Fall Through Construction Accidents
Fall through accidents are some of the most common construction site accidents. Unfortunately, many of these incidents could be easily avoided if site managers took greater effort to maintain a safe working environment.
What are Fall Through Accidents?
Fall through accidents occur when construction workers fall through a hole or an existing structure at the work site, landing on a lower level. Some of the most common fall through accidents include:
- Falls through an existing opening in the floor or roof
- Falls through skylight fixtures
- Falls through existing openings created for stairs, elevators, or skylights
The Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates that between 1992 and 1998, 4,507 workers died in fall through accidents. Many other construction workers sustained serious injuries in fall through accidents. Between 1992 and 1997, 16,251 workers were injured in fall through accidents, resulting in 259,258 missed days of work.
Construction Accident Claims
Most construction workers injured in fall through accidents will be eligible to receive workers’ compensation benefits. Frequently, insurance settlements on workers’ compensation claims will not provide adequate compensation for injuries. It is important to consult an experienced workers’ compensation attorney when you have suffered a fall through accident to ensure that you receive a fair settlement.
While employers are generally protected from lawsuits by workers’ compensation laws, negligent third parties may still be held accountable for their actions. If your fall through accident was the result of a person’s negligence in maintaining a safe work environment, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries. Construction accident claims are very complicated. They often involve several different parties, and the gathering of on-site evidence is crucial to the success of your claim. In order to ensure the greatest likelihood of success for your lawsuit, it is important to hire an attorney who specializes in construction accidents.
You can use the links below to find an experienced construction accident lawyer in your area.
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