Philadelphia Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction work is demanding and dangerous. In many areas of Pennsylvania and throughout New Jersey, it is also a primary source of income for thousands of families. You depend on your job to support yourself, and you rely on your employer to provide a safe workplace that conforms to federal and state standards. Unfortunately, many construction companies cut corners in an effort to save money, putting their workers at risk of injury.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a construction accident due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced Philadelphia construction accident attorney will fight for the compensation you deserve. Contact Wapner Newman for your free case consultation: (800) 529-6600.
Types of Construction Accidents
There are many ways in which construction workers can suffer on-the-job injuries. Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:
- Construction site falls
- Scaffolding accidents
- Trench collapses
- Equipment failure
- Falling objects
- Burn injuries
- Building collapse
Any type of construction accident has the potential to result in catastrophic personal injuries. Even when workers have insurance, medical expenses can quickly become unmanageable. When injuries are severe, the victim may need long-term rehabilitative care, ongoing personal assistance with daily living, and multiple surgeries.
What Employers Should Be Doing
In October 2017, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration fined a South Jersey construction company for safety violations at a Philadelphia job site. There, inspectors found employees that were dangerously close to power lines while they stood on scaffolding. OSHA cited the company for exposing workers to falls and electrical hazards, failing to train workers about scaffold hazards, failing to create and implement an accident prevention program, and not outfitting workers with hard hats. And it wasn’t the first time that company had been cited for safety violations.
Often, OSHA cites construction companies over and over again for the same safety violations, especially scaffolding hazards. It’s not uncommon for Philadelphians to see construction workers on scaffolding, extension ladders, or rooftops with no fall protection whatsoever.
In 2016, OSHA issued a statement calling on Philadelphia construction companies to get serious about fall protection, after five workers suffered serious or fatal injuries in a single month. One roofing worker who was not provided with fall protection fell 25 feet to his death.
Employers who fail to equip their workers with harnesses, hard hats, and other necessary safety devices are violating federal law and putting workers at risk of injury or death. Unfortunately, few businesses are ever prosecuted for their actions. They simply pay a fine and continue doing business as usual. For workers who are severely injured due to their employer’s negligence, moving on with life isn’t so easy.
The Aftermath of an Accident
When you are injured in a construction accident, your employer may do everything possible in an attempt to prove that you were at fault. This is financially beneficial to construction companies, and a company that provides an unsafe work environment has already proven their willingness to bend the rules to increase profits.
Employers may hire investigators, hoping to find any evidence that a worker’s injuries aren’t as severe as reported. They may also try to get injured workers to accept inadequate settlements or to sign away their right to sue. This is why injured workers need an aggressive, devoted, and experienced Philadelphia construction accident lawyer on their side.
Experienced Philadelphia Construction Accident Attorneys
Our personal injury lawyers have years of experience holding Philadelphia and New Jersey construction companies responsible for their negligence. Knowing that these injuries often leave the victim incapable of travel, we will come to you – at your home or in the hospital – to work on your claim. We also work on contingency, meaning you pay nothing up front for legal representation. Our fee comes from any settlement you may receive.
Our construction accident attorneys in Philadelphia are devoted to helping injured workers get the justice they deserve and will work tirelessly to ensure you and your family are provided with everything you need to recover. If you have been injured in a construction site accident in New Jersey or Pennsylvania, please contact us online or at (800) 529-6600 to schedule a free initial consultation with a personal injury lawyer in Allentown, Philadelphia, West Conshohocken, or Marlton.