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.
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.
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.
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:
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:
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.
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 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.
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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