Maryland Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction remains one of the most dangerous occupations in the nation, with more worker fatalities than any other private industry. Many construction injuries and fatalities are the result of negligence and could have been prevented. If you have been hurt in a construction accident, call Malloy Law Offices, LLC at (888) 607-8690 today. Our experienced Maryland construction accident attorneys are tough advocates for injured construction workers.
Why Choose Malloy Law Offices, LLC?
- At Malloy Law Offices, LLC, we speak Spanish and Russian as well as English.
- Our Maryland personal injury attorneys handle our cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning you pay us no fees unless we recover compensation for you. This operating basis allows injured people access to the legal system and justice.
- Our attorneys have more than 15 years of experience and know how to handle construction accident cases.
Construction Accidents and OSHA’s Fatal Four
The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that of the 4,674 private industry worker fatalities in a recent year, 20.7% (971) were in construction. Construction workers account for one in five worker deaths. The leading causes of worker fatalities in the construction industry (excluding highway collisions), known as OSHA’s “Fatal Four,” are:
- Falls – 381 out of 971 deaths (39.2%)
- Struck by an object – 80 (8.2%)
- Electrocutions – 71 (7.3%)
- Caught in between – 50 (5.1%)
The caught in between category includes construction workers killed from being caught in or compressed by equipment or objects, or struck, caught, or crushed in collapsing equipment, material, or structures.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Many construction accidents are caused by the negligence of someone other than the injured worker. Serious injuries and fatalities can result from OSHA safety standard violations. Common causes of construction accidents include:
- Lack of fall protection
- The scaffolding that is improperly installed or secured
- Unsafe operation of forklifts and power lift trucks
- Unsafe use of ladders
- Failure to observe safe electrical wiring methods
- Lack of effective machine guarding to protect workers
- Failure to provide respiratory protection
- Failure to observe OSHA’s general electrical safety standards
- Lack of communication regarding hazards at the site
- Failure to follow proper procedures for control of hazardous energy
What Are Your Options after a Serious Construction Accident?
Most construction workers injured on the job file a claim for workers’ compensation benefits to cover their medical bills and a portion of their lost wages. However, workers’ comp will not cover noneconomic damages, such as pain and suffering, mental anguish, or emotional distress, and you are not allowed to bring a claim against your employer. In addition, compensation for lost wages is capped under the workers’ compensation system.
Third-Party Claims for Construction Accidents
If a subcontractor or other third party on the construction site (other than your employer or a co-worker) may have contributed to your accident and injuries, you may be entitled to recover damages that are excluded under workers’ comp. Our experienced construction accident lawyers in Bethesda can thoroughly investigate your accident to determine cause and liability. If we determine that a third party contributed to your accident, that party may be sued for damages in civil court.
Contact A Maryland Construction Accident Attorney Today
After a serious construction accident, it is important to recover the maximum compensation available under the law. Contact Malloy Law Offices, LLC as soon as possible to schedule a consultation with a Maryland construction accident lawyer and find out about your legal options.