Construction Accident Risks in Philadelphia
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) collected accident reports and found that roughly 195,600 construction injuries occurred across the nation in 2018. That’s on top of around 3,600 illnesses caused by harmful workplace exposure.
In Philadelphia, construction accidents lead to the loss of life each year. The BLS reported that Philadelphia and the surrounding region saw 63 workplace deaths in 2018. The construction industry accounted for 13 of those tragic deaths.
Transportation accidents led to a third of all workplace injuries in 2018. Contact with equipment and other objects was a close second leading to 27% of workplace accidents.
Common Causes of Philadelphia Construction Accidents
Unsafe practices are often the very actions that are encouraged on worksites when deadlines loom and owners and managers start to ignore guidelines. Construction workers know the difference between an employer who is trying to emphasize safety and one that is trying to cut corners and rush the job.
OSHA requires working conditions that do not pose a risk of serious harm. Employers are also instructed to provide proper instruction and training to employees using a language they can understand. The training should cover workplace hazards, methods to prevent them, and safe and effective use of equipment. More information on OSHA training expectations can be found here.
The list of possible violations and safety hazards on a job site is near limitless, but here is a list of the more common hazards and errors in leadership that can result in a tragedy.
Compensation In a Philadelphia Construction Accident
If you have suffered an injury on the job, a Philadelphia accident lawyer may be able to help you recover enough compensation to cover all of your financial and emotional hardships through a claim for damages.
If your accident is only referred to Workman’s Compensation you may get some of your hospital bills paid and some money to keep you afloat while you’re out of work, but you won’t receive money for physical and emotional pain and other hardships placed on your family. A civil lawsuit against property owners, project managers, and construction companies can help with so much more.
Damages that a construction accident victim and the victim’s family should be able to recover include: hospital and medical expenses; past and future lost earnings; past and future permanent physical disability, such as a limp, scars, loss of a limb; emotional distress, such as depression and anxiety; grief and emotional suffering caused by the death of a loved one; loss of love and companionship caused by the death of a loved one; damage or destruction of property; physical pain and suffering; loss of enjoyment of life.
Defending Your Rights After a Construction Accident
To protect your legal rights following a serious construction injury, it can be of great help to consult a personal injury law firm and talk to a Philadelphia construction accident lawyer like Edith Pearce, the founder of The Pearce Law Firm. The Pearce Law Firm has achieved multi-million dollar settlements for victims and their families who have suffered a severe injury or death in difficult and complex personal injury cases. Unlike the huge firms with dozens of attorneys and many different attorneys handling different aspects of your case, Philadelphia construction accident lawyer Edith Pearce is personally involved in every case the firm handles from start to finish. She genuinely cares about her clients and you will not be treated like just another case or file.
Common Injuries on the Job Site
The importance of getting the maximum compensation for your pain and suffering right after an accident can’t be stressed enough. A return to work isn’t guaranteed and without a way to support your family, their future can get increasingly difficult. You may only get one chance to recover enough compensation to protect your family now and in the future.
The possible injuries resulting from a construction accident can change your lifestyle and change your outlook on life. Disability is a real possibility.
Here’s a list of some of the most common construction injuries seen in emergency rooms.
- Brain Injury
- Spinal Cord Injury/Paralysis
- Broken Bones
- Eye injury
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Chemical exposure
Who can be Held Responsible in a Construction Accident?
After a serious accident, you may be confused about just who can be held liable for your injury. The answer can be complex because there may be multiple parties at-fault in a claim for damages. A construction project can include several professional firms and even different departments of city, state, and federal government. This is a partial list of some of the people you may have to pay you compensation.
- General contractors
- Owners of the property
- Lessors/lessees of the property
- The developer
- The engineer
- The architect
These cases become even more complicated because companies may have teams of lawyers representing their interests. These lawyers will have one primary goal and that is to dismiss your claim. If they can’t accomplish that then they’ll want to get you to accept a lowball offer. It’s highly advantageous to have an experienced attorney fighting on your side to make sure you don’t become a victim a second time.
Frequently Asked Construction Accident Questions
Do I need an attorney for a Worker’s Compensation claim?
Edith Pearce is one of the rare Philadelphia construction accident attorneys who will handle both a workers’ compensation claim and the personal injury lawsuit, having expertise in both areas. A construction accident lawyer can determine all the parties that may be liable either through workers’ compensation or commercial general liability insurance policies.
How much can I get for a construction accident injury?
Pennsylvania law requires anyone who negligently injures another person to pay for all injuries and financial losses related to the injury. Most construction sites will have large liability policies as required by state law. Each case is different, and the amount will be determined by the severity of the injury, any permanent disability, the amount of lost time from work, and other factors allowed by law.
How long do I have to file a construction accident claim?
You have up to two years to file a civil lawsuit against any company or person liable for your injury. The best thing to do is file as soon as possible. The sooner you do the sooner your attorney can start gathering evidence, contacting witnesses, and determining who can be held responsible for your accident. If you wait years to file a claim for damages companies can change ownership, projects can go under, and witnesses can move on to new jobs making it harder to build a case.
Fighting for Philadelphia Construction Accident Victims
Before deciding to represent injured people, Philadelphia construction accident lawyer Edith Pearce spent over ten years working as a lawyer for an insurance company and defense firm. She knows all the “tricks of the trade” from the other side of the fence and knows how to navigate through the complexities of construction accident lawsuits to get you full and fair compensation for your injuries, losses, and suffering.
We are dedicated to protecting your rights and obtaining full and fair compensation for you.
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If you have been injured on a construction site in Philadelphia or anywhere in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, talk to us today for a FREE ACCIDENT LAWYER CONSULTATION, or send us an e-mail.