Phoenix Lawyers Answer Construction Accident FAQ's
What causes construction accidents?
Construction accidents happen for a variety of reasons. The heavy machinery and dangerous equipment used on construction job sites can also be hazardous to workers. Injuries on Phoenix construction sites can result from falling equipment, faulty scaffolding, electrocution, malfunctioning equipment, motor vehicle crashes, slip and fall accidents, OSHA safety violations by other workers, and numerous other factors.
What are the consequences of construction accidents?
Construction accidents often have wide ranging physical and financial consequences. Contusions, broken bones, lacerations, serious disfigurement, traumatic brain injury (TBI), paralysis, and even death can result from an accident that happens on a construction site.
Who regulates workplace safety on construction sites?
The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) is the governmental organization responsible for enforcing laws and regulations made by Congress to ensure the safety of all workers in the United States and its territories. OSHA expects employers to maintain these regulations, though often they are reinforced by state and local laws. The state regulatory arm of OSHA is known as the Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH).
Arizona runs a health and safety program that was agreed upon by OSHA in accordance with Section 18 of the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970. The Arizona State Plan was initially approved and published on November 5, 1974. Final approval came on June 20, 1985.
What factors make an unsafe construction workplace?
Construction work sites are notorious for the hazards they pose for workers. Fatal accidents and injuries happen when these sites are not properly cleaned or equipment is not maintained correctly. External factors such as weather can also play a role in accidents on construction sites. One of the most dangerous causes of construction accidents, however, is a lack of education or training when it comes to maintaining a safe workplace.
Who is responsible for a construction accident?
When a worker is injured on a construction site in Arizona, it is usually the worker's employer who is responsible for paying medical expenses and at least some of the wages he or she lost due to a construction accident. Depending on the circumstances and the number of contractors or other parties involved, there may be more than one entity that bears responsibility for a construction related injury. The injured party may sue the negligent party in Arizona's civil court system to recover the costs of medical care and other accident related financial damages. Arizona law generally protects the employer by limiting the workers' compensation claim against them, but an injured worker may also claim against subcontractors, the general contractor, or others involved with the construction accident. In this way, it is possible to receive fair compensation for an injured party in a construction accident.
I have been injured in a construction accident. Who can help?
Breyer Law Offices, P.C. specializes in personal injury law, which includes construction law in Arizona. We are a reputable and experienced Phoenix personal injury law firm with a good track record in construction accident lawsuits, and we offer a free consultation for anyone who believes they may have a valid lawsuit. In this free case consultation, you will receive a straightforward and honest evaluation of your case. Our Phoenix personal injury lawyers will tell you if we cannot help you or think you do not have a legitimate personal injury claim. You can always count on The Husband & Wife Law Team to give you an honest evaluation, and to operate with skill and integrity.