Dayton Construction Site Injury
Construction sites are dangerous places to work, but most of these areas have stringent regulations in place to protect employees from injury. However, lapses in these regulations can have devastating consequences. Construction workers can suffer lasting injuries due to faulty machinery, ignored safety requirements, and other unsafe work conditions.
If you or a loved one suffered serious injuries on a construction site, contact Elk & Elk today to discuss your case. You may be eligible for significant compensation.
Why Choose Elk & Elk?
- Our attorneys have more than 50 combined years in all areas of personal injury law, including construction accidents and workplace injuries.
- Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis for maximum affordability. You do not have to pay any legal fees unless we secure a settlement on your behalf.
- Our attorneys have successfully achieved results for our clients. We have secured over $1 billion in settlements and verdicts for our clients.
Common Types of Construction Site Accidents
Without proper safety regulations, construction sites can be extremely dangerous. However, most sites must adhere to strict municipal, state, and federal codes to ensure that their employees stay safe and secure on the job. Unfortunately, not all construction sites follow these regulations. Many different types of hazards can arise as a result of poor safety and negligence on construction sites, leading to the following types of accidents.
- Bulldozer accidents
- Falls from high places
- Accidental electrocution
- Defective and run-down equipment
- Forklift accidents
- Crushing accidents with heavy machinery
- Jackhammer injuries
- Dump truck accidents
- Crane accidents
- Wall and roof collapse
- Equipment accidents, including nail guns
- Accidents on scaffolds and ladders
- Trench accidents
Who Can Be Liable for a Construction Site Accident?
Depending on the circumstances of your accident, multiple parties may be liable for your accident. If a safety violation led to your injury, such as ignoring Occupational Safety and Health Administration standards, you could hold your employer liable for your injuries.
Your employer has a responsibility to keep your workplace in line with these safety standards, including keeping machinery in good working condition and equipping employees with proper safety equipment. If he or she fails to do so, you may be able to prove them liable through a personal injury lawsuit or workers’ compensation claim.
Another party that may bear liability for an injury on a construction site is a third-party manufacturer. If a defective piece of equipment, machinery, or even ladder or scaffolding leads to your injuries, you can hold the manufacturer liable for your injuries through a defective product lawsuit.
Workers’ Compensation Laws in Ohio
In the state of Ohio, all employers, including construction sites, must provide workers’ compensation insurance to their employees. Employers hiring one or more employees must obtain and post information about this insurance and they must report all injuries sustained on the job to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation within one week.
These benefits may include the following compensation for injuries sustained on the job.
- Medical care for injuries sustained on the job, including hospital visits and doctors’ appointments
- Disability benefits if the worker cannot perform his or her job functions due to the injuries, including temporary total disability, permanent partial disability, and permanent total disability
- Wage loss if the injury directly reduces the employee’s earnings
- Death benefits if the employee died as a result of the work-related injury or illness
While you can file a claim for these benefits with the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation, you could face roadblocks when obtaining compensation. Your employer may fail to report the injury, the BWC can deny your claim, or you could have insufficient evidence for your claim. Hiring an attorney from Elk & Elk can help you navigate these processes and appeal your claim.
If you or a loved one are suffering injuries from construction site accidents in Dayton, Ohio, you may be eligible for compensatory damages. Contact Elk & Elk today to schedule your free consultation and learn more about your legal options.