Prescott Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction is among the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. Workers daily operate around many hazards on construction sites, including moving obstacles, heavy machinery, toxic chemicals, electrical wiring and high scaffolding structures. This increases the risk of sustaining severe injuries or death. If you have suffered a construction accident injury, we recommend you seek legal representation as soon as possible.
The Prescott construction accident lawyers at Phillips Law Group have helped many victims recover damages after being seriously injured in a construction accident. We have served residents in Yavapai County and Arizona for almost 30 years, recovering over $750 million in compensation for our clients. This includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering and more.
Learn more about your legal options during a free consultation. There is no risk or obligation to take legal action. Our firm operates on a contingency fee basis, so there are no upfront fees unless we help you win.
Gives us a call at 1-800-706-3000 to see how we may be able to help.
Am I Able to File a Case?
It is generally a wise decision to consult with an experienced lawyer to discuss your construction accident injury and determine whether you are eligible to pursue compensation.
Our legal team has in-depth knowledge of the laws affecting these types of cases and how they may apply to your situation. When you meet with a Prescott construction accident lawyer, there are several factors we may consider to see if you may be able to file a case. This includes, but is not limited to:
- The exact location of the accident
- The working conditions on the construction site at the time you were injured
- Types of heavy equipment or machinery used on the construction site
- Parties responsible for controlling the site and maintaining equipment
- The name of the employer or third-party that you worked for
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Who Could Potentially Be Liable for My Injuries?
Injuries can happen in any workplace. However, construction sites are especially dangerous and workers who are injured in an accident have the legal right to seek compensation for their injuries.
While every case can vary, the construction company has a legal obligation to ensure the safety of workers on a construction site. Other parties that could potentially be liable for your injuries include:
- Construction site owners – If the owner was responsible for worksite maintenance and knew – or should have reasonably known – about any hazards on the property, he or she could be liable for your injuries.
- Contractors and subcontractors – Contractors have a responsibility to create a safe working environment. This includes employing qualified workers and taking reasonable steps to ensure that the work is performed in compliance with industry safety practices. If a worker is injured due to unsafe working conditions, the general contractor or subcontractor could be held liable for the accident.
- Engineers – An engineer could be liable for any injuries suffered by construction workers if he or she failed to meet required safety standards during the design process.
- Architects – An architect may also be responsible for a construction accident caused by a failure in the construction phase of the project.
- Equipment manufacturers – When a defect in the equipment or machinery causes injury to an operator or a nearby worker, the manufacturer of the equipment could be liable for any damages.
In some instances, more than one party could potentially be liable for the same accident. For example, if equipment failure caused a construction worker to suffer a serious injury, the manufacturer could be responsible. However, the general contractor who failed to identify the defect or fix the issue beforehand may also share liability in this scenario.
How Much is My Construction Accident Case Worth?
The value of a construction accident case is different for everyone. It is difficult to determine an exact amount until a Prescott construction accident attorney from our firm has the opportunity to review your particular circumstances.
During a free consultation, our legal team has the opportunity to learn more about the extent of your injuries, the medical treatments you have underwent and your expected recovery period. This effort helps us to determine if you may have a case and if so, what forms of compensation you may be eligible for.
It is important to note that injured construction workers, along with others who are not employed by the construction company but who sustained an injury onsite, may be eligible to pursue compensation through one of these financial options:
Workers’ Compensation Claim
Arizona employers with one or more employees are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. In these claims, injured workers may be able to obtain compensation for medical expenses and a portion of their lost wages. Our legal team would not have to prove that your injuries were caused by negligence. We would only have to show that you suffered a work-related injury.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
If your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, you may not be able to take legal action against him or her. You could, however, pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a third party if your injuries were the result of negligence.
Our legal team is well-versed in these types of claims and is prepared to help prove that the other party owed you a duty of care to prevent harm, breached his or her duty by failing to act as a reasonable person would have in a similar situation, and that failure directly resulted in your injuries and caused you to suffer damages.
Wrongful Death Claim
If a worker dies from a construction accident injury, certain family members may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf. These claims could help cover funeral and burial costs, medical bills the deceased worker incurred, and lost wages and benefits the deceased worker would have earned if still alive. Those eligible to file include the surviving spouse, child, parent, guardian or personal representative of the estate.
Sometimes construction accidents involve non-employees who are traveling past the worksite, such as a passerby or pedestrian. Common injuries that happen include:
- A passerby gets into a car accident with a construction vehicle
- A pedestrian has a slip and fall in an unsafe area, where there were no warning signs
- A vehicle or pedestrian could be struck by debris or objects falling from significant heights.
Those not employed at the worksite could pursue a claim against the party responsible for maintaining safety at the construction site.
Reporting an Injury At Work
After a construction accident, it is important to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. The state of Arizona requires injured workers to report job-related injuries to an employer within a 90-day period. Failure to adhere to this deadline may result in your claim being dismissed. It is worth mentioning that reporting the accident and subsequent injury immediately, before leaving the premises, may help protect your claim and avoid the possibility of your employer trying to say your accident happened elsewhere.
Seeking immediate medical attention is also recommended. A doctor will be able to diagnose and document the severity of your injuries, linking them to the accident, and provide a treatment plan for you to follow. Failure to seek medical care quickly or delaying treatment could cause doubt about your injuries from the other party’s insurer. You do not want to give them any reason to discredit the accident or dispute your claim.
If you or someone else is able to do so, take pictures of the scene, your injuries, and any present hazards or unsafe working conditions. Obtaining contact information from witnesses could also be helpful to follow-up with at a later date. Be sure to include detailed notes of how the accident occurred and note important details – such as water spilled on a floor, poor lighting, etc., as memories can fade over time.
Have questions about the legal process? Contact us at 1-800-706-3000.
What Type of Injuries Qualify for Compensation?
Common construction accident injuries that may qualify for compensation include, but are not limited to:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal injuries and paralysis
- Burns and electrical injuries
- Broken bones or fractures
- Crush injuries
- Neck, back and shoulder injuries
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
Can I Obtain Treatment From My Usual Doctor?
This answer will depend on the terms of your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. For instance, if he or she has private insurance, you may be able to seek treatment for an injury from your own doctor. Otherwise, your employer may require you to be examined by their designated doctor for the first visit.
Should you fail to change to a doctor of your choosing and get treated by that same physician on your next visit, he or she will become the authorized treating physician (ATP) for your work injury.
If your employer is self-insured and has a designated doctor registered with the Industrial Commission of Arizona (ICA), you would be required to go to his or her contracted doctor for all medical care related to your injury.
Causes of Accidents on Construction Sites
Certain construction accidents are more common that others. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the four most common fatal accidents include:
- Falling from height heights, scaffolding structures, ladders and stairways
- Getting struck or hit by a motor vehicle in work zones
- Being caught in-between immovable objects or machinery
- Electrocution or electrical shock from contact with exposed wires or power lines
Other causes of accidents on construction sites include:
- Trench collapses
- Falling objects
- Slip and falls
- Fires and explosions
- Machinery accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Chemical exposure
Speak With Our Prescott Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction accidents can cause physical, financial and emotional hardships for many victims and their loved ones. Speaking with one of our Prescott construction accident lawyers could play a very important role in your ability to recover and move forward. Unlike insurance companies, we have your best interests in mind.
Let us review your situation and discuss your legal options in a free consultation. Should you have a case, there are no upfront fees. You only pay our firm if we obtain compensation on your behalf.