Alexandria Work Accident Attorneys
Our Alexandria Work Injury Lawyers Fight for What's Fair
Getting seriously injured on the job is devastating. In just a few seconds, an employee's income, career, and future can be completely destroyed. Catastrophic accidents at work cause lasting injuries, expensive medical bills, and a complete loss of income for months, even years. The worst part is that the vast majority of work accidents are preventable. Thanks to agencies like OSHA, employers are obligated to use every reasonable measure to keep workers and work environments safe. If they don’t, they should be held responsible for the harm workers suffer.
When a company or individual causes harm to a worker, the Alexandria work accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin fight for his or her health and future. Our firm has won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements in just the last couple years, with hundreds of results of $1 million or more. We've gotten record-setting results for workplace accidents, helping employees and contractors get the help and support they needed. When people need an advocate who has the track record to get them the best possible results, they call Arnold & Itkin LLP.
If you have been injured at work, call Arnold & Itkin’s Alexandria work accident attorneys today at (888) 493-1629. Your consultation is free, so learn your legal options today!
Facts About Work Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was created in 1971 with the mission of reducing hazards in American workplaces. Because the economy was booming at the time, American workers were suffering an alarming rate of fatal injuries. Since 1971, OSHA has made significant progress in mitigating workplace hazards. However, employers still get away with harmful and unsafe practices. With only about 2,000 inspectors, millions of workplaces lack the accountability that would force them to maintain a safe work environment.
OSHA reported that 5,190 workers lost their lives in 2016. It is a frustrating reality that, if employers followed simple regulations, these deaths could be drastically reduced or eliminated. In an effort to encourage self-regulation, OSHA maintains a list of the most common violations it sees in American workplaces.
The most common OSHA citations include:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication
- Respiratory protection
- Control of hazardous energy
- Powered industrial trucks
- Machinery and machine guarding
- Fall protection training
- Electrical hazards
Construction Accidents in Alexandria
Construction workers go to work every day expecting employers to provide them with a safe work environment and reliable equipment to prevent injury. In theory, every employer can and should provide these things. In practice, construction work is hazardous, leaving people with lifelong injuries after serious accidents. That's why OSHA regulates working conditions and requires employers to maintain the safest work environment possible. If a worker gets injured due to the employer’s negligence, they may be held liable for the worker's losses, including medical care and lost work time.
The Alexandria construction accident lawyers at Arnold & Itkin LLP have won billions in verdicts and settlements helping injured people hold companies accountable. Our results include hundreds of results of $1 million or more, including a record-setting verdict for the victim of a crane accident at a construction site. Our firm understands why construction accidents happen and how much you'll need to recover from them. The first step is learning your legal and financial options in a free consultation, so call us as soon as possible.
The “Fatal Four” Construction Accidents
OSHA is also responsible for compiling research every year to determine how safe work environments are nationwide. Their research shows that the construction industry has one of the highest rates of workplace injury and fatality: about 1 in 5 workplace fatalities occur on a construction site. Of those fatalities, OSHA has determined the four most common events that lead to fatalities in the construction injury. They call them the “Fatal Four.”
The “Fatal Four” are:
- Falls (38.7%)
- Struck by Object (9.4%)
- Electrocutions (8.3%)
- Caught-in/between (7.3%)
These four types of accidents make up more than 60% of all construction accident deaths. OSHA classifies each of these four causes as 100% preventable with proper safety measures. If companies follow the required safety procedures, over 500 lives could be saved every year. That also means any loved one who dies as a result of the above list of accidents died due to employer negligence in some form or another.
Responsibilities of a Construction Employer
Ultimately, employers are responsible for workplace accidents, especially in high-risk environments. Employers must (1) maintain a workplace that reduces risks and (2) teach employees how to do their work safely. Insufficient staffing, training, or equipment creates the conditions that lead to tragic accidents.
Negligence may include the following:
- Poor site designs
- Insufficient inspections
- Unmarked hazards, such as uncovered holes
- Violating safety codes
- Improperly secured equipment
- The use of defective equipment
If a supervisor, employer, or equipment manufacturer inadvertently or directly causes an accident, they should be held liable for their negligence. Employee deaths and injuries will occur if employers fail to address these issues, so keeping them accountable is how we can keep construction workers safe.
Most Common Accidents & Causes of Injuries at Construction Sites
- Scaffolding Accidents: These accidents are common when scaffolding is erected improperly, which makes it unreliable. Over 4,500 scaffolding accidents occur annually. More than 70% of workers said their injuries occurred because there was a lack of support in the scaffolds.
- Falling from a Height: OSHA’s research shows that 660 fatalities occur annually because workers fall from a height. Construction workers are required to work on roofs, ladders, and scaffolding; if they lack the proper fall prevention equipment, their risk of injury goes up considerably. Employers are required to provide fall prevention harnesses and other equipment.
- Ladder & Stairway Accidents: Over 24,000 injuries occur every year in falling accidents. Workers typically fall from ladders or staircases, and more than 50% if workers had to take time off to recover from these injuries. Employers need to provide non-slip surfaces and handrails on all staircases whenever possible.
- Defective & Dangerous Equipment: Faulty equipment can cause serious injuries. Employees should be trained on how to use complex machinery, and all equipment should be frequently maintained or immediately repaired when defective.
- Harmful Chemicals & Toxic Exposure: Construction workers are often exposed to hazardous chemicals that can lead to long-term health issues. Toxic chemicals can cause workers to suffer skin and throat irritation, corrosion, and more.
Construction accidents are particularly notable because they often cause catastrophic injuries. These injuries are serious, change a person's life, and often prevent them from working as they did before. Our Alexandria construction accident law firm is ready to hold negligent parties accountable for accidents and help clients obtain the financial security they deserve.
Workers' Compensation & Work Injury Claims
In Louisiana, employers are required to carry no-fault workers’ compensation insurance. This means that, regardless of who is at fault, a worker may make a claim if injured while at work or while performing the duties of their job. However, workers’ compensation is not always the most effective way to recover after a serious injury.
Workers’ compensation only provides a limited amount of relief. When accidents are serious enough to cause major injuries, pursuing other sources of compensation is necessary. For example, suing a third-party contractor or manufacturer could allow you to get the money you need to pay for all your future treatment, which is typically required after a catastrophic work accident.
Benefits of a personal injury case include:
- Obtain maximum medical relief by obtaining damages for current and future treatment
- Compensation for any physical and mental pain and suffering caused by the employer’s negligence
- Compensation for a loss of the ability to make a living
Additionally, when employees hold their employer accountable, they help protect their coworkers from future harm. When an employer is forced to answer for negligence, they are also forced to make the changes needed at their worksite to improve safety.
Deadly Alexandria Work Accidents
If you've lost a loved one because of a deadly accident at their place of work, our Alexandria wrongful death lawyers are ready to help you. While nothing can make what your family is experiencing acceptable, answers for a path forward are available.
After an Alexandria work death, our lawyers can help families recover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical bills
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
What happened to your loved one was preventable, and we're ready to hold the parties that could have stopped your suffering accountable. Whether company is a small operation or an international corporation, we've taken on all types of parties and have earned results against them for grieving families.
Call Our Alexandria Work Accident Lawyers at (888) 493-1629
We have a long history of getting results that drastically improve our clients' lives. In fact, we have won billions of dollars in settlements and verdicts for our clients. Many of the people we help are at the lowest point in their life—and we are proud to help them back to a financially-stable future. When you need help paying for medical care, lost wages, diminished earning capacity, and more, speak with us to learn how we can help get your life back.
Call our Alexandria work accident attorneys today at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. We're ready to hear your story and help you decide what options you have.