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Since the early 2000s, Riverside, California continues to reap the rewards of a $1.57 billion federal investment to improve infrastructure, roads, and parks. Between 2010 and 2014, the Riverside Renaissance saw a small city of just over 300,000 people experience a flip in job growth to the positive, from -1.6% to 3.7%.
This type of growth is a boon to several industries, including construction. As cranes continue to dot the skyline, more men and women have an opportunity to literally build their community from the ground up. The work is often rewarding, but it’s not without a cost, and the price is often paid by construction trade helpers, roofers, and structural iron and steel workers.
What are the main causes of accidents in construction?
The United States Bureau of Labor Statistics recently released its findings for 2019, and construction-related or adjacent jobs accounted for at least half of the ten most dangerous jobs in America. Falls, slips, and trips accounted for 31 of the 75 total workplace fatalities in the construction industry. The second leading cause of workplace fatalities was from contact with objects and equipment, at 15 deaths, followed by exposure to harmful substances or environments in third, causing 11 fatalities.
What is the most common injury in construction?
Fatalities are only the tip of the metaphorical iceberg, and can provide some insight into the types of accidents that lead to injuries on a construction site. Falls, slips and trips often result in sprains, strains, and tears. It’s no coincidence that this type of injury is the most common incident in the workplace, and can also take the longest to heal – typically 10 days compared to the average of 9 days for accidents and illness. This also makes it one of the more expensive injuries to recover from, which is just one of the reasons why it’s important to choose the right Riverside construction accident lawyers for your case.
How often do accidents occur in construction?
In 2019, there were 200,100 injuries and illnesses recorded in the U.S construction industry. Divide that number by 365 days a year, and that’s roughly 548 reported incidents a day – and keep in mind that even the smallest injury on a construction site can result in lost wages. The cost of lifetime medical and work-loss for all Americans is estimated to be twice as costly as that of a fatality, at $456 billion each year.
The frequency of accidents that cause repeat injury (causing long-term health and mobility issues) helps to put this figure into perspective. It’s also important to consider that the cost of construction injuries accounts for more than $11.5 billion each year, or 2.5% of the cost of lifetime medical and work-loss in the U.S.
Can a Riverside construction lawyer help me pursue a claim?
Even something as common as a sprained ankle on the job may be eligible for a claim, especially if the accident is the result of negligence. If the fault of the accident is that of the employer, there may be additional legal options available to construction workers in pursuing proper compensation and paid time off work. Hiring the right attorney for your case is an important decision, and it can help to understand how a law firm has helped in past cases that are similar to your own.
Avrek Law’s Riverside construction accident lawyers have helped more than 10,000 personal injury clients recover the compensation they were owed, with personal injury lawsuit settlement amounts in past workplace injury cases totaling as much as $750,000. If you have additional questions, or you’re wondering how to find the right Riverside construction lawyer for your case, don’t hesitate to speak with the lawyers at Avrek Law for a free consultation.
Our skilled attorneys are here to help you understand your legal options after being injured on a construction site. In your consultation with the attorneys at Avrek Law, you’ll receive expert advice from a law firm that has recovered more than $1 billion for clients in personal injury cases across the states of California, Arizona, and Nevada. Contact us today – we want to hear more about your case!