How an Attorney Can Help after a Construction Site Accident
The many moving parts and heavy machinery on a construction site make it dangerous for both workers and visitors. If you or a loved one have been injured while on a construction site, attorney Gilbert E. Fisher, in Fresno, CA, can help you determine if you have a viable lawsuit. If the injury was the result of an employer's negligence, you are entitled to be fully reimbursed for lost wages, medical expenses, and other costs associated with the accident. Partnering with a qualified attorney ensures your chances at maximum recovery, so you can get the treatment you need to move forward after a construction site accident.
What To Do Immediately after a Construction Site Accident
If you have been hurt while on a construction site, you need to take immediate action:
- Take photos of the accident scene: It's important that your attorney have a comprehensive sense of the scene. Take pictures of any large open areas, unsteady scaffolding, chemical containers, signage that warns of danger and provides proper storage instructions, ladders or other equipment, and flooring.
- Report the accident: Make sure to alert the supervisor and file any necessary documentation. Get a list of all witnesses, including names and phone numbers.
- Keep your own copy: Get a copy of the official report and any other communication regarding the accident with your employer and human resources.
- Seek medical attention: Make sure you reach out to a doctor as soon as possible and keep records of your visits, the official diagnosis, and any recommended courses of treatment.
Having a complete record of how the accident happened, the injuries sustained, and the care needed will allow you to provide a clear picture when making a claim for damages.
Common Types Of Construction Site Accidents
Some of the most common accidents involve:
- Driving or operating heaving machinery
- Falls from high places
- Chemical spills
- Electrical fires and explosions
- Heavy, falling objects
- Slip and fall
Any of these accidents can result in severe injury or even death. It is critical to gather the facts not only about when and where the accident happened but also the type of accident. Having all of the evidence at hand puts you in a position where you are able to establish liability and demand compensation.
According to guidelines from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), every worker or visitor to a construction site is entitled to a reasonably safe working environment. If there are dangers, adequate warning must be provided. At a construction site, many parties must work together to ensure safety. Consequently, there are many people who may potentially be liable for an injury or death.
Proving who was at fault for the accident is the first step towards recovery. First and foremost, we must determine who is liable:
- General contractors or sub-contractors: Consider whether warnings given as to any dangers were given and if so, whether the warnings were adequate. General contractors and sub-contractors are responsible for providing this information and failure to do so can lead to liability for an accident.
- Equipment manufacturer: If faulty equipment is responsible for a workplace accident, the company that produced it may be liable.
- Owner of the construction site: The owner of the construction site may also bear some responsibility.
- Trainers: Identify where training is required and whether it was provided. If not, the entity with decision-making authority regarding training may be liable, as well
Because of the many parties involved on a construction site, there may be more than one liable party. Identifying who to make a claim against is a crucial part of any construction accident case. We have the experience you need to make the right call.
Talk to Someone Who Knows How to Help
Attorney Gilbert E. Fisher has been practicing law since 2000. Mr. Fisher takes his duty to you seriously and knows firsthand how devastating a work injury can be for the victim and the family. Contact us online or call (559) 447-1210 today to schedule your free consultation.