Covington Construction Accident Lawyers
Trial-Tested Construction Accident Attorneys Ready to Fight for You & Win
Construction accident lawyers exist because construction is a notoriously dangerous industry. In fact, the construction industry has one of the highest rates of on-the-job injuries and death, putting it among the top five deadliest occupations (source: BLS).
No matter what causes a construction accident, you could have various options for compensation and justice if you or a loved one have been hurt in one. When that happens, the best way to get the answers, help, and support you need is by contacting a 5-star Covington construction accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
For more than 20 years, we have been dedicated advocates for those hurt in construction accidents. With vast experience, knowledge, and resources, we know how to win full, fair compensation in even the most complex construction accident cases involving the toughest opponents. We are proud to be here for you, and we are always ready to fight to protect your rights when it matters most.
Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers has recovered millions for injured workers and families who have lost loved ones in fatal construction accidents. We are ready to make your claim and recovery our next victory.
Click on a link below to jump directly to a section and learn more about construction accident causes, cases, lawyers, and compensation.
- What Are the Leading Causes of Construction Accidents & Injuries?
- Construction Accident Statistics
- What Should I Do After a Construction Accident?
- When Can I Sue After a Construction Accident?
- When Do I Need a Covington Construction Accident Lawyer?
- How Much Compensation Is Available After a Construction Accident?
What Are the Leading Causes of Construction Accidents & Injuries ?
There are four leading causes of construction accidents — falls, struck-by events, electrocutions, and caught-in-between incidents (source: CDC). Here is a closer look at each (source for all data below: CDC).
The number one cause of death for construction workers is falling. In fact, more than 1 in 3 fatal construction accidents (36.4%) involve a fall. Remarkably, about 3 in 4 of these deadly falls impact construction workers at smaller companies (i.e., those with fewer than 20 employees).
Construction falling accidents can occur from ladders, scaffolding, and other elevated areas. They can also happen on the same level, as in the case of slip and falls or trip and falls.
More than 1 in 7 fatal construction accidents (15.4%) involve a struck-by event. That may not sound significant, however, that means that:
- More than 1 in 3 construction workers are killed in struck-by accidents each week.
- Since 2011, deadly struck-by accidents at construction sites have surged by nearly 8%.
These struck-by incidents include workers being hit by:
- Objects or equipment: More than half of these cases involve items falling from elevated areas and hitting workers. These items include construction materials, tools, industrial equipment, and other items.
- Motor vehicles: On construction sites, this means pedestrian accidents involving cars, 18-wheelers, cement trucks, and other vehicles.
Electrocutions are responsible for about 1 in 13 deadly construction accidents (7.2%). They can occur via direct contact with electricity or a live current or indirect contact, like touching a pipe that’s in contact with a power line.
More than 5% of fatal construction accidents involve caught-in-between incidents. This includes collapsing materials and crushing accidents, as well as being caught up in and compressed by objects or equipment at construction sites. Tragically, caught-in-between incidents involving collapsing materials have spiked by more than 31% since 2018.
Other Causes of Construction Accidents & Injuries
Beyond the Fatal Four in the construction industry, other common causes of accidents and injuries for construction workers include (and are not limited to):
- Defective equipment and mechanical failures
- Exposures to toxic or volatile substances
- Failures to comply with construction safety standards
- A lack of safety equipment and/or training for workers
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, our Covington construction attorneys are skilled at representing injured construction workers and their families. No matter how your construction accident occurred, we can explain your rights and options, helping you take the right steps towards recovery and justice.
Construction Accident Statistics
The fatal injury rate for construction workers is 11 times greater than it is for the average worker in the U.S. The latest construction accident statistics elaborate on that grim statistic, revealing just how often workers in different sectors of the construction industry are dying on the job (source: BLS).
If you or a loved one has been hurt while working on a construction site, just one accident can be life-shattering. When that happens, you can count on a Covington construction accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers for experienced, strategic advocacy in the pursuit of justice and compensation.
What Should I Do After a Construction Accident?
If you are conscious and able to do anything after a construction accident, here are the most important steps to take. These will help you protect your rights and claim(s) going forward:
- Get emergency medical care. Don’t try to “tough it out” and don’t discount your injuries. See a doctor ASAP.
- Report the construction accident and your injuries to your employer. While it’s best to do this as soon as you can, in Louisiana, you have 30 days from the date of your accident to report it to your employer (to maintain eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits, if you qualify).
- Gather evidence. This can include the name(s) and contact information of any witnesses, as well as pictures and/or videos of the accident scene, debris from the scene, and more.
- Continue receiving all necessary medical care and keep all medical bills and records. Continued medical care will result in detailed documentation of your injuries, which can be crucial. Your medical bills will be important too because they can help establish damages if you have a case outside of a workers’ compensation claim.
- Contact a Covington construction accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers. We can explain whether you have a personal injury claim, beyond your workers’ compensation claim, and tell you what needs to happen next in order for you to seek the full compensation you may deserve.
When Can I Sue After a Construction Accident?
You may be able to sue a third party — meaning a party other than your employer or one of its employees — IF:
- A third party’s negligence has played a role in causing the construction accident: These third parties could include contractors or subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, motor carriers, equipment suppliers, and/or others.
- The statute of limitations has not expired: There is limited time to file an injury claim after an accident. In fact, in Louisiana, you have one year from the date of the accident or the date on which your injury is diagnosed. If that deadline passes, you could lose the opportunity to sue and make the negligent parties pay for the harm they’ve caused you.
- There’s evidence to support your case: If you can’t prove negligence or damages, there’s little to no chance that a construction injury case will be successful. That’s why it’s important to gather and keep evidence after an accident — and why it’s essential to talk to an attorney, who can point out all the key evidence you need to support your case.
A Covington construction accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can explain your options and legal remedies, so you can pursue the maximum available compensation.
When Do I Need a Covington Construction Accident Lawyer?
ASAP. A Covington construction accident lawyer can immediately start helping you by identifying whether you have a case beyond a workers’ compensation claim. If you do, your attorney can build you the strongest case, doing things like:
- Conducting deeper investigations to gather more evidence to strengthen your case
- Managing the complex court filings and case deadlines to keep things moving forward
- Strategically communicating with insurance companies
- Calculating compensation and negotiating settlement offers
- Representing you in court whenever necessary
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we can fight for you and give you confidence that your construction accident claim is on track for success. Find out how in an initial consultation.
How Much Compensation Is Available After a Construction Accident?
Construction accident compensation will depend on the specifics of your situation and:
- Whether you have a workers’ compensation claim
- Whether you have an injury case against a third party (distinct from the workers’ compensation claim)
- The severity of your injuries and losses associated with the construction accident
When the injured have a successful third-party claim, construction accident compensation may include damages for (but not limited to):
- Medical bills (past and future)
- Lost wages, benefits, and bonuses (past & future)
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (after deadly accidents)
- Loss of consortium
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we understand compensation cannot reverse catastrophic injuries and deaths from construction accidents. Nevertheless, we have seen how the recoveries from these cases can relieve financial stress while helping accident survivors and families heal and rebuild their lives.
Talk to an Accident Lawyer Before It’s Too Late
If you or a loved one has been hurt at a construction site, the sooner you get answers, the better. Find out more about your rights and legal options by contacting Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers today.
We are known for our tireless dedication, extraordinary counsel, and high-quality representation. That’s how we’ve earned a glowing reputation for diligence, integrity, and success in all types of construction injury and death cases. Discover the difference our team can make in your case and recovery by contacting us today.