Construction workers are among the most at-risk when it comes to on-the-job injuries and fatalities. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction worker deaths accounted for about one in five occupational fatalities within the private sector in 2019. Unfortunately, North Dakota has earned a reputation for being notoriously dangerous for workers, often leading the way in overall work-related deaths in the U.S. each year.
Construction workers who are injured on the job, as well as the families of those killed on construction sites, have several legal options after the accident. At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we recognize how challenging it is for individuals and their loved ones to move forward after these devastating events, which is why our North Dakota construction accident attorneys provide caring, client-focused representation and advocacy. We are there for you every step of the way, from the moment you call our office until the moment your case is resolved. Our firm has been fighting for the rights of ordinary people throughout the state since 1909; learn how we can help you today.
Contact us online or call us at (855) 245-5100 to set up a free consultation at one of our two, conveniently located offices. There are no fees unless we win!
What Are the Most Common Construction Accidents?
Construction workers face numerous hazards every day on the job. To counteract this, various federal regulations and state safety standards are in place to protect workers. Unfortunately, these standards do not stop accidents from happening entirely.
Statistics show that the most common types of construction accidents and injuries include:
- Falls from heights
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Being struck by falling objects
- Defective or unsafe scaffolding
- Toxic exposure
- Fires and explosions
- Machinery accidents
- Crush/caught-between accidents
- Trench, ground, and structure collapses
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Repetitive strain injuries
Due to the severe nature of most construction accidents, victims are likely to sustain serious, life-altering injuries, including accidental amputation, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, broken bones, severe burns, paralysis, hearing loss, and more.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we understand the need of injured construction workers and their families for fair financial compensation to aid in the cost of medical expenses, future treatment and care, lost income/wages, and significant pain and suffering. Our North Dakota construction accident lawyers work tirelessly to recover maximum compensation for their clients, fighting to secure the fair recovery they need to heal and move forward with their lives.
Who Is Liable for a Construction Accident?
Many construction workers who are injured on the job or during the course of their employment are covered by workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that allows injured employees to recover certain benefits (medical, wage replacement, temporary disability, permanent disability, etc.) after a job-related accident or injury. However, not all construction workers are covered by workers’ compensation in North Dakota.
Specifically, independent contractors are not required to carry or be covered by workers’ compensation in North Dakota. However, if a contractor employs subcontractors or has any employees, whether part- or full-time, these employees must be covered.
In some cases, it may be necessary/appropriate to file a third-party work injury claim in addition to or instead of a workers’ compensation claim after a construction accident. This might be the case if the accident that caused your injuries resulted from the negligence or wrongful conduct of a third party, such as an independent contractor, a product manufacturer, or another entity. Our attorneys at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. can help you evaluate your case and determine the best course of action moving forward.
How an Attorney at Pringle & Herigstad, P.C. Can Help
Getting back on your feet after a serious injury or after losing a loved one in a tragic construction accident is extremely difficult. You should not have to worry about how you will be able to pay for unexpected financial challenges, such as medical bills and lost income, in the wake of the accident.
At Pringle & Herigstad, P.C., we also believe that you should be fairly compensated for your pain and suffering. We know that no amount of financial compensation can undo the trauma you have been through, but a successful claim or lawsuit can provide much-needed financial relief and a sense of justice, allowing you to heal.
For more than 100 years, our firm has been representing injured workers throughout North Dakota. We are recognized as one of the state’s leading law firms with a long history of success in complex personal injury and wrongful death litigation. With offices in Minot and Grand Forks, we are well-poised to help you navigate the legal process and fight for the full, fair recovery you deserve.
Speak to one of our North Dakota construction accident lawyers today about your potential case during a free consultation: (855) 245-5100.