In America, construction accounts for 6% of the workforce and 20% of workplace fatalities. In addition to this, over 400,000 people suffer injuries while working on construction sites. With those alarming numbers in mind, it’s important for every construction worker to know their rights when it comes to workplace safety and the responsibilities of their employer.
In Michigan, employers must protect their workers by taking precautions against common workplace dangers. They must also be in compliance with all safety regulations that are in place to prevent construction site injuries. While most employers are good about maintaining safety levels at their construction sites, occasionally supervisors, managers and inspectors will put productivity ahead of worker safety. When this happens, personal injuries and deaths can occur.
If you’ve suffered a personal injury while working on a construction site, the first thing you should understand is that your medical treatment and some of your lost income should be covered by your employer’s worker’s compensation insurance. Having said that, if your injury is severe and leads to a lasting – or permanent – disability, you may need to hire a personal injury attorney to file a lawsuit to recover damages.
In personal injury lawsuits, your attorney will seek to determine who is liable for your injury, how much your injuries are worth and how to successfully litigate on your behalf. A lawyer with experience in construction site injury lawsuits will act as an advocate on your behalf, navigating an often uncertain path to discover the best possible way to achieve positive results.
At Giffels Law Office, our practice focuses solely on representing people who have suffered serious injuries. With over 22 years of experience fighting for our clients, we have handled all manner of personal injury cases, from automobile accidents and boating injuries to dog attacks and construction site injuries. If you, or someone that you love, has been injured while working on a construction site or need an auto accident attorney, contact our offices today and take the first step toward recovering the damages that you deserve.