Construction Accident Lawyer
Get the Compensation That You Deserve After a Construction Accident Injury
Construction companies have a duty of care to ensure that the employees they hire have a solid work history and are unlikely to act negligently in the performance of their jobs. They are also supposed to ensure that their employees receive adequate training in the operation of dangerous construction equipment. This is especially important given the dangerous nature of the work that they do.
Your Initial Evaluation With a Construction Accident Lawyer Is Free, So Give Us a Call Today!
If you were hurt in a construction accident, contact a construction accident lawyer at Fielding Law Group. Remember, we don’t charge you anything to evaluate your case. We would be happy to sit down with you and take a look at your situation so that you can make an informed decision about whether you need an injury attorney or not.
Our Training and Experience Is What You Need
In the event that you do elect to move forward with an attorney, we have highly-trained accident attorneys and staff who can take you through every step of the process. We will handle the pre-trial discovery, prepare witnesses for their testimony, and engage in settlement discussions on your behalf. Fielding Law Group has the experience necessary to put you in the best position to win your case. Contact us today and let us see how we can help you.
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Our Construction Accident Lawyers Are Here to Help
While injuries can occur in any profession, they are much more common in construction due the nature of the work. Whether you sustained a construction injury as the result of a fall, repetitive motions, collapsed structure, broken bones, lacerations, respiratory problems, or other form of injury, construction works may be able to obtain compensation while they recover from their injuries. That is when the Fielding Law Group’s experienced construction accident lawyers come in.
Who Is Legally Liable in a Construction Accident?
There are an array of people who may be at fault for your construction accident. However, legal liability is different from fault. The person at fault may have caused your accident, but they may not be financially responsible, or legally liable. For example, your coworker may be at fault, but it’s likely that your employer is legally liable for compensating you for losses. Many factors come into play when determining legal liability, including the following questions:
- Was the accident on private property or a commercial site?
- Were you an independent contractor or employee?
- Was a product or piece of equipment defective or dangerous?
- Were there any OSHA violations?
- Were there any WISHA violations?
- Was a non-employee third party involved in the accident?
In some situations, more than one party can be liable for the same accident. It’s important to name all parties who may be responsible in a claim or lawsuit. If you fail to name them all, the lawsuit could be dismissed or you may not get full compensation. It’s best to work with a construction accident lawyer to make sure you don’t make mistakes when assessing legal liability.
Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents
Construction site accidents can occur for many reasons, including the following:
Safety Policies That Are Not Enforced
Both visitors and workers on a construction site are owed a safe environment. Safety policies must be in place, but they must also be enforced. Unfortunately, safety policies are often not enforced on construction sites, leading to dangerous situations.
Lack of Safety Training
Construction work is extremely dangerous. Workers should have significant safety training from companies. Even independent contractors should be exposed to regular safety training. When workers do not get appropriate safety training, they violate laws and create dangerous environments.
Accidents Involving Work Equipment
Many pieces of equipment have motors on a work site, including cars, trucks, cranes, forklifts, and more. These vehicles can be dangerous when operated by someone who is not properly trained. Pedestrians, other workers, and the driver are all at risk.
Falls on Work Sites
Falls are one of the top causes of injuries on construction sites. They may occur from ladders, buildings, scaffolding, and more. Internal injuries are common in fall accidents, but they can be difficult to identify. Anyone who experiences a fall on a work site should seek medical attention.
According to OSHA, nearly 400 people die from electrocution every year. Electrical work is common on a construction site, and should be avoided by anyone without specific training. Some common electrical hazards include improperly grounded live wires, defective equipment, improper tools, and lack of proper warning signs.
Exposure to Chemicals and Toxins
Many work sites use chemicals and other toxic substances. Construction sites often involve exposure to things like mold, asbestos, and more. Employers should make sure workers are properly trained and protected in these situations.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Third Party Claims
Many Washington employers have workers’ compensation insurance, which can cover you if you sustain an injury on the job. However, some employers do not. Additionally, some people are independent contractors and do not have workers’ comp coverage. In these situations, it may be necessary to file a third party personal injury claim.
A third party claim files a lawsuit against the person or company that caused your injuries. If you opted into workers’ compensation, this may not be an option. However, you may also be able to file a third party lawsuit in combination with your workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation can provide you with full medical benefits, but only partial wage loss benefits. With a third party claim, you can recover all of the losses that you have incurred. Contact a construction accident lawyer to help with both workers’ comp and third party claims.
What to Do After a Construction Accident
If you suffer injury in a construction accident, get medical help immediately. Some injuries, such as soft tissue damage, do not show up for several days. It’s best to see a doctor and establish care right away. This can also help you develop a case when you file a workers’ comp or third party claim later.
You should also report your injury to your employer right away. If you are an independent contractor, you should report your injuries to the general contractor or site manager. They may give you paperwork to complete that will allow you to file a report of your injury.
If you have workers’ compensation coverage, file a claim right away. Update workers’ comp or your employer’s HR department with any information you get from your medical providers.
If you don’t have workers’ comp coverage, or if you want to file an additional claim, talk to a construction accident lawyer as soon as possible. We can evaluate your case to determine who is legally liable for your losses.
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Fielding Law Group can start working on your case today for FREE! If we don’t win a settlement, you won’t pay a dime. Our team of attorneys and legal professionals are waiting to help you. The sooner we start working on your case, the quicker we can get you the settlement you deserve.
Don’t be intimidated…
Many insurance adjusters work persistently to deny and devalue your legitimate claims. At Fielding Law Group, we ensure justice through the preservation of your rights. We will work diligently to get that settlement you deserve.