Issaquah Construction Accident Attorney
In the private sector, the construction industry leads the way when it comes to occupations with the most workplace injuries and deaths. It’s a dangerous job, but it doesn’t have to be as dangerous as it often is. Property owners, developers, general contractors and subcontractors all have duties to construction workers to provide safe workspaces with adequate protection and safety gear. When they don’t, the responsible parties can often be held liable to the injured worker for the full measure of harm their negligence has caused.
The construction accident attorneys at Injury Law Group NW in Washington spent years representing insurance companies in personal injury matters as well as directly representing property owners, general contractors, subcontractors and suppliers in complex construction litigation. We know the law, we know the industry, and as plaintiffs’ injury lawyers, we know the right steps to take to secure adequate, appropriate medical care and compensation for construction workers injured on the job in King County.
If you have been hurt in a construction accident in the Seattle area, or if you lost a loved one in a fatal construction accident in Bellevue, Renton, Redmond, Sammamish or surrounding communities, call Injury Law Group NW for a free consultation. We are here to help you through this difficult time and ensure you are properly taken care of by the doctors, hospitals, insurance companies, and parties responsible for your injuries.
Construction Accidents Come in Many Forms, All of Them Serious and Potentially Deadly
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) sets workplace standards and enforces them through on-site inspections. OSHA lists construction as the most dangerous industry and within construction, the agency focuses on four types of accidents that cause the most fatalities on construction sites:
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Our construction litigation team at ILG focuses on these areas as well, helping the families of fatal accident victims as well as survivors of construction accidents get the medical care and compensation they need to deal with the impact a serious accident has imposed on their lives. Our Washington construction accident practice covers all sorts of construction accidents in King County, including:
- Ladder Falls
- Scaffold Collapses
- Forklift Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Trenching & Excavation Accidents
We Seek a Full Recovery for Construction Accident Victims and Their Families
Most construction workers injured on the job will be covered by Labor & Industries (L&I) workers’ compensation insurance. Workers’ comp covers an injured worker’s medical care and about two-thirds of their wages while they are out of work. A workers’ comp claim is relatively easy to file, and you don’t have to prove another party was at-fault in order to get coverage for a construction accident injury. But the recovery is limited and never fully compensates you for all the damages you suffer.
Because of workers’ compensation, you are not allowed to sue your employer for negligence, even if they were at fault in causing the accident. However, there are many times when construction accidents are caused by a third party (an individual or business not part of the employer-employee relationship). In those situations, an injured worker can sue the negligent third party and recover for the full range of legal damages available under Washington personal injury law – medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, mental anguish, etc.
Injury Law Group NW takes on cases of third-party liability and works to put together a strong case that proves the third-party’s negligence and the full extent of damages they owe to the injured worker. Below are some examples where third-party liability might apply to a Seattle-area construction accident injury:
- A person working for a subcontractor is injured through the negligence of the general contractor or a different subcontractor.
- A worker is injured in a motor vehicle accident while picking up supplies or traveling between job sites on the clock.
- A supplier delivering materials to the site strikes a worker with the truck or negligently stores the supplies so they topple over, cause an explosion, etc.
- The property owner where the work is being performed allows a dangerous condition to exist without attempting to fix it or warn workers about its presence.
- A worker is injured by a defective product that was dangerously designed or manufactured, such as a power tool built without an automatic shut-off, machinery designed without safety guards, or toxic chemicals that don’t contain adequate warnings and instructions for their safe use.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, it’s worthwhile to speak with a personal injury attorney to see whether you might have a claim against a negligent third party. Report the injury to your supervisor to protect your rights to file a workers’ compensation claim, and call ILG in Washington to explore your other options.
Help Is Available After Construction Accidents in Washington
If you have been hurt in a construction accident in Bellevue, Renton, Redmond Sammamish or Seattle, or if you lost a loved one in a King County construction accident, call Injury Law Group NW to discuss your potential claims with a team of experienced and dedicated Washington construction accident attorneys.