Every year, there are an average of 150,000 injuries as the result of construction accidents. Roughly 1,000 construction accident deaths occur each year. These startling numbers remain consistent despite the ever increasing safety standards set out by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
All construction accidents have the potential to cause catastrophic injuries that result in significant financial losses, but few injuries are known to be as devastating as crush injuries. The damages in construction accidents involving crush injuries can leave our Melbourne, FL clients with substantial physical, emotional, and financial losses.
Our experienced team of attorneys at Charpentier Law Firm will fight for maximum compensation for crush injury victims so that they can focus on their recovery process, rather than worrying about how they will handle the cost of treatment.
Causes of Crush Injuries
Crush injuries occur when all, or part, of a person’s body gets pinned between two objects, or trapped between an object and the ground. At construction sites, there are heavy objects, tools, machinery, and vehicles, so the risk of a crush injury is high.
Some of the most common causes of crush injuries at construction sites include:
- Falling objects: Construction sites often have high towering or scaffolding. If any tools or materials fall from one of these heights, they can pose a great risk, especially since they will gain momentum on the way down. Falling objects are a leading cause of crush injuries.
- Trench collapse: Construction sites also often have deep trenches where workers lay utility lines or foundations. If a trench is not secured properly, it can collapse. A trench collapse is often fatal, but if a worker does survive this type of accident, he or she is likely to suffer from crush injuries.
- Machinery accident: Construction workers routinely work with heavy equipment that involves moving parts, like pistons and cranes. Machine operators need to be especially cautious because an error or machinery malfunction could easily result in a crush injury.
- Vehicle accident: Cement trucks, cranes, and fork lifts are just some of the vehicles that are found at a construction site. Any of these vehicles could runover a worker in an accident and leave them with catastrophic crush injuries.
Damages from Crush Injuries
In most cases, crush injuries leave victims with long-term damages. Some specific consequences that can result from a crush injury include:
- Tissue damage
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage or failure
- Back or spinal cord injury
- Temporary or permanent paralysis
When crush injuries are severe, the victim may require lengthy and costly medical treatment. Oftentimes, crush injury victims are unable to return to their previous line of work, which puts even more of a financial strain on their bank account. Long-term complications from crush injuries can completely alter a person’s way of life.
All of these losses should be taken into consideration when seeking compensation for accident damages. At Charpentier Law Firm, our attorneys understand the unique damages that crush injuries can cause. We will fight for our clients to ensure they receive the maximum compensation they are due under the law.
If you have been involved in a construction accident that resulted in crush injuries, you need to work with an experienced attorney to ensure your legal rights are protected. Contact the legal team at Charpentier Law Firm at your earliest convenience to discuss the details of your case. You can call (866) 615-7868 to schedule a personal consultation.