Kansas City Construction Site Fall Injury Attorneys
Experienced representation for people injured on or near construction sites in MO and KS
Falls at construction sites are common for many reasons. The ground is rarely level. Many workers work high above the ground where they can fall below, or where objects can fall on workers from above. Falls can cause life-changing injuries. Some victims require a lifetime of medical care. In tragic cases, a worker or someone walking through the construction site dies due to a fall at a construction site.
At Kansas City Accident Injury Lawyers, our trial lawyers are skilled at showing how the construction accident happened, what slip and fall safety protocols were violated, and who is responsible for your injuries or the death of a family member. We file personal injury claims on behalf of pedestrians and contractors. Our Kansas City workers’ compensation lawyers file workers’ compensation claims if an employee is injured at a construction site. Our lawyers demand that the liable defendants pay all the compensation that Missouri and Kansas law permits.
How can we help?
- How common are falls at construction sites?
- What are the causes of falls at construction sites in Kansas City?
- What types of injuries do construction site falls cause in Kansas City?
- Who is responsible if I fall at a Kansas City construction site?
- What damages can I claim in Kansas City for a fall accident?
- What steps should I take after a fall at a construction site?
- Do you have a construction site fall lawyer near me?
How common are falls at construction sites?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) falls are the leading cause of work-related fatalities in the construction industry. More than one third of all construction fatalities in 2019 were due to falls to a lower level.
There were 38,870 construction workers in the Kansas City region in 2021. That same year, 4,081 Missouri construction workers were injured, and 11 died. Based on the CDC data, we can assume that at least three of those workers died because of falls.
What are the causes of falls at construction sites in Kansas City?
Workers can fall through roofs, skylights, higher floors that haven’t been completed, and other parts of the construction project. In some cases, a fall can be a result of an electric shock or other sudden trauma.
Common causes of construction site falls include:
- Failing to buy and use quality equipment to raise workers above the ground
- Failing to ensure that the ground is as level and stable as possible
- Allowing workers to leave tools and objects on the ground
- Not training workers how to work at higher levels
- Not having safety protocols for working above ground
- Not regularly inspecting the construction site for dangerous conditions that may cause a fall
- Failing to provide enough lighting for workers to see
- Not warning anyone who might come onto the construction site that there are dangers ahead
- Not having fencing at the work site
- Not requiring that workers wear safety helmets
- Not having safety nets
- Not having harness straps and other restraint devices for workers
- Defective construction products such as ladders and harnesses
Construction companies should anticipate the reasons that employees, contractors, and pedestrians may fall at construction sites. Our Kansas City construction fall lawyers work with industry professionals, investigators, building inspectors, and others to determine why falls at construction sites happen. Other causes of construction fall accidents that our lawyers investigate are whether the construction site owners complied with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) regulations, state and local building codes, and construction industry standards. Our level of review also considers the type and scope of the construction projects from minor repairs to the building of tall skyscrapers and lengthy bridges.
What types of injuries do construction site falls cause in Kansas City?
Falls at construction sites often cause catastrophic or permanent injuries. In the most tragic cases, a worker or someone who enters the construction site dies. At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we represent victims who suffer:
- Spinal cord injuries including paralysis
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Traumatic amputation/limb loss
- Multiple, complex, compound, and simple fractures
- Head and shoulder injuries
- Neck injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Nerve, ligament, muscle, and tissue damage
- Other serious injuries
We work with your doctors and our network of doctors to fully understand the severity and scope of your injuries including the medical care you need, and how your injuries are making life much more difficult.
Who is responsible if I fall at a Kansas City construction site?
Many different people and companies may be responsible for your injuries. Your right to file a claim does depend on your work/non-work status:
- Workers’ compensation. Employees who fall at construction sites must file a workers’ compensation claim. The claim is filed against the employer and is usually paid by the employer’s workers’ compensation carrier. There is no need to prove fault in a Missouri or Kansas workers’ compensation case.
- Personal injury lawsuit. Contractors and pedestrians can file a personal injury claim against all responsible defendants. The defendants may include:
- The construction site owner and site managers
- Construction site architects
- Construction site engineers
- Maintenance crews
- Repair companies
- Other contractors and subcontractors
- Product liability claim. Anyone can file a product liability claim against a manufacturer of defective work equipment, machines, or tools. The defendants include the manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of the defective product.
If a non-employee dies due to a fall at a construction site, we file a wrongful death claim on behalf of the family. If an employee dies while working, we file a claim for workers’ compensation death benefits.
What damages can I claim in Kansas City for a fall accident?
The damages you can claim vary depending on the type of claim that you file:
- Workers’ compensation claim. You can demand payment for all your medical bills. You can also demand temporary disability benefits while you are seeking to improve your medical condition. Once your medical condition stabilizes, an evaluation is made as to whether you can claim permanent disability benefits.
- Personal injury claim. In addition to payment for all your medical expenses, you can demand compensation for:
- Your full financial losses. Workers’ compensation only pays a portion of your wage losses.
- Your physical pain and emotional suffering.
- Any scarring or disfigurement.
- The loss of function of a body part, loss of consortium, and loss of life’s pleasures.
- Workers’ compensation death benefits. Workers’ compensation generally pays for the funeral and burial costs – up to a specific amount, and additional benefits to the family because the loved one cannot support the family.
- Wrongful death benefits. Families can demand compensation for the funeral and burial costs, the loss of financial support, the loss of guidance and support the family member would have provided, and other damages.
Our Kansas City construction fall attorneys work to maximize every type of recovery.
What steps should I take after a fall at a construction site?
Employees who are injured after an accident are required to give their employer or supervisor prompt notice that there was an accident, and that they are injured.
All injured workers and pedestrians should seek immediate medical attention – usually at an ER center. Generally, arrangements should be made to have an ambulance or emergency transport service move you to the nearest hospital.
Injured Kansas City construction fall victims should also make arrangements to speak with our experienced personal injury lawyers as quickly as possible. We’ll investigate the accident, explain your rights, file the correct claims, and work with your medical team.
If possible, you or someone on your behalf should take photos or videos of the accident site.
Do you have a construction site fall lawyer near me?
We meet clients at our main office in Kansas City, Missouri. We’re located at 510 Walnut, Suite 100 in the River Market area. We also maintain offices in Lee’s Summit, Parkville, and St. Joseph, Missouri as well as in Olathe , Overland Park, and the other Kansas City, KS.
Our Kansas City construction accident lawyers meet clients away from the office if they are immobile or can’t come to our office for other reasons. We also speak with clients through our video chat service – by appointment.
Initial consultations are free. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency fee basis – which means we only receive compensation if you receive compensation.
Injured due to a fall at a construction site? Our Kansas City trial lawyers are ready to help
At Kansas City Accident Injury Attorneys, we understand how scary any accident is. You wonder will you ever recover your health? How will you pay your bills? What kind of life will you have after the accident? Rest assured that our Kansas City construction site fall attorneys have your back. We’ll guide you through each phase of the claims process. We thoroughly review the liability issues, your medical condition, and every way your injuries are affecting you. We’ve settled numerous cases for high amounts, some for a million dollars or higher. Call our office at 816-471-5111, start a live chat today, or use our contact form to schedule your free consultation.