Accidental falls have been identified as a leading cause of deaths and injuries at U.S. construction sites. This is a nationwide trend that affects construction workers throughout the country, including workers in Baltimore. If one of your family members was injured or killed in a construction site fall, or if you suffered an injury after falling at your construction job, you may be able to get compensated for your medical bills, lost wages, and other losses.
Getting the compensation you need can be a challenge, especially if your injuries are permanent or if there are questions about fault and liability. Randolph Rice is an experienced personal injury lawyer for construction site falls in Baltimore, and is ready to evaluate your case in a free legal consultation. To review your case confidentially in a free consultation, call the Law Offices of Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact us online to schedule an appointment. We are here 24/7 to help you and your loved ones fight for fair accident compensation.
How Many Construction Workers Are Killed in Accidental Falls?
Falls are the number one leading cause of death in the U.S. construction industry. According to construction industry statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), nearly 340 construction workers were killed in falls during 2018, which is more than the next three causes combined (338 fatalities compared to 253). After falls, the leading causes of construction site fatalities were accidents where workers were struck by objects (112 reports); accidents where workers were caught in or caught between objects (55 reports); and accidents where workers were electrocuted or fatally shocked (86 reports).
Leading Causes of Construction Industry Falls in Baltimore
Construction site falls can be caused by many different factors, which usually involve some element of human error. For example, potential causes or contributing factors could include:
- Failing to set up scaffolding properly
- Lack of functional safety equipment, such as ropes and harnesses
- Lack of adequate lighting
- Requiring work to be performed in unsafe conditions
To receive workers’ compensation benefits, you do not need to prove that anyone was at fault for your injuries. However, you might lose the ability to recover certain types of compensation. In order to avoid losing important rights and ensure you approach your case strategically, it is important to consult a seasoned construction accident attorney with experience handling similar cases.
How Do You Get Compensated for a Construction Site Accident in Baltimore?
After you have been injured in a construction accident, there are a few different ways you can pursue compensation for your injuries. The “best” or “right” strategy depends on the specifics of your case, which makes it important to review your accident with an attorney for legal guidance.
If you were injured in a work-related construction accident, you will likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits (also called “workman’s compensation” or simply “workers’ comp”). You do not need to prove that anyone was negligent or at fault for your injuries in order to receive workers’ comp benefits. However, you may also be prevented from recovering certain types of compensation, such as damages for pain and suffering. Workers’ compensation may not be able to cover the costs and losses of an exceptionally serious injury, such as a traumatic brain injury (TBI) or paralysis caused by a spinal cord injury (SCI).
Another potential option after a workplace injury is to file a personal injury lawsuit, or, if the accident was fatal, a wrongful death lawsuit. Most lawsuits are settled outside of court before going to trial. Some settlement negotiations must be kept confidential as a condition of the agreement. Compensation may be available for pain and suffering, lost wages, diminished future earning capacity, medical expenses, and other damages in a construction accident lawsuit.
What Are Some Common Construction Site Injuries from Falls?
A fall can lead to all types of injuries, some of which can be fatal or produce lifelong disabilities. Even at relatively low heights, a fall can have catastrophic consequences. Randolph Rice can help you file any type of fall-related injury claim, including claims that involve injuries such as:
- Broken bones, such as fractured wrists, fractured ankles, fractured collarbones, fractured ribs, or fractured elbows
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hip and knee injuries, such as pelvic fractures (broken hips)
- Internal bleeding and organ damage
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs), which may result in permanent paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), including concussions
Baltimore Attorney for Construction Site Falls
If you or your spouse was injured in a construction site fall in Baltimore, get trusted legal counsel about your family’s options. Compensation may be available for your medical bills, including costs related to hospitalization, amputation, medication, surgery, or physical therapy. To arrange a free legal consultation, call Baltimore construction fall lawyer Randolph Rice at (410) 694-7291, or contact the Law Offices of Randolph Rice online.