Construction is dangerous work. When the people responsible for keeping the worksite safe fail to do their job, serious construction accidents can result. Construction workers may suffer serious personal injuries. These accidents can also take the life of a construction worker.
Attorney Jim Leach understands what injured workers and their families face after a construction accident. He helps construction accident victims in West Virginia and Ohio seek the money they need.
If you have serious injuries from a construction accident in West Virginia or Ohio, you better have a serious lawyer like Jim Leach. He is a serious lawyer who gets results for injured construction workers with serious cases.
Here are a few of the many reasons why you should talk to Jim Leach Attorneys at Law now:
- Our firm’s experience, resolve and dedication set us apart.
- Jim Leach is a former prosecutor and longtime personal injury lawyer who has earned a reputation for strong client representation.
- Insurance companies know we are ready to go to court, which makes us better able to secure full and fair compensation at the negotiating table.
- We know how insurance companies work and how they set a settlement value for your individual case. We use that information to your advantage
- We will take your case only if we believe we can put you in a better situation with our help.
- We prioritize attentive client service and frequent updates.
- Our staff uses a unique case-management system to ensure that your case moves smoothly from start to finish, improving the likelihood of a positive outcome.
Want to find out how Jim Leach Attorneys at Law can help you with your construction injury claim? Talk to Jim today about your case. The consultation is free and we charge no attorney’s fee until you get paid.
Maybe all you need is a little advice. If so, we are happy to provide that at no cost.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents in West Virginia and Ohio
OSHA recognizes construction as a “high hazard industry.” Anyone who sets foot on a construction site can tell that there are many types of equipment, structures and activities that could cause serious injuries. That’s why contractors, site owners and other responsible parties have a duty to make sure safety measures are in place.
Many types of construction accidents may result when safety rules aren’t enforced. Here are a few examples of common causes of injuries on construction sites in West Virginia and Ohio:
- Defective heavy equipment and tools
- Fire, explosions, electrocutions
- Accidents involving scaffolding and ladders
- Falling objects such as tools and building materials
- Improper or defective safety equipment
- Crane accidents
- Trench cave-ins
- Accidents involving hoists and lifts
- Floor, roof or wall collapse
- Falls from heights or through openings in floors and walkways
- Construction vehicle accidents, including those that involve dump trucks, bulldozers, backhoes, cement mixers, and forklifts
- Injuries caused by conveyor belts
- Accidents in elevator shafts
- Exposure to chemicals and toxic substances
Injuries from Ohio and West Virginia Construction Accidents
Accidents on construction sites frequently cause very serious injuries. In the most severe cases, construction workers die from their injuries.
Here are some examples of the kinds of injuries that commonly result from construction accidents:
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions
- Back, neck and shoulder injuries
- Knee, hip and ankle injuries
- Loss of limbs and other body parts
- Bone fractures
- Burns from heat and chemicals
- Electrocution, including electrocution from lightning strikes
- Crush injuries
- Internal injuries, including organ damage and bleeding
- Cuts and bruises
- Lung damage from toxins
- Loss of hearing and vision
Compensation for Injuries in Construction Accidents in West Virginia and Ohio
Workers’ compensation benefits are available for most on-the-job construction injuries in West Virginia and Ohio. These benefits pay for medical treatment and partial lost wages for time off work due to the injury. In fatal accidents, immediate family members may be able to recover death benefits from the workers’ compensation system.
Workers’ compensation benefits are limited. They don’t cover losses such as pain and suffering. However, some injured construction workers may be able to recover additional money through a third-party lawsuit.
If someone other than your employer or co-worker did something wrong to cause the construction accident, that “third party” may be held liable for paying additional compensation for your injuries.
Examples of potential third parties include:
- A truck driver who caused an accident while making a delivery to the site
- The manufacturer of a defective tool or piece of heavy equipment
- Another subcontractor who made mistakes when installing scaffolds
- The owner of the construction site who failed to fix a dangerous condition
These are just a few examples of potential third parties. At Jim Leach Attorneys at Law, we explore all avenues of potential recovery. Contact us as soon as possible after a construction accident so we can start our investigation into what happened and who should be held responsible.
Jim Leach Can Help. Call Us Now to Find Out How.
If you or a loved one has been hurt in an accident on a construction site in Parkersburg or surrounding areas of West Virginia and Ohio, please contact experienced construction accident lawyer Jim Leach today to schedule a free initial consultation. Jim is a serious lawyer who gets results for injured people with serious cases.
Jim Leach Attorneys at Law will give you a free consultation so you can explain your circumstances to us. We will take time to answer all your questions, ensuring that every detail has been gathered. Once all the facts are organized, Jim will determine your best options for seeking maximum compensation.
Maybe all you need is a little advice. If that’s the case, we are happy to provide it free of charge. However, we often find that construction accident victims could achieve a better outcome with our help. If that’s true in your situation, we are ready to fight for your right to full and fair compensation – either in the conference room or in the courtroom.
Contact us now for a free claim review and free advice about your legal options.