Two men were injured while working at a construction site in Washington D.C. on Tuesday.
The construction workers were working about 30 feet under the ground on a building project in the downtown area when they were struck by a steal beam that they were lowering.
One of the workers was struck on the head. The other worker was hit on the back. Alan Etter, the DC Fire and EMS Spokesman says that the injuries are critical but not fatal.
If you are injured at a construction site, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is provided by employers for employees that are injured at work. A good personal injury attorney can make sure that you get the full range of benefits under the workers’ compensation package that you are entitled to.
By accepting benefits under workers’ compensation, you are waiving the right to sue your employer for personal injury. However, there may be other liable third parties involved, such as contractors, the manufacturers of defective construction tools or machinery, and building designers or architects.
An experienced personal injury attorney can examine the circumstances surrounding your construction injury and determine whether any other parties can be held financially and civilly responsible for your accident and recovery costs.
The Bureau of Labor Statistics says that in 2003:
• 155,420 construction accidents took place in the U.S.
• Out of every 10 construction workers, 1 person will get hurt on the job.
• The majority of the construction workers who were injured missed over 31 workdays.
• Defective construction materials and using construction tools/machinery are two of the most common causes of injuries at construction sites.
• The most common areas where construction workers are injured are their backs and trunks.
Two Men Injured in Construction Accident, NBC4.com, August 21, 2007
Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor
The personal injury law firm of Lebowitz and Mzhen represents clients that have been injured at construction sites—whether as an employee, an employer, or a visitor to a site—as well as injury victims that were hurt in any other kind of accident because another party acted negligently or carelessly. We also are experienced in dealing with serious kinds of injuries, such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and burn injuries.
Over the years, we have successfully represented many accident clients in the Maryland and Washington D.C. areas. Contact Lebowitz & Mzhen today and ask to speak with one of our personal injury attorneys for your free consultation.