Construction sites are among the highest risk areas for injuries. When a construction accident occurs, construction workers and people who are visiting or walking nearby worksites typically suffer serious and life-altering injuries due to the high-risk nature of these environments. A construction accident attorney may be able to help you navigate the difficult legal process associated with pursuing a personal injury claim.
Falls from buildings, tripping over loose equipment, improperly-installed scaffolding, falling equipment, and negligent procedures are among the most common contributing factors in construction accidents. The dangers of construction sites have resulted in countless injuries and fatalities across the state of Washington.
Although employees in the state of Washington are prohibited from suing their own employers, many people who are injured in construction accidents still have legal remedies available that may allow them to recover compensation for their injuries or the loss of a loved one. In some cases, a third party contractor or vendor may be responsible for a victim’s injuries, and victims may be able to pursue a claim against that third party.
Construction Accident Injury Statistics
According to the latest Department of Labor statistics from 2013, 4,405 construction workers were killed on the job. That means 12 workers were killed a day. Between 2002 and 2012, nearly 20 percent of all fatal workplace accidents occurred in the construction industry, according to EHS Today. And between 2010 and 2013, there were a total of 3,256 work-related fatalities among construction workers throughout the U.S.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) says one in ten construction workers (about 10 percent) suffer a reportable injury on the job each year in the United States. Furthermore, Safety + Health Magazine says construction workers have a 1-in-200 chance of being killed in a workplace accident throughout the course of a 45-year career.
Falls from scaffolding, buildings, and other types of falls are responsible for the largest percentage of fatal construction accidents, according to The Center for Construction Research and Training.
Younger construction workers are at greatest risk of being killed in an accident on the job, as the U.S. National Library of Medicine says the industry sees the second-highest number of fatal injuries to workers under the age of 18.
On-The-Job Injury Claims In Washington
A majority of people are injured in construction accidents while they are on the job, which can complicate the legal process for injured victims in Washington state. State laws prohibit injury victims from filing a lawsuit against their own employer, which means many injured construction workers are forced to pursue a claim with the Department of Labor & Industries (L&I). These claims limit the victim's ability to recover fair compensation, and many times the benefits are insufficient relative to the damages the victim has suffered.
However, there are certain laws and conditions that may allow an injured construction worker to pursue a third-party injury lawsuit against a party responsible for his or her injuries. This process is very complex, and it is recommended that anyone who may have been seriously injured in a construction accident consult with an experienced attorney who has handled construction accident cases.
Davis Law Group offers a free case evaluation to any worker who has been injured in a construction accident. Our award-winning legal team can help you determine whether you may have a case against a third-party, as well as whether it may be in your best interests to hire a lawyer to represent you. Use the confidential contact form on this page or call our Seattle office at (206) 727-4000 to get started.