Maryland Construction Accident Lawyers
The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries that a person can get into. Unfortunately, construction accident injuries in Maryland and across the United States are fairly common occurrences and can be caused by falls, defective equipment, heavy machinery accidents, slip and falls, electrocution, exposure to toxic chemicals and other hazards that may be typical of a construction site. However, another cause of a construction accident injury is negligence due to oversight of rules and regulations in order to finish a project quicker or garner a higher profit.
Construction Accident Statistics
Many construction workers have lost their lives in construction accident injuries. Falls were the most common causes of fatalities, followed by electrocution and motor vehicle accidents. Construction workers were also far more likely to suffer fatal injuries from being trapped or compressed in machinery and from pedestrian accidents in which they were struck by a vehicle, including backhoes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery used on construction sites.
Construction sites also caused a great many non-fatal injuries in recent years. The BLS released a report stating that 5,900 construction site injuries had occurred in Maryland in 2009. Over half of these, approximately 3,300 injuries, required the injured person to take time off work to recover, to look for a new job, or both.
What Are The Most Common Causes of Construction Site Injuries?
Construction sites have accounted for more on-the-job injuries to Maryland workers than any other single job site, according to the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry Regulation and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Both fatal and non-fatal injuries are more common at construction sites than in any other workplace, although manufacturing-related injuries are a close second.
A construction accident in the state of Maryland can result in a variety of injuries ranging from minor to serious. Some possible injuries may include:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injury
- Brain injury or other head trauma
- Nerve damage
- Permanent scarring
High-Risk for Construction Workers
Installers of plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning systems were injured 1,400 times in 2009; the most injuries of any surveyed group. Workers on building construction, especially building exteriors and foundations, accounted for almost 1,000 additional injuries. Electrical contractors and building interior finishing contractors were also more likely than average to be injured on the job and to need time off work before returning to the job – or to need help finding a job they could do with a permanent disability caused by a workplace injury.
When proper standards and regulations are not adhered to and a construction worker suffers a serious injury, the negligent party can be held legally responsible for the injury and all subsequent expenses. Depending on the extent of the injury, re-constructive surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation may be required in order for the injured party to heal and live as close to a normal life as possible. In the event that the injured individual cannot return to his or her line of work, vocational job training may be necessary. In addition, the negligent party can also be held liable for other damages including, but not limited to: various medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and decreased quality of life. Contacting an experienced Charles County personal injury attorney after a construction accident can help you understand your rights and exactly what types of compensation you’re entitled to. You do not have to face this journey by yourself.
Construction Site Safety Regulations
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act (MOSH Act) both set out specific rules for various workplaces and types of work. These rules require protective gear, safety guards on equipment, warning labels, and a wide range of other precautions intended to help protect construction workers and others from serious injuries while on the job. Employees who inform OSHA of a possible violation are protected by federal law, and employers found to be violating OSHA standards may face fines or other penalties.
OSHA does not directly represent injured workers, however. Instead, injured workers in Maryland may seek compensation from workers’ compensation insurance, which most Maryland employers are required to carry. Workers’ compensation pays for medical bills, partial lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, and other needs an employee might have after being injured on the job in Maryland.
How Can Construction Workers’ Protect Their Rights?
The first step any worker should take after a construction injury is to seek medical attention, especially if the injury is severe. Then, file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer as soon as possible. The experienced Maryland construction accident lawyers at Alpert Schreyer, LLC can help you handle the paperwork and negotiate with your employer or their workers’ compensation insurer if a dispute arises, so that you get the compensation you need after an accident. For a free and confidential consultation, call us today or fill out our free online form.
At Alpert Schreyer, LLC, our work injury attorneys understand the hardships that individuals and families face after a construction accident injury, which is why we strive to provide the best legal counsel possible. We have handled a wide variety of injury cases related to the construction industry and know the laws surrounding such cases. With the skill and necessary resources to properly examine your case, our legal staff can help you hold those responsible for your injury accountable for their negligence so that you and your family can move forward. Alpert Schreyer, LLC offers free and confidential consultations. Call us today at (301) 932-9997 or toll free at 1 (844) 632-7274 to see how we can help you with your Maryland construction injury accident case.