Workplace and Job Injury Matters
Thousands of workers are injured or killed at work and construction sites each year. Many of accidents involve falls, defective machinery, explosions and scaffolding accidents. Injuries caused by these accident are usually severe and result in serious disability that prevents the injured from returning to work.
Construction site accidents are a leading cause of worker deaths in the United States. As many as 50 people die in crane accidents each year and there are an estimated 10,000 workers injured in scaffolding accidents each year.
Many of these accidents could have been prevented if proper
safety precautions were taken. The site manager needs to develop
clear safety rules and guidelines concerning safety precautions
and ensure these rules are enforced. People in charge of the
site may be held responsible for any accidents that occur. Often
workers are asked to perform unsafe tasks and fear to complain
out of concern for their job.
Our attorneys represent workers in many types of incidents and job areas including: Oilfield accidents, oil rig accidents, drilling accidents, coal mining accidents, well servicing accidents, pipeline accidents, workover rig accidents, tank explosiosn, pipeline explosions, hot work, confined space entry, H2S exposure, disposal well, test tank, tank battery, oil and gas separator, casing job, cement job accidents, workers handling, pulling rods and tubing, roustabout, roughneck, fishing job, pipe inspection dangers.
Manufacturers of construction equipment are responsible designing and maintaining safe products. Defective or dangerous products may include the following: scaffolding, cranes, power tools, derricks, hoists, conveyors, woodworking tools, ladders, winches, trucks, graters, scrapers, tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, back hoes, heavy equipment, boilers, pressure vessels, gas detectors and other types of construction equipment.
It is often possible to find liable third parties in the event
of an accident or injury. Since most sites involve many subcontractors, it is very common to locate
several potential third party Defendants. The lawyer may also
consider claims against the general contractor, who may be responsible
for supervision and my be contractually responsible for the injury.
In more complex cases, the legal principles of Agency and analysis
of Corporate law may lead to sophisticated determinations as
to who is technically an "employee" and who the "third
parties" are in a given situation.
Workers' Compensation law is designed to help injured workers as well as employers in dealing with the problems of health insurance. The Workers' Compensation Act provides benefits to workers who are injured on the job or suffer an occupational disease arising out of and in the course of employment. The benefits under Workers' Comp include weekly payments based on a percentage of the employee's average weekly wage for temporary total disability, partial disability, permanent and total disability and permanent loss of function and disfigurement. Workers' Comp also covers medical expenses for treatment that is reasonable, necessary and related to the industrial injury and vocational rehabilitation services.
Unfortunately Workers' Compensation alone may be insufficient
compensation especially in the case of very serious and catastrophic
personal injuries. As indicated above it is necessary to look
for a negligent third party such as the manufacturer of a dangerous
or defective product, improper safety devices or some other party
who is at fault. These cases require immediate attention and
expertise because the responsible third party may be difficult
to locate and evidence (such as a piece of defective machinery)
needs to be preserved.
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If you or a family member has been seriously injured: Please fill out the information and write an informal case description in the form below. You will be contacted by an attorney who is experienced in the area of workplace injury law. We are experienced handling claims of workers injured throughout the United States.
Whenever you believe you have a claim against someone in an accident, you should seek legal advice as soon as possible in order to protect you right to sue. In most states, you have a limited period of time from the date of the accident to file a complaint against the other party (ies) involved. Nevertheless, you should always seek advice at the earliest stage possible. If you do not, it may seriously jeopardize your case: your attorney needs to act quickly and preserve the evidence: memories fade, witnesses disappear, vital records and reports are lost without quick action.
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