Birmingham Construction Accident Lawyer
Contact the Drake Injury Lawyers in 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 construction accident 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.
Why Choose Drake Injury Lawyers?
- We are highly experienced in handling personal injury claims, including construction accident cases. We understand the surrounding laws and what it takes to successfully recover compensation for our clients.
- Our construction accident lawyers have been in this business for over 25 years. We have successfully resolved more than 1,000 cases in the last 10 years alone. We are proud to say that we have close to a 99 percent success rate.
- Our law firm believes in integrity, open communication and providing a personal touch to each case. With us as your legal representatives, you will never be left in the dark about the status of your construction accident case.
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 objects, electrocutions, and caught-in/between objects or equipment. Common accidents at construction sites include:
- Falls. Falls took 418 construction worker lives in 2019 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.
Determining the cause of your construction accident is an important part of the recovery process. You will need to identify who or what caused your injury before you can name the defendant(s) and file your lawsuit. No matter what type of construction accident injured you or a loved one, you may be entitled to financial compensation.
Who Is Liable for Your Construction Accident Injuries?
Hazards on a worksite are often preventable with proper site management. 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. If a construction company or one of its employees reasonably should have done more to prevent your accident, you may be able to hold the construction company liable for your injuries. Other potentially liable parties include an independent contractor, construction equipment manufacturer, property owner, motor vehicle driver or the government.
Financial Compensation Available for a Construction Site Accident
You may be entitled to financial compensation to make you whole again after a construction accident in Alabama. While we know that no amount of money can reverse your injuries and losses, we also recognize that a fair financial award can help an individual or family that is struggling after a harmful accident. We can help you pursue the compensation that you need to reduce the financial stress of being injured and unable to work. If you have lost a loved one due to a construction accident, our Birmingham wrongful death attorneys can support you and help you recover financial compensation.
You may be entitled to compensation for many different losses, including:
- Present and future medical expenses
- Disability accommodations
- Losses of income and earning ability
- Pain and suffering
- Repairs to damaged property
- Travel expenses
- Attorney’s fees
- Punitive damages
Civil law in Alabama permits plaintiffs to seek compensation for both economic (tangible) and noneconomic (intangible) damages. You may also be eligible for punitive damages if the defendant’s actions reach the level of gross negligence or malicious intent to harm. Punitive damages aim to punish the defendant rather than reimburse the plaintiff. For more information about the damages that you can claim in your lawsuit, consult with a construction accident attorney.
PROVING YOUR CASE
As the injured party or plaintiff in a construction accident case in Alabama, you have the burden of proof. This means it is your or your lawyer’s task to prove the grounds for your claim. The burden of proof in a civil case is a preponderance of the evidence, or clear and convincing evidence of fault. This means you must present enough evidence to show that the defendant more likely than not caused your injuries.
Proving your construction accident case in Alabama requires four main elements:
- The defendant owed you a duty of care. A duty of care is a legal obligation to act in a way that a reasonable and prudent party would in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a construction company has a duty to ensure the reasonable safety of its construction sites for workers and passersby.
- The defendant failed to fulfill this duty. The defendant violated the duty of care through a careless, reckless or wanton action or omission. An example is a construction site manager who knowingly ignores a safety hazard in an effort to save time or money on repairs.
- The defendant caused your injuries. There must be a causal link between the defendant’s breach of the duty of care and your accident and injuries. In other words, you would not be injured but for the defendant’s negligence.
- You suffered damages as a result. Finally, you must have suffered damages, or compensable losses, as a result of the defendant’s breach of the duty of care. Without compensable losses, you do not have grounds to file a claim.
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 Injury Lawyers does best. While you can work with a Birmingham workers’ compensation lawyer to claim benefits from your employer, you can also make a claim against the subcontractor or general contractor whose negligence actually resulted in the injury. Our lawyers can assist you with every step of proving your case.
How a Construction Accident Attorney Can Help
It’s important to hire a skilled construction accident attorney 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.
At Drake Injury Lawyers, our Birmingham construction accident lawyers can handle 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 a Birmingham Construction Accident Attorney Today
The experienced construction accident attorneys at the Drake Injury Lawyers 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 losses. Find out how our Birmingham personal injury attorneys can help you as an injured employee or civilian in an Alabama construction accident. Contact us online or call (205) 970-0800 today to learn more during a free case evaluation.