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Construction Accidents and Personal Injury Lawsuits

Were you or a loved one injured because of an unsafe construction site?

Colorado personal injury attorney R. Mack Babcock and associates at the Babcock Law Firm are committed to representing victims of construction site injuries

It’s frightening to know that there are more construction-related deaths around the world each year than the number of those killed as a result of armed combat. Over 108,000 construction workers are killed on sites annually —30% of all occupational fatal injuries— and construction workers are 3 to 6 times more likely to receive a fatal injury than any other job according to the International Labour Organization.

And while these statistics are startling enough, the number of deaths jumps even higher when you take into account serious injuries and fatalities of people who aren’t construction workers, but just happen to be in the wrong place at the wrong time.

Construction Injuries to Bystanders

Construction sites most often set up in densely populated areas where the development, renovation, or repair of buildings and roads are required. This means there are almost always pedestrians and bystanders around who are unknowingly exposed to many of the dangers that make construction work so perilous.

The most common injuries inflicted on construction site bystanders or passers-by occur from:

  • Being struck by a vehicle. Trucks, tractor trailers, and large machines on wheels —from backhoes to bulldozers— create the inevitable danger of people getting hit by a vehicle. If not operated properly, these vehicles can seriously injure or kill a bystander.
  • Falling debris. Construction on high buildings or rooftops can result in gravity-
    related injuries, such as falling scaffolding, tools, cranes, etc. These can cause traumatic brain injuries if not properly secured.
  • Hazardous materials. Workers often deal with unsafe chemicals, tools, and materials that can be hazardous to the public if not handled properly. Also, smoke and dust from construction sites can cause damage by getting into the eyes, lungs, and faces of nearby pedestrians.
  • Slip and fall accident. Tools and materials that are carelessly left about can result in a slip and fall accident. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention rates falls as the number one cause of traumatic brain injuries.
  • Ruptured eardrum. Bystanders near construction sites may be subjected to loud noises from heavy machinery, which may lead to a ruptured eardrum.

While caution signs and barricades warn people about the dangers of construction sites, bystanders should not have to suffer through an injury alone.

Denver personal injury lawyer R. Mack Babcock has years of experience seeking justice on behalf of Colorado bystanders and workers injured at or around construction sites, and will fight tirelessly to hold negligent subcontractors accountable for accidents.

If you’ve been injured by a construction site accident, you deserve the maximum amount of compensation possible for the injury and financial losses you endured. Schedule a free consultation today to discuss your case.

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