We are a national law firm and represent clients throughout the U.S. Our offices are centrally located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Our law firm is listed in U.S. News & World Report’s The Best Law Firms in America.
Our lawyers help injured construction site workers and their families who have experienced catastrophic loss. We take care of our clients and aggressively pursue compensation and justice. As one client said, we are warriors. Our results, including a $45 million settlement for one family, speak to our determination to hold wrongdoers accountable.
We obtained this settlement for a person with severe injuries.
Our client was burned in a propane gas explosion.
Our client suffered a traumatic brain injury in a truck accident.
Complex Legal Issues Surrounding Construction Site Accidents
Find out if a contractor, subcontractor and other companies can be sued for compensation and justice.
While bystanders injured at construction sites typically file personal injury claims, injured construction workers can face a more complex set of insurance issues. Their claims typically begin with the filing of a workers’ compensation claim. However, when there are multiple contractors, an injured worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against one or more of the contractors and subcontractors. There may also be a case against the owner of a vehicle or equipment.
In addition, if workers’ compensation coverage proves inadequate insurance to cover the injuries, other coverages may apply. The legal issues surrounding these claims can become complex and contentious very quickly. Our law firm has the experience and expertise to help you sort it all out.
Establishing the Cause of a Construction Site Accident
Investigating a workplace accident to find out what happened and what companies are responsible.
The first step in getting compensation is finding out what caused the accident, and then we work to determine what companies can be sued by the injured person or the family who has lost a loved one. Never assume you do not have a case. You can talk to one of our lawyers for free (1-888-377-8900) and find out if you have a case and how much it might be worth. A company that allows unsafe conditions at a work site needs to be held responsible, and families should not be left to carry the financial burden of a permanent injury or wrongful death.
The investigation process depends on the cause of the construction site accident.
- Truck and Other Vehicle Accidents. One of the most common causes of personal injury and wrongful death at a work zone is bad driving. Workers get run over by dump trucks and other large construction vehicles, and collisions between two of these vehicles can be devastating. We look at a number of issues, including whether the at-fault driver was adequately trained, had a history of accidents, had a history of drug or alcohol abuse, and other factors. In addition there are a number of businesses that may be legally responsible, including the owner of the at fault vehicle, the general contractor, a subcontractor, the maker of the vehicle (or a defective part), and others.
- Explosion. We are one of the few law firms in the nation that regularly represents employees who are injured in explosions while on the job. In a recent case, we won $10 million for a person who was severely burned and suffered permanent brain damage when a house under construction blew up. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman found evidence that the cause was a propane leak and that the tank had been improperly filled, resulting in the loss of the odorant that would have allowed our client to smell the propane gas.
- Falls. Construction site accidents are most commonly due to falls, often resulting from improperly designed or erected scaffolding, faulty ladders, or unprotected holes in flooring. In 2001, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that falls accounted for more than one-third of all construction site fatalities. See “Construction Site Fall Wrongful Death.”
- Electrocution. The second most common construction accident is an electrocution accident. Construction workers often find themselves working near power lines, which places them at an extremely high risk of electrocution if proper safety measures are not followed.
- Improperly Braced Trenches. Collapsed trenches are also responsible for many construction accidents.In fact, improperly braced trenches account for the fatality rate in excavation work being more than double that of general construction.
Establishing that a contractor is at fault and can be sued for compensation can require considerable expertise and knowledge of the construction world. Our work injury attorneys have helped others, contact our law firm to find out if we can help you.