Construction sites are some of the most dangerous work areas in the United States, and Hawaii construction sites are no exception. The rate of construction site deaths in 2009 in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control, was a startling three times that of the average worker. There are comprehensive safety measures and regulations in place to limit the hazards to construction workers, but it is an unfortunate reality that those protections are not always enacted as they should be.
Our firm has helped numerous clients pursue successful construction accident cases and we are committed to doing the same for you. When you or someone you care about is hurt through the negligence of a company, a co-worker, or an equipment manufacturer, you deserve compensation. Let us help you get the money you need for your injuries.
Contact us online or by phone at (808) 740-0633 for a free, confidential consultation with an experienced Hawaii construction accident.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction work involves many different hazards, including working at heights, heavy machinery, power tools, forklifts, electrical work, and dangerous chemicals. While the types of accidents that can happen on a construction site can vary widely, there are some accidents that are more common than others.
Common construction site accidents include:
- Forklift accidents
- Falling accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Defective equipment
- Falling object accidents
Common Construction Injuries
OSHA has strict rules for how construction sites are supposed to be run, rules designed to protect workers from a variety of hazards. But there are times when safety regulations are not observed as they should be. Whether due to employee or employer error, a need to beat a deadline or simple carelessness, safety measures are not always enforced—leaving workers in danger as a result.
Some of the most common injuries that occur as a result of negligence include:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal injuries
- Broken bones
One of the more frustrating aspects of such injuries is that they are often long-term. While appropriate medical care can often help fix the immediate damage, injured workers may be forced to deal with the fallout from the injury for a lifetime. Workers may be unable to work in the same capacity they once were or may have to submit to ongoing medical care to treat the long-term symptoms of their injuries.
Establishing Fault in Construction Accident Cases
A successful personal injury case requires that you prove the other party was at fault for what happened in your accident. In the case of a construction site accident, you will need to prove that some other party—a co-worker, your employer, an equipment manufacturer, a sub-contractor—was behaving negligently, which led to your injuries. Without fault, you do not have a case.
Our firm has a long history of proving fault in personal injury cases. We know what it takes to gather the appropriate evidence and present a compelling argument to the court on behalf of our clients. Although the outcome of a case can never be guaranteed, you can rest assured that we will do everything possible to establish fault in your case and get you the compensation you deserve for your injuries.
The Importance of Adequate Compensation
When you are hurt at work, you will typically be taken through the workers’ comp system. The company will probably pay for your initial medical care following the accident and may give you some compensation for missed work. However, in most cases, the compensation you get from workers’ comp is not enough to cover all of your expenses, medical or otherwise.
Even seemingly minor injuries can have long-lasting effects. Our firm pursues the maximum possible reward for your injuries because we know the risks you face following your injury. To cover medical costs and lost work, not to mention pain and suffering, may require more money than you can possibly come up with on your own. If we win your case, we can help you make certain that both you and your loved ones are properly cared for.
Contact Our Davis Levin Livingston Today
If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction accident, contact our Hawaii construction accident attorneys now. We offer a free initial consultation, so you can get much-needed legal advice on what your next steps should be. We look forward to helping you with your case.
We can be reached online or by phone at (808) 740-0633.