Bensalem Construction Accident Lawyers Provide Strong Advocacy
Fighting for Bucks County Workers and Others Injured or Killed at Construction Sites
Companies who own and run construction sites need to comply with federal and state safety laws. They must also follow construction site industry standards. The owners, supervisors, and maintenance crews should design their sites safely before any work begins. While work is being done, the site should be regularly inspected for hazards. Workers and contractors who are injured on a construction site may be able to file a claim against negligent companies and supervisors. Pedestrians and car drivers injured near construction locations can bring a personal injury claim.
At Larry Pitt & Associates, our Bensalem construction accident attorneys work aggressively to determine what caused the accident and who is responsible. We fight for the families of anyone killed at work. If the worker was an employee, we bring a workers’ compensation claim demanding payment of medical bills and the full legal weekly loss benefits – 2/3 of your average weekly wages in Pennsylvania. If a non-employee (contractor or bystander) is hurt, we demand pain and suffering be paid in addition to your full wage loss and medical bills.
Types of Construction Accidents
Our Bensalem construction accident lawyers work with the police, investigators, engineers, and others to fully understand what caused your injuries. We review the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) laws, building codes, and other relevant laws. Some of the common types of construction accidents we handle are:
- Scaffold falls. Any fall from a scaffold is likely to cause death or a catastrophic injury, such as spinal cord damage or paralysis. If the scaffolding is improperly designed, then we can bring a product liability claim against the manufacturer. If the scaffolding was not secured properly, there were unnecessary objects on the scaffolding, or the scaffolding was used in heavy winds, then we bring personal injury claims against responsible parties.
- Ladder falls. Workers are constantly using ladders to lift things up or pull things down. Many times, the ladders extend so they can reach high. If a ladder is shaky or it collapses, a worker can suffer serious or permanent injury. A worker who falls from a ladder may fall onto another worker. Ladders should be stable and properly grounded. Workers should be educated on the safe way to use a ladder.
- Defective machinery accidents. In addition to scaffolding and ladders, any type of machinery or equipment used at a construction worksite can fail. We represent victims of forklift accidents, cranes that malfunction, hydraulic equipment and jackhammers that don’t work, and many other types of product defects. If the product was improperly made or designed and the defect caused your injury, we can hold the maker of the product strictly liable – without the need to prove fault.
- Vehicle accidents. Trucks and cars are always entering, maneuvering around, and leaving construction sites – bringing tools, lumber, bricks, glass, and all the building blocks for the site. If any vehicle strikes your car, we hold the responsible parties liable if they drove negligently, if proper warning signs weren’t in place, or other negligence occurred.
- Electric accidents. Power lines, electric equipment, power outages, and other failures can cause electric shock, which is usually fatal or catastrophic.
Accidents at construction sites also occur because flammable HAZMAT materials are used. Some sites use TNT and other explosives. Often demolition work needs to be done. Construction work involves access to gas and water lines. Improper use or defects of these materials and items can cause fires, explosions, and other serious risks to anyone nearby.
Speak With a Tough Bensalem Construction Accident Lawyer Today
If you have been injured in a construction site accident, delay can hurt your case. In personal injury cases, we need to determine exactly what caused the accident or that there was a product defect. This means that our lawyers need to examine the site or the defective product as soon as possible. If an employee suffers a work-related injury, the employer needs to be notified so that medical treatment can begin. To learn more, please call Larry Pitt & Associates at 888-PITT-LAW or use our contact form to schedule a free consultation with an experienced construction accident lawyer at our Bensalem office in Bucks County.