Construction is one of the deadliest civilian jobs in the United States, with 774 fatalities in 2010, the highest number of any industry, according to the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. The bureau reports that there were 11.8 fatalities among construction laborers for every 100,000 employees in 2010, more than three times the national rate of 3.6 per 100,000 for all sectors. And four construction laborers out of every 100 are injured each year. The South Carolina construction accident lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm can help you get the compensation you deserve if you have been hurt on the job.
But construction work can be dangerous by its nature — workers must do their jobs around heavy equipment, extreme temperatures, dangerous chemicals and dizzying heights. These problems are complicated at some South Carolina job sites by employers, subcontractors, developers, property owners or co-workers who don’t follow safety rules or fail to warn workers about unsafe conditions.
If you or someone you care about suffered a construction injury at a South Carolina construction site due to someone else’s carelessness, you have the right to hold them legally liable for your injuries. With a construction accident lawsuit, you may be able to collect financial compensation for your medical bills, missed work, injuries, disability and other serious, long-term effects of the accident. If a family member was killed in a construction accident, you may be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit.
Call our construction accident attorneys today toll free at (803) 454-1200 or use our online contact form. We always offer free, no-obligation case evaluations, and we don’t take a dime in fees until we win your case. The Louthian Law Firm represents injured construction workers in Columbia and throughout South Carolina.
South Carolina Construction Accidents
Common types of construction accidents resulting in injury include:
- Falls from ladders or scaffolds
- Falls from a roof
- Welding accidents
- Collapsing structures and cave-ins
- Excavations & Trenching
- Electric accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Collision with heavy machinery
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Inadequate warnings of dangerous conditions
- Tool malfunctions
- OSHA violations
- Forklift injuries
- Crane accidents
These accidents and others can lead to workplace injuries including: brain injuries (TBI); back and spine injuries, loss of limbs; vision loss and eye injuries; crush injuries; knee, ankle and foot injuries; burn injuries and even death.
Workers’ compensation is usually the only way to recover benefits from your employer because it is an exclusive, no-fault system. However, it could be possible to hold other responsible parties liable for your injuries. Construction accidents often involve more than one company — subcontractors, manufacturers of heavy equipment, property owners, architects and others may also be liable if they had a hand in causing your injury. If that’s the case, you may be able to collect workers’ compensation payments and still pursue a construction accident lawsuit.
A South Carolina third-party construction injury lawsuit could allow you to recover for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages, future earnings, disfigurement, your spouse’s losses and punitive damages. Awards are typically in addition to what a worker receives from workers’ compensation alone. It is important to seek out legal help to make sure you are able to pursue all avenues of recovery for your construction site injuries.
Get Help from Our Construction Accident Lawyers
Since 1959, the Louthian Law Firm has helped South Carolinians win compensation for construction injuries and other serious injuries. We know our clients often come to us during a stressful time in their lives. That’s why we promise our clients personalized service outside of court and experienced, aggressive representation at the negotiation table and at trial.
There is no substitute for proper legal help when making a construction accident claim. The South Carolina construction accident lawyers at the Louthian Law Firm are here to help you recover compensation from a workplace accident due to others’ negligence. Call our Columbia construction accident lawyers today toll free at (803) 454-1200 or use our online contact form to schedule a free and confidential consultation.