Denver Construction Accident Lawyer

Injuries can occur in many places of work, however they are much more common in the construction industry due to the heavy equipment used on the job. When you visit or work on a construction site, you assume that reasonable safety precautions have been taken. You assume that the site is in compliance with the law, that everyone has been adequately trained, and that the construction equipment is properly functioning. These assumptions may be wrong. In fact, more job-related deaths happen in construction than in any other sector of the U.S. economy. The United States Department of Labor coined the term “Fatal Four” to describe the most common causes of construction worker death on the job. These four causes account for over half of construction worker deaths and include:

  • Falls
  • Electrocutions
  • Struck by Object
  • Caught-in/between

The Department of Labor estimates that protecting workers from these Fatal Four causes of death would save over 500 American lives per year.

When seriously injured construction accident victims understand the full extent of their injuries, they also realize that workers’ compensation insurance may not be enough. If you are – or if you become – a construction accident victim in Colorado, contact an experienced Denver construction accident lawyer at the firm of Norton and Bowers, P.C. immediately.

WE REPRESENT INJURED WORKERS

Normally, employees injured on the job can’t sue employers for negligence. Instead, workers’ compensation benefits are provided for lost income and medical expenses that are incurred as a result of construction accidents. However, if the negligence of someone other than your employer (or co-worker) caused your injury, you’ll usually be able to file a claim against the responsible third party even if you’re already approved for workers’ comp benefits. Norton and Bowers, P.C. represents injured people including roofers, framers, carpenters, electricians, heavy equipment operators, excavators, landscapers, general laborers, independent contractors and anyone else injured at a construction site. We also represent workers injured in infrastructure development or highway improvement projects.

The key to a successful personal injury lawsuit or personal injury claim following a construction accident is to identify a defendant other than your employer whose negligence contributed substantially to your injury. That defendant might be a subcontractor, a property owner, a materials supplier, a manufacturer, or a negligent driver or equipment operator. We work with medical, occupational, and rehabilitative experts to prove every element of your personal injury claim in clear and convincing terms. Our Denver personal injury attorneys will fight aggressively to bring your lawsuit to its best possible resolution.

TYPES OF THIRD PARTY INJURIES

The first step of filing a personal injury claim is determining liability with the help of a personal injury lawyer. There are several types of accidents that can occur on a construction site where third parties such as machinery manufacturers or property owners can be held liable. From scaffolding and trench collapses, to electrocution accidents and accidents involving heavy machinery-all of these can be very serious and involve loss of life and limb. Some injuries, such as a brain injury, do not only cause pain, but can also seriously affect the quality of your life.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration requires that employers provide protective equipment to construction workers at no cost. If you were not provided with the proper equipment and were injured as a result, you should speak to a Denver construction accident attorney today. A personal injury attorney can help you determine whether you were negligently exposed to dangerous conditions without the proper safety equipment at the time of the accident.

A construction site is home to many types of industrial equipment or machinery. From forklifts and tractors, to trucks, backhoes and earth moving equipment, there are different types of equipment that are complicated to operate, and have a high risk of accidents.

There are several ways that you may be involved in an accident involving a piece of heavy industrial equipment. Heavy machinery, such as cranes, tractors and trucks, can cause injuries when the operators do not follow the equipment’s operating instructions closely. If you are injured as a result of someone else’s carelessness, contact our team of construction accident attorneys.

In many cases, accidents occur even when workers operate the machinery according to manufacturer instructions. For instance, trucks, tractors, or backhoes may malfunction, leading to collapses, tipovers and other types of accidents that injure operators and pedestrian workers. Nail guns, power tools, hand electrical hand tools, saws, jackhammers, table saws, and all types of other hand-held equipment can also malfunction, causing serious injuries. Nail gun accidents, for instance, can malfunction, causing eye injuries and puncture wounds that can leave a person blind. In these cases, our team of construction accident attorneys may be able to hold the manufacturer liable for producing a defective product.

If you have suffered injuries as a result of a construction equipment accident, you may be able to hold more than one party accountable for your damages. Apart from your employer, you may also be able to name third parties like the manufacturer of the equipment. Identifying whether the malfunctioning equipment was the cause of your injury requires an extensive investigation and analysis of the injury as well as the scene of the accident. A third party claim can help you recover more significant damages than a worker’s compensation claim. For help identifying whether you have grounds for a third party claim after a construction accident, speak to a Denver construction accident lawyer.

YOU MUST ACT QUICKLY

All types of cases have a deadline by which a claim or lawsuit must be made. This deadline is called the Statute of Limitations. The Statute of Limitations will vary depending on the type of claim we are making on your behalf. However, regardless of the Statute of Limitations, it is very important for the injured worker to speak to one of our Denver construction accident lawyers for legal advice immediately. Work place and construction injuries are unique in that on-going construction or business operations may result in the loss of evidence. It is necessary to obtain pictures and witness statements as quickly as possible following a work place or construction accident in Denver, Colorado.

WE WORK FOR YOU

Besides construction accidents, our personal injury lawyers have years of experience helping victims in claims involving auto accidents, bicycle accidents, motorcycle accidents, slip and fall incidents, and premises liability laws. Norton and Bowers, P.C. represents clients on a contingency fee basis. If we are unable to negotiate a settlement or win a judgment on your behalf, there is no fee. If you’ve been injured at a construction site because of another person’s negligence anywhere in Colorado, contact us now at 303-400-8100 or fill out the form on this website to arrange a free consultation, and put Norton and Bowers, P.C. to work for you as quickly as possible.

 

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