New construction in Las Vegas has exceeded $5 billion over the last several years. It’s easy to see why: the Strip is expanding to accommodate more tourists, the city is constructing works like the new stadium for the Raiders football team, and thousands of people are moving to Clark County and the surrounding area, resulting in substantial new home construction throughout the region.
These sites, which use cranes and heavy equipment, are as much a part of Nevada’s urban landscape as are hotels and casinos. The Entertainment Capital of the World has a lot to offer, yet a city with so many construction sites can endanger both workers and tourists.
One result of all of this new construction is unfortunately inevitable: a rise in the number of construction accidents. Construction accidents can cause severe injuries, because such accidents often involve heavy equipment or its effects harming victims, victims being struck by falling objects, or construction workers falling from heights.
Construction equipment can pose serious hazards of all kinds. If not maintained and used properly, construction machines and materials can injure or kill those working with them or those traveling nearby. Scaffolding can fail, heavy machinery can be misused, or building materials can fall. Due to the heavyweight and load of construction equipment, injuries sustained from these accidents tend to be severe. Negligence and product defectiveness are the most common causes of construction-related injuries.
If you or a loved one is injured in a Las Vegas construction accident, contact the experienced attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC. Your first consultation with us is always free. We have successfully litigated and settled construction accident cases in the past. We fight for fair treatment and justice for all of our construction accident clients. Reach out to us today for your free consultation.
Who is responsible if you’re hurt in a construction accident? The answer is that multiple parties can bear responsibility for an accident.
First, construction companies themselves might bear responsibility. These companies owe a legal duty of care to their workers and the public. Companies must ensure that workplaces are as safe as possible, which includes being free of debris that may cause accidents, for example. These companies must also follow existing safety regulations, such as ensuring proper construction techniques and providing necessary safety equipment.
Failure to provide a reasonably safe workplace violates the duty of care, and such a violation constitutes negligence. Negligent parties become financially responsible for injuries and harm caused directly as a result of such negligence behavior.
Second, construction companies are far from the only potentially at-fault parties. Subcontractors who engage in some of the construction activities might bear responsibility as well, for similar violations of the reasonably expected duty of care.
Third, if accidents stem from defective or malfunctioning equipment, the equipment manufacturer may bear negligence. In that case, the manufacturer, not the construction company, is liable for the victim’s injuries.
Determining the at-fault party is crucial in construction accident cases because victims receive compensation from the responsible parties.
Unfortunately, construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in the United States, and Las Vegas is home to an increasing number of construction sites.
The most common accidents that occur on construction sites are called the Fatal Four, and they cause more than 58 percent of all construction site deaths, costing more than 500 lives per year.
The Fatal Four are:
Slip and fall accidents, a leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry. The failure to provide safety harnesses, fall arrest systems, netting, scaffolds, or other safety devices often results in injury or death.
Injuries can be caused by:
Electrocution. Electricity on the job site is a constant danger to construction workers. Being asked to work live or failing to tag or lockout circuits often leads to serious injury or even death.
These situations can cause electrocution:
Strike-bys, a term used because the injury stems from being struck by:
Construction workers face the constant risk of improperly hoisted or secured objects striking them on the job site.
Caught-between, a term used because the injury stems from a person being stuck between:
While these are the four most common types of construction accidents, many more construction accidents hurt workers every day.
Excavation and trenching, for example, go on all over Las Vegas. But cave-ins occurring during trenching can prove deadly to trapped workers.
These activities can also result in:
While most construction accident victims are workers on the site, passersby can of course also suffer injuries from construction sites. Explosions from excavations can affect people within a certain radius. Hammers and other objects falling from construction sites can strike tourists or residents walking nearby.
Whether it’s a construction worker suffering electrocution or a hammer falling several stories, construction accidents cause a wide range of accidents, often very serious ones.
Potential injuries include:
Victims of construction injuries can pursue economic compensation from the negligent party (or parties) for the following damages:
Victims can seek these damages from the at-fault party’s insurance company or via a Las Vegas construction accident lawsuit. Reach out to an experienced construction accident attorney today to determine your eligibility to seek compensation for your injuries.
Workers’ compensation is an insurance system paid by employers. It benefits workers injured on the job by providing compensation for medical bills and wages during the recovery period, and disability payments if the injury exerts long-term effects.
Obtaining workers’ compensation in Nevada is complicated. Workers must file relevant forms with the Nevada Department of Industrial Relations. Applications are often denied, sometimes for reasons that are subject to appeal.
Hire a lawyer to file your workers’ compensation claim and, to make sure you know how workers’ comp applies to your situation. Lawyers can also appeal any denials.
Unfortunately, workers’ compensation rarely provides enough money for all costs associated with a construction accident. Often, workers’ compensation benefits do not even cover all of one’s lost earnings. Make sure to ask your Las Vegas construction accident lawyer if a third party may have contributed to your accident, and if so, whether you can hold that person or entity accountable for additional compensation.
Workers’ compensation is, of course, only available to workers. Passersby injured on a construction site must approach the at-fault party’s insurer or file a lawsuit.
We don’t charge clients legal fees. Therefore, if you feel hesitant to approach an attorney because of financial considerations, it’s good to understand that we offer free consultations, during which you’ll discuss your case and injuries. Our attorneys work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we will charge a percentage of the compensation you ultimately obtain. If you don’t recover compensation, you owe us nothing.
Victims of construction accidents may suffer significant injuries and also face financial challenges, including how to pay medical bills and make up for lost income from work.
The seasoned personal injury attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, can help. Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC is a family-founded firm by cousins Joseph Benson and Ben Bingham; we pride ourselves in client care and service and our reviews are testaments to these services. Contact our law firm online or dial (702) 382-9797 today to learn more about why you should hire our Las Vegas construction site accident attorneys.
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