If you have been injured in a construction accident, it is important to know your rights. While injured workers are typically covered under worker’s compensation, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim against a negligent third party. This is the time to call an experienced construction accident attorney.
At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman,, our lawyers regularly handle construction accidents throughout North Mississippi. We believe that construction workers have a right to a safe workplace and work to hold negligent third parties accountable for construction site injuries.
When you consult with us, we will listen to your concerns and choose the best course of action. We understand that being injured in a construction accident can prevent you from working and supporting your family. Let our legal team handle all the details of your claim and get you the compensation you deserve. Contact us today for a free consultation.
OSHA’s “Fatal Four” Construction Hazards
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the leading causes of construction site fatalities, known as the Fatal Four:
- Falls – Falls from roofs, ladders, scaffolding, walls, and other heights account for almost 38 percent of construction site fatalities.
- Struck by object – Workers at construction sites are frequently struck by improperly secured tools, equipment, and other construction material. Struck-by-object accidents are responsible for over 9 percent of construction site fatalities.
- Caught-in/between – Construction workers are at a high risk of getting (1) caught between or compressed by construction equipment and (2) trapped under collapsing structures. Caught-in/between accidents account for more than 7 percent of construction site fatalities.
- Electrocutions – Construction workers are frequently exposed to live wires, which increases the risk of electrocution. Over 8 percent of construction site fatalities are caused by electrocution.
Other common causes of construction site injuries and fatalities in North Mississippi include:
- Trench collapses – Construction workers who dig trenches can be trapped in a cave-in, especially if proper safety precautions are ignored.
- Fires and explosions – Exposed wiring, leaking pipes, flammable chemicals, fractured gas mains, as well as unattended blowtorches and welding tools can lead to fires and explosions at construction sites.
- Equipment accidents – Construction workers who operate heavy machinery (e.g. forklifts, cranes, trucks) or use power tools (e.g. table saws, nail guns) are at a high risk of injury.
Regardless of the accident that caused your injuries, our lawyers will be on your side. We are knowledgeable and relentless and will fight hard to protect your rights.
Common Construction Accident Injuries
Construction accidents can result in all types of injuries, such as:
- Back injuries
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Knee injuries
- Loss of limb
- Muscle and ligament tears
- Neck and head injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Wrongful death
In addition, construction workers can suffer stress injuries caused by repetitive motions (e.g. bending, lifting, twisting), as well as occupational illnesses caused by exposure to toxic and/or hazardous substances.
Who Is Liable After a Construction Accident?
Although construction sites are inherently dangerous, OSHA regulations require site owners, general contractors, and other third parties to (1) provide workers with a safe working environment and (2) follow proper safety practices and protocols.
Under the legal doctrine of vicarious liability, site owners can be held liable for the negligence of contractors, subcontractors, and their agents or employees. In addition, contractors can be held responsible for the negligence of subcontractors that fail to provide adequate safety to construction workers. This means that potential negligent third parties for a construction accident may include:
- Site owners/managers
- Equipment/parts manufacturers
Trust our legal team to identify the responsible party, hold them accountable, and protect your rights.
Why Choose Us?
When you become our client, you will work directly with an experienced construction accident attorney who will handle all the details of your claim:
- Investigating the construction site
- Interviewing any witnesses (e.g. coworkers, supervisors, site managers)
- Collecting medical evidence documenting your injuries
- Obtaining statements from medical and vocational experts about your injuries
- Negotiating a fair and just settlement with insurers and opposing counsel
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit if necessary
Our firm has been serving North Mississippi for nearly 100 years and we understand the unique needs of people in this community. Our lawyers are not fast talkers, but rather good listeners who will make your case a priority. You can depend on us to keep you updated about the progress of your case and promptly respond to your calls. Above all, we will put your best interests first and stand by you at all times.
Damages You Can Recover in a Construction Accident Claim
If we determine that you have a valid third-party claim, we will work tirelessly to help you obtain damages such as:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Rehabilitative costs
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Permanent disability/disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
If a close relative has been fatally injured in a construction accident, we can help you pursue a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for final medical expenses, funeral and burial costs, and the value of the guidance and support your loved one would have provided.
At Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman, we are well known for being dedicated advocates of construction accident victims. You can rest assured that your claim will be handled with diligence and care. We offer free consultations and will charge no attorneys’ fees until we win compensation for you. Contact us today to get started.
Chatham Gilder Howell Pittman helps those who have suffered a construction accident injury throughout Northern Mississippi including the cities of Southaven and Hernando as well as the counties of DeSoto, Marshall, Tate, and Tunica.