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Overview of Construction Site Claims in Maryland

The construction industry can certainly be a hazardous one, and accidents on construction sites occur all over the country. Injuries and fatalities are common in construction site incidents, which are typically due to someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one has been hurt in a construction site accident, it is important to meet with a skilled Maryland personal injury attorney who can help you get the compensation you deserve.

Negligence in Construction Accidents

Determining negligence can be complicated, primarily due to the variety of construction professionals who may be on a job. There can be a general contractor, painters, carpenters, construction builders, truck drivers, plumbers, electricians, welders, heavy equipment officers, and more. Some people may be subcontractors while others are employees. There may be workers’ compensation coverage that is applicable in some situations, which can make the claim even more complex.

In addition, as far as negligence, Maryland is one of the few states that still follows the strict theory of contributory negligence. This means that if a jury or judge find you even 1% at fault, you are barred from recovery as a whole. This is one of the many reasons why speaking with an experienced attorney is so important.

If your claim does qualify under workers’ compensation coverage, you are required to report it within a certain amount of time. However, we recommend speaking with an attorney first to ensure you do not say anything that could be used against you to deny the claim.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction accidents can happen at both residential and commercial sites. Most construction injuries and fatalities can occur from one of these types of accidents:

  • Electrocution
  • Slip and fall
  • Worker who is caught in between equipment, machinery, or other objects
  • Struck by a falling object

Various building materials present risks, like ladders, scaffolding, and tools. Some equipment and/or tools may be defective or malfunction at some point. There can be accidents between construction vehicles, as well. Construction vehicle accidents can often result in serious injuries and fatalities given their large size and weight.

Many of these accidents can be prevented by properly maintaining tools and equipment, ensuring everyone understands how to operate the equipment, and has proper protective gear.

Common Types of Construction Injuries

Injuries sustained in a construction accident can often involve costly medical treatment, and the injured parties are often unable to work as medical bills continue to add up. This can result in significant anxiety and stress on top of any physical injuries. Outside of the general bruises, scrapes, and cuts, some of the more serious injuries you will find in construction accident include:

  • Severe back and neck injuries
  • Deep lacerations requiring stitches
  • Eye injuries
  • Limb amputation
  • Electrocution burns
  • Burns from explosions, fire, or dangerous chemicals
  • Hearing damage due to loud noises
  • Head injury
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Sprains and broken bones

Many of these injuries may require a lengthy recovery period and lots of follow-up treatment. Some injuries may even result in permanent disability and inability to work in construction again.

Maryland Personal Injury Attorney

If you have questions or need to seek representation for a construction site accident, please contact the Law Office of Robert R. Castro at 301-870-1200 to schedule a consultation.

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