If you or someone you love has suffered as a result of any sort of construction site, you need to contact John Tramontozzi at Tramontozzi Law immediately to schedule an initial consultation.
Construction is an effort to increase overall value of the property upon which it’s built and is an industry which is a vital cog in the economy, and providing countless jobs and economic opportunities. However, construction zones are also areas filled with heavy equipment and building materials and these inherent hazards can lead to terrible injuries.
Of the 7 million recorded construction workers in the United States, (this does not include day laborers or ‘contractors’ paid in cash) – more than 350,000 are injured to the point of missing work every year and more than 1,000 are killed. Approximately 1 in 10 construction workers experience “non-serious” injuries within the realm of construction during the course of the year, and again, not including those who work as day laborers paid in cash. These construction related injuries occur at an alarming rate, and affect construction workers, passers-by, nearby residents and many others. While the victims of construction site accidents can be varied in nature – the one common thread is that construction sites accidents disproportionately lead to immediate and serious harm.
The most common ‘type’ of construction accident that leads to injuries is falling, and this makes sense. Workers are often required to balance themselves on beams, sometimes at extremely dangerous heights – injuries sustained as a result of such a fall may lead to tragic consequences. The equipment that is used can be extremely dangerous as well, as one false move may cause a crane boom to move or drop, a faulty shift inside of an large construction truck can lead to a collision, or a tire blowout on a tractor can create a situation in which anyone nearby can suffer greatly. Other common injuries include:
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Failure to use proper protective equipment
- Defective equipment
- Heavy construction equipment accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Slip and fall accidents/ falls from heights
- Crane, boom, trench or scaffold collapses and injuries
- Crush injuries
- Equipment rollovers or back overs
- Electric shock and arc flash or arc blast
- Chemical burns and toxic exposure
John Tramontozzi Law Offices offers experienced representation in cases such as these, and will help address the first question that needs to be answered; “Which party or parties will be responsible for the injuries and damages suffered?” Though this may seem readily apparent you need the help of an experienced construction accident attorney to help organize the events that led to your injury, identify the party or parties that may be responsible for the damages you’ve incurred, and to help you identify the next steps to take that would be the most advisable.
Why is it important to have experienced legal representation?
In situations such as this, an employee or victim of construction accident is often under a great deal of pressure from the responsible parties to “settle”, but this is a time when you should be focused on regaining your quality of life. Each case can be quite complex: For example, if a worker is injured in a fall after balancing on a high beam, the general contractor could be responsible, however if the fall occurred because a delivery vehicle jolted the structure, then that company could also be potentially liable. Your Attorney must identify which legal theory or theories will be of most use to your case. You could be entitled to recovery from the application of different legal theories and sources. Workers’ compensation can help you, but only if you are/were an employee, even then your recovery could be somewhat limited. You could also pursue a bodily injury claim against a responsible third party, but again, you may have difficult task to prove your damages and recover damages for your injuries. This is why you need an experienced lawyer.
John Tramontozzi and the team at Tramontozzi Law can help you in this situation and ensure your employer and insurance company compensate your for injuries. Involve an attorney who has the experience, knowledge and resources to have a significant and positive impact on your claim and ensure that you have compensation for your personal losses.