Tucson Construction Accident Attorney
Construction accidents often leave workers with debilitating injuries and costly medical bills. Many injured workers are unable to work in the same capacity as before or return to work at all, creating a tremendous financial burden for them and their family.
At Phillips Law Group, our Tucson construction accident attorneys understand the difficulties workers face following a construction site injury. We have represented over 155,000 consumer clients since 1993 and recovered over $750,000,000 in compensation. If we represent you, we charge no upfront fees and your initial consultation is also free of charge. We are prepared to review your claim and determine your legal options.
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Liable Parties in a Construction Accident
Although every construction accident is different, it is generally the legal obligation of the construction company to make sure that the site is safe and free from hazards. There may have been other parties present at the construction site that could also potentially be liable for a work-related injury. These parties include:
- Construction site owners
- General contractors
- Construction site managers
- Product manufacturers
- Equipment suppliers
These other parties or the construction company could be held liable for injuries that result from things like:
- Failure to properly train employees
- Failure to maintain Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) safety standards or comply with other federal regulations or Arizona statutes
- Improper supervision of workers
- Lack of protective equipment, such as hard hats, goggles, face shields, and safety harnesses
- Manufacturing defects or malfunctioning equipment
Establishing liability for construction site injuries can be difficult, which is why we recommend that you reach out to an experienced lawyer to learn more about your rights. The Tucson construction accident lawyers at our firm have in-depth knowledge of state and federal regulations and how they may apply to your situation.
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How Do I Know If I Can Pursue Legal Action?
If you have been injured in a construction accident and believe that your injury could have been prevented, you may be eligible to pursue legal action. However, our attorneys cannot definitively answer this question until we review your situation. There are certain factors we may consider before making this determination. This includes:
- The type of accident that occurred
- How the accident happened
- The location when you were injured
- The conditions of the construction site
- Equipment used when the injury occurred
- Extent and severity of injuries sustained
- Time spent in the hospital and seeking treatment
We are ready to answer any questions you have during a free, no obligation consultation. There is no risk in calling us.
What is the Value of My Case?
Since each case is different, it can be difficult to calculate the exact value of a construction accident case. The amount and type of compensation you may be able to recover will depend on your particular circumstances. We encourage you to consult with a Tucson construction accident attorney from our firm to find out what your legal options may be.
- Filing a workers’ compensation claim – Most Arizona employers must have workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ compensation helps cover medical-related costs and a portion of lost wages to employees injured in a workplace accident. In these types of claims, you and your attorney will not need to prove that negligence occurred, only that you suffered harm.
- Filing a personal injury lawsuit – You cannot sue your employer for a construction accident if they carry workers’ compensation insurance. If you were injured because of the actions of a third party, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit. You and your attorney will need to prove that negligence directly resulted in your injuries and that you suffered measurable damages.
- Filing a wrongful death claim – If a family member is killed in a construction accident, you may be eligible to file a wrongful death claim on his or her behalf against the at-fault party. These types of claims can help cover funeral and burial costs as well as medical expenses and other damages.
- Filing a non-employee claim – Sometimes, someone not working on a construction site can become injured and may be eligible to file a claim for compensation. Examples of people who may be able to file these claims could include a driver passing by and being hit by falling debris or a pedestrian falling into a trench or getting struck by a construction vehicle.
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Safety Regulations In The Construction Industry
At the federal level, OSHA regulates the construction industry through the U.S. Department of Labor. The agency was established to create standards employers within the construction industry must follow to maintain a safe and effective workplace.
OSHA has certain safety requirements for some of the leading hazards at construction sites, including:
- Motor vehicle safety/highway work zones
- Stairways and ladders
- Trenching and excavation
The Arizona Division of Occupational Safety and Health (ADOSH) regulates occupational safety and health issues at the state level under the Industrial Commission of Arizona, the agency responsible for the state’s workers’ compensation system.
When an employer fails to follow state or federal standards to keep workers from unnecessary dangers and injuries result, a Tucson construction accident attorney may be able to help the victim pursue compensation.
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Accidents That Frequently Occur on Construction Sites
Construction workers often work with heavy equipment, so there are several ways that a worker may suffer an injury while on the job. Some of the accidents that frequently occur on construction sites include:
- Falls from high heights
- Falling objects or debris
- Slip and fall accidents
- Machinery accidents
- Fires and explosions
- Caught in-between objects
- Trench collapses
- Chemical exposure
- Scaffolding accidents
Reporting an Injury At Work
If you have been injured while working at a construction site, it is important to notify your employer of your injury immediately. Since most work injuries are covered by workers’ compensation, all injuries must be reported within 90 days from the date of the injury. Failure to report within this deadline may result in your claim being denied.
Employers also have a responsibility to report any work-related injury to their workers’ compensation insurance as well as to the Industrial Commission of Arizona within 10 days from the date of the accident. Should a fatality occur, it must be reported within just an eight-hour period.
It is also important that you seek medical attention as soon as possible. Even if you think that your injuries are minor, have a doctor check to make sure you do not have any underlying or hidden issues that could become worse. The doctor can determine the extent and severity of your injury and provide you with a treatment plan for your recovery. Not following doctor’s orders or delaying treatment could give your employer or a third-party a reason to question whether you were really injured.
While the attorneys at our firm are prepared for each step of the legal process, there are other things you can do to help protect your health and your potential claim. This includes taking pictures of the accident site, your injuries, and other hazardous conditions on property. Be sure to also obtain the contact information of any witnesses present at the time of the incident. What they saw could become invaluable evidence for your claim.
What Happens If My Employer Disputes My Injury?
Should you file a workers’ compensation claim, your employer may dispute your injury and say that you are ineligible for benefits. They may claim that you have a pre-existing condition, were not on duty at the time you were injured or were doing something unrelated to your work that caused you to be injured.
When this happens, your claim could unfortunately be denied and you will need to file an appeal in order to try to seek workers’ compensation benefits. Our Tucson construction accident lawyers know the tricks employers often use to avoid paying benefits to injured workers. If you have a case, we are prepared to fight on your behalf and help you through the appeals process if needed.
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Contact Our Tucson Construction Accident Lawyers
Having recovered more than $750,000,000 in compensation on behalf of our clients and representing over 155,000 consumer clients, our legal team has decades of experience handling construction accident claims.
Contact us over the phone or online 24 hours a day, seven days a week to schedule a free consultation. There is no risk of obligation in calling us or pursing legal action. You pay us nothing upfront unless we help you win.
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