Tempe Construction Accident Lawyer
Due to the inherent dangers present on construction sites, workers in this field are at a greater risk of getting injured in an accident than those in many other industries. Often construction accidents cause severe injuries that have lifelong impacts on the victim or may even be fatal. If you or someone you love was injured in a construction site accident, we recommend that you seek legal help right away.
At Phillips Law Group, our qualified Tempe construction accident lawyers help victims and their families navigate the legal process after suffering a severe injury. With nearly 30 years of experience serving Tempe residents, Phillips Law Group has helped our clients recover more than $750,000,000 in compensation. As a Leaders Forum member of the American Association for Justice, founding partner Jeffrey L. Phillips is committed to helping construction accident victims recover maximum compensation for any injuries suffered on the job.
Schedule a free consultation and learn how Phillips Law Group can help after a construction accident injury. There is no obligation to pursue legal action with our firm, and no upfront fees are required. Since we accept construction accident cases on contingency, we are only paid if you receive compensation.
Get the answers to your questions today by calling Ph: 1-800-706-3000.
Am I Eligible to File a Lawsuit?
Construction accidents involve many different factors which may make you eligible to pursue compensation for your injuries. We invite you to contact a trusted Tempe construction accident lawyer to learn what legal options may exist in your situation.
The Tempe construction accident attorneys of Phillips Law Group have a detailed knowledge of Arizona state laws involving personal injury cases and may use some or all of the following to determine whether you may have a case:
- Where the accident happened
- The conditions of the construction site where the accident occurred
- Equipment in use on the construction site
- Parties that controlled the site and equipment
- The name of your employer at the time of the accident
Request a free consultation today to have our construction accident attorneys review your claim to see if you are eligible to file a case for compensation of your injuries.
Types of Claims in Construction Accident Cases
Those who are injured in construction accidents may be able to pursue compensation through a few different types of claims. We cannot tell you the appropriate claim for your situation without understanding all the specific details, which is why it is important to speak with a Tempe construction accident lawyer to find out what your legal options may be.
Workers’ Compensation Claims
If you were working on a jobsite when your construction accident occurred, you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. Arizona law requires most employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, which covers an eligible injured worker’s related medical expenses. A workers’ compensation claim also pays a portion of the wages you lost due to missing work because of your injury.
Arizona workers’ compensation laws do not require injuries to be caused by negligence. The law only requires that the injuries be work-related.
Personal Injury Lawsuits
You may not sue a Tempe employer for damages that result from a workplace injury. However, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a third party if there was any negligence that contributed to your accident. To establish eligibility for a third-party claim, you must able to prove:
- Duty of care – If you were owed a duty of care by the at fault party, there was a legal responsibility for them to exercise reasonable care to prevent harm
- Breach of duty of care - The at fault party failed to uphold that duty
- Causal link - That failure caused your injuries
- Damages - You suffered damages as a result of your injuries
Wrongful Death Claims
If a worker suffers a fatal injury from a construction accident, eligible family members may pursue a wrongful death claim on behalf of the decedent. This claim against the at fault party can cover funeral and burial expenses, lost wages, medical bills and other damages. To be eligible to file a wrongful death claim, you must be a personal representative, spouse, child, parent or guardian of the decedent.
Occasionally, construction accidents involve others who are employed at the job site, such as a pedestrian or bystander. These construction accidents may include, for example, someone being hit by falling items or struck by a construction vehicle or piece of machinery. In this situation, the victim may be able to make a non-employee claim against the party or parties in charge of the construction site.
How Much Is My Claim Worth?
Construction accident injury claims are quite unique from one another, with multiple factors affecting the value of a claim.
With a workers’ compensation claim, victims may be eligible to receive medical costs related to treatment for the injury, as well as lost wages from taking time off work to heal. Additionally, an accident victim could require a modified schedule due to limitations caused by the injury. In the case of a fatal construction accident, workers’ compensation also pays compensation to the decedent’s surviving dependents, such as a spouse or children.
Through a third-party lawsuit, medical costs and lost wages may also be pursued. This legal option allows victims to seek damages not provided for by workers’ compensation, including:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Lost enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
Wrongful death claims typically involve damages for funeral and burial costs, medical expenses related to the decedent’s treatment before death, lost wages for work missed during a recovery period, lost future earnings the decedent would have earned if he or she had lived and damages for the family’s pain and suffering resulting from the loss of a loved one.
Accurately valuing a construction accident claim takes the knowledge and experience of a skilled Tempe construction accident attorney. If you have questions about what your claim may be worth, contact Phillips Law Group for a free review of your claim.
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How Can Phillips Law Group Help with My Claim?
A qualified attorney is an important asset after suffering from a serious construction accident injury. At Phillips Law Group, our knowledgeable attorneys utilize their nearly 30 years of experience to build a strong and effective claim on your behalf. We thoroughly investigate your construction accident to uncover the evidence necessary to pursue maximum compensation for your injuries and hold negligent parties accountable.
The workers’ compensation claims process can be challenging, especially when you are recovering from a life-changing injury. Our attorneys ensure the proper documents are filed on time, and if your claim is denied, we represent you through the appeals process and work to secure the benefits you deserve.
Our clients remain informed throughout. Many construction accident victims find that hiring an attorney is beneficial to their recovery, allowing them time to focus on their health and wellbeing.
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How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?
Workers’ compensation claims for construction-related accident injuries must be filed within one year of the date you are injured. For personal injury cases, victims typically have two years to file a lawsuit, starting from the accident date. Wrongful death claims typically must be filed within two years of the decedent’s date of death.
In some cases, these deadlines may be different than what is typical. Whether you are required to file earlier or later is heavily dependent on the specifics of your situation. However, if you miss the deadline to file your claim, you lose your ability to pursue compensation for your injuries. A Tempe construction accident lawyer is able to evaluate your claim and determine the proper deadlines for taking legal action.
If you have questions about how much time you may have to file a workers’ compensation claim or lawsuit, contact Phillips Law Group for a free, no obligation consultation.
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Types of Construction Accidents and Injuries
Construction sites are inherently dangerous due to the type of work performed and the heavy equipment used. Some of the injuries that happen on a construction site include:
- Falls from height, such as falling off a roof, ladder or scaffolding
- Falling objects that strike a worker on the ground, such as tools were not properly secured
- Slip and fall accidents occur due to loose debris, uneven surfaces and wet pavement.
- Machinery accidents involving forklifts, bulldozers, cranes, power tools and more.
- Electrocution and electric shock may happen if a worker comes into contact with unfinished wiring or power lines on a job site or when using a power tool
- Fires and explosions caused by hazardous materials, such as chemicals in use or leaking pipes
- Caught in-between accidents where a worker gets trapped between objects that cannot be moved or by falling objects, or within machinery
- Trench collapses on jobsites can cause workers to become buried underneath rubble or be struck by displaced tools and materials
- Vehicle accidents may involve construction vehicles on the job site. Construction workers may also be struck by vehicles travelling by a work zone
- Overexertion from long hours of intense physical labor and exposure to extreme weather can cause overexertion or heat-related injuries.
Construction accident injuries range in severity. Common injuries seen due to construction accidents include:
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken bones
- Neck, back and shoulder injuries
- Eye injuries and visual impairments
- Hearing loss
- Illnesses related to exposure to chemicals
What to Do After a Construction Accident
After being hurt in an accident on a construction site, you need to report the injury to your employer as soon as possible. Workplace injuries must be reported to the employer within 90 days of when it happens, according to Arizona law. However, it is in your best interest to notify your employer of your injury before you leave the job site. This helps to ensure that your employer cannot claim your injury happened elsewhere.
There are several other steps you should take that may benefit your claim should you pursue a workers’ compensation claim or personal injury lawsuit:
- Seek medical treatment right away. Not only does this protect your health and wellbeing, but it establishes you were injured on the job site in a work-related accident
- Take photos of the accident scene. Capture any noticeable hazards and equipment involved in the accident. Also, photograph your injuries and continue do this throughout the claims process to show the progression of healing
- If anyone witnessed the accident, try to get a written statement and ask for their names and contact information. Your attorney may need to follow-up with them later.
- Follow doctors’ orders. Attend all medical appointments and prescribed therapy sessions. If you do not follow the treatment plan prescribed by your doctor, the opposing side may claim your injuries are not that bad or that you have taken actions that have made your injuries worse.
- Keep a written diary of your experience throughout treatment. Note your pain levels and how your injuries affect you on a daily basis. Your attorney can use this journal to demonstrate your pain and suffering.
Contact Phillips Law Group Today
Construction accidents often have devastating consequences, both for victims and family members. Contacting a Tempe construction accident lawyer can play an important role in your ability to move forward. With a skilled attorney on your side, you can focus on your recovery – Phillips Law Group handles the rest.
Contact us today to request a free consultation and learn what legal options may be available to help you pursue compensation. We are available 24/7 by phone or online chat. If we represent you, there are no upfront fees, and you only pay us if we secure compensation for you.
Our offices are located in Phoenix, about 10 minutes north of the Maricopa County Courthouse.