Construction Accidents Involving Crush Injuries
By Michael Verna on November 28, 2017
The attorneys at Bowles & Verna LLP have experience in all aspects of construction law, including contract negotiation and litigation. Due to the dangerous nature of construction sites, construction lawsuits often involve injuries stemming from construction accidents.
Construction accidents can cause severe injuries that have a significant impact on a person’s overall well being, including the ability to work. One of the most dangerous types of construction accident injuries is crush injuries.
Crush injuries can have catastrophic results, and may alter a person’s quality of life for good. Our attorneys offer legal representation to victims of construction accidents involving crush injuries, ensuring our San Francisco, CA and San Jose, CA clients are able to collect just compensation for all accident-related damages.
Causes of Crush Injuries
A crush injury is any type of bodily harm that occurs when the body, or a part of the body, is pinned beneath the weight of another object or crushed between two objects. In day-to-day life, crush injuries are pretty uncommon.
However, a construction site is full of large objects, heavy machinery, and other hazards that increase the risk of a crush injury. Crush injuries are actually classified by OSHA as a “fatal four” injury, meaning it is one of the four leading causes of death among construction workers.
The most common causes of crush injuries at construction sites include:
- Accidents involving construction site vehicles
- Machinery accidents
- Cave-ins or trench collapses
- Falling objects
Damages of Crush Injuries
Crush injuries are one of the leading causes of death among construction workers. Even those who are lucky enough to survive may suffer from devastating injuries.
Some of the physical damages that can result from crush injuries include:
- Internal injuries, such as organ damage
- Nerve damage
- Temporary or permanent disability
- Tissue death
- Broken bones
- Severe lacerations
Aside from the physical damages of a crush injury, victims will most likely face financial hardships. It can take extensive medical treatment to recover from a crush injury, which amounts to costly medical bills.
Victims with catastrophic injuries may require a lifetime of medical care or may need to rely on the use of medical devices, such as wheelchairs, for the rest of their lives. As expenses are mounting, crush injury victims will probably find themselves unable to work. A lack of income only increases financial stresses even further.
The physical pain and financial difficulties associated with a crush injury can place a great deal of emotional strain on accident victims and their families. Our attorneys consider all of these damages when seeking financial compensation for clients.
Schedule a Case Evaluation
When a serious injury has occurred, such as crush injuries stemming from a construction accident, it is important to have an experienced attorney on your side. The construction lawyers at Bowles & Verna LLP have helped clients collect maximum financial compensation following a devastating injury.
To learn more about your legal rights following a crush injury, schedule a case evaluation with one of our experienced attorneys.