Washington, D.C., Construction Accident Lawyers
People who work on construction sites are vulnerable to a variety of serious injuries. Though the nature of construction work is inherently riskier than other lines of work, workers are right to expect a certain standard of protection while on the job. If best practices aren’t observed or equipment malfunctions, then workers could face life-changing injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured while working on a construction site, you know that the related financial and physical consequences are overwhelming. A lawyer can help you fight for the compensation that you need.
The Washington, D.C. construction accident lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO have been in practice since 1986 and have fought and won for countless injury victims that desperately needed help. We have won millions of dollars on behalf of accident victims to help treat their injuries and pave a better future. We are proud to fight for workers in the Washington, D.C., area so that they can reclaim some normalcy and keep supporting their families.
Serious accidents force financial instability and physical limitations onto Washington, D.C., construction workers. Our thirty years of experience has shown us firsthand the difference that fair compensation can make on the lives of accident victims. Don’t attempt to recover compensation on your own without first consulting with an injury lawyer. Call our accomplished Washington, D.C., team today at (301) 220-0050 to learn how you stand to benefit from the help of a skilled construction accident lawyer. You can also reach us online by filling out a contact form.
Do I Need a Construction Accident Attorney?
Construction accidents often set off an expensive chain of events. As a result, one of the most common concerns for construction accident victims is: How will I afford a lawyer? Most injury attorneys, including the team at CHASENBOSCOLO, work on a contingency basis, so if we don’t win, you don’t pay. If your attorney wins the compensation that you need, then they take a percentage of these winnings and the rest of the money is yours to keep.
A lawyer can also help you receive more money that you would be able to secure if you attempted to fight alone. In addition to relieving the stress of handling your case, a lawyer is privy to tactics that your employer and their insurance provider may use to delay or withhold payment. It’s common for insurance companies to withhold the full amount they could pay, and a lawyer will help you identify when this is happening and fight for a fair amount.
Recovering money is not only crucial to injured workers but their entire family. Unfortunately, many construction accident victims are the primary earners in their households, and being unable to work puts a strain on the family’s finances, making it difficult to put food on the table and cover monthly expenses. With the help of a lawyer, you can fight for an amount that reflects out-of-pocket costs as well as lost wages.
Why Hire CHASENBOSCOLO to Handle My Case?
The team at CHASENBOSCOLO is dedicated to fighting for injury victims and their families in the Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, D.C., areas. We know that there is no good time to be involved in an accident, but no matter the circumstances our clients find themselves in, we fight to be of comfort and support during a difficult time. Our team knows that when people sustain serious injuries, they need to be treated immediately to offset further injury. Because of this, we know that families take on serious debt.
As active participants in the legal community, we are members of many distinguished organizations, including the American Association for Justice, the Maryland Association for Justice, the Maryland State Bar Association, the Maryland Workers’ Compensation Educational Association, the Litigation Counsel of America, the Multi-Million Dollar Litigation Counsel, and the National Association of Distinguished Counsel.
Over thirty years of experience has equipped us with the necessary knowledge and tenacity to fight aggressively on our clients’ behalf. Whether we are representing construction accident victims in the courtroom or are settling out of court, we don’t compromise on the quality of our representation. The lawyers at CHASENBOSCOLO have secured multiple million dollars for construction workers injured on the job.
Types of Construction Accident Cases We Handle
When employers fail to foster a secure workplace, adhere to safe practices, and provide their employees with working tools and machinery, they place their employees in grave danger. Training and educational information is always an essential component in providing construction workers with the information that they need to do their job safely. The following are some reported accidents that occur on construction sites:
- Falls – Falling from the likes scaffolding, cranes, roofs, and stairwells can cause irreparable damage to workers.
- Structure Collapse – Temporary structures, such as scaffolding and ladders are often used during the building process. If these structures collapse, workers could sustain a serious injury as well as damage to the inner ear, which can lead to permanent hearing loss.
- Dangerous machinery – Heavy machinery with moving parts can cause severe injury, maiming, severing limbs, or pinning workers beneath it.
- Malfunctioning equipment – Equipment that hasn’t been properly serviced is a threat to the workers who rely on it to work correctly and can also cause serious injury.
- Debris – Flying debris, such as nails, bricks, and building materials, threaten to cause head injuries and acute or blunt-force trauma injuries.
- Explosions – Gas and chemical leaks can create conditions that lead to dangerous or fatal explosions on work sites.
- Electrocutions – Electrical accidents can lead to both electrocutions and serious burns.
Construction workers are vulnerable to the following injuries when accidents occur on unsafe work sites:
- Broken bones
- Hearing loss
- Eye Injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
If a construction accident has interfered with your health and your ability to work, get in touch with a lawyer to discuss your options in pursuing compensation.
Seeking a Wrongful Death Claim After a Fatal Construction Accident
According to a report by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, 1 in 5 work-related deaths occurs on construction sites. Most construction accident fatalities are caused by what OSHA refers to as the “fatal four.” These fatal accidents are a result of:
- Being struck by debris
- Becoming pinned
According to OSHA, by eliminating the fatal four, over 600 lives could be saved every year. However, when a construction worker sustains fatal injuries, surviving family members can pursue a wrongful death claim. Compensation related to wrongful death can cover the following:
- Medical expenses incurred before death
- Pain and suffering of surviving family members
- Lost future earnings
- Funeral and burial costs
- Other contributions that the deceased would have paid
If your family member has passed away after a construction accident, seek the counsel of an injury lawyer who can help you determine the best course of action. Washington, D.C., has a two-year statute of limitations on wrongful death claims, which means that from the date of death, family members have two years to file.
Construction Accident Statistics
In 2016, OSHA reported that 5,190 workers died while on the clock, an average of nearly 15 deaths a day on work sites. Workplace safety violations are often to blame for workplace injuries and fatalities. Adhering to the following standards could protect the lives of workers:
- Fall protection measures
- Communication and education about hazardous materials
- Observing scaffolding requirements
- Providing and using respiratory protection
- Safe use of ladders
- Providing the correct guarding for machinery
- Proper electrical wiring measures
- Safe use of powered trucks
There is a baseline standard of workplace safety practices that employers must follow and educate their staff on. As the job becomes more dangerous and the materials more complicated, the training provided to workers and those who oversee jobs also increases. When the proper standards are not met, employers and companies that supervise projects could be held accountable when injury or death occurs on the construction site.
Reach Out to CHASENBOSCOLO to Fight for You
The support of a lawyer from CHASENBOSCOLO can make a significant impact on the amount of compensation you can recover after a construction accident. We understand that taking the first step and reaching out for help is often the most difficult part of the process for accident victims, but the sooner you take action to reclaim the compensation that you deserve, the sooner you will be able to secure the financial relief that you need. Reach out to the Washington, D.C., construction accident attorneys at (301) 220-0050 today. We will listen to you, assess the facts of your case, and help you get the compensation you are owed.