Virginia Construction Accident Lawyer
Representing Victims of Construction Site Accidents in Virginia & Nationwide
Construction sites contain a multitude of hazards, from falling objects, toxic chemicals, working at dangerous heights, crane accidents, equipment failures, and transportation accidents. Construction job sites are subject to more safety rules and regulations than almost any other workplace because there are so many hazards that could cause catastrophic injury or fatal harm.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that 1 in 10 workplace injuries take place in the construction industry. About 1 in 5 workplace fatalities were in construction, illustrating how dangerous construction work really is. But no matter how dangerous it may be, employers are legally and ethically responsible for ensuring the safety of their workers. That means maintaining equipment, following safety procedures, and ensuring that every worker is trained and equipped to keep themselves safe.
When construction companies neglect their duty and someone gets hurt, it’s Arnold & Itkin’s duty to hold them accountable. Our Virginia construction injury law firm fights for workers nationwide who are hurt or killed in workplace accidents. We’ve won billions for our clients, including an $8 billion verdict—one of the largest verdicts in the nation’s history.
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Two Killed in Amazon Construction Accident in Suffolk
In August 2020, two workers were killed in an accident at a Suffolk construction site where they are building an Amazon facility. A structural collapse caused their deaths, although at the time of this writing, no cause has been determined. The company involved in the collapse, Conlan Company, was discovered by reporters to have had multiple OSHA violations on its record. The company had received a “serious” worker safety violation only five months prior at a similar job site in Georgia.
The Virginia Department of Labor and Industry is currently investigating the accident, although the investigation could take until February 2021 to conclude. The two workers’ identities have not been shared, but they were third-party contractors working on the project for Conlan.
Read our blog on the Suffolk Amazon construction accident.
Winning One of the Most Famous Construction Cases in Recent History
Our Virginia construction accident lawyers have recovered billions of dollars for people after they were robbed of their health or their loved ones. We pour all of our time, effort, and resources into every case, ensuring that our clients’ cases are prepared to win. In one of our most notable victories, we won the nation’s largest amputation verdict for a site superintendent who lost his leg in a crane accident on a construction site. In the end, we won our client a $44 million verdict, including $8.5 million in punitive damages.
Our investigation determined that it was the employer’s unsafe practices, rushed work, and corner-cutting that eventually led to the crane collapse that took our client’s leg. In the end, we were able to get our client enough money to replace his lost lifetime earnings and get him justice for the way his company treated him.
The Four Most Common Construction Fatalities
OSHA, the agency responsible for inspecting employers and enforcing safety regulations, releases an annual report on the most common causes of fatal injury in the construction industry. Every year, it’s the same four types of accidents, which is why OSHA has dubbed them “the fatal four.”
The four most common causes of fatal construction injury are:
- Falls (39.9%)
- Electrocution (8.5%)
- Struck by falling object (8.4%)
- Caught in-between two objects (1.4%)
These four causes are typically responsible for over 500 deaths every year in the US. All of them are preventable under current OSHA regulations, which means there are 500 people who die every year purely due to poor safety practices. Our job is making sure employers are held accountable so that they never commit the same mistake again.
Virginia Construction Accident FAQ
What Should I Do If I Was Injured On the Job?
The first three steps go like this: seek medical care, inform your employer, and talk to your own attorney. If you were injured while working construction in Virginia, this is key to protect both your health and your future. Because construction accidents cause catastrophic, life-changing harm, you’re going to need an attorney in your corner to help you cover your medical bills, lost income, ongoing treatment, and other heavy costs.
Are All Construction Accidents in Virginia Covered by Workers’ Comp?
If a construction company employs more than three employees (including subcontractors), then they are required by Virginia law to provide workers’ compensation. Whether you’re covered will rely on whether you were working or on-site when you were injured. Since construction accidents (by definition) occur on-site, then you’re almost certainly entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, keep in mind that these benefits often don’t cover the true, full cost of a serious injury.
What Happens If My Medical Costs Aren’t Fully Covered?
Serious accidents often cost far more money and create a bigger burden than workers’ comp or medical insurance can cover. This is often the case with accidents caused by negligence on the part of the employer or equipment manufacturers. When that occurs, families are subjected to lifelong financial burdens that rob them of security and future opportunities. Families have had to sell their homes or spend college funds they saved for years just to pay off medical debt.
On top of that, many construction accident survivors are unable to return to work, taking away their sole or main source of income. In these situations, people call Arnold & Itkin. Our Virginia construction injury attorneys fight for our clients to recover everything they need to rebuild their lives.
Call (888) 493-1629 to learn your legal and financial options in a free consultation. We’re available 24 hours a day, so call anytime.