We are bringing you a story from a few months ago because it highlights a particularly dangerous part of construction work – vehicle accidents.
When most of us think of vehicle accidents, we think of our personal vehicles and crashes on the roadways. In construction, there are many kinds of vehicles that have the potential to cause injury. Yes, there are plenty of regular passenger vehicles in use in the construction industry, but there are also many others.
In nearby Chula Vista, a worker was injured in late August when the excavator he was driving overturned while working towards the bottom of a hill. Thankfully, he was wearing a seatbelt, so his injuries were relatively minor. Nobody else was injured in the accidents. As per regulations, Cal/OSHA investigated the incident.
Do you know where to turn if you are injured in a construction incident? At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our Chula Vista construction accident attorneys are ready to take your case.
Vehicle accidents are not the only way construction workers get injured on the job. We took a look at OSHA’s website and found that the most common accidents are:
- Falls (38%)
- Getting struck by an object (9.4%)
- Electrocutions (8.3%)
- Getting caught in between objects (7.3%)
When it comes to non-fatal injuries, construction workers could face significant time away from work and even permanent disabilities from any other following:
- Spinal Cord Injuries – these injuries happen as a result of falls, whether from the same level or from a different level. Unstable scaffolding, ladders, and other platforms can lead to injuries, especially if employers do not provide proper safety harnesses.
- Traumatic Brain or Head Injuries – these are often caused by objects falling on workers and from falls. These injuries can cause long-term disabilities.
- Hearing and Vision Loss – if a company does not provide proper safety gear to workers, they can be exposed to ear and eye damage.
- Broken and Dislocated Bones – these injuries can be caused by falls and getting struck by objects and are often the result of worker negligence.
- Lacerations and Amputations – misuse of tools, machinery, and other objects can result in these injuries. Getting limbs caught in between objects can lead to amputations.
- Respiratory Illnesses – construction workers are often exposed to dangerous airborne chemicals and dust. This can cause serious illnesses, such as cancer and COPD if they are not provided with proper respiratory protective gear.
What Are Your Options?
If you have been injured in a construction accident that was due to someone else’s negligent, whether an individual, your employer, or a third party, seek legal assistance now. At Hiden, Rott & Oertle, LLP, our qualified and experienced team is ready to get to work on securing the compensation you need for all of your accident-related expenses. This can include:
- Coverage for your accident-related medical expenses (emergency and long-term)
- Lost income for the time you miss because of your injuries
- Pain and suffering damages
- Punitive damages against the responsible party