Conshohocken Construction Accident Lawyers
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There is no such thing as a hazard-free job. However, construction is more dangerous than most. Statistics show that, compared to other industries, construction has one of the highest rates of death and injury among workers. If you or one of your family members was injured on a construction job in Conshohocken, or was hurt at a construction site in other parts of Montgomery County, the experienced construction accident lawyers of Jacobs & Fishman, P.C. can help.
At Jacobs & Fishman, P.C., we are personal injury lawyers with over 80 years of combined experience representing injured workers in Pennsylvania. Wielding a deep understanding of Pennsylvania’s complex work injury laws, we apply our skill to maximize the compensation you can recover for your accident. From educating you on your rights, to handling insurance paperwork and negotiations, to drafting legal documents and gathering evidence on your behalf – our team is ready to handle every aspect of your claim, so that you can focus on recuperating from your injuries. For a free consultation, contact Jacobs & Fishman online, or call today at (610) 941-4250.
Construction Industry Death and Injury Statistics
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), a federal organization tasked with enforcing work safety standards, identifies construction as a “high hazard industry” for U.S. workers, including workers in Pennsylvania. According to OSHA statistics, more than 21% of all worker fatalities in 2016 occurred in the construction industry, which accounted for nearly 1,000 out of 4,693 work-related fatalities that year. OSHA has even identified the four leading causes of death in the construction industry, known as the “Fatal Four”:
- Accidental falls. Falls accounted for 384 out of 991 construction deaths in 2016 (38.7%). There are two main types of falls: falls from heights, and slip and fall accidents.
- Being struck by objects. Struck-by accidents caused 93 construction deaths in 2016 (9.4%).
- Electrocution accidents. Electrocution was the cause of death in 82 construction accidents (8.3%).
- Being caught in machinery or caught between objects. These types of accidents accounted for 72 construction worker fatalities in 2016 (7.3%).
Falls, struck-by accidents, electrical accidents, and caught-in/caught-between accidents can produce a range of severe, often fatal injuries. Examples of common construction injury claims our attorneys handle include:
- Amputation and dismemberment
- Arm and leg injuries
- Back injuries, such as herniated discs
- Broken bones
- Bruises and contusions
- Burn injuries (electrical burns, chemical burns, third degree burns)
- Concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Crush injuries
- Cuts, lacerations, and puncture wounds
- Eye injuries and vision loss
- Foot and ankle injuries
- Hand and wrist injuries
- Hearing loss
- Hip injuries
- Injuries resulting in permanent scarring
- Internal bleeding or hemorrhaging
- Knee injuries
- Neck injuries
- Nerve damage
- Shoulder injuries
- Soft tissue injuries (sprain and strain injuries)
- Spinal cord injuries (SCI) and paralysis
- Torn ligaments
Pennsylvania Construction Accident Lawsuits, Claims, and Settlements
If you were recently injured in a construction accident, you are probably wondering who will pay for your medical bills, how you should deal with insurance issues, and how you will continue to earn income in the future. Filing a personal injury claim gives you the opportunity to fight for financial compensation, which you may be entitled to if your injuries were caused by the negligence, or carelessness, of another person.
There are two paths your claim could take, depending on the situation. One approach is working to negotiate a settlement outside of court. Many people prefer this approach, because it is generally faster and simpler than litigation. However, scenarios can arise where insurance companies are unwilling to make reasonable settlement offers, despite persistent attempts at negotiation. If this occurs, it may be necessary to litigate your case, or go to trial before a judge and jury. Our construction injury attorneys will keep you informed of the legal considerations as we develop a strategy, which we will design to protect your best interests and maximize the value of your claim.
There are various types of compensation, or “damages,” available to injured construction workers in Pennsylvania. Damages in a construction case may include the following, depending on the situation:
- Burial and funeral costs, in cases involving fatal construction accidents
- Diminished future earning capacity
- Loss of consortium (marital relationships)
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost earnings
- Medical expenses, including hospital bills, surgery costs, medication costs, doctor appointment copays, rehabilitative care, medical equipment like wheelchairs, and other treatment expenses
- Pain and suffering
Because compensation varies on a case-by-case basis depending on details of the injury, it is essential to have an attorney review your claim. Not only will this better ensure that your hidden, long-term costs and losses are accounted for – it will also help to protect you from inadvertently accepting an inadequate settlement offer.
Conshohocken Construction Accident Attorneys for Injured Workers
Conshohocken’s construction workers perform dangerous, demanding physical labor to make sure we have safe homes and stable infrastructure. They deserve quality representation when the worst occurs at work.
The construction injury lawyers of Jacobs & Fishman, P.C. have dedicated our careers to representing accident victims throughout Montgomery County. If you, your spouse, or one of your family members was injured on a construction site, we can investigate the accident and determine whether you have a claim. For a free legal consultation, contact our law offices online, or call Jacobs & Fishman at (610) 941-4250 today.