The construction industry in Florence and throughout South Carolina provides many highly rewarding jobs. But those jobs can be dangerous, too. In fact, construction accidents cause one in five worker deaths in the U.S., the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports.
If you suffered an injury at a construction job site, or if you lost a loved one in a construction accident, the experienced and compassionate lawyers of Jebaily Law Firm want to help you. We will explore all of your legal options and pursue all compensation available to you, which could include:
- Workers’ compensation benefits
- Personal injury / wrongful death damages
- Social Security Disability benefits.
For nearly 50 years, our law firm has protected injured construction workers and their families in Florence and surrounding communities. We take pride in our hard work, determination and record of results. To learn more about our background and to discuss how we can help you, contact us today. We will provide a free consultation.
Common Construction Accidents in South Carolina
Our law firm has worked with construction workers and their families in South Carolina for Over 50 Years. That experience allows us to understand the ins-and-outs of many different types of construction accidents, including:
- Falls from high heights – Workers can suffer severe and fatal injuries when they fall from roofs, ladders and scaffolding. In many cases, the falls result from defective guardrails or a lack of available fall prevention equipment such as harnesses.
- Slips and falls – Many construction workers suffer same-level falls, or slip and falls, due to slick surfaces, loose tiles, wrinkled carpeting, poor lighting or cluttered working areas. Slip and falls often cause serious lower back, wrist, elbow, shoulder, ankle and knee injuries.
- Overexertion – Construction work involves a large amount of lifting, pushing and pulling of heavy objects, which can readily cause lower back injuries. Workers may also suffer harm from constantly bending, twisting and reaching while on the job.
- Electrocutions – Contact with power lines, frayed wires or cords, defective power tools and lack of ground-fault protection contribute to electrocution accidents at construction sites. Workers can sustain injuries such as electrical burns, nerve damage and organ damage.
- Falling objects – Dropped tools, building materials and debris can cause workers to experience traumatic injuries, including head and brain injury. Many of these “struck by” accidents result from workers’ failure to secure their tools or to use straps and ties when moving materials. A lack of safety nets also contributes to these incidents. Employers should always provide protective head gear to workers and require workers to wear the gear at all times.
- Getting caught in-between objects – Construction workers face the risk of getting caught in machinery and equipment or trapped between objects. In many cases, machinery with unguarded moving parts serves as the cause of a worker’s injuries.
- Fires and explosions – The use of flammable liquids and chemicals, temporary heating devices and explosives at construction sites can cause fires and explosions that lead to construction worker deaths, severe burns and other injuries.
- Getting hit by a vehicle – Collisions that involve trucks, forklifts, bulldozers, cranes and other vehicles at construction sites serve as a leading cause of injuries and deaths.
- Trench collapses – In many situations, trench collapses (or “cave-ins”) result from the failure to use or routinely inspect protective systems such as sloping, shoring or shielding.
At Jebaily Law Firm, we know how important it is to conduct a prompt and thorough investigation of a construction site accident. We will go to the scene of the accident, interview eyewitnesses, inspect machinery and equipment, collect and review company records and take many other steps as part of our investigation. We also will consult with construction industry and workplace safety experts to determine the cause of an accident and to identify who is responsible for it.
State and federal workplace safety officials such as those from OSHA may investigate a construction accident in order to determine whether violations of safety standards occurred. Those investigations can lead to sanctions against a negligent construction contractor or sub-contractor. However, in order to protect your right to compensation, you should work with a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer who will conduct an independent investigation and assess your legal options.
What Are Your Legal Options After a Construction Accident?
When you work with Jebaily Law Firm on your construction accident case, we will explore all available sources of compensation for you, which may include one or more of the following:
- Workers’ compensation benefits. Our law firm has extensive experience with helping injured construction workers to pursue claims for South Carolina workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits can cover all accident-related medical and rehabilitation expenses, nurse managers, as well as a portion of the wages that a worker loses due to a temporary or permanent, partial or complete disability caused by the accident.
- Personal injury or wrongful death damages. In some situations, a construction worker who gets hurt on the job, or family members that have lost a loved one in a construction accident, may be eligible to pursue a personal injury or wrongful death claim. For instance, a worker may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against a negligent, non-employer (or “third party”) that caused his or her injuries such as an architect or the owner of the construction site.
A personal injury claim can seek a full recovery of an injured workers’ past and future medical expenses as well as lost income, diminished future earning ability, pain and suffering damages and more. A wrongful death claim would seek a different set of damages, including coverage of funeral and burial costs as well as loss of a loved one’s financial contributions.
- Social Security Disability benefits. If a construction accident causes you to suffer a physical or mental impairment that prevents you from being able to work, you may be eligible for Social Security Disability (SSD, or SSDI) benefits. An experienced disability benefits attorney from Jebaily Law Firm can help you to determine your eligibility, assist you with filing an application for benefits or help you to appeal a denied claim.
It all starts with a free consultation. We will take the time to understand how your construction accident occurred and how your injuries have impacted your ability to work and enjoy a normal life. You can also use the consultation to learn more about our experience and our record of results. We will charge nothing for our legal services unless we recover compensation for you.
Our Florence Construction Accident Attorneys Want to Help You
At Jebaily Law Firm, we take pride in our ability to make a meaningful difference in the lives of injured construction workers and their families in Florence and throughout South Carolina. If you or a loved one suffered harm in a construction accident, we are ready to help. Contact us today to discuss your case.