Construction can’t happen without those machines. Some of them are noisy, some are not, but just about all are dangerous. These machines can injure when they malfunction or they can cause injuries when they are working the way they are supposed to.
At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we’ve seen the devastation and injuries that a construction equipment or machine injury can bring The victim is often sidelined for months or longer, and sometimes sustains permanent and disabling injuries. We feel that both worker’s and members of the public should be safe in a construction zone, and will fight for fair compensation for those injured in a construction site.
Almost all construction sites are on public land and thus generally open to the public. This means that if someone is injured on the site by a hazard created by the construction crew, then both the construction company and the city or county will be liable.
This is because of a legal doctrine called premises liability which holds the owner/operator of a property liable for any dangerous hazards on the property. A dangerous hazard can be just about anything including equipment.
we have experience in getting compensation for those injured in a construction zone. We understand that road construction is necessary, but we also know that the company and the government have a duty to keep construction zones safe for those who travel through them.
Construction Worker Injuries
When a worker gets injured on the job, there are worker’s compensation benefits available to them.
However, if the accident is the fault of someone other than the construction company, then the worker might be entitled to compensation from that third party. This could be the manufacturer of the equipment, the equipment maintenance or repair company or any third party that has a part in selling, maintaining and using the equipment.
If you get compensation from a third party, you might have to pay some of the funds to the worker’s compensation. An experienced attorney can help you in fashioning a settlement that reduces the amount you have to pay back according to state law.
Types of Construction Machine Injuries
From large pieces of equipment to small tools, injuries from construction equipment can be serious. Many of these are powerful and require training and experience to operate. Injuries can also happen when the operator makes a mistake and a passerby is injured by a machine.
Some of the common construction machines and equipment that cause injuries are:
- Dump trucks
- Electric hand trucks
- Industrial and Robotic factory machines
- Trench Diggers
- Warehouse equipment and machinery
- Hand Tools
- Power Tools
- Conveyor Belts
- Electrical Equipment
These are just a few, and there are numerous other types of equipment that are used every day on construction sites. These accident happen in many ways, and some of the most common ways are:
- Backing up
- Human Error/Mishandling
- Dropped loads
- Machinery entanglement
- Machine Malfunction
- Poor Design
- Poor Maintenance
- Objects falling from forklifts and other equipment
- Pinning workers between the equipment and stationary objects
If the court finds that the construction site owner didn’t do what a reasonable owner would do to keep the area safe, then the law can compensate the injured person for their financial losses. Some of these common losses that can be awarded are:
- Medical Bills
- Rehab Treatment/Equipment
- Lost Time from Work
- Future Lost Time from Work
- Permanent Disability/Disfigurement
- Pain and Suffering
- Loss of Consortium (Intimacy, affection etc.)
These are a few and there could be others specific to each case.
Contact a Construction Injury Lawyer
If you’ve been injured in one of the many construction zones in and around Spokane, you owe it to yourself to talk to an attorney who can tell you if you have a case that could get you compensation for your injuries. At Crary, Clark, Domanico, & Chuang, P.S., we offer a free consultation and we collect no money until you get an award or settlement.
We also have years of experience dealing with construction site injuries and working with insurance companies. We know all the tricks and tactics they use to keep you from getting fair compensation. Call us today and get someone on your side. You can call us at (509) 926 4900, or send us a message by clicking here.