be.

A good construction attorney will investigate any safety violations that may have led to your injury. If the safety protocols were not followed, you can also file a complaint with OSHA. OSHA requires employers to follow safety codes to protect employees from as many accidents as possible.

Innocent bystanders can also incur serious injuries from freak accidents at a construction site. For these cases, a construction accident attorney who specializes in personal injury law can be an invaluable asset. In personal injury cases, you and your attorney must be able to prove that negligence on the part of the construction company caused the injury you sustained. You must be able to prove damages that directly stemmed from the accident as well. Therefore, it is important to get an attorney involved as soon as possible. They need to interview witnesses, gather evidence and photograph the scene. Witnesses tend to forget details so it is vital that their story is recorded right away.

Most workers' compensation and personal injury attorneys will take cases on contingency. This means that you pay nothing unless your case is won. Additionally, these attorneys can help you locate doctors who will set up a delayed payment schedule with you, and who are comfortable testifying in court if necessary. Make sure any lawyer you hire is a member of the Washington Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Whether you require a personal injury lawyer, or a lawyer who specializes in workers' compensation law, request a free consultation today so that a qualified legal professional can review your case and ensure all your rights are protected. Construction accidents can result in very expensive medical expenses or even death. If you have suffered an injury due to a constriction accident or have lost a loved one due to a construction site accident, contact a Washington construction accident lawyer attorney in order to receive the compensation you deserve.


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