Construction sites can be dangerous – especially when they’re not managed under proper safety protocol. Unfortunately, even the most minor mistakes can result in life-changing consequences, and more often than not, victims don’t see it coming. If you or a loved one is a construction worker who has recently been injured in a construction accident, you’re likely eligible to receive compensation for lost wages, injuries, and more. Various entities can be held liable for your construction accident, and the attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law are here to ensure the correct entity is held accountable.
If you or a loved one has recently been injured in a construction accident, legal guidance from an experienced and knowledgeable attorney is vital. We encourage you to contact the legal team at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law as soon as possible, so we can begin your case investigation and get you the settlement you deserve.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents can occur when we least expect them and for numerous reasons. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) requires employers to obtain specific permits, offer job safety training, and conduct regular inspections to minimize the likelihood of workplace accidents. However, accidents still happen even when these guidelines are followed. Below are examples of common construction accidents occurring in today’s workforce:
- Collapsed structures
- Misuse of tools
- Insufficient training
- Compressed gases
- Inadequate safety precautions and oversight
- Hoist accidents
- Harness malfunctions
- Crane accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Mechanical hazards
- Falling objects
- Slip and falls
- Falls from elevations
- Fires and explosions
- Improper use of maintenance equipment
- And more
Who Is Held Liable for Construction Accidents?
Today’s employers commonly carry workers’ compensation insurance which can protect them from being held responsible for personal injury lawsuits. Keep in mind; workers’ compensation insurance doesn’t offer protection should the injury be intentional. Many claims for construction accidents are filed against a third-party figure like those listed below. However, regardless of your unique situation, the attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law will help you choose a course of action that will get you the compensation you deserve.
- Construction site owner(s): When work is being completed on construction sites, there are usually parties who are designated “site owners.” Construction site owners can be held liable for construction accidents since they’re responsible for what occurs on the premises.
- General and subcontractors: Construction sites are expected to be safe in all regards, and both general and subcontractors are responsible for upholding these guidelines. If a construction accident occurs on a worksite, each of these parties can be held accountable if the injury occurred due to negligence.
- Prime contractors: Aside from general and subcontractors, prime contractors can be held responsible for any work identified in their contract. Additionally, if a prime contractor delegated tasks to a subcontractor, they can also be held accountable if they are responsible for the at-fault subcontractor.
- Architects and engineers: Certain parties like architects and engineers are responsible for observing progress and ensuring compliance with construction plans and code regulations. Whether your construction accident involved falling objects, collapsed structures, or other malfunction, all duties and responsibilities will be reviewed by your attorney should there be suspicion raised against an architect or engineer.
- Manufacturers: If you suspect a defective product caused your construction accident, any party involved in the distribution chain can be held responsible – from manufacturers and retailers to wholesalers and more.
Understanding Construction Accident Claims and Lawsuits
Every construction accident injury is different, and depending on the severity and complexity of your case, you may be able to pursue a variety of claims with the help of an experienced Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law attorney.
- Workers’ compensation: Should you decide to pursue workers’ compensation benefits following your injury, our attorneys will help you prove that the injury occurred and eliminate any relevancy of harm caused by surrounding circumstances. If your claim is accepted, we’ll work to ensure you receive maximum workers’ compensation benefits.
- Personal injury: Do you suspect the negligence of a third party caused your injury? If so, pursuing a personal injury lawsuit will ensure all parties are held responsible for any wrongdoing.
- Product liability: At times, construction accidents can be caused by a defective product. If this fits your unique situation, you may be eligible to file a lawsuit against any party in the chain of distribution. Entities in the distribution chain can include the retailer, wholesaler, manufacturer, and more.
- Wrongful death: If a construction accident results in the death of a worker, the family may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on their loved one’s behalf. A wrongful death claim will cover various expenses, from funeral costs and lost wages to medical care and more.
The Legal Process of a Construction Accident Case
Construction accident injury cases can vary in complexity due to a variety of factors. Regardless of your unique case details, we assure you the team at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law is prepared to manage your case from start to finish in the most effective way possible. We take pride in practicing transparency with every client. Because of this, we’ve provided a brief overview of the legal process for construction accident cases, so you’re familiar before attending your first appointment.
A majority of construction accident cases can reach negotiation outside of the courtroom – especially if you’re working with an experienced and knowledgeable legal team like Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law. Our attorneys will work stringently to get you the compensation you deserve for your construction accident, and if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful, we’re prepared to take your case to trial.
Once all necessary documentation has been collected and reviewed, the attorney assigned to your case will dedicate time to complete an investigation. Any video footage and records will be reviewed in-depth as these materials play a vital role in how your case is presented in court. Your attorney will gather various materials, from security camera footage and police records to dashcam footage and more.
The experienced attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law who are assigned to your case will help you gather all necessary records related to your claim. These records can include medical records, medical bills, insurance policy information, and more. You must disclose all pertinent information to the attorney assigned to your case, as these records will help your attorney gain a clear understanding of your injury so that a strong case can be built.
How Can Our Attorneys Help You?
The aftermath of a construction accident can be life-changing and not necessarily for the better. Construction accident victims and families of experience financial strain, psychological pain, physical limitations, and more. Being involved in a construction accident is stressful enough, and the attorneys at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law are prepared to help you get maximum compensation. By working with our aggressive and experienced legal team, we can assure you we’ll pursue the following damages, along with others, for your case:
- Property damage
- Medical and counseling expenses
- Loss of wages
- Physical therapy
- Mortgage and rent
- Pain and suffering
Call a Mottaz & Sisk Construction Accident Attorney Today
Have you been involved in a recent construction accident? The legal team at Mottaz & Sisk Injury Law is aware of how life-changing these accidents can be, which is why we’re here to represent you from start to finish. Seeking legal guidance from an experienced attorney is vital – especially if you wish to pursue compensation for your injuries. No matter your construction accident case type, we have remarkable, industry-leading attorneys that are prepared to stand by your side for the duration of your case. Contact our office today, so you can hold liable parties accountable for your construction accident – you won’t regret it.