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Danger and safety risks prevail at construction sites across Florida. Between fall hazards and tripping hazards, construction sites are like a minefield for injuries. Workers’ compensation claims can come from a variety of incidences. Find out if you have a valid claim by calling (855) 880-4741 for a free consultation with an experienced lawyer at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter.
Common Construction Accidents
The most common injuries at a construction site are the result of lifting. However, the most serious and often the most catastrophic construction accidents are falls from heights. Scaffold accidents are also common, and often occur because the planking or support is defective and gives way. This can cause serious harm to an unsuspecting employee.
Other problems on construction sites that can lead to injuries include:
- Trench cave-ins
- Slippery surfaces
- Moving machine parts
- Tool malfunctions
Construction workers can also develop chronic diseases such as:
- Asbestos lung cancer
Silica can become airborne when concrete on rock that contains silica is chipped or drilled. When these fine crystalline particles become airborne and are inhaled, they can scar and stiffen your lungs. This can lead to silicosis.
Mesothelioma and asbestosis are caused by exposure to asbestos, and can lead to respiratory problems. Mesothelioma is a cancer that is almost always fatal, although 5-year survival rates are increasing. These diseases may take decades to develop and even longer for symptoms to surface and an accurate diagnosis to occur.
Serious injuries to construction workers are catastrophic and can be devastating. Because construction work is a heavy duty profession, injured workers rarely have the option of light or moderate work while they are injured. This means that a serious on-the-job injury can lead to unemployment and ultimately a loss of career.
Because construction workers are typically well paid and have good benefits, it is nearly impossible for these types of workers to find a career that is comparable. This can lead to depression and even end marriages and destroy families.
A Leading Cause of Death
In the United States, construction accidents are a leading cause of death. Statistics reveal that 10 percent of construction workers suffer a work-related injury each year.
Construction injuries can end in tragedy. If you or a loved one was injured or became sick at a Florida construction site, you need aggressive representation. The Orlando personal injury lawyers at Colling Gilbert Wright & Carter will fight to protect your rights help you obtain the benefits to get you back on your feet. Please schedule a free consultation with our office to discuss the details of your injury or illness by calling (855) 880-4741 or filling out the form on this page.