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Broken Bones from Construction Accidents

Construction sites around Spokane keep workers busy seven days a week. The strenuous tasks and the dangerous environment of a work zone can put a worker at great risk each day.

Construction companies are required to stress safety and keep employees as secure as possible while on the job.  Sometimes that concern can be overlooked when the bottom-line of the project becomes more important to those in charge.

Foreseeable Accidents

Workers can end up in a precarious spot and find themselves at the center of an accident.  Broken bones and other serious injuries can be the result. Sometimes an accident isn’t much of a surprise in hindsight, at least to the employees who work there every day. They usually know when safety is being looked after and when site safety has gone neglected.

That neglect can be evidence in a claim against property owners or project managers who might’ve known about a safety issue but chose not to correct it.  An attorney from CCD Law of Spokane can help you determine who can be held responsible if you were in a tragic accident that wasn’t your fault.

Types of Bone Fractures

The Bureau of Labor Statistics found that around 8 workers per 10,000 suffered broken bones (fractures) in the workplace in 2018.  It’s a common injury, especially in falls.  Falls are the number one hazard for construction workers.

Bones break in many distinct ways. The most common kinds of fractures workers experience are as follows:

  • Greenstick – Incomplete fracture. The broken bone is not completely separated. Named after how a green tree branch will break but still remains connected.
  • Transverse – The break is in a straight line across the bone.
  • Spiral – The break spirals around the bone; common in a twisting injury.
  • Oblique – Diagonal break across the bone.
  • Compression – The bone is crushed, causing the broken bone to be wider or flatter in appearance.
  • Comminuted – The break is in three or more pieces and fragments are present at the fracture site.
  • Segmental – The same bone is fractured in two places, so there is a “floating” segment of bone.

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Construction Site Injury Compensation

A construction site company and others involved in the project, like a supervisor, are legally responsible for providing a reasonably safe job site. If they are found at fault, state law allows for compensation for the injured person. A worker can be awarded financial compensation for many of the losses and hardships suffered during recovery:

  • Medical Bills
  • Rehab treatment/equipment
  • Travel
  • Lost time from work (Including the expected future lost time)
  • Permanent disability/disfigurement
  • Pain and mental anguish
  • Loss of consortium (Being without the support of a spouse, partner, family member, etc.)

Complex Construction Accident Claims

Construction Injury cases can be complicated and challenging to pursue because often there are multiple defendants (the property owner, the general contractor, various sub-contractors, the developer, investors, etc.), multiple insurance companies, and multiple attorneys involved.

A construction accident may be reported as only a workers’ compensation injury, which limits your recovery to only wage loss and medical expenses. There is no recovery of pain and suffering and other damages under workers’ compensation.

With all of the moving parts in worksite accident claims, it’s important to have a local construction accident attorney on your side so that the best outcome can be determined by someone with experience in these cases.

Contact a Spokane Construction Accident Lawyer

Established in Spokane in 1948, Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S. is committed to providing our clients with the absolute highest quality legal representation. If our Construction Accident Lawyers represent you for your accident case, you have our assurance that we will use our absolute best efforts to win your case. Contact us after any accident resulting in a serious injury for a free, confidential consultation and case evaluation. We will only offer you advice which is in your best interest.

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