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CONSTRUCTION & WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS IN PHOENIX, AZ

A construction site accident is no small thing. Construction sites pose dozens of risks, and even the employees who work on the site should be covered when something goes wrong. If you are the victim of a construction accident, we’re here to help.

At Leon law, PLLC, we believe in fair compensation for everyone. We realize there are many injustices in the world, and one-by-one, we’re committed to the people of Phoenix and throughout Maricopa County when they’re dealing with personal injuries. Whether a construction site injury resulted in your loved one’s death or is something you’re personally dealing with, we offer the representation you need.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

We could never name all the ways someone could get injured on a construction site, as new equipment and practices are developed each day. While these things can further a construction project along, they all come with risks. Safety violations also occur far too often, with employers who simply choose to ignore the issues and look the other way. Unfortunately, this does not help them get ahead, as many of them face costly lawsuits. Some common causes of construction accidents include:

  • High Falls – Platforms, scaffolds, lifts, and ladders are helpful tools that allow construction workers to complete a job at some of the highest heights. Unfortunately, they pose a serious risk of fall if something malfunctions or if someone makes a poor move. These high falls can cause quite serious injuries, sometimes death.
  • Electrocution – Most construction sites are going to involve electricity in one form or another. Workers who install, remove, or simply work around electricity are at risk for electrocution. Third-degree burns and death are just two of the most serious consequences of electrocution.
  • Slips and Falls – It’s easy to take a tumble on a construction site. There’s equipment lying around, holes in the ground, chemical spills, uneven pavement, and more, making the area dangerous, even if someone’s just walking along. A slip and fall can cause serious injury.
  • Motor Vehicle Accidents – Construction site related motor vehicle accidents are quite different than the typical car accident. While you could be in an accident while driving a work truck down the street, construction sites also pose a risk with other vehicles such as bulldozers, backhoes, forklifts, and more. Even with all the experience, licenses, and qualifications in place, accidents happen.
  • Explosions – Don’t underestimate a worksite that does not include obvious explosive materials. Construction workers still run the risk of hitting a gas line, having a can of gasoline explode, or even dealing with flammable building materials. Every precaution should be taken, and every explosive item should be stored safely, but this doesn’t always happen, and death or serious injury is often the result.
  • Falling Objects – Debris, tools, and building materials can cause serious damage if they fall from a very high height. Even just six-feet up, a heavy tool could break a bone or crush someone’s back if it falls without notice.

There’s also always the chance of workplace horseplay, malfunctioning equipment, cuts, burns, and so much more. When you are injured on a construction site, you need a construction accident lawyer to help you seek compensation.

Compensation for Construction Accidents

Not sure what you’re entitled to in Phoenix and the surrounding areas? No problem. At Leon Law, PLLC, we know the law inside and out and will fight for your rights until the end. After a construction accident, you deserve to be compensated to the fullest. Some damages we may be able to seek to include:

  • Medical expenses – A majority of your compensation may be for medical expenses. Construction accident injuries can range from broken bones to TBI with a wide range of issues in between. Medical expenses could include emergency care, surgeries, physical therapy, prescription medication, and a wide range of other expenses related to care for your injuries.
  • Lost wages – Because construction accidents are so severe, they often require you to miss work for an extended period of time. You may be able to seek lost wages for both the work you have already missed and the work you will miss as you recover moving forward.
  • Pain and suffering – Anxiety, mental anguish, and various other physical and emotional pains can be compensated through pain and suffering.
  • Loss of enjoyment or companionship – After many injuries, a person’s ability to participate in activities he or she typically would participate in could diminish. This includes hobbies, intimate acts with a spouse, and more. Loss of enjoyment of life and loss of companionship or consortium could be something you could seek compensation for.
  • Rehabilitative costs – Sometimes, an injury will eliminate the ability to work ever again, but other times the individual can get back to work, performing a different job. New education or vocational rehabilitation may be needed.
  • Wrongful death – If your loved one died after a construction site injury, you might be entitled to wrongful death damages to help with funeral and burial costs, as well as recovering some of the abovementioned damages for the time the individual was alive after the injury.

The Legal Representation You Need

At Leon Law, PLLC, we understand construction accidents and personal injury. If you were injured on a construction site in or around Phoenix, we’re ready to represent you. Contact us today at 480-269-1083 to speak with someone who can help.

 

According to OSHA, out of 4,379 worker fatalities in private industry in calendar year 2015, 937 or 21.4% were in construction. Since 2003, there have been 1037 reported construction accident fatalities in Arizona alone. Some of the most common types of construction accidents include:

  • Crane accidents
  • Falling objects
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Ladder and scaffolding accidents
  • Forklift accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Exposure to toxic and harmful substances

Safety violations

Safety violations occur all too frequently at construction sites. If you see or hear about a safety violation, do not hesitate to report it. You can do so with OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) here.

Construction accidents are complex and require a skilled injury attorney to handle the case. It is important to understand your rights following a construction accident. In Arizona, if you are injured during working hours, you are entitled to compensation under the laws of Workers’ Compensation. If OSHA safety regulations were violated by any third party at your construction site, and this either caused or partly caused your injury, you may be entitled to pursue personal injury compensation as well as the benefits under the Workers’ Compensation laws. Whether you are an injured worker or a mourning family member who has lost a loved one, Leon Law, PLLC is here to help. Give our office a call at your earliest convenience, (480) 269-1083.

In Construction Accidents, Part 1, we discussed some of the common causes of construction accidents, as well as some of the damages you may be able to seek. Because Phoenix is a growing city, there are bound to be more and more construction site accidents requiring legal assistance. Now that you’ve actually been injured in a construction accident, what should you do?

What To Do After an Injury

The first thing you should do after a construction site injury is to seek medical attention. It won’t do you any good to wait for medical care, and there are multiple benefits of taking care of it right away. For example, the better health you’re in, the stronger you’ll be to fight your case. The more documents and bills you have from your medical provider, the more proof you’ll have of your injury. As you can see, immediate medical care is essential. Following medical care, you should:

  • Report the accident to your employer – To seek workers’ compensation, you’ll need to report the accident to your employer. Even if you’re certain the employer knows already, it won’t hurt to deliver a notice in writing. This gets the workers’ compensation process started.
  • Contact your lawyer – Even with workers’ compensation, you often won’t receive enough compensation to cover everything resulting from your accident. We’ll help you find third parties and other avenues from which to seek compensation.
  • Report the accident to your insurance company – There’s a chance you’ll need to use your personal health insurance coverage while you wait for compensation. If that’s the case, your health insurer should know so a lien can be placed on your settlement.
  • Gather evidence – With our help, you will need to gather all the evidence to support your case. This includes contact information for witnesses, so be sure to note which coworkers were there at the time of your accident, as well as anything else that could be helpful.

How We Can Help

After a construction accident, you could be wondering how to get everything done. How do you gather evidence while recovering from your injuries? What paperwork do you need to complete? Where do you file your claim? As your construction accident lawyer, we’ll take care of all the particulars. You focus on physical and emotional recovery, and we’ll do our best to handle the rest. With our legal services, you get the most out of our representation in Phoenix:

  • Investigative services give us an opportunity to take a look at the scene, photograph it, and gather any other evidence that will benefit your case. We’ll also collect surveillance videos, witness statements, and medical bills to support your story.
  • With our experience, we know who to look at to find a liable party for your construction accident. This might include an equipment manufacturer, coworker, building materials provider, or even your boss.
  • Reconstruction experts give us a high-tech reproduction of what happened. With video animation, we can see exactly how your accident occurred, which also benefits you in case you go to court.
  • We have relationships with various medical and other experts who can give factual testimony to support your case. These experts will review the evidence to help us determine what steps to take next and what damages might be reasonable to seek.
  • Our experts are always in touch with every client. Building this close relationship allows us to work together in harmony toward proper compensation. You will always know what’s going on with your case as we inform you of all the latest progress.
  • Handling trial, mediation, and appeals are something we’re experts at. If your case gets complicated, you can count on our experts to get the job done right.

If you’re the loved one of someone who died after injuries sustained in a construction accident, we can help you as well. Our services extend to wrongful death so you can recover damages lost between the time your loved one was injured and the time he or she died.

Why You Should Choose Leon Law, PLLC

Construction site accidents aren’t typically easy, open-and-shut cases. Many times, there are various twists and turns that arise, making the situation more complicated. At Leon Law, PLLC, you can count on a professional with experience. We realize things are going to get emotional, and by treating you as a part of our family, we’ll be sure all of your needs are taken care of.

Because of the complicated manner of construction incidents, we realize you may not have the cash to pay for representation upfront. All of our personal injury cases are handled on contingency. This means our payment is contingent on you winning the case. Our fees come right out of your settlement, so if the case isn’t won, you never have to worry about payment. We’re that confident we’ll win if we take your case.

Contact Us for a Free Case Review

Experience matters when it comes to construction site injuries. Because each case is so different, our firm provides you with personalized service to resolve your case in the most favorable way possible. When you’re ready to get started with a free case review by an experienced construction accident lawyer in Phoenix, contact Leon Law, PLLC at 480-269-1083, or fill in our online form, and let’s start working toward proper compensation.

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