While less common than some of the other types of construction site accidents, drowning accidents among workers are nowhere near rare. Construction workers are exposed to numerous risks when working on bridges, even more than on a typical construction site.
Not all drowning accidents result in a fatality. The injuries sustained in near-drowning accidents usually lead to life-altering complications with long-term consequences. The most common cause of injury involving near-drowning incidents is the loss of oxygen flow to the brain for extended periods of time. This can lead to severe, usually permanent, disabilities such as loss of cognitive function, or impaired memory and reasoning.
This type of accidents leads to hefty medical bills, inability to work or conduct normal, day-by-day activities without help, requiring a permanent caregiver. As in most other construction-related injuries, negligence is the leading factor when it comes to drowning accidents. Employers, contractors, everyone involved in a construction project is trying to cut corners in order to keep the costs down and speed up the process.
If you or a loved one have been affected by a drowning or a near-drowning incident, contact O'Brien & Zehnder Law Firm and let us fight for justice on your behalf. If necessary, we can represent your interests in court and make sure that the accident does not decrease your quality of life.