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Reno Construction Accident Lawyers

Reno is the third-largest city in Nevada, which is one of the fastest-growing states by population in the country. Given the speed at which the city is growing, it’s not surprising that Reno is home to numerous construction sites. Unfortunately, a construction site is one of the most dangerous workplaces, and accidents and injuries are common. If you or a loved one was injured or died in a construction site accident, you may qualify to seek compensation for your injuries and other expenses. Contact an experienced Reno construction accident lawyer at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, today to discuss the details of your accident and determine your eligibility to file a claim.

Steps to Take Following a Reno Construction Site Accident

In the immediate aftermath of an accident on the job, you should report the incident to your immediate supervisor—even if you do not believe your injuries are serious. If you have any pain, bleeding, or lost consciousness, you should seek immediate medical care.

Under Nevada rules, all employees must report accidents to their employers within seven days. Your employer must then file an accident report with its worker’s compensation insurer. Once you have done this, you may want to speak with an experienced attorney at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC to discuss the details of your case and determine the best path forward.

Workers Compensation Benefits and Reno Construction Site Accidents

Anytime someone is injured on the job, he or she has the right to file a worker’s compensation claim. Victims have up to 90 days to file such claims. Some expenses that workers’ compensation benefits cover include medical care, partial wages, mileage to and from doctor’s visits, and rehabilitation when necessary.

In some cases, you may file a workers’ compensation claim and have the claim denied. When this occurs, you have the right to appeal the decision. In most cases, you should consider contacting an attorney who has experience fighting worker’s compensation denials, so you understand the process, as well as your rights. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we have helped clients navigate worker’s compensation claims and successfully recover benefits.

As an employee, you are not allowed to sue your employer for work-related injuries to seek compensation other than what is covered by worker’s compensation insurance. This does not always mean you have no other recourse, however, because you may qualify to file a third-party claim.

What Is a Third-Party Claim? How Does It Work in Reno Construction Accidents?

Construction sites are filled with a variety of people: delivery drivers bringing necessary materials and supplies, electricians, plumbers, bricklayers, and more. Generally, many of these workers do not share an employer, because they are independent contractors who are doing only one part of the overall project.

In some instances, these are the people that wind up causing construction site accidents that result in injury. There are also on-the-job injuries caused by defective equipment, for which the manufacturer may bear responsibility.

These are the instances where, although you may have an on the job claim for workers’ compensation, you may also have a third-party claim for your injuries.

Some cases where this may apply include:

  • Crushing injuries caused by forklifts – If a person is delivering materials and fails to pay attention, he or she could crush a worker with a forklift or otherwise cause injury. In this case, the delivery person or his or her employer may be liable for your injuries.
  • Electrocution or burns from tools – If a tool has a manufacturer’s defect, and as a result, you suffer an on-the-job injury, you could file a lawsuit for a defective product.
  • Slip and fall due to failure to warn – When a painter or other worker fails to put up proper warning signs indicating there are wet or slippery surfaces and you are injured when you fall, they can be held accountable for your injuries.

Leading Construction Accident Injury Causes

A publication offered by Big Rentz, a construction equipment rental company, demonstrates just how many injuries occur due to construction accidents. The organization estimates, based on statistics provided by the BLS, that construction workers stand a higher chance of being injured on the job than most other professions. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in every 10 construction workers will suffer an injury annually.

The leading causes of accidents on construction sites in one recent year include:

  • Slipping accidents – Construction sites where paint, water, or other liquid spills can result in slip and fall accidents. Injuries resulting from these accidents can range from deep tissue bruising to broken bones.
  • Tripping accidents – Construction sites are littered with tools, equipment, and construction materials. Workers are often carrying items from one area to another that obstruct the workers’ vision, which can cause them to trip over a carelessly placed tool or other object.
  • Falling accidents – Ladders, scaffolding, stairs, and open areas that are being worked on can result in falls. Victims can suffer traumatic injuries from these falls, including traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, and back and spinal cord injuries.

Construction Site Accident Statistics

When we think of dangerous occupations, firefighters and police officers usually come to mind. What many do not realize, though, is that construction accidents resulted in more than 1,000 deaths in one recent year. In that same year in Nevada, there were a total of 39 work-related deaths.

The National Safety Council, using data provided by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), determined that construction sites are the most dangerous workplace based on accidents and injuries. The same study also shows that there are, on average, 115 non-fatal accidents per every 100,000 workers, a staggering number when you put it into perspective.

Construction Worker Shortages and Worksite Accidents

The construction industry has suffered a worker shortage for several years. While millions lost their jobs during the recession in the early 2000s, for the most part, those jobs were filled again as the building industry recovered. However, in the wake of this recovery, contractors and other employers found it more challenging to find qualified workers. This resulted in many employers lowering their hiring standards.

The USG Corporation + U.S. Chamber of Commerce Commercial Construction Index indicated that more companies felt that due to worker shortages, safety was a growing concern. In fact, nearly 60 percent of employers felt that a lack of skilled workers increased safety risks on construction sites.

If a Reno construction accident hurt you or someone you love, the lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you. Our team of qualified attorneys works diligently to help our clients pursue the justice and compensation they deserve. Reach out to us today to find out more about our services or to connect with a legal professional who can help with your concerns.

Frequently Asked Questions About Reno Construction Accidents

How common are Reno construction accidents?

Construction work is dangerous. About 150,000 construction workers lose days from work due to workplace injuries every year—71 percent more than the average worker. The average construction injury cost is $27,000, twice the cost of other workplace injuries.

OSHA statistics indicate that the construction industry sees more than 100 deaths every week—when you do the math, that comes out to more than 14 deaths a day. More than 5,000 construction workers die on the job every year. Many sources trace one in five worker deaths to construction.

What Reno construction injuries are most common?

Four workplace accidents are commonly referred to as “the Fatal Four.” In construction, the Fatal Four causes more than half of worker deaths every year.

They are:

  • Falls;
  • Strikes by objects;
  • Electrocution; and
  • Being caught in or between objects.

What OSHA standards do Reno construction sites violate most frequently?

According to the Federal OSHA, the ten most frequently cited violations are:

Who needs to follow OSHA standards during Reno construction projects?

Everybody involved in a construction project must follow OSHA standards.

This includes:

  • Employers;
  • Contractors and subcontractors (maintain equipment properly, repair hazards, etc.);
  • Architects and engineers (adhere to building codes, avoid design flaws);
  • Equipment manufacturers (sell non-defective products with adequate safety warnings); and
  • Construction site owners (keep sites safe).

What damages can I seek after a Reno construction accident?

  • Medical expenses. You can seek reimbursement for any past, present, and projected medical expenses associated with your construction accident. Most any medical expense qualifies; this includes the cost of emergency medical transport and treatment, surgeries, prescription, therapies, long-term care, and so on.
  • Pain and suffering. Unfortunately, many construction accident survivors experience pain and suffering due to their injuries. Specific damages available in certain cases account for this. Ask a lawyer about pain and suffering damages to help offset your injury if you have continued physical pain.
  • Mental anguish. Mental anguish compensation is similar to pain and suffering compensation. Courts understand that no monetary sum will account for mental and physical suffering, but accident survivors do have a right to collect these damages in many cases.
  • Lost wages. A construction accident commonly causes someone to miss time from work. When this occurs, the person can pursue damages for lost wages.
  • Diminished earning capacity. Diminished earning capacity is like lost wages, but with a longer-term impact. Some people permanently lose their ability to earn money (or as much money as before) when an accident hurts them. If this is you, you could be eligible to collect damages for diminished earning capacity after your construction accident.

What are the four most common causes of Reno construction accidents?

Construction accidents occur for a wide range of reasons. Some of the most common include:

  1. Falling objects. Falling objects on construction sites are very dangerous. They can fall from any height and from many places. Some of the most common objects to fall on construction sites are bricks, boards, and tools.
  2. Scaffolding collapses. Scaffolding allows construction workers to perform jobs high off the ground, but sometimes scaffolding is not set up or maintained properly. This can endanger anyone who uses scaffolding for its intended purposes.
  3. Equipment accidents. There are lots of different pieces of equipment on the average construction site. Realistically speaking, most of this equipment can pose a risk, especially if it’s misplaced or improperly used. Equipment accidents are common on construction sites and construction tools create many opportunities for injuries, even when properly used.
  4. Fires and explosions. Any fire or explosion has the potential to cause serious damage. These accidents can and do occur on construction sites. In some cases, fire may come into contact with dangerous machinery or equipment, causing additional risk. Most construction zones have at least a few pressurized or combustible containers on site.

Are Reno construction workers covered under workers’ compensation insurance?

Yes. A construction worker may receive workers’ compensation insurance at no additional cost to them; instead, their employer pays the insurance premiums.

How does workers’ compensation work after a Reno construction accident?

If you were injured in a construction accident, you may find that workers’ compensation influences your case and your financial recovery. Many construction employees rely on workers’ compensation after a construction accident. A construction accident attorney can help you understand how workers’ compensation functions and how it applies in your situation.

In general:

  • Workers’ compensation helps financially support employees who are hurt while working.
  • If you were injured on a construction site but were not employed on the site at the time, workers’ compensation insurance likely does not apply.
  • A construction accident survivor who is eligible for workers’ compensation insurance coverage generally cannot sue their employer for their injuries.
  • Workers’ compensation benefits include coverage for required medical care, treatment, and prescriptions related to an injury. Benefits also include two-thirds of your average weekly wage, disability, and death benefits.

Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC Offers Personalized Legal Help

If a construction accident hurts you in Reno, Sparks, Carson City, the Industrial Park or any other vicinity in Nevada, contact the lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC to discuss the details of your case. We leverage decades of experience to ensure that each of our clients feels supported and empowered throughout the legal process. Contact us today if you have questions or concerns about your circumstances after a construction accident.

Call Our Reno Construction Accident Attorneys Today

If you are injured on a worksite, and you are uncertain what options you have available to you, contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC. We have experience handling construction site accident lawsuits. Once an attorney fully understands the circumstances that led up to your injuries, he or she can advise you on what legal steps you should take and help you through the process.

Accidents at construction sites do not always involve the workers. Pedestrians can be struck by falling debris, or scaffolding can fall and cause damage to vehicles or injury to passersby. Regardless of the circumstances, you should seek legal help to determine what rights you have and whether you have the basis for a Reno construction accident claim.

At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we protect anyone who has suffered an injury at a construction site, whether working on the site or merely passing by. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, online, or by calling (775) 600-6000 today, and find out what a difference hiring an experienced attorney can make.

Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC

If you’ve sustained an injury in Reno in any type of accident, including vehicle, hotel and casino, bus, workplace, slip and fall, pedestrian, bicycle, product liability, and dog bite accidents, or if one of your loved ones died in such an accident, contact the experienced Reno personal injury attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC today at (775) 600-6000 or via our online contact page for a free consultation. We also serve clients in Lake Tahoe, Sparks, and Carson City.

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