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Construction Accident Injury Attorneys in Ohio
The equipment and tools that make construction work possible, also make it a dangerous profession. If you’re hurt because of negligence on a construction site, call KNR to learn your rights and legal options for compensation.
Ohio Construction Accidents
Our Ohio construction accidents lawyers can help you through the process of making or appealing a workers’ compensation claim and work to see that you receive the full benefits to which you may be entitled. We have extensive experience handling Ohio workers’ compensation claims and helping injured construction workers obtain the compensation they deserve.
If your serious construction accident was caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Our Ohio personal injury lawyers can discuss whether this might be an option for you.
Call 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation and learn your legal options after a construction site injury.
Construction Workers & Workers’ Compensation
When you are injured in a serious construction accident in Ohio or suffer an occupational illness, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits.
Benefits may include payments for:
- Medical bills
- Temporary or permanent disability, partial or full
- Lost wages
- Vocational retraining
In order to receive benefits, you have to show that your injury or illness:
- Happened while you were performing job-related duties
- Was caused by something related to your job
Sometimes, proving that your injury or illness was work-related can be more complicated than you expect. Additionally, your employer may try to fight your workers’ compensation claim. In either of these instances, it can be critical to your success that you have the help of a skilled Ohio construction accident lawyer such as ours at Kisling, Nestico & Redick.
Our lawyers will help you compile the medical records, documents, and evidence to support your claim. We will also guide you through the complex Ohio workers’ compensation bureaucracy so you have the best possible chance at receiving the benefits that may be owed to you.
Call KNR at 1-800-HURT-NOW to schedule a free consultation.
Construction Accidents & Third-Party Negligence
In some instances, your injury may have happened during work, but been caused by some factor that was unrelated to your job. For example, you could be hauling debris away from a construction site and getting hit by a negligent driver on the highway. Or, you may be using a piece of heavy machinery when it breaks due to a defect, causing serious injury.
Construction Accident Compensation
In these events, you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the person or company responsible for your injuries. Through a third-party lawsuit, you may be able to receive compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Loss of income
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
Depending on the circumstances of your injury, you also may be able to obtain workers’ compensation benefits. However, one advantage of a third-party lawsuit is that you may obtain compensation that workers’ compensation doesn’t cover, such as payment for your pain and suffering. The Ohio construction accident lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can evaluate whether you may have a third-party personal injury case for your construction site injury.
Fatal Construction Accidents
Fatal workplace injuries in Ohio are on a troubling rise. In 2020, over 117 Ohioans died of work-related injuries according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. 4,764 fatal work injuries were recorded nationwide.
Causes of work-related fatalities:
- Transportation incidents
- Contact with objects and equipment
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Violence and injuries by other persons or animals
- Exposure to harmful chemicals or environments
- Fires and explosions
If you’ve lost a loved one to a work-related accident or occupational illness, you may be able to obtain death benefits through the Ohio workers’ compensation system. You also may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against a negligent third-party, which could entitle you to recover compensation for:
- Funeral, burial, or cremation costs
- Loss of your loved one’s financial contributions
- Loss of your loved one’s companionship
- Loss of your loved one’s services
- Loss of potential inheritance from your loved one
- Mental anguish
At Kisling, Nestico & Redick, we understand how catastrophic the loss of a loved one can be and we’ll be there with you every step of the way. Our lawyers will conduct a thorough investigation into your loved one’s death and fight to hold accountable the person or company that caused your family member’s fatal construction accident or illness.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction zones are fraught with danger. Workers face potential injury in several ways:
- Bulldozer Accidents: Using large vehicles like bulldozers, pavers, loaders, and rollers on congested construction sites is dangerous enough. But when these large pieces of equipment are not operated properly or fail, everyone in their path is endangered.
- Window Washer Accidents: Whether it’s a home or tall office building, window cleaning accidents can be deadly. Ladder or hoist mishaps are frequent enough, but window washers also can be entangled in power lines or fall due to an unsecured anchor.
- Crane Accidents: On average, 44 people are killed in U.S. crane-related accidents every year. A host of things can go wrong when a crane is involved, but most are related to accident contact with cables. Crane collapses, being struck by the boom or jib and unsecured loads.
- Defective /Dangerous Equipment: Jobsites are often packed with large, complicated heavy machinery. Large tools like jackhammers, drills, and other heavy machinery must be maintained, and employees should be sufficiently trained on how to use them. When they are not, accidents happen.
- Welding Accidents: Welders face toxic chemical exposure, shocks, burns, and more every day. They also have unique concerns associated with flash burns, also known as ‘welders flash’ or ‘arc eye’, which involves UV radiation damaging their retina.
- Roofing Accidents: Roofers both in residential and commercial construction have a higher risk of dying from on-the-job accidents. This is due in part because the work is done at considerable heights and safety precautions are not always in place on a roofing job.
- Falling Debris: According to EHS Today, falling objects result in a construction injury every 10 minutes.
- Dump Truck Accidents: The number of dump truck accidents are on the rise. This includes Ready-mix concrete trucks, which also saw an increase in fatal accidents. These accidents are usually linked to a lack of regulation, distracted driving, load incentives, and lax training.
- Electrical Accidents: Live wires and power tools are typical on a construction site. When safety guidelines are ignored, or employees are reckless, a serious electric shock can result.
- Slip & Falls: Whether you’re employed by a construction company or general contractor, you’re entitled to a safe work site. If obvious hazards are ignored, you could be seriously hurt. This could be a slippery surface, a broken staircase, or any number of dangers.
- Forklift Accidents: According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, nearly 100 workers are killed, and another 20,000 are seriously injured in forklift-related incidents annually. Most of these occur because of improper training, lacking safety equipment, and outdated technology.
- Ladder & Scaffold Accidents: Construction workers often have to work at heights, including on ladders, scaffolding, ledges, and upper floors of buildings. A fall from such a height can be devastating, and victims should know all their options.
- Trench Accidents: Excavating incidents happen all too often. These trenching accidents frequently occur because of an improperly protected trench, improper sloping, feckless soil movement, and cave-ins, the lack of a proper exit.
- Wall and Roof Collapse: Wall and roof collapses are among the most dangerous construction work hazards on a construction site. These are most often seen when a building is unfinished, being renovated, or under demolition, but the effects can be catastrophic, usually injuring multiple workers at one time.
Common Construction Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations – Lack of safety procedures, improper training, clutter, debris, poor lighting, contact with nails, and hand tools with blades can all lead to cuts and lacerations on a construction site.
- Bone Fractures –Equipment accidents and slips and falls happen regularly at a job site, Additionally, construction workers are susceptible to objects falling and tool malfunctions, which can all cause broken bones.
- Surface Wounds and Bruises – Although many are minor, contusions can still be serious and force an employee to miss work. Car accidents, falls, and the misuse of machinery can prompt a significant injury.
- Back Injuries –Usually triggered by repetitive twisting, bending, or lifting, poor posture, or falls, back injuries in the construction industry are commonplace.
- Repetitive Strain Injuries – Repetitive strain injuries occur when employees perform tasks. They are typically associated with the back, but are also seen in wrists, knees, and other body parts.
- Brain and Head Injuries – TBIs and concussions are a real danger in the construction industry. They can lead to temporary or permanent disability, and victims may face a decline in their cognitive function, which may hinder their ability to work.
- Vision and Hearing Injuries – construction–related vision and hearing injuries often happen because of slip and falls, loud noise exposure, chemical exposure, and explosions. This can leave the victim severely limited in their ability to work as they did before the accident.
Why Work with a Construction Accident Lawyer
A construction site injury can have devastating effects on your life. You may be disabled by your injury, either temporarily or permanently, and wondering how you’re going to survive without an income. You may have to undergo extensive medical treatments or job retraining, either of which could leave you feeling uncertain.
In Ohio, when you’re injured while working on a construction site, you may be able to receive workers’ compensation benefits regardless of who, or what is at fault for your injury. However, getting a claim approved can be a complicated and lengthy process. That’s where an experienced Ohio construction accident lawyer at Kisling, Nestico & Redick can help.
There are times when workers’ comp is unavailable or insufficient to meet your needs. Working with a personal injury lawyer with an extensive background and prior success in similar, serious construction-related accidents and injuries helps ensure you recover the maximum compensation possible.
At KNR, we know what to look for to identify all the liable parties and where the negligence occurred n a construction site. Our attorneys will investigate the incident, review the employment and job records, and your medical reports, and properly assign liability to those responsible. Then our construction accident lawyers will aggressively all the compensation you deserve by building the strongest possible case.
Construction Accident FAQs
Who can an Injured Construction Worker Sue?
While the answer to this largely depends on the factors and parties involved, you can usually file a personal injury lawsuit against anyone whose negligence or inaction contributed to your accident and injuries other than your employer. Compensation from your employer usually comes for the workers’ comp system, but there are exceptions.
What’s the Ohio Statute of Limitation for a Construction Injury?
Generally, a person injured at a construction site or the family of a person killed in a construction accident has one year to file a workers’ comp claim and two years from the date of the accident to bring a lawsuit. There are exceptions if the injury involves an occupational illness or is not discovered until later, but waiting too long can prevent you from recovering compensation.
Will My Construction Injury Case Settle Out of Court?
Most likely. The vast majority of personal injury cases settle before trial, but construction accident cases are usually complex legal matters with multiple parties and insurance companies with varying degrees of liability. Not to mention, there will be parties trying to diminish your injuries and avoid paying. It’s best to build the strongest possible case, prepare for court, and pressure those at fault to negotiate.
Contact Our Ohio Construction Accident Lawyers
The Ohio work injury lawyers at Kisling, Nestico & Redick fight for the interests of injured workers throughout Ohio. We’re not afraid to take on big insurance companies or large employers that are only concerned about their bottom lines.
Our assertive trial strategies are matched only by the compassion and personal attention we offer when we take on your case. We recognize this is likely one of the most difficult times you will go through. We take care of all legal aspects of your case so you can put your full effort into your recovery.
One call does it all. Call 1-800-HURT-NOW or use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. Learn what Kisling, Nestico & Redick can do to help you after a serious construction site injury.