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Appleton construction injury attorneysConstruction workers have the highest fatal and non-fatal injury rates in the country. In fact, this industry is responsible for 20 percent of all fatal workplace accidents in the United States. Workers in the construction industry also tend to have a longer recovery time after a non-fatal accident when compared to other industries.

Unfortunately for workers and their families, the benefits provided through workers’ compensation is rarely sufficient. Thankfully, they may have other options. Learn more about the most commonly experienced injuries in the construction industry in the following sections, and discover how a seasoned personal injury attorney may be able to increase the settlement that your family receives after a workplace accident. 

Burns and Scarring 

Construction workers handle all sorts of equipment, including those that are electrically powered. If a short in the equipment occurs, the worker may suffer a burn, which can ultimately lead to scarring. Fires, explode wiring, leaky pipes, and combustible materials all increase the chances of a work-related burn injury. 

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Wisconsin workplace injury attorneysState and federal laws mandate that employers cover their employees under workers’ compensation. This form of employer insurance is designed to ensure that workers are compensated for some of their losses after a work-related accident (i.e. medical bills, missed hours at work, etc.). Unfortunately, payouts rarely cover the entirety of a worker’s financial losses related to an inability to work; employees receive only a percentage of their regular wages when seeking damages for lost salary. 

Sometimes, an injured employee has additional options outside of their workers’ compensation claim. The most commonly seen example is the third-party liability lawsuit, in which someone other than the employer was also (or perhaps even solely) responsible for the accident. Learn more about how this option may relate to your work injury case, and discover how a seasoned attorney can assist you in pursuing every ounce of compensation to which you are entitled because of a Wisconsin workplace injury

What is a Third-Party Liability Lawsuit?

Although employers are responsible for the safety of their employees, they are not the only company that may be held liable in a workplace accident. Defective machines, automobile accidents, and improperly installed or maintained equipment are just a few examples of ways that a third party may become liable for a workplace injury. There are also other third-party situations that may be difficult for a victim to identify. For this reason, injured employees are strongly encouraged to seek seasoned legal assistance with their work injury claim. 

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Wisconsin work injury lawyersStatistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show that approximately one out of every ten construction workers will experience a workplace injury. Worse yet, the average construction worker has a one in 200 chance of experiencing a job-related fatality over the course of a 45-year career. Why is the construction industry so dangerous, and what (if anything) can be done about it? The answer, though complex, rests within the ten most common types of construction accidents.

Most Common Types of Construction Accidents

Although there are many different subsets of construction (road construction, high rise construction, etc.), they all share the ten most common causes of death and injury. These accident types are as follows:

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