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Most Common Injuries A Construction Accident Lawyer Will Represent
Every job has its hazards, but workplace injuries are particularly common for construction workers. As one of the more physically demanding professions, wrongful death or pain and suffering are all too common for workers and family member(s). If you are an injured construction worker or are trying to avoid construction injuries, knowing which accidents are most common can be helpful. Below are the most common injuries that a construction accident lawyer can expect to see the most.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration reports that respiratory illness is a very common construction site injury. Depending on the construction sites workers find themselves in, inhaling fumes can result in problems (and hefty medical bills) over time. Asbestos-related injury claims and chronic pneumonia specifically are particularly common in a construction accident case. Wearing protective masks when working in these environments and checking with your construction company about air quality precautions can help catch these problems before they start.
Eye and Face
In particular projects, eye and face protection are vital to shield against debris. However, many people remove their protective coverings when they feel that they have enough experience to avoid an accident, or that the danger has passed. These face shields do serve a purpose, however, and should thus be worn at all times they’re needed, no matter how uncomfortable or inconvenient. Listen to your management’s protocol for protective coverings and heed them for your own sake. Doing so could save a tooth, eye, or burn wound!
Injuries from Machinery Misuse
Machinery injuries from construction site accidents can take many forms, but in general, they are the result of machine misuse on the part of the operator or the workers in the areas surrounding the machines. Any sort of physical contact with machinery can be hazardous, including being pinned against a surface or getting hit or electrocuted by individual parts. Be careful of your use of machinery and watch your actions when others are using machinery. If you ever see machinery being misused, talk to your manager immediately, or talk to an accident lawyer about the proper precautions that should be in place at your site.
Injuries from Falling
Unfortunately, this injury is the one that a construction accident lawyer will see the most, and it also can be among the most damaging injuries. Construction workers, especially those working on larger-scale projects, may find themselves working on scaffolding, ladders, or any great height. All it takes for major injuries to occur is one slip or misstep. Construction accident attorneys will advise you to, obviously, watch your step, and make sure the proper structures and tools are being used to lessen the likelihood of a fall.
If you’ve been the victim of a construction injury, make a construction accident lawyer part of your plan for recovery. The Wettermark Keith law firm lawyers at our practice areas in Birmingham, Montgomery, Huntsville, Dothan, Chattanooga, Knoxville, and Panama City are ready to help you with your workers’ compensation claims and personal injury lawsuits so you can focus on getting your health back.