Construction jobs are notoriously dangerous, and construction site accidents are all too common, both in Washington State and across the country. Each year, thousands of people working in the industry are injured or lose their lives working in construction. Statistics from the Occupational Health and Safety Administration show that one out of every five workplace deaths happen in the construction sector. And it’s easy to see why. Construction workers are oftentimes untrained and working in extreme conditions, at great heights, and with sharp tools and heavy equipment. Taken together, this represents a recipe for disaster. If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, then you need to seek out experienced representation for your construction site accident claim to recoup compensation for any losses experienced as a result.
In the aftermath of a construction site accident, you probably have questions aplenty. Who will pay your medical bills? Should you file a worker’s compensation claim? What are your legal options? Do you need an attorney? Working with an experienced construction site accident lawyer who is well-versed in both negotiation and litigation is the best way to get the answers you need. At Russell and Hill, we have a history of helping accident victims weigh their legal options and get the compensation to which they are entitled.
Falling is the biggest peril that workers in the construction industry face. They are oftentimes climbing to great distances, although even a minor fall can be serious if the conditions are right. Workers being struck by falling materials is another danger on these types of job sites. Tools, materials, debris and equipment can fall and strike the worker, causing serious injury. Employees also run the risk of being crushed between work surfaces, run down by heavy equipment, forklifts and other equipment, or being crushed when a building or trench collapses. The tools of the trade also pose grave risk to workers; power tools and machinery with sharp cutting blades can result in deep cuts and even amputated digits and limbs. Finally, exposure to hazardous materials is always an issue, putting workers at risk of respiratory damage and burns, as are explosions that sometimes result from the improper use of these chemicals. Simply put, there are endless ways that construction site accidents can unfold. If you are hurt on the job, you may be entitled to receive compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more, either from a worker’s comp policy or by suing the at-fault party for your injuries.
In Washington State, you have just three years following the date of your accident to file a personal injury claim. Once this date passes, you are forever barred from bringing a claim against the at-fault party. Trust Russell and Hill to handle your claim from beginning to end. Our Kirkland construction site accident attorney is standing by to review your case details and help you weigh your legal options. Give us a call to set up your free, no-obligation consultation now.