Construction workers have quickly become the backbone of our country. Every major city is constantly undergoing revitalization which is often achieved through the labor and long hours of construction workers. Few people realize the danger that construction workers put themselves in each and every day and instead complain about road delays and other trivial matters. However, construction workers participate in a dangerous industry that is made more life-threatening when workers are not properly trained and construction companies do not follow safety procedures.
Across the country, construction accidents, injuries, and fatalities are a problem. Numbers of fatalities decreased slightly over the last 5 years, but remain high in comparison to the risk other jobs pose. It is not unheard of to receive weekly news reports about a construction accident resulting in an injury or even fatality which was the fault of a construction company. Construction companies are often eager in their hurry to put up new condominiums, townhomes, or office space as fast as possible and tend to shortcut safety procedures. However, these safety procedures are in place for a reason and often make the difference in saving a life.
Construction workers often go through intense safety training in order to be suited to work on high floors for hours at a time. You have to trust your corworkers immensely in this type of industry, because any wrong step can lead to severe injuries. Construction workers are not only working on high floors of incomplete buildings, but are also sawing, chopping, and doing electrical work on these high floors. The machinery that is required to do many of the construction jobs often requires specialized training, although even then accidents can occur. Many machines are difficult to predict and therefore can lead to severe injuries if mishandled.
Construction injuries can be wide ranging and can include anything from a fall off the ladder to an amputation from machinery. These injuries and resulting expenses should not be borne by the construction worker alone but should be the responsibility of the construction company who hired the worker. However, since Alabama is a contributory negligence state (meaning the negligence of the injured person), if you played any role in your own injury, you may not be able to recover any damages for the injury. An experienced personal injury attorney will be able to walk you through the facts of your case and will determine whether you are eligible to claim any part of your damages.
If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, do not hesitate to contact the experienced attorneys of Wettermark & Ketih. Our attorneys collectively have over 30 years of experience in ensuring our clients are compensated for the injuries they have received due to others’ negligent behavior. Contact our Montgomery office today for your initial free consultation and we will begin reviewing the facts of your claim.