About Construction Accidents
Pennsylvania Construction Accident Lawyer
Most construction workers are exposed to significant risk of injury from construction vehicle and heavy equipment accidents. Occurring in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and states across the country, these incidents caused the deaths of more than 1,000 construction workers in 2003.
In the construction industry, the risk of being struck by a piece of heavy equipment is far higher than in other industries. OSHA regulations dictate that all employers have a duty to protect the safety of their employees on a construction work site. On a multi-employer work site, general contractors also have a duty to implement adequate safety precautions.
The construction lawyers at Sheridan & Murray have experience and proven results representing workers who have been injured in heavy construction equipment accidents. The lawyers at Sheridan & Murray, serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey, are prepared to thoroughly and expeditiously evaluate you or a loved one’s claim if you have been injured by a construction vehicle or other construction equipment.
At Sheridan & Murray, our personable and accessible construction law attorneys will provide your case with personal attention. Your case will be handled by our most experienced attorneys and will not be delegated to inexperienced associates or legal assistants.
- Construction Falls
- Crane Accidents
- Electrical Accidents
- Floor Collapses
- Injuries from Falling Objects
- Ladder & Scaffolding Accidents
- Trench Collapses and Accidents
- Tunnel Explosions / Collapses
Construction Accidents – Statistics
There are more than eleven million construction workers in the United States that build and maintain workplaces, houses, and other buildings. Construction work includes many inherently hazardous tasks in challenging conditions. While construction work employs about eight percent of all U.S. workers, 21 percent of all work-related fatalities occur in the construction industry. In fact, the construction industry has the fourth largest number of fatalities reported for any of the industry sectors in the United States.
In 2005, the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reported that the “construction industry experienced a total of 157,070 nonfatal serious injuries.” This is the second highest rate behind Transportaion & Warehousing.
Much can and must be done to prevent accidents on Pennsylvania and New Jersey construction work sites. Led by Mr. Sheridan, the construction accident attorneys at Sheridan & Murray have extensive experience handling construction accident cases.
If you or a loved one has suffered an injury as a result of a fatal accident on a construction site, please contact the personal injury attorneys at Sheridan & Murray. They can immediately begin to investigate the most appropriate means of protecting your rights. Our legal review is free and there is no commitment.
Construction Accident Liability
A serious construction accident can change your life. You will likely incur lost wages, be unable to return to work, suffer from constant pain, and be unable to sleep or enjoy any of your normal activities. You may also have enormous medical bills and, as a result, may be unable to support your family.
If you or a loved one has been injured at a construction or other industrial site, you are most likely eligible for workers’ compensation. Unfortunately, workers’ compensation often does not adequately compensate an injured worker for all damages sustained in construction accidents; these might include pain, suffering, past lost wages and benefits, and future wage loss.
There may be other options available to you or your loved one in addition to workers’ compensation. Although employers in most states are not held responsible for accidents, it may be possible to sue certain third parties for injuries and financial hardship.
The construction lawyers at Sheridan & Murray have extensive experience investigating work-related construction accidents in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey to determine the identity of all responsible entities. Responsible third parties often include:
- Equipment and product manufacturers
- Building owners
- General contractors
- Construction managers
If any of these criteria describe your circumstances, it is important that you act now. The state where your accident occurred most likely has a time limit for you to bring a legal claim to be compensated for all of your injuries. It is imperative that you contact the construction accident lawyers at Sheridan & Murray as soon as possible so that we can investigate your legal claim and protect your rights.