Phoenix Construction Accident Attorney
If you or someone you love suffered injuries at a construction site accident in Phoenix, Arizona, discuss the issue with Cruz & Associates. Your injury may be the result of another recklessness or disregard. We have almost 30 years of experience in personal injury law and are uniquely equipped to handle workers’ compensation claims and workplace accidents. Before you settle your claim for less than it’s worth with workers’ compensation, consult with an attorney about the possibility of a personal injury claim, which could result in a more fair financial recovery.
Most Common Causes of Construction Worker Injuries
Those most at risk for workplace injuries are in the construction industry. Construction is replete with health and safety hazards, from heavy machinery to dangerous chemicals. Although construction site managers have a responsibility to keep workers safe, many cut corners and violate safety codes to complete a project on time or save money. Negligent coworkers, defective construction tools and equipment, and unsafe premises put lives at risk – from workers to pedestrians who may be near the unsafe area. The frightening aspect of construction industry negligence is that it affects any party who is near it. Here are some common injuries:
- Transportation accidents. A poorly trained, negligent, or distracted construction worker could cause injuries to others while operating a vehicle or piece of heavy machinery. Transportation accidents on construction sites are the most common cause of injuries and fatalities, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration.
- Falls. Construction workers often have to work from great heights, putting them at risk of deadly fall accidents. Falls from roofs, ladders, scaffolds, equipment, and platforms can cause broken bones, head and brain injuries, and spine injuries. Employers must keep workers safe by teaching proper scaffold construction techniques and providing personal fall protection. Falling tools and materials are a serious danger to innocent parties below, too.
- Struck-by object. Debris, building materials, or tools striking workers or passers-by are common causes of serious and fatal head and brain injuries on and around construction sites. Workers must always keep their items securely fastened to their belts or scaffolds when working from six feet up or higher. Dangerous or careless practices can result in workers accidentally dropping hazardous items.
Electrocution and caught-in/between are two other common causes of construction worker injuries. In most cases, an investigation of a construction site after a worker injury will expose OSHA violations, such as lack of fall protection or failure to maintain machine guarding. In these cases, an employer or site manager could be guilty of negligence. This is why, if you’re an injured worker, it’s important to speak to our lawyers before agreeing to a workers’ comp settlement. Bringing a lawsuit against a negligent employer could result in greater compensation, but you give up this right when you say yes to an insurance settlement. If you suffered an injury but are not a part of the construction crew, your case will require careful analysis, so talk to us as soon as you are able.
How Cruz & Associates Can Help After a Construction Accident
The Phoenix attorneys at Cruz & Associates understand workers’ compensation laws in Arizona and counsel those injured from construction accidents on their rights and options. We know how to negotiate fair and full settlements with workers’ compensation insurance companies and can take claims to trial if necessary. Our team works day and night, taking calls 24/7 to help prospective clients. It’s our goal to provide answers to any injured workers in need in Arizona.
After any type of construction accident and resultant damages, reach out to our team for a free case evaluation. We offer these zero-obligation consults so injured people and their loved ones can get answers to their most pressing questions. Workplace accidents can turn into complex insurance claims and lawsuits, especially when one or more parties were negligent. Call (602) 777-6666 for a construction accident consult in Phoenix.