Construction happens in the background of our lives every day. You may wake up to the sound of drilling outside your window, or see something being built, renovated, or torn down while you walk to work. Often, we do not think twice about the presence of construction sites. But, construction sites are more dangerous than you may realize. Both workers and innocent bystanders can become seriously injured due to construction site accidents. Read on to learn more.
How Do Construction Accidents Commonly Occur?
There are innumerable ways for an accident to occur at a construction site. The most common types of accidents include:
- Falling debris
- Scaffolding falls
- Scaffolding collapses
- Blade & Saw accidents
- Crane accidents
- Exposure to hazardous materials
- Ladder accidents
- Unsafe property conditions
- Building collapses
- Nail gun accidents
- Electric shock
- Lifting injuries
What Do I Do if I Become Injured in a Construction Site Accident?
If you are a construction worker and you are injured on the job, you will likely be covered by workers’ compensation. But, if you are an innocent bystander injured due to another party’s negligence, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to do so, there are some important steps to take.
- Document the scene: one of the most important things you can do after an accident is take photos and videos of the hazardous conditions which caused your accident to occur.
- Obtain witness contacts: If someone saw your accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events. If possible, ask for their contact information.
- Seek medical attention: It is important that you go to the hospital after an accident occurs, even if you do not feel like you have been seriously injured. It is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Additionally, this allows you to document the origin and extent of your injuries. Before leaving, ask your doctor for a copy of any relevant medical documents.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to gather further proof of negligence, including police reports, security footage, and other evidence you yourself may not have access to.
- Make sure to file your claim in time. In Maryland, the statute of limitations for a personal injury claim is generally three years from the date of the accident.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, whether you are a construction worker or an innocent bystander, contact our firm to speak with a dedicated personal injury attorney. We will fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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