Contact the Drake Law Firm of Birmingham after a construction site accident injures you or takes a loved one’s life. Construction is one of the country’s deadliest industries, but that doesn’t mean you have to accept your damages without a fight. Our lawyers can help you go up against construction site owners, managers, and employers in pursuit of damage recovery. Let us help with your claim, whether you’re a construction worker in Alabama or just someone who was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
Types of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents fall into two main categories: work-related and civilian. The four deadliest work-related construction accidents according to OSHA are falls, struck by object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between objects or equipment. Workers can pay the price when employers try to save time and money by cutting corners. Pedestrians and drivers in construction zones can suffer as well. Hazards on a worksite are often preventable with proper site management. Common accidents at construction sites include:
- Falls. Falls took 384 construction worker lives in 2016 and injured thousands of others. Falls from ladders, scaffolds, and rooftops on construction sites can cause major head and brain injuries, spinal cord fractures, and other injuries. Pedestrian slip, trip, and fall accidents while passing through construction zones can also be dangerous. It is up to the site manager to prevent fall hazards for employees and passersby.
- Machinery accidents. Heavy machinery and transportation accidents take thousands of lives at construction sites every year. Machinery malfunctions, equipment without proper safety features, poor employee training, cranes collapsing, and collisions between machines and pedestrians or vehicles are all common problems. The individual construction worker and/or the construction company might be liable, as might the product manufacturer for defective machinery.
- Auto accidents. Construction zone car accidents can happen when the site manager fails to make the area as safe as possible for workers and motorists. Employees working too close to the roadway, confusing detours, traffic cones, flashing lights, machinery in the road, loose gravel, unfinished roadways, and uneven shoulders are all common hazards at roadway construction sites.
- Defective products. It is common for construction workers to use all manner of drills, saws, lathes, augers and presses in the performance of the work. If a product is defective, either in design or assembly by the manufacturer, a claim can be brought against the manufacturer as well as the employer. This is known as a third-party case.
The experienced legal team at the Drake Law Firm understands Alabama’s construction industry laws, rules, and best practices. We can take your construction accident claim where it needs to go, fighting for fair and full compensation for your medical bills, lost wages, lost earning capacity, pain and suffering, and property damage. Find out if our team can help you as an injured employee or civilian in an Alabama construction accident.
Proving Your Case
Proving your construction accident case in Alabama requires four main elements: 1) the defendant owed you a duty; 2) the defendant failed to fulfill this duty; 3) the defendant caused your injuries; and 4) you suffered damages as a result. These four elements remain the same throughout most personal injury and wrongful death claims. They are the foundation of all negligence-based claims.
Proving your case against a non-employer contractor is what Drake Law Firm does best. While you can claim workers comp benefits from your employer, you can also make a claim against the sub-contractor or general contractor who’s negligence actually resulted in the injury.
It’s important to hire a lawyer to help prove your Alabama construction accident claim. An experienced attorney can make a huge difference in the outcome of your case. Going up against a major Alabama construction company or product manufacturer alone can expose you to harmful mistakes and errors. Trusting an attorney with your claim, on the other hand, can set you up for success.
Our lawyers can tackle specific legal issues and present compelling evidence before a judge or jury. We know how to tackle the investigation and claims filing processes, as well as the discovery phase and depositions. We can interview eyewitnesses, take photographs of the scene of the accident, investigate the construction company, and take many other steps toward a brighter future for you and your family. Contact the Drake Law Firm today to learn more during a free case evaluation.