Accidents that take place at a construction site can lead to serious injury to both workers and non-workers. Depending on the circumstances, the legal options includea workers compensation claim or a personal injury lawsuit.
There are roughly 150,000 construction site accident injuries each year and around 1000 deaths, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The BLS also reported that while falls make up the majority of the construction site accidents, contact with equipment was also a significant cause of injury for workers.Most construction site injuries involve construction workers’ backs, spines, and trunks.
All 50 states have some form of workers’ compensation system in place. Under these rules, when an employee is injured on the job, the employee is entitled to compensation for the injuries, even if the employer did not act negligently. However, the employee is usually able to recover less in a workers’ compensation case than he or she would be able to recover in a standard personal injury lawsuit.