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Construction Accident Attorneys

Job site injuries are too common for construction workers. Frequently, the injuries resulting from a construction accident are major and take time to heal, forcing you to miss work, while medical bills are piling up. If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a construction or job site accident, contact Steve Mehr Injury Lawyers. We have the resources and experience to build a strong case on your behalf and recover the compensation you deserve.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

You understand all the hazards involved in working in construction. You follow all the safety guidelines, use the right equipment and never violate safety policies.

Even if you follow all the precautions, you can still end up with a work injury. According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction accidents were the 3 most common types of workplace accidents that occurred in 2015. The most common causes include:

  • Insufficient training
  • Burns
  • Crane accidents
  • Hoist accidents
  • Collapsed structures
  • Compressed gases
  • Fires
  • Misuse of tools
  • Falling objects
  • Welding mishaps
  • Defective equipment and products
  • Explosions
  • Object strikes
  • Electrocution
  • Poorly designed electrical systems
  • Failure to control hazardous energy
  • Poorly built ladders
  • Failure to meet scaffolding requirements

Not only do these accidents cause broken bones, they can also cause brain injuries. A qualified construction accident attorney will be able to strengthen your claim, identify at-fault parties and determine the type of claim to file your personal injury under.

Types of Construction Injury Claims

If you suffered an injury from an unsafe construction site, you may be able to file one of the following claims:

Personal Injury:

A lawsuit where one or more negligent parties breached their duty of care. It must be proved that your injury was caused by the negligent actions of another party and nothing else.

Wrongful Death:

Claim can be filed by the deceased person’s family if they were killed due to a work accident.

Product Liability:

These types of claims can be filed if a defective product caused an injury. For example, a ladder at a construction site may have been poorly built and collapsed. Under product liability claims, retailers and wholesalers may also be found liable.

Why Hire a Construction Accident Attorney?

A qualified construction accident attorney can help you initiate a complaint with OSHA. An attorney can defend your OSHA rights by:

  • Asking OSHA to inspect their workplace
  • Obtaining copies of test results that identify workplace hazards
  • Receiving copies of test results
  • Analyzing copies of medical records

Upon initiating a complaint, it is important to note that an employer is not allowed to fire or retaliate against an employee who files a complaint. In the event that an employer violates this rule, a worker has the right to file a retaliation claim against the employer.

Who is Liable for Construction Accident Injuries?

Whether or not the employer has workers compensation insurance will determine if a personal injury lawsuit can be filed. The following are other parties that can be found liable:

Construction Site Owners:

Determining liability depends on the amount of control that the owner has over the site, compared to the amount of control over the work being conducted.

General and Subcontractors:

OSHA guidelines require both general contractors and sub-contractors to provide workers with a safe work environment, warn workers of any hazards and ensure that work is being done according to safety regulations.

Prime Contractors:

These contractors are only responsible for performing work that is explicitly stated in their contract.

Architects and Engineers:

If architects and engineers failed to observe progress and compliance with applicable regulations, they may be found negligent. Examining the original contract for outlined duties will determine if they may be held liable.

Manufacturers:

Can be found liable if they manufactured a defective product that caused an injury. Retailers and wholesalers may also be found liable.

What To Do Following A Construction Accident

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, take the following actions:

  • Obtain a medical evaluation.
  • File a report regarding the injury with the employer.
  • Obtain information from any witnesses.
  • Photograph the place of the accident and any equipment involved.
  • Contact an attorney experienced in handling construction accidents.

At Mehr & Associates, we believe that supervisors of construction sites are responsible for maintaining a safe work environment. Our attorneys have successfully obtained settlements on countless construction accidents. If you or someone you love were injured in a construction accident, do not hesitate to contact our attorneys at (800) 219-1919.

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My law firm was founded based on the observation that only large corporations and the powerful could afford top legal representation while the rest of us were left without fair access. In response, I built this law firm to level the playing field and protect everyday people. When you hire us, you are hiring more than just lawyers. You are hiring a highly experienced team of lawyers who have dedicated their entire lives to fighting for injustice and helping everyday people like you.

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