Common causes of construction accidents
Construction accidents can happen for many reasons in Colorado. Whether the cause was improper safety procedures or defective equipment, it’s critical to conduct a thorough investigation. At Bell & Pollock, our lawyers take every construction accident seriously. Any accident, even a seemingly minor one, can change the lives of construction workers and their families forever. One false move can result in a permanent disability that restricts a person’s ability to function or even prevents them from ever working again.
The following are some of the common types of construction accidents:
Crane accident: Cranes are one of the most common causes of construction accidents. In an instant, a construction worker can sustain a traumatic brain injury due to a blow to the head caused by an overhead crane or tower crane. A crane operator can also be seriously hurt if the crane topples over due to not being properly secured or if the construction site is unsafe. Workers can also be struck by falling or swinging loads, injured in falls from the tops of tower cranes, electrocuted by contact with overhead or underground power lines, or even crushed when the entire crane tips over and falls.
Electrocution accident: Electrocution accidents are not unusual on certain job sites. The risk of electrocution accident is present on nearly every construction site and two-fifths of all electrocution accidents are due to contact with overhead lines. On-the-job electrocution injuries typically require a long, painful recovery. An electrocution accident can result in electrical burns, arc burns and thermal contact burns, resulting in severe neurological damage, paralysis or even death.
Falls from a height: Some jobs require people to work high above the ground, where a slip or wrong move can have disastrous consequences. When someone falls from a height at work, whether it’s a roofing accident, a crane accident or a scaffolding accident, the results are typically catastrophic. Construction workers are often paralyzed due to a spinal cord injury or sustain some other severe injury and are unable to work ever again. In certain extreme cases, construction workers who fall from great heights are killed, possibly resulting in a wrongful death lawsuit in Colorado.
Forklift accident: Forklifts can pose a real danger to workers at construction sites and other industrial workplaces, in factories and in warehouses. Sometimes, the conditions are not safe at the construction site. Other times, there are mechanical problems with forklifts due to poor maintenance or defective parts, which could be grounds for dangerous products cases. Driver error can be an issue, especially if the forklift operator did not receive the proper training or was operating a forklift under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Scaffolding collapse: Anyone who works on scaffolding knows that one false move can have disastrous consequences. Some construction workers or companies sometimes try to cut corners to try to save time or money. As a result, scaffolding is sometimes not safely erected or inspected at a construction site. The result: Scaffolding can suddenly collapse, causing serious, sometimes fatal injuries. Falls from a height caused by scaffolding collapses are extremely common.
Common construction accident injuries
While many companies do emphasize safety, construction work still remains one of the most dangerous jobs in Colorado and throughout the United States. At Bell & Pollock, we have fought to protect the rights of injured construction workers. We know that their injuries can result in significant financial as well as emotional losses. The work we do for victims has provided our attorneys with a wealth of knowledge about a wide range of construction accident injuries.
Some of the most common construction accident injuries in Colorado include:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Burn injuries
- Joint damage
- Loss of arm or leg
- Loss of hearing or vision
- Neck or back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
Insurance companies and construction accidents
At Bell & Pollock, we know that a straightforward construction accident claim can quickly become complicated once insurance companies get involved. Insurance companies want you to believe they have your best interests at heart. Unfortunately, the opposite is often the truth. Rather than working with injured construction workers to make sure they’re fairly compensated for their injuries, many insurance companies do everything they can to make sure injury victims receive as little money as possible.
With so much at stake, it’s important to have someone on your side you can trust to make things right. Insurance companies don’t intimidate us. At Bell & Pollock, our accident attorneys know how to deal with them and know how to get injury victims results. Remember, you are entitled to be compensated for your construction accident injury no matter how your accident happened. That’s the law in Colorado, and we’ll make sure that your employer and insurance companies follow the rules.
Construction accident claims also can become difficult when companies other than your employer are at fault. Multiple subcontractors often work at the same construction site. If your injury is a result of another company’s negligence, you might have grounds for a third party construction accident claim.
Third party construction accident claims
Construction workers who are injured generally can file for workers compensation benefits and not sue their employers. There are, however, exceptions. If you were injured because of the negligence of someone other than your employer, you can file a third party liability claim. A third party claim allows you to pursue compensation for losses not covered by workers compensation. For example, you can file a lawsuit for pain and suffering, emotional distress and other non-financial damages not typically covered by workers comp.
Other examples of third parties that might be liable in construction accidents include manufacturers of a defective tool or product or companies that own delivery trucks. After you file a claim, the at-fault party’s insurance company might point a finger at you or your employer. Because these claims can become complicated, it’s important that you have an experienced Colorado attorney on your side, fighting for your rights.
There are many reasons why you should hire a construction accident lawyer in Colorado if you’re dealing with a third party construction accident. Whether it’s filling out forms or dealing directly with insurance companies, Bell & Pollock can handle all the details so you can focus on what really matters: your recovery.