Construction work is dangerous. In the United States, the most fatal work injuries are routinely construction industry related, and the work is particularly dangerous for those working on buildings. Deaths amongst engineers, painters, and electricians, for example, are typically much lower than deaths amongst laborers. A Washington, D.C. personal injury lawyer can assist you if you have been involved in a construction accident.
Emergency workers recently flew a West Virginia construction worker to Washington, D.C.’s Washington Hospital Center after the man received first and second degree burns on ever 40 percent of his body in a construction accident. He was working on a steam valve that broke off, resulting in a spew of scorching hot steam. The man was helping to build an outpatient mental health clinic for a Veterans Affairs center. He is in critical but stable condition and he will remain in the hospital to receive treatment for his burns.
Education and safety measures are the best ways to prevent construction accidents like this from occurring. In some cases, however, training and safety precautions are not enough. If engineers and companies design or manufacture equipment negligently, all of the safety precautions in the world will not prevent an accident. These parties should be held accountable for taking shortcuts or not employing enough safety measures in their own products.
If you or a loved one has suffered injuries in a construction accident, contact Joseph H. Koonz, a Washington, D.C. personal injury attorney at Koonz, McKenney, Johnson, DePaolis, & Lightfoot L.L.P, to learn how you can obtain compensation for your injuries.