Seattle Construction Accident Lawyers
The construction industry has some of the most dangerous jobs with some of the highest numbers of occupational injury cases in the country. Work conditions often change with little prior warning and general contractors, sub-contractors, and workers all know how hazardous they can get. The accidents here are also grave as they can result in brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, scarring, burns, head injuries, disfigurement, lost limbs, and injuries to joints. Workers also often don’t know after they are injured in construction accidents who to approach for compensation.
If a construction accident has left you injured, the Seattle construction accident lawyers at Menzer Law Firm can advocate on your behalf. This includes helping you get the compensation you require for a complete recovery.
The personal injury lawyers at Menzer Law Firm are experienced in handling serious injury cases, especially those arising from construction work. Our attorneys are very familiar with the state and federal regulations, and safety codes related to construction sites and these specific claims. This puts them at a great advantage in helping you to get fully compensated.
Construction accident lawsuits tend to have a number of complex liability issues. This is often a result of the construction industry’s multi-layered structure. Numerous contractors and subcontractors, rental businesses, construction crews from multiple companies, equipment manufacturers and suppliers, developers, and property owners can all be involved in large building projects. This makes it difficult for injured workers to know who the responsible parties are.
However, an experienced, knowledgeable, and dedicated attorney can evaluate your claim and pursue the right companies to provide you with the compensation and benefits you deserve. Menzer Law Firm construction accident lawyers can assist you to get the maximum compensation available under the law.
Our law firm has been helping injured workers since 2002, and we have the extensive experience and the resources to go up against any defendant or insurance company that tries to deny your claim for just compensation.
The following is the process we follow when handling Seattle construction accident cases:
- Documentation. The first thing your legal team will do is to collect all the necessary records linked to your claim, including accident reports, Department of Labor and Industries investigation reports, medical bills, medical records, and details of your loss of income. The documents will help to inform us about the seriousness of your injuries and damages, and lay the groundwork for your compensation.
- Investigation. This step involves gathering any essential evidence that will help to prove your case. Your lawyer and legal team will look at all the details related to your accident and establish the provable facts. This can include collecting photographs, security camera footage, witness statements, and police records, among others.
- Negotiation and Litigation. Your lawyer will do his best to negotiate an out-of-court settlement at the appropriate time. However, we will be prepared to go to court and present a very strong case at trial if settlement negotiations are unsuccessful.
FAQs about Seattle construction accident lawyers
What are the types of construction accident lawsuits and claims?
You may have one or more of the claims below due to an accident on a construction site that causes you serious injuries:
- Worker’s compensation. You may not typically file a lawsuit against your employer or co-worker, rather you are entitled to the benefits that your worker’s compensation insurance offers. When you are pursuing this type of compensation, you will need to prove that you were injured while working and that you have suffered some damages. The worker’s compensation benefits typically include payments of the related medical bills and payments for a portion of your lost wages.
You can combine a worker’s compensation claim with claims against third parties to recover additional compensation and more damages.
- Personal injury. For a personal injury lawsuit based upon a construction accident, you have to prove that a third party’s negligence caused your injury. This can be a person or a company, such as a different contractor on the job, including a general or subcontractor, or the owner or developer of the property.
- Product liability. This type of lawsuit applies when your injury was caused by a defective product, and you may be able to sue one or more parties involved in its manufacturing and distribution chain. For example, if you fall and get injured at the construction site due to a defective ladder, you can seek compensation from its manufacturer, retailer, or wholesaler, among others.
- Wrongful death. This lawsuit applies when your family member is killed in a construction accident, and you can make the wrongful death claim for the losses suffered by the person’s estate and by close family members.
In some instances, you can successfully file multiple claims at the same time.
What are some common types and causes of construction accidents?
There are numerous types of construction accidents. The most common ones include crane accidents, forklift accidents, scaffold accidents, slips and falls, explosions, fires, electrocutions, and gas leaks. These various accidents occur due to numerous reasons, including safety violations. OSHA and related state laws require employers to have certain permits, regularly inspect their workplaces, and put in place job safety programs to prevent most accidents.
The following are the leading causes of construction accidents:
- Collapsed structures
- Mechanical hazards
- Improper use or maintenance of equipment
- Poor safety precautions and oversight
- Falling objects
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Insufficient training
- Misuse of tools
- Defective equipment
- Fires and explosions
The majority of the accidents can be avoided if employers and other construction stakeholders are not negligent, adhere to safety procedures and policies, and ensure that all work equipment and products function appropriately. The fact that most workplace accidents are avoidable often makes you eligible for appropriate compensation for the injuries you sustained during the accident.
Who can you seek compensation from after construction accident injuries?
Your employer and co-workers will typically have immunity from personal injury lawsuits if they carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, such immunity does not extend to egregious or intentional injuries caused by the employer or co-worker.
Beyond your employer, the following are some other entities you might seek compensation from after a construction accident — these are typically known as “third parties”:
- Construction site owners. This mainly depends on the level of control the owner has over the property, compared to their level of control over the work being done.
- Architects and engineers. An engineer’s or architect’s contract with a company can mandate them to check on the progress of the construction and verify compliance with relevant code regulations and plans.
- Prime or General contractors. They are responsible for the work stipulated in their contract and any work that they delegate to sub-contractors. They also have a duty under Washington law to provide for a safe workplace for everyone, including employees of subcontractors.
- Contractors and subcontractors. Contractors and sub-contractors are required to provide their workers with a reasonably safe construction site, ensure that safety regulations are obeyed in the manner the work is done, and warn of any dangers at the site or that may come with a specific job.
- Product Companies. This category includes any entity in the distribution chain of a defective product that causes an injury, such as retailers, wholesalers, and manufacturers.
If you believe that you have been injured at a construction site due to someone’s or some company’s negligence or violation of the safety codes, the Seattle construction accident lawyers at Menzer Law Firm can assist with your claims. Contact our team today so we can help you get the compensation you deserve.