Maryland Construction Accident Lawyers
Serving Workers from Offices in Lexington Park, Bowie, Waldorf, Frederick & Prince Frederick
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries for workers in Maryland and across the country. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), 20% of worker fatalities in the U.S. in 2017 occurred in construction. Falls were the most common cause of these fatalities. Workers also suffered fatal injuries from being trapped or compressed in machinery and from accidents in which they were struck by an object or vehicle, including backhoes, forklifts, and other heavy machinery used on construction sites. Electrocution was another leading cause of construction worker fatalities.
Construction worker injuries can be caused by falls, defective equipment, heavy machinery accidents, slip and fall accidents, electrocution, exposure to toxic chemicals, and other hazards that may be typical of a construction site. Some construction accidents are caused by negligence due to oversight of rules and regulations in order to finish a project quicker or garner a higher profit.
When workers are injured, the Maryland construction accident attorneys at Alpert Schreyer Poe, LLC stand prepared to seek fair compensation on their behalf. We utilize our skill and resources to help injured workers and the families of construction workers who have lost their lives in construction site accidents, pursuing the fair, complete compensation that is needed to build more stable futures.
Construction Site Injuries
Construction sites have accounted for more on-the-job injuries to Maryland workers than any other single job site, according to the Maryland Division of Labor and Industry Regulation and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Both fatal and non-fatal injuries are more common at construction sites than in any other workplace, although manufacturing-related injuries are a close second.
A construction accident can cause various injuries, such as:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Brain injuries or other head trauma
- Nerve damage
- Permanent scarring
- Electrical injury/electrocution
- Crush injuries
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Overexertion injuries
When proper standards and regulations are not adhered to and a construction worker suffers a serious injury, the negligent party can be held legally responsible for the injury and all subsequent expenses. Depending on the extent of the injury, re-constructive surgery, physical therapy, and rehabilitation may be required in order for the injured party to heal and live as close to a normal life as possible. In the event that the injured individual cannot return to his or her line of work, vocational job training may be necessary. In addition, the negligent party can also be held liable for other damages including, but not limited to: various medical expenses, loss of income, pain and suffering, and decreased quality of life.
Contacting an experienced Maryland injury lawyer after a construction accident can help you understand your rights and exactly what types of compensation you’re entitled to. You do not have to face this journey by yourself.
Construction Site Safety Regulations
OSHA and the Maryland Occupational Safety and Health Act (MOSH Act) both set out specific rules for various workplaces and types of work. These rules require protective gear, safety guards on equipment, warning labels, and a wide range of other precautions intended to help protect construction workers and others from serious injuries while on the job. Employees who inform OSHA of a possible violation are protected by federal law, and employers found to be violating OSHA standards may face fines or other penalties.
OSHA does not directly represent injured workers, however. Instead, injured workers in Maryland may seek compensation from workers’ compensation insurance, which most Maryland employers are required to carry. Workers’ compensation pays for medical bills, partial lost wages, vocational rehabilitation, and other needs an employee might have after being injured on the job in Maryland.
How Can Construction Workers Protect Their Rights?
The first step any worker should take after a construction injury is to seek medical attention, especially if the injury is severe. Then, file a workers’ compensation claim with your employer as soon as possible. An experienced construction site injury attorney can help you handle the paperwork and negotiate with your employer or their workers’ compensation insurer if a dispute arises, so you get the compensation you need after an accident. We can also consider the possibility of a personal injury lawsuit against a third party, if someone other than your employer was responsible for your injuries.
At Alpert Schreyer Poe, our attorneys understand the hardships that individuals and families face after a construction accident injury, which is why we strive to provide the best legal counsel possible. We have handled a wide variety of injury cases related to the construction industry across Maryland and know the laws surrounding such cases. With the skill and necessary resources to properly examine your case, our legal staff can help you hold those responsible for your injury accountable for their negligence so that you and your family can move forward.
Contact us at (301) 812-4777 for a free, confidential review of your construction accident claim.
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