Ohio Construction Accident Attorneys
Construction sites can be incredibly dangerous for workers, employers, and pedestrians passing by. A typical construction site has a variety of heavy machinery, large and dangerous objects, precipitous heights, and many other moving pieces and parts. Because of these inherently dangerous machines, objects, and heights, construction accidents happen frequently and can lead to severe injury and even death.
Common construction accidents include falls from roofs, crane accidents, heavy machinery accidents, falling tools and equipment, explosions, burns, falls from scaffolding, unguarded hazards, and electrical failures. These hazards equally extend to both employees working the job and pedestrians walking by.
A construction accident is one of the worst types of personal injuries/workers compensation claims, because it usually involves heavy equipment or working in precarious situations. When you are injured in these situations, it is important to call an attorney right away. At Karp Steiger, we handle both the workers compensation as well as the personal injury side of the claims for you. Medical bills can become very expensive due to your injuries. You could also face many challenges when finding evidence to back up your claims.
Here at Karp Steiger, our lawyers have helped many people through these difficult circumstances related to construction accident injuries on a regular basis.
What steps can you take if you were involved in a construction accident?
Five steps to take after a construction accident:
Immediately following a construction accident, the scene can be extremely chaotic. To stay calm, it is best to follow these steps, which will help you protect the project and make it easier for an investigation to take place.
Call for emergency medical attention immediately. Those who are injured should avoid moving unless they are in a dangerous location. Bystanders should be moved to a safe location away from the accident.
File A Report
Report the accident to the proper organizations. For example, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will need to be notified that an accident has occurred. Insurance companies will also need to be informed of the accident. There may also be additional entities that require notification, like manufacturers or suppliers.
Identify the Employees
Interview the employees who were present during the accident. There is a possibility that these employees will become a part of the claim process even if they were not injured. Looking at the possible claims that may be filed or that your employees may defend is an important step.
Preserve evidence as quickly as possible, which will help to ensure that the investigation runs smoothly and that no questions come up later in regard to this evidence. Some of the items that you may need to gather are emails, security videos, witness lists, and photographs.
Develop A Chain of Command
Determine who will be the spokesperson for the investigation. This person will be the one who will deal directly with the investigators, lawyers, and insurance companies. Laying this chain of command out can help avoid confusion later down the road.
Contact an Ohio Construction Accident Attorney
If you are a worker who was injured in a construction accident or a pedestrian injured at or near a construction site, call the attorneys at Karp Steiger to determine if you are entitled to compensation. Our team of attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case while you focus on what’s most important – you, your health, and your family.
Our team of Ohio construction accident lawyers has the experience and resources to investigate and develop the facts of your case to ensure just compensation. We will examine the scene of the accident, speak with potential witnesses, and determine who is at fault. We will make sure all of your rights are protected and will pursue all necessary legal avenues, whether through a lawsuit, negotiating with the at fault party, or filing a worker’s compensation claim. Call us today at 216-358-OHIO (6446) if you or a loved one were injured in a construction accident.Schedule a Free Consultation
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