What Are the Most Common Injuries in the Construction Industry?

What to do if you were injured on the construction job site

By Canaan Suitt, J.D. | Last updated on June 28, 2022

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Data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that construction is one of the more dangerous industries in the United States. With heavy building materials, machinery, and heights, many types of accidents can happen on the job site. Some of these accidents can lead to serious injury.

Construction workers who are dealing with the results of a workplace injury may wonder if they have any legal options. This article will cover some of the main construction site accidents and injuries. If you or a loved one has experienced an injury during construction work, you may need to seek legal advice.

Common Construction Injuries 

It is important to have the right safety equipment when working on construction sites. For example, wearing a hard hat can provide protection from falling objects or reduce the impact if you fall.

It is also important to follow all safety guidelines. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets safety regulations for the construction industry and provides training.

But even if you have the right equipment and training, accidents can happen. Below are some of the leading injuries that occur on construction sites:

  • Falling from heights
  • Getting hit by falling objects
  • Electrocution from power lines or other electrical sources
  • Collisions with heavy equipment such as cars
  • Repetitive motions causing bodily strain
  • Overexertion, including heat-related illness

Accidents like this can result in several types of construction injuries: 

  • Head injuries, including concussions and brain injury
  • Back injuries, sometimes including spinal cord injury
  • Hearing loss
  • Lacerations or broken bones
  • Eye injuries, sometimes resulting in loss of vision

What To Do if You Suffer a Construction Injury

If you have suffered a construction site injury and need help figuring out what to do, getting good legal advice as soon as possible can be essential.

The good news is that many lawyers provide free consultations for possible clients. These meetings are a great resource for both attorney and client, allowing the lawyer to hear the facts of the case and the client to decide if the lawyer is a good fit.

To see if a lawyer is right for you, ask informed questions:

  • Do you have experience with personal injury cases?
  • Have you worked with construction accident victims before?
  • What is your fee?
  • What billing options do you offer?
  • What about worker’s compensation benefits?
  • What are the chances of a settlement in my case?

Finding the Right Attorney For Your Needs

It is essential to approach the right type of attorney—someone who can give you legal help through your entire case. You can visit the Super Lawyers directory and use the search box to find a lawyer based on your legal issue or location. 

For legal advice about a construction accident, consider looking for a lawyer practicing construction litigation.

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