Connecticut Construction Accident Attorney
Handling Complex Construction Accident & Injury Claims
The construction industry has historically been one of the most dangerous industries for workers. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 1,000 construction workers died due to work-related accidents in 2018, representing just over 20% of all workplace fatalities in the private sector during that calendar year. Even when construction accidents are not fatal, victims tend to sustain severe, life-altering injuries, affecting everything from their ability to work and earn a living to their physical, mental, and financial well-being.
At RisCassi & Davis, P.C., our Connecticut construction accident attorneys are committed to fighting for the rights of injured workers. All too often, construction workers are injured as a result of lax safety standards, violations of state and federal regulations, and general negligence. When this is the case, our team is ready to help you fight for the justice you deserve.
What Are the Most Common Construction Accidents?
While no one should fear for their safety at work, construction workers face a significant number of risks every day on the job. They are often required to work with hazardous materials and dangerous equipment, lift and move heavy objects, and be on or around scaffolding. These and other risky situations can—and frequently do—lead to serious accidents.
According to OSHA, the most common construction accidents resulting in fatality (known as the “fatal four”) include:
- Falls: Falls represented about 33.5% of all construction accident fatalities in 2018
- Falling Objects: Being struck by a falling object accounted for 11.1% of construction fatalities
- Electrocution: A reported 8.5% of all construction fatalities were caused by electrocution
- Crush Injuries: Being caught in/between or crushed by objects represented 5.5% of fatalities
Other common construction accidents include:
- Scaffolding accidents, including collapses
- Explosions and fires
- Slip and falls
- Machinery malfunctions
- Vehicle accidents
- Trench collapses
- Equipment/tool-related accidents
Victims of construction accidents often experience devastating injuries, including amputation, brain injuries, broken bones, soft tissue damage, spinal cord injuries, and other trauma. Such injuries require immediate medical attention and, in most cases, long-term treatment and care. They may even leave victims dealing with new partial or total disabilities, making it exceedingly difficult to recover and move forward with their lives.
Who Is Liable for Construction Accidents?
Liability in construction accident claims is a critical, yet complex, issue. Determining who is liable for your damages—including your medical bills, lost wages, disability, and pain and suffering—often involves getting to the root of what really caused the accident.
Some of the common causes of construction accidents include:
- Safety regulation violations
- Lack of protections for workers (including fall protection)
- Tripping hazards
- Unsafe or defective materials/equipment
- Missing safety guards on power tools
- Unsafe construction site conditions
After first determining what caused the accident, our Connecticut construction accident attorneys then evaluate who is liable for your damages based on our specific situation.
In any given construction accident case, any of the following parties could be liable:
- The owner of the construction site
- The general contractor
- A subcontractor
- An engineer
- An architect
- The manufacturer of a defective product
In most cases, these and other potentially liable parties are covered by insurance. This could be workers’ compensation insurance or liability insurance but most of the time, you will file a claim with the insurance provider, not the actual person/entity.
Contact RisCassi & Davis, P.C. for a Free Consultation
If you were injured or if someone you love was killed in a construction accident, we at RisCassi & Davis, P.C. want to help you secure the justice you deserve and the financial compensation you are owed. You should not have to suffer due to lax safety standards or violations of federal safety standards, but when the unthinkable happens, our lawyers are here to help you get back on your feet.
We have recovered some of the largest settlements and verdicts in Connecticut history, amounting to tens of millions of dollars for our clients. We understand the many unique challenges presented by construction accident claims, and we have the experience, resources, and expertise to effectively meet these challenges head-on.
Reach out to us today to speak with one of our National Board of Trial Advocacy Board-Certified Civil Trial Law Advocates or another member of our legal team. We offer same-day consultations and can travel to meet you anywhere in Connecticut if you are unable to come to our office.
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