Phoenix Construction Accident Attorneys
Legal Representation for Victims of Serious Construction Accident Injuries
With over 1.5 million people, Phoenix ranks as the fifth largest city in the United States, and it's growing. Estimates predict that Phoenix will have a population of around 2.2 million by 2020, rising to the rank of fourth most populous city in the nation. This expansion means a growth in construction projects and construction jobs. Unfortunately, more construction also means more construction accidents.
Most people go to their job knowing that their workplace is secure and safe. Unfortunately, for construction workers, the story can be dramatically different. Construction work is among the most dangerous work of any industry in this nation, with workers facing workplace safety challenges that can lead to construction accidents and injuries that threaten lives, financial futures, and stable homes. Here's what our Phoenix workplace accident lawyers think you need to know about construction accidents:
What are Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents?
The causes of construction accidents can vary depending on the type of job. Negligent general contractors, sub-contractors, vendors, and employees can cause many of these dangers, which often prove extremely dangerous to construction workers at the job site. In fact, construction accidents often cause life-threatening conditions, require amputation or extensive reconstructive surgery, and tragically leave innocent victims with brain injuries, disfigurement, and other conditions that impact their ability to hold down a job or even pay for their own care.
Falling objects, live electrical wires, explosions, malfunctioning equipment, and slip and fall type injuries are common construction accident hazards on many sites.
Phoenix Workers' Compensation and Construction Accidents
While workers' compensation covers many construction accidents and the associated injuries, the money received in an Arizona workers' compensation claim often is not enough to provide for an injured worker's financial needs. In addition to workers compensation claims, injured construction workers often have the additional right to bring a lawsuit against the negligent party that worked for a different sub-contractor or company at the job site. This can include providing money to pay for a wider range of medical services, far more to compensate wage loss, and money that is not part of workers compensation for pain, loss of enjoyment of life, anxiety, and permanent disabilities.
Due to the extremely complicated nature of construction accidents, including issues like comparative fault, multiple layers of insurance coverage, and other complexities, it is recommended that injured worker consult with an experienced Phoenix personal injury lawyer as soon as they are hurt to help determine the best course of care and legal action.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Many different types of injuries occur at construction sites each year. Here are some of the most common threats that construction workers face while working.
- Vehicles are used to carry equipment and personnel at construction sites, and if an inexperienced or inattentive driver operates one of these vehicles, a worker could easily be injured or killed. Some of these vehicles, such as trucks, bulldozers, and other pieces of equipment, are rather large, and if they collide with a victim, the outcome can be deadly. It is the responsibility of the construction company to make sure that workers operating these vehicles (including smaller vehicle, like forklifts) possess the necessary experience, qualifications, and licenses.
- One of the most common types of construction accidents occurs when an employee falls from a high altitude. Platforms enable construction workers to do their job, but they can also be immensely dangerous if they are outdated, poorly maintained, or they malfunction. Falling off a platform can easily result in death or life-threatening injuries. Ladders, scaffolds, and lifts can also pose the same threat to workers.
- Construction sites are often the home of flammable and explosive materials and equipment. Gas lines, building material, and gasoline can easily ignite and cause extensive injuries and deaths. The owner of the site is legally responsible for ensuring that these potentially flammable items are stored safely.
- Construction sites contain numerous heavy objects and materials that can cause injury if they fall on a worker or someone passing by. Tools, debris, bricks, and other dangerous objects can cause severe head and neck injuries if they fall from a particularly high altitude, and there have been instances of falling debris killing workers.
- At most construction sites, workers will be required to install or remove electrical systems and wiring. This puts workers at risk of electrocution, especially if they handle electrical equipment that has not been properly inspected. Electrocution can result in third-degree burns, and in many cases, death.
- Slips and falls occur in workplaces all over the country, but when they occur at construction sites, they can be deadly. Equipment that is left on the ground, in addition to uneven pavement, holes, and spills, can expose workers to the threat of falling. Some slips are minor, but others can result in broken bones and concussions.
If you are injured on a construction site (including injuries which may occur over a long period of time, like noise induced hearing loss and Mesothelioma), please seek medical treatment immediately and speak with a lawyer. You will also need to file a claim within a year of your injury. After filling out a Worker's Report of Injury, you should submit it to the ICA (Industrial Commission of Arizona), and once it is received, it will be submitted to your employer's insurance company. The insurance company has three weeks (21 days) to accept or reject your claim, and if it is accepted, it will provide you with compensation for your suffering and medical expenses. If your claim is rejected, you can request a hearing with the ICA.
Here at Breyer Law Offices, P.C., we understand the impact a construction accident can have on a victim. We will work diligently on your case and provide you with a top Phoenix personal injury lawyer. If you are looking for an experienced legal team with a history of success, contact our Phoenix law office today at (602) 267-1280.
Don't Delay Filing a Construction Accident Claim in Phoenix
At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., we understand the severity and potential impact of construction accidents, and we help our clients fight for the compensation they deserve in court. Our unique combination of experience, customer service, and solid legal strategy has worked for our happy clients.and it could work for you. Have you been injured in an Arizona construction accident Don't delay - your time to file is limited to a year or less in many construction cases. Contact us today for more information and a free case evaluation.
Wrongful Death and Employer Liability in Phoenix
It is the responsibility of the employer, not the employee, to ensure that a worksite is safe. If an employer does not do this, they could be in violation of numerous OSHA regulations. If someone you care about is killed while working at a construction site, you may be able to file a wrongful death claim against the owner of the site or employer. A wrongful death claim could entitle you to monetary compensation for:
- Current and future medical bills
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of wages
- Emotional pain and suffering
Filing a Fatal Construction Accident Claim
Construction sites as a rule are some of the most dangerous places at which to work in the United States. Sometimes these construction-related accidents result in the worst possible outcome: a construction accident death. In tragic cases such as these, the bereaved families may not be aware that they may be entitled to financial compensation as the result of losing a loved one in a Phoenix construction accident. You may find information below about construction accident deaths and your legal rights.
There are many causes of construction accident deaths, which can affect workers of varying levels of expertise in any area of a construction project. A beam could fall from above, hitting a worker's head and causing a traumatic brain injury that resulting in death. A person working on electrical aspects of a project could be fatally electrocuted. Exposure to toxic chemicals could lead to the death of a worker. A heavy construction vehicle could hit another vehicle, causing fatalities. Trenches or stairs could collapse, killing an unsuspecting worker. Dangerous situations are everywhere on a construction site, but whatever happens to cause a construction accident death, the results are the same. The family is deprived not only of their loved one, but also of their income and other participation in the family.
Arizona Wrongful Death Law
The law fortunately allows families of victims of construction accident deaths to seek financial compensation for their loss. In cases where another party's carelessness or lack of responsibility led to the construction accident, the parents, spouse, or children of the deceased person can sue for compensation in civil court for any associated loss of wages or other costs. They can generally collect more monetarily than just what a workers compensation claim in Arizona allows after a construction site injury. Though this cannot replace the family member lost, it can help the family financially, as well as punishing those whose negligence may have led to the loss of a family member in a construction accident death.
Contact Our Phoenix Fatal Construction Accident Lawyers
As compassionate Phoenix wrongful death lawyers, we understand suffering and heartbreak as well as the anger and helplessness felt by people who have lost a loved one in a construction accident. At Breyer Law Offices, P.C., we believe families should hold employers and contractors responsible when their actions or lack of care causes a wrongful death on a construction site. Not only that, as experienced construction accident attorneys, we will fight aggressively for fair compensation for the family members who are left behind. We know the tragedy a construction accident in Arizona can cause, and we invite you to speak with us about whether you have a valid claim for compensation above what workers' compensation may pay.
You may contact us at (602) 267-1280 for additional information and for a free, confidential case evaluation. We will provide you with a candid evaluation of your potential fatal construction accident case. This means we will not only tell you what we think, but we will provide you with facts that will allow you to determine what the best decision will be for yourself and other surviving family members on whether or not to proceed.
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