Construction Injuries

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Construction Accidents in Washington

When it comes to workplace accidents and fatalities, construction workers are among the most at risk. According to the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries, the construction industry was among the top three for work-related fatalities in Washington in 2019 (the latest year for which data are available).

That year, 12 construction industry workers died in workplace accidents and related incidents. At Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department, we represent severely injured construction workers and the families of those involved in fatal construction accidents throughout Washington.

Our Seattle construction accident attorneys have recovered more than $200 million in settlements and verdicts, including numerous million- and multimillion-dollar results. We are ready to help you and your family fight for the full, fair recovery you are owed.

Schedule a free initial consultation with our team of Seattle construction injury lawyers today; call (206) 202-2562 or contact us online.

What Are the Most Common Types of Construction Accidents?

Contractors, subcontractors, and other construction workers are required to work with dangerous equipment every day on the job. As a result, they are often at risk of being involved in serious and even deadly accidents.

Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:

  • Falls, including falls from heights and slips, trips, and falls
  • Scaffolding accidents, including falls and collapses
  • Crane and forklift accidents
  • Explosions and fires
  • Demolition accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Being caught between or crushed between two objects
  • Cave-ins, trench collapses, and ground collapses
  • Machine entanglement
  • Vehicle accidents
  • Defective tools, equipment, and machinery

What Are Common Injuries Caused by Construction Accidents?

These and other common construction accidents frequently result in catastrophic bodily injuries, including:

Sadly, any construction accidents are fatal.

Victims and their families may face exorbitant medical care costs, as well as weeks, months, or even a lifetime of lost income. These and other losses can make it incredibly difficult for the injured and their loved ones to get back on their feet, but by filing a construction accident claim, you can see fair compensation for your damages.

What Are the Most Common Causes of Construction Accidents?

Most construction accidents occur due to preventable errors or negligence.

Some examples include:

  • Lack of adequate fall protection
  • OSHA and other safety violations
  • Improper or insufficient training
  • Poor communication
  • Unsafe or defective materials
  • Hazardous conditions
  • Missing guards on power tools
  • Exposure to toxic/harmful substances
  • Defective products, including safety equipment
  • Lack of respiratory protection

Although the nature of construction work puts many workers at risk of serious injuries, we believe that no one should have to work in unsafe and potentially deadly conditions. At Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department, our Seattle construction injury attorneys aggressively advocate for injured workers and fight to hold negligent parties accountable.

Who Is Liable for Construction Accidents & Injuries?

In Washington, nearly all employers—including those in the construction industry—are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. This means that most construction workers are covered by workers’ comp. However, independent contractors are typically not covered, meaning they are not entitled to workers’ compensation benefits if they are injured on the job or suffer a work-related medical condition.

Depending on the details of your situation, you or your loved one may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits after a serious construction accident or work-related injury. Workers’ compensation covers specific costs, such as medical expenses and a percentage of the injured worker’s lost wages. It also provides death benefits to eligible surviving family members when a covered worker dies due to a job-related accident or injury. However, workers’ compensation benefits often fall short of what victims and their families truly need to cover unexpected costs.

In some cases, it may be possible to file a third-party personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit after a construction accident. Generally speaking, these claims cannot be brought against employers when an individual receives workers’ compensation. However, it may be possible to sue a negligent or otherwise liable third party, such as a manufacturer that created defective equipment that led to a serious injury, regardless of whether or not the injured party receives workers’ compensation.

What Damages Are Available for Injured Construction Workers & Their Families?

Because construction accident-related injuries tend to be catastrophic in nature, workers and their families often struggle with extensive damages.

At Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department, we fight to recover the full compensation our clients are owed, including compensation for the following types of damages:

  • Emergency medical care costs, including hospital and ambulance fees
  • Surgery, physical therapy, rehabilitation, and other treatments
  • Medications and medical equipment, such as wheelchairs or prosthetics
  • Future medical care costs and related expenses
  • Lost income, wages, and benefits related to employment
  • Loss of future income, wages, benefits, and earnings
  • Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
  • Diminished quality of life and/or enjoyment of life
  • In-home assistance and care, as well as home modifications

Our Seattle construction accident attorneys can review the specific details of your case and provide information regarding the types of damages you may be entitled to receive, as well as the potential overall value of your case.

We offer free initial consultations to potential clients, including injured individuals and the families of those with incapacitating injuries or those who have passed away as a result of construction accidents and related incidents.

Contact Our Team for a Free Case Evaluation

If you or someone you love was involved in a serious construction accident in Seattle or any of the surrounding areas, reach out to Emery Reddy Serious Injury Department to learn how we can help. Our attorneys are known for their extensive trial experience, as well as their aggressive approach to litigation.

We proudly offer our clients a high level of personal attention and service, all while striving to maximize their recoveries and provide them with the support they need to move forward.

Get in touch with our skilled Seattle construction injury attorneystoday by calling (206) 202-2562 or by contacting us online.

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