Reliable Chattanooga Construction Accident Attorneys Assisting Injured Victims
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Working day in and day out at a construction site is not only physically demanding, but is can also prove quite dangerous. The construction site is often a far riskier workplace than most any other type. If you or a family member has become the victim of a devastating construction site accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation or a third-party personal injury lawsuit.
At Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law, we understand the intricacies of workers’ compensation law, as well as personal injury law. We know which statutes to apply in each situation. Our Chattanooga construction accident attorneys understand how to use these laws to help innocent people who are suffering as a result of someone else’s negligence.
Types of injuries that occur on construction sites
Construction workers face particularly dangerous conditions, including elevated workspaces, heavy equipment, moving objects and obstacles, and unstable structures. On a job, you could fall from a steep height, be crushed by heavy machinery, or even be impaled.
We have seen many types of construction accident injuries, including:
- Chemical, electrical, or fire-related burn injuries
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Knee and ankle injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
Any of these injuries can be severe, leaving construction workers with years of medical care and rehabilitation. Our knowledgeable Chattanooga construction accident lawyers know the financial burden that these types of serious injuries can place on a family’s resources. That is why we dedicate our time and skill to securing awards that adequately cover these expenses.
Construction’s “Fatal Four” – the most common fatal accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) found that approximately 21% of all worker fatalities each year involve construction workers. Per their research, there are four specific categories of accidents – dubbed the “Fatal Four” – which contribute to the highest percentage of fatalities. Those categories are:
- Falls (38.7%)
- Struck by objects (9.4%)
- Electrocutions (8.3%)
- Caught in/caught between (7.3%)
Together, they account for 63% of all worker fatalities. As you can see, falls contribute to more construction workers deaths than the next three categories combined.
Causes of construction accidents in Tennessee
When we are hired to investigate a serious construction accident, our team works hard to research the situation and talk with all parties involved. Your accident may have been caused by:
- Falling equipment or debris
- Equipment malfunction injuries
- Defective equipment injuries
- Employer or third-party negligence
- Safety code violations
- Collapsed structures
- Equipment misuse
In many cases, conditions leading up to the injury can be traced back to weak hiring practices, poorly maintained equipment, OSHA violations, and other negligent practices.
Workers’ compensation is just one possible method of compensation. It is a no-fault program that allows injured workers to collect compensation, no matter the circumstances of their work-related injury. Yet, if your accident was the result of negligence or you were not employed by the construction company, you may be able to file a third-party lawsuit. This might be a premises liability claim, if you were not an employee or if you were just passing by the construction site. It might be a product liability case if a defective product led to your injuries. We invite you to learn more:
- When should I tell my employer about my injury?
- When should I get an attorney after a workplace injury?
- My workers’ compensation case is being delayed
- Common questions related to workers’ compensation law
We have represented victims against many different defendants, including contractors, owners, managers, architects, and other personnel. Depending on the details of your accident, your skilled Chattanooga construction accident attorney works to strategically pursue the right legal avenues.
Put decades of our attorneys’ experience to work in your Chattanooga construction accident case
When you need an advocate to guard your rights, trust the Chattanooga construction accident lawyers at Wagner & Wagner Attorneys at Law. Our law firm has been guiding our neighbors through difficult times since 1945. Please contact us now or call 423.799.3532 for a no-cost visit with an attorney. We work with injured workers in Chattanooga and Cleveland, TN, in North Georgia, and all the surrounding counties.