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Despite OSHA safety standards, construction remains one of the most hazardous occupations. A large percentage of fatal workplace accidents occur in the construction industry. If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, workers’ comp may not be your only source of compensation. Contact The Janda Law Firm today to speak with a Las Vegas construction accident lawyer and find out about your options under the law.

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Why Choose Janda Law’s Las Vegas Accident Attorneys?

  • We handle all our cases on a contingency fee basis. You pay us no fees until we recover compensation for you, and there are no upfront costs.
  • Paul Janda is both an attorney and a neurologist and is well-versed in the legal and medical issues involved in construction accident cases.
  • Our personal injury lawyers are thorough in our case preparation, devising well-researched, comprehensive legal strategies to secure the maximum possible compensation, and treating every case as though we were going to trial. We fight hard to uphold justice for injured construction workers.

OSHA Construction Accident Statistics

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) has released data and statistics regarding worker injuries and fatalities in a recent year. Out of 4,674 private industry worker fatalities, 971 (20.7%) occurred in construction. One in five worker deaths were in the construction industry. Excluding highway collisions, the leading causes of construction worker fatalities (known as OSHA’s “Fatal Four”) were:

  • Falls: 381 deaths (39.2%)
  • Struck by objects: 80 deaths (8.2%)
  • Electrocutions: 71 deaths (7.3%)
  • Caught in between: 50 deaths (5.1%)

(The caught-in-between category refers to fatal accidents in which workers were caught in or compressed by objects or equipment, or struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing structures, equipment, or material.)

Common Causes of Construction Accidents In Las Vegas

Many construction accidents can be attributed to some type of negligence, which may involve lack of protective safeguards, improper use of equipment or tools, or unsafe construction site conditions. The construction safety standards most frequently cited by OSHA in a recent year concerned:

  • Fall protection
  • Scaffolding
  • Ladders

Who Is Liable After a Las Vegas Construction Accident?

If you are an employee hurt on the job in a construction accident, you should be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Nevada employers are required to carry workers’ comp insurance. Under the workers’ compensation system, employees are not allowed to sue their employers for injuries sustained in a workplace accident. You are entitled to workers’ comp benefits whether or not you were at fault for the accident.

However, workers seriously injured in a construction accident may find that workers’ comp benefits are not enough to fully cover their injuries. Their medical expenses and lost wages may be far more than workers’ compensation benefits cover.

Third-Party Claims in Nevada Construction Accidents

If liability can be established for a party other than your employer or a co-employee, you may have a third-party claim for compensation. Establishing liability consists of showing that your injuries were caused by the third party’s negligence. Potentially liable third parties may include:

  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Property owners
  • Equipment rental companies
  • Manufacturers
  • Equipment maintenance companies
  • Utility providers

Why You Need a Construction Accident Lawyer

Large corporations and insurance companies have teams of lawyers that will work to avoid paying your claim. They may try to assign fault for the accident to you, delay in resolving your claim, or pressure you to accept a low settlement offer. Our personal injury lawyers can thoroughly investigate your construction accident, determine fault and liability, collect and preserve evidence, negotiate with insurance companies on your behalf, and fight for the compensation you deserve in court, if necessary.

What Damages Are Available in a Construction Accident Claim?

After a construction accident in Las Vegas, it can be challenging to determine what compensation is available to you. First, we have to determine whether or not your case will involve a workers’ compensation claim or a lawsuit filed against a third party.

If you file a successful third-party personal injury lawsuit, then both economic and non-economic damages become available. These damages aim to compensate for the financial, emotional, and personal losses caused by the construction accident. While it will vary depending on the circumstances, some common types of damages may include:

  1. Medical Expenses: Compensation for medical bills and expenses related to the accident, including hospitalization, surgeries, medications, rehabilitation, and future medical care.
  2. Funeral and Burial Costs: In the case of wrongful death, coverage for expenses associated with funeral arrangements, burial or cremation services, and other related costs.
  3. Pain and Suffering: Damages awarded to compensate for the injured person’s pain, suffering, and emotional distress endured due to their construction accident injury.
  4. Punitive Damages: In cases where the responsible party’s actions were particularly reckless or intentional, punitive damages may be awarded to punish the wrongdoer and deter similar behavior in the future.

The specific damages available in a construction accident claim depend on the circumstances and the applicable laws. An experienced Las Vegas construction accident lawyer can assess the claim, determine the appropriate damages to seek and advocate for fair compensation on behalf of the injured victim.

Contact Our Las Vegas Construction Accident Attorneys Today

If you were seriously injured on a construction site, you will need all the benefits and compensation available to you so you can focus on your healing. Contact The Janda Law Firm as soon as you can to schedule a consultation with our experienced Las Vegas construction accident lawyers. We can tell you if you have a third-party case, and what damages you may be entitled to claim. Call or fill out our online form today for a free case evaluation and to figure out your legal options today.

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