There are several factors that influence a state’s occupational injury/fatality rate including the state’s industrial profile, regulations, and enforcement, as well as the state’s overall economic and social welfare.
Construction accidents are the second most common workplace fatality in Louisiana; between 2015 and 2016, 35 construction workers died, accounting for 19 percent of all fatal workplace deaths.
If you’ve been injured on the job, or if a loved one was killed during a construction accident, the Lake Charles attorneys at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson are here to help. Our injury attorneys help victims and their families obtain compensation for medical bills, lost wages, as well as pain and suffering.
Construction Workers: What You Need to Know
According to the Louisiana Department of Health, approximately 2 million Louisiana workers are employed in high-risk industries. The most dangerous jobs in Louisiana include transportation, construction, oil and gas extraction, and protective services. Combined, these industries account for more than 60 percent of all workplace fatalities in Louisiana.
Falls are the number one threat to construction workers. In 2016, 43 percent of all construction accidents involved a trip, slip, or fall.
Unfortunately, construction workers are disproportionately exposed to a number of other dangers associated with outdoor conditions, hazardous materials, and dangerous equipment. In 2016, for example, Louisiana construction workers also died from hypothermia, lightning strike, electrocution, and drowning.
If you or someone you know has been injured, don’t assume workers’ compensation is the only way to obtain financial reimbursement for medical bills and other losses. Keep good records of the injury and any expenses, and contact an experienced Louisiana lawyer to review the facts of your claim.
The construction accident lawyers at Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson understand the complex nature of construction site injuries, and we’re prepared to fight hard to make things right.
Workers’ Compensation: It’s Not Always Enough
Workers’ Compensation plays an important role in protecting accidents victims, construction workers, and their families from financial crisis following an accident. However, depending on the circumstances, an injured worker or surviving family member may be able to sue a third party whose negligence led to the injury or death. (A third party is not the immediate employer.)
Unfortunately, Workers’ Compensation laws are complicated; in fact, most workers don’t know what injuries are covered or what might prohibit a worker from seeking further damages from a negligent party.
Moreover, Workers’ Compensation is often denied to workers who really need it; knowing who to call and when can be critical to your case, recovery, and your financial future.
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), common Louisiana construction injuries result from:
- Falls, slips, and trips
- Violence on the job site (often caused by animals)
- Physical contact with dangerous equipment
- Exposure to toxic chemicals, outdoor conditions, or other dangerous materials
- Transportation-related accidents
- Electric shocks and electrocutions
If you’ve been injured on (or sometimes off) the job site, you may be entitled to financial compensation from Louisiana’s Workers’ Compensation laws. You may also be eligible to hold other parties responsible should the injury or death involve a third party’s negligence.
For a team of competent, experienced construction accident attorneys, there is no firm people trust more than Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson. We’ve won hundreds of significant judgments for clients, and we’d be honored to do the same for you.
Aggressive Representation for Louisiana Construction Workers
Louisiana is petroleum country, which means the state’s economy is tied to industries and jobs that put Louisiana workers at risk. These workers often struggle with poverty and low education levels, which leaves them vulnerable against state laws and regulations.
Low-wage workers are overrepresented in occupational injuries and are more likely to work hazardous jobs. Our attorneys are sensitive to inequalities in income, education, and resources available to our clients, and we take extra steps to ensure transparency and understanding at every opportunity.
At Cox, Cox, Filo, Camel & Wilson, we take personal injury and wrongful death cases on a contingency-fee basis; this just means we get paid only if you get paid and helps ensure legal access to those most in need.