Construction workers do many hazardous tasks while working on homes, commercial properties and the nations infrastructure. These hazardous tasks can lead to workers being injured. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), in 2010 there were 3.1 million non-fatal workplace injuries and illnesses that occurred in the private sector industry of the United States.
On the job injuries can leave employees with large medical bills, lost wages and debilitating pain. Depending on the circumstances of the injury, workers may be eligible to file a third-party lawsuit, if someone other than your employer caused your injury.
If you have been injured on a Tennessee construction site, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses and lost wages. After you have been hurt, it is important to discuss your legal options with an experienced construction accident lawyer.
Construction Injuries and Fatalities
Due to dangerous risks associated with the construction industry, many Tennessee construction workers are injured on the job every year. Common injuries for construction workers are:
- Cuts and lacerations
- Bruises and contusions
- Back and spine injuries
- Head and brain injuries
These injuries can be caused by falls from ladders and roofs, crane accidents, fire and explosions and unsafe equipment. Construction site injuries can cause workers to be out of work for long periods of time. Some construction injuries are so severe that the worker may never be able to return to work.
Unfortunately, many constructions workers succumb to their deaths while on the job. The BLS reports that 18 percent of all worker fatalities in 2010 were in the construction industry. The leading causes of construction site deaths were:
- Struck by an object
- Caught in/ or between
These causes of death were nicknamed the Fatal Four by the BLS. The Fatal Four was responsible for nearly three out of five construction worker deaths in 2010.
Construction Accident Lawsuits
Construction site injuries can be debilitating for the worker and put their financial security at risk. If you or a loved one has been injured while working on a construction site, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit. Contact the construction accident attorneys at Greg Coleman Law to discuss your legal options. Our law firm has the experience and knowledge to handle Tennessee construction accident cases.