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Construction as an industry is the most dangerous industry to work in, in the U.S. as the construction industry has the most amount of fatal workplace injuries. Workers of the construction industries also suffer from one of the highest rates of non-fatal workplace injuries in Oregon.
Construction firms commonly fail to provide safety to engineers and also fail to implement crucial safety measures for safer working conditions, which results in these workplace accidents. Construction accidents are not just restricted to construction workers, given that many construction projects take place in metropolitan areas and therefore construction accidents can also result in serious injuries for drivers, cyclists, and pedestrians.
Common types of construction accidents
You could get seriously injured if you work on or visit a construction site in Oregon, due to the carelessness of construction firms. Most fatalities among construction workers occurred as a result of four distinct types of accidents: falls, being struck by an object, being electrocuted, and being caught in or between objects and equipment. Dangers present on a construction project site might result in significant accidents and casualties.
Various types of construction accidents include damaged and unsafe scaffolding, building collapse, worn-out or faulty machinery, hazardous materials or substances on construction site, ill-maintained equipment, inadequate safety measures, inadequate level of employee training, electrocution, and faulty heavy machinery like cranes.
Common types of construction injuries
Non-fatal but serious injuries are a common result of Oregon construction accidents in the construction industry. The tools, machinery, raw materials, and more that construction workers must move around are often rather heavy. The consequences of many incidents that occur on building sites could be devastating.
The following are examples of typical injuries sustained in Oregon construction accidents: traumatic brain injuries, partial or full deafness, disorders of the neck and back, breathing problems, fractures, injury to internal organs, amputated or broken appendages, burns from accidental fire, paralysis, spinal cord injury, hazardous chemical overexposure, damage to the soft tissues, including muscles, ligaments, and tendons.
Liability of the employer and third parties in construction accidents
Employers owning construction firms have a legal obligation to ensure that their construction sites are free of any reasonably foreseeable risks to employees' i.e., construction workers' health and safety. If you are a construction worker and you are wounded on the job, you must have been generally advised that your employer's workers' compensation insurance is your sole option for financial reimbursement.
Workers' compensation may seem like your only option after suffering a workplace injury, but there are actually numerous instances in which you can file a lawsuit against a third-party other than your employer and be awarded compensation for your losses regardless of whether or not workers' compensation applies. A third-party claim is exactly what it sounds like. When an individual or organization other than your employer or its employees is at fault for your harm, you have a third-party claim.
While working on a construction site, if you were hurt due to the carelessness of either the main contractor or a subcontractor then under Oregon's Employer Liability Law, you may have grounds to file a lawsuit against the other contractor. If the hazardous working environment on the property caused your injuries, then the property owner may be held liable for your injuries if you sue them for damages caused by the condition of their property.
While on the job, if a faulty piece of machinery caused you harm, then the product liability law may allow you to sue the equipment's maker for damages. Your right to file a personal injury claim may be activated if a third party causes you physical injury on the job. This usually occurs, for instance, when a worker is engaged in a car accident while traveling for work and that accident is the result of the actions of another motorist. If on the construction site, you were exposed to a poisonous chemical and got sick. The company that manufactured the poisonous chemical may be sued for toxic torts if you were hurt by their product.
How can an Oregon Construction Accident Attorney help you?
In the aftermath of a workplace accident, it is not uncommon for the defendant (an employer or manufacturer, for example) to deny their legal responsibility. The insurance company representing the defendant may employ various measures, including bad faith bargaining, in an effort to settle the case for as little as feasible. Hiring our Oregon workers compensation attorney might shield you from such tactics. Our Oregon Construction Accident Attorneys will be able to spot insurance bad faith and counter with techniques of their own to assist you to secure a fair settlement. Oregon Construction Accident Attorney will handle your case and your future so you can focus on your recovery.
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction accident, you don't have to face the insurance company or the legal system alone to obtain fair and equitable compensation; Aldrich Law’s Portland workers compensation attorney, Spencer Aldrich, is an experienced personal injury lawyer who knows how to navigate the legal and insurance processes to obtain justice and maximum compensation.
Our Oregon construction accident attorney is an expert in the legal processes and statutes that pertain to those injured in construction accidents. If a trial ends up being necessary for the construction accident case, you will want an Oregon construction accident attorney that are experienced in dealing with Oregon construction accidents i.e., in terms of investigating the incident, documenting the accident details, and finding credible experts to back up your case.
Our experienced Oregon construction accident attorneys at Aldrich Law have successfully obtained over 3 million dollars as settlements from insurance companies for over 100 clients. Our experienced Oregon construction accident attorneys at Aldrich Law have over 12 years of expertise in negotiating with insurance companies and representing their clients in lawsuits against insurance companies and third parties to ensure that you get fairly compensated for the injuries you have sustained from a construction accident.
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