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Fayetteville Construction Accident Kills Worker

excavator construction accidentA 20-year-old construction worker lost his life in a construction accident in Fayetteville this past Sunday. 

The young man was part of a crew that was digging a hole using an excavator on West Rochier Street. The machine hit a sewer line that began spewing debris into the hole. The ill-fated man jumped in to clear some of the debris when the hole caved in.

His colleague called for help and tried to keep the man’s face clear to enable him to breath. Police were on the scene within two minutes and emergency crews arrived later, but the man did not survive the ordeal. It took more than an hour and half to excavate his body from the hole.

Those in charge of construction operations need to be incredibly responsible with their projects in order to prevent these kinds of tragic deaths. For instance, in terms of this accident, one may wonder why were they instructed to dig a hole in a place where they could mistakenly puncture a sewer line or whether they were properly trained in how to operate the excavator. The responsibility to ensure the safety of a construction worker’s tasks falls on the site’s management staff, and there may be a chance it failed to uphold this requirement.

Construction Accidents and Loss of Limb

Losing a limb during a construction accident gives workers the right to seek compensation. With the many unfortunate consequences that can come with having lost a hand, arm, leg, or other limb, compensation is often necessary just to be able to cover the costs of the injury. Getting the necessary compensation, though, can be difficult, so pursuing the assistance of qualified construction accident attorneys is often necessary in order for workers to get the financial support to which they are entitled.

Getting compensation for a lost limb requires certain conditions to first be met. One of the most essential of these conditions is that the injury resulted from the negligence or reckless behavior of another person (or, in the workplace setting, the standard of safety was violated). It should be established that the accident would not have occurred if proper care had been taken on the part of others.

Compensation depends on the severity of the injury. Losing a limb can be a significant disability, with the potential to dramatically impact the victim’s way of life. Factors such as age, the degree of pain and suffering, type of injury, and how it affects the quality of life are considered in making a determination of appropriate compensation. For most individuals, determining how much each of these various factors affects their case and to what degree they should be entitled to compensation as a result can be difficult.

Physical injury is not the only thing a construction accident victim suffers. Pain and suffering, emotional distress, mental trauma, and financial strains can all have a sizable impact on the injury victim’s life. Medical treatments can be very expensive, and along with the possibility of buying prosthetics for the lost limb, the rehabilitation needed to get back to normalcy, and many other things, compensation may the only way to get back to a normal life.