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While accidents can happen in any workplace, certain jobs are inherently more dangerous than others. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the construction business is one of the most hazardous industries for American workers. A significant number of lives are lost every year and countless workers are injured. Dangerous working conditions and inadequate safety equipment are among the factors in construction accidents that cause injury and death on a daily basis.

A qualified construction accident lawyer can help accident victims understand their rights and remedies when injuries result from a construction site accident. The lawyers of Skelton, Taintor & Abbott have seen the deadly consequences which arise from a failure to provide a safe working environment, and we're here to help when an accident happens to you or your family. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a construction accident, contact us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online for a case evaluation.

Construction sites can be hectic, with workers of various trades interacting on a variety of projects. Nevertheless, the general contractor is required to provide a reasonably safe work place, to warn of hazards inherent in the site, to hire careful employees, and to comply with specifications regarding inspection and training. Subcontractors must also ensure job safety for their workers. Possible hazards at a construction site include:

  • Falls from heights including scaffolds, ladders, or roofs;
  • Demolition;
  • Being struck by machinery;
  • Being caught between objects or equipment;
  • Electrocution;
  • Defective equipment;
  • Falls into unprotected openings or holes;
  • Collapsing floors or walls;
  • Repetitive motion tasks;
  • Exposure to asbestos and chemicals;
  • Cave-ins during excavation;
  • Inadequate training;
  • Falling objects;
  • Fires, explosions or welding mishaps.

Most injuries suffered in construction site accidents give rise to workers’ compensation claims. Although workers covered under workers’ compensation cannot file a third-party claim against their employer, they can file a third-party claim if the injury was caused by someone other than themselves, a co-worker, or their employer. Thus, workers’ compensation benefits can be supplemented by legal action against third parties such as general contractors, subcontractors, equipment manufacturers, site managers, site owners, and insurance companies.

Because construction injuries can involve multiple parties, including some that may not be obvious initially, it is important to have your case evaluated by an attorney. A knowledgeable attorney can make sure that you are receiving all of the workers’ compensation benefits you are entitled to obtain and determine if you have a viable claim against a third party. Successful compensation for injuries from construction accidents may include:

  • Current and future medical expenses;
  • Pain and suffering;
  • Loss of income or future earnings;
  • Loss of companionship or support;
  • Loss of quality of life.

Since 1853, Skelton, Taintor & Abbott has been an integral part of Maine's legal community, building strong relationships and contributing to the towns and cities we serve. We fight to protect the rights of injured people and their families. We have a record of success in construction site accident cases and we energetically work to achieve results for our clients. In addition to cases handled in the Lewiston-Auburn area, we are prepared to handle negligence claims on behalf of clients in Portland, Biddeford, Bangor, Augusta, Waterville, Rockland, and other Maine communities.

If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, you deserve to have your situation evaluated by a lawyer with appropriate experience and resources. Skelton, Taintor & Abbott is a full-service law firm located in downtown Auburn, Maine. We would like to meet with you to discuss your case. Please call us at (800) 639-7026 or contact us online.