Whether you are building homes, commercial buildings, industrial complexes, bridges or highways, construction jobs pose an inherent risk to your health. A simple fact of life is that accidents happen. But when you introduce the use of heavy machinery and dangerous substances coupled with the rough terrain and ever-changing weather in West Virginia, the chances of an accident causing personal injury increase dramatically.
Construction accidents include accidents involving falling objects, defective construction tools, welding accidents, scaffolding or support beam failure, crane collapses, explosions and exposure to hazardous chemicals on the work site. Serious construction accidents often result in expensive medical bills, long-term medical care and permanent physical injury that can render the construction worker unable to return to work and make a living. This situation can be stressful to the injured party and his or her family.
The first thing you should do after a serious construction accident is seek immediate medical attention. The next thing you should do is contact a personal injury attorney with experience in the construction accident field. Any competent attorney will schedule a free consultation with you, during which they can answer any questions you have and help advise you on the best course of action.
If you or someone you know has suffered an injury due to a construction accident in West Virginia, regardless of whether you want to take legal action, you should know your options. One thing to keep in mind is that the Statute of Limitations for filing a personal injury suit in West Virginia is two years. If you are interested in taking legal action because of you injury, you must initiate the action within the Statute of Limitations or you forfeit your right to do so.
There are also many details associated with a construction accident injury, such as workers’ compensation and insurance issues. Many times, it is not clear who is liable for the injuries caused or who will be able to pay for them. This is where the advice of an experienced personal injury attorney is important. The right attorney will be familiar with state safety regulations set by the West Virginia Division of Labor as well as the federal regulations set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Determining if these regulations were violated and who violated them can be the key to getting you the compensation you deserve from a construction accident.