Any type of employee can be injured on the job, but construction workers are especially vulnerable to the risk of personal injury or wrongful death. Despite continual improvements to safety systems that are designed to protect workers, construction remains one of the most dangerous industries in the United States, and Utah’s construction industry is no exception.
If you or your spouse got hurt while working at a construction site in Salt Lake City or other areas of Utah, you are urged to contact Salt Lake construction injury attorney Jay Sheen for legal guidance. You could be entitled to compensation for your injuries, including compensation for your medical bills and lost earnings. To talk about your construction accident claim in a free, completely confidential legal consultation, call the law offices of Overson & Sheen at (801) 618-3580.
Getting Compensated for a Construction Site Accident in Utah: Workers’ Compensation
Injured Utah construction workers may be entitled to financial compensation. However, the laws governing construction accident compensation in Utah can be highly complex, and it is essential that you are represented by a knowledgeable attorney who has experience handling these types of claims.
Utah prohibits injured workers from suing their employers. Rather than bringing a lawsuit against his or her employer, an injured construction worker will generally file a workers’ compensation claim. However, depending on the cause of the injury, it may be possible to recover additional compensation by making a claim against a third party other than the employer.
For example, if an injury is caused by a defective product, it may be possible to seek damages from the product manufacturer. Some examples of defective products that can cause construction site injuries include:
- Electric Hand Tools
- Hard Hats
- Nail Guns
- Power Cables
- Welding Torches
Jay Sheen handles a wide range of construction-related accidents involving machinery and heavy equipment, including:
- Bulldozer Accidents
- Construction Elevator Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Falls from Heights
- Forklift Accidents
- Hoist and Lift Accidents
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
What are the Top Injury and Wrongful Death Hazards in the Construction Industry?
The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) and Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) track information on occupational injuries and fatalities by industry. According to OSHA data, there were 899 fatalities in the construction industry during 2014 alone: just over 20% of all worker fatalities in the private sector. These figures reflect just how hazardous the industry can be, especially when coworkers or project managers take negligent or reckless actions, like ignoring safety requirements in order to complete a job faster.
OSHA has identified four hazards as the construction industry’s “fatal four”: the leading causes of death in the construction injury. Together, the fatal four caused well over half of the industry’s 2014 fatalities: about 61%. The greatest hazards for construction workers are:
- Accidental Falls – 359 out of 899 fatalities (39.9%)
- Electrocution Accidents – 74 fatalities (8.2%)
- Object Strikes – 73 fatalities (8.1%)
- “Caught-In” Accidents – 39 fatalities (4.3%)
Sadly, due to the extremely powerful machinery and, often, great heights that are involved in construction projects, it is not uncommon for injuries to be fatal or permanently disabling. As a personal injury attorney with more than three decades of experience, Jay Sheen has handled numerous claims involving a wide range of injuries, and has detailed knowledge of how and why avoidable injuries occur.
Workers’ compensation claims may arise from a wide array of moderate to catastrophic injuries, with some examples including:
- Broken Bones
- Concussions and Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBI)
- Crush Injuries
- Cuts and Lacerations
- Electrical Burns
- Finger Amputations
- Foot Amputations
- Head Injuries
- Hearing Loss
- Limb Amputations
- Permanent Scarring
- Spinal Cord Injuries (SCI)
- Sprains and Strains (Soft Tissue Injuries)
- Stress Injuries
- Thumb Amputations
- Toe Amputations
- Torn Rotator Cuff Injuries
- Vision Loss
- Wrongful Death
Experienced Salt Lake City Attorney Representing Injured Construction Workers
When you are recovering from a debilitating injury that has left you weakened and hospitalized, you shouldn’t have to shoulder the added burden of insurance paperwork, workers’ compensation procedures, and other legal matters. At Overson & Sheen, our role is to fight aggressively on your behalf, so that you can get the rest you need. We will work tirelessly to maximize your workers’ compensation benefits. Our goal is to see that you and your family have the financial support you need to get through this difficult time.
Personal injury lawyer Jay Sheen has more than 33 years of experience helping hard-working Utahans get compensated for workplace accidents, including injuries that were caused by defective products. Jay handles construction injury claims in Salt Lake City and throughout Utah, including West Valley City, Orem, Provo, West Jordan, Ogden, Taylorsville, Lehi, and beyond.
To talk about your claim with Jay in a free and completely confidential legal consultation, call Overson & Sheen as soon as possible at (801) 618-3580. Jay can answer your legal questions and help you understand your rights as an injured worker in Utah.