Construction sites are a hubbub of fascinating activity and productivity, but they can also be fraught with danger for those who work there, or even for passersby or visitors. There are endless risks posed by falling objects, exposed electricity, unsecured heavy equipment, dangerous heights, and many other hazards, and accidents happen with alarming frequency. The owners and operators of construction sites are responsible for providing a safe environment for all those who enter their site, and failure to do so often represents negligence. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your medical expenses, as well as other damages that you have suffered. The experienced Philadelphia construction accident attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help.
Construction accidents can happen in many ways, such as:
- Ladder and scaffolding accidents
- Falls through holes in floors
- Slippery surfaces
- Hazardous objects that can be tripped over
- Cave-ins and trench collapses
- Nail guns, saws and other power tools
- Vehicle accidents onsite and between sites
- Electric shock
- Welding injuries
- Falls from roofs
- Falling objects such as tools or building materials
- Building collapse
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Hoist and elevator accidents
- Crane accidents
- Fires and explosions
These accidents can result in injuries ranging from minor bumps and bruises to catastrophic and traumatic. Many construction workers have suffered severed limbs, crushing injuries, broken bones, and lifelong pain caused by back and neck injuries. Some construction accidents have even resulted in fatalities.
If you have been involved in a construction accident, whether as an employee working on the site or as a passerby or visitor, then the Philadelphia construction accident attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz can help. If the accident was a result of negligence on the part of the site owner or operator than you may be entitled to recover any hospital and medical expenses, as well as lost wages, the costs of caring for and treating any disability that resulted from the injury, emotional damage caused by the accident, and other damages.
Construction site accidents are extremely challenging cases that require a high degree of experience and knowledge. There are often multiple defendants involved, as each site generally has an owner, a contractor who is overseeing the job, and a variety of sub-contractors working for the contractor. There are also other involved parties such as developers, and each will likely have their own attorney and insurance company involved.
The process of filing a lawsuit for injuries suffered in a construction accident generally starts with a workers’ compensation claim if you are an employee on the site, but it is important to remember that workers’ compensation only provides for wage loss and medical expenses. The finding of negligence can extend far beyond your employer, but you need an experienced attorney to help you determine what your options may be. Call the Philadelphia attorneys at Bochetto & Lentz for a free consultation. We will work hard to make sure that you get the compensation that you deserve.
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