Charleston Construction Accident Lawyer
The Holy City is one of the fastest-growing areas in the country. Therefore, the construction industry is very competitive. A few dollars here or there could mean the difference between making money and losing money on a particular job. Frequently, companies look to cut corners in the area of worker safety. They calculate that the money spent on worker safety isn’t justified, given the rather minimal risk of injury.
At the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm, our thorough Charleston construction accident lawyers take the opposite approach. We firmly believe that a stitch in time saves nine. The more work we put into a case, the better the results usually are. Put another way, if students do the reading and the homework, they usually do better on the tests. In this context, the grade our professional team receives is typically the amount of compensation we obtain.
Types of Construction Injuries
Construction workers risk both trauma injuries and occupational diseases. The most common construction site trauma injuries are:
- Electrocution: At a busy construction site, it’s very hard to tell the difference between a live wire and a dead one. An arc blast electrocution releases heat that’s more intense than the surface of the sun. This blast often violently throws victims away from the area, causing a serious fall.
- Caught Between: Many victims are caught between heavy, moving vehicles and a fixed object, like a wall. The resulting force literally crushes their bodies. Internal injuries, like head injuries and internal bleeding, are especially difficult for doctors to deal with.
- Struck By: A hand-held object, like a hammer, which is dropped from a height could cause a serious or fatal injury. The farther an object falls, the more momentum it gathers, and the harder the blow it delivers.
- Fall: Construction workers risk slip-and-fall injuries as well as falls from a height. These injuries are especially serious if the victim has a pre-existing condition. Falls are, by far, the most common fatal construction accidents in Charleston.
Toxic exposure occupational diseases are very prevalent among construction workers. Asbestos is a good example. Renovation and demolition workers are especially at risk for asbestos exposure. A single microscopic fiber could cause mesothelioma, one of the rarest and most aggressive forms of heart/lung cancer in nature.
Workers’ compensation covers most construction site injuries. These victims are eligible for no-fault insurance benefits which cover economic losses.
Most workers’ compensation insurance policies pay two-thirds of the victim’s Average Weekly Wage for the duration of a disability. If that disability is permanent, a lump sum payment might be available. Workers’ compensation usually pays all reasonably necessary medical bills. That includes direct expenses, like hospitalization costs, and indirect expenses, like transportation costs.
Procedurally, our Charleston construction accident lawyers usually resolve these matters prior to an administrative law hearing. Initially, most Claims Examiners deny most claims.
Workers’ compensation does not apply to all claims. Some employers do not have valid insurance policies. Other employers recklessly send workers into dangerous situations. Moreover, a defective product or a negligent co-worker could cause an injury.
In all these situations, job injury victims may normally file civil damage claims in court. In addition to the aforementioned economic losses, these victims are also entitled to compensation for their noneconomic losses, such as pain and suffering.
Connect with a Dedicated Charleston County Construction Accident Lawyer
Job injury victims are entitled to fair compensation for their serious injuries. For a free consultation with an experienced Charleston construction accident lawyer, contact the Gus Anastopoulo Law Firm. Home, virtual, and hospital visits are available.