$5 Million Catastrophic Amputation
We represented a worker who was injured due to the negligence of his company. A forklift operator failed to keep a proper lookout as the company failed to properly train the operator in how to safely operate the forklift.
$3.25 Million Construction Accident
We obtained a $3.25 million result on behalf of an individual who was injured after a construction site scaffold failure.
$3 Million+ Construction Accident
Our team obtained a $3 million+ construction accident settlement on behalf of a client who was injured at work.
Who Is At Risk of Construction-Related Injuries?
Construction accidents affect workers and individuals in various employment industries, with some fields being more hazardous than others. Naturally, the construction sector is the most directly impacted by construction accident injuries, given the inherent risks involved in the work. Workers are frequently exposed to heavy machinery, great heights, and potentially hazardous materials, leading to a higher incidence of injuries.
Other industries significantly affected by construction injuries include the transportation sector, where workers often interface with construction sites, and warehouse operations that could involve construction-like environments. The energy sector, particularly oil and gas, also has a high rate of construction-related injuries due to the heavy equipment and hazardous conditions common in this industry.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents can occur due to a variety of factors. From improperly secured rigging to faulty equipment, there are many reasons why construction accidents occur. Common causes of construction accidents include:
- Crane accidents: Crane accidents can occur due to equipment malfunction, operator error, or hazardous weather conditions. Such incidents can lead to severe injuries or fatalities due to the height and weight of the machinery involved. Our construction accident attorneys understand the complexities of these cases and can navigate the legal landscape on your behalf.
- Scaffolding accidents: Falls due to unstable or poorly installed scaffolding are common in the construction industry. Injuries from scaffolding accidents can range from broken bones to traumatic brain injuries. It’s crucial to consult with an experienced attorney who can fight for the maximum compensation you deserve after a scaffolding accident.
- Falling debris: Loose or improperly secured materials can fall from high heights, often leading to severe injuries for construction site workers. If you were injured by falling debris on a construction site, our construction accident lawyers can guide you through the legal process of seeking compensation.
- Electrical accidents: Construction workers often work around live wires and electrical systems, increasing the risk of electrical burns and electrocution. If you were injured in an electrical accident, our knowledgeable team can help you file a claim and fight to recover damages.
- Slips, trips, and falls: Slips, trips, and falls from tall heights can lead to serious injuries on construction sites. These injuries can occur for various reasons, such as improper mountain/dismounting from machinery, spills/leaks, or failure to utilize essential safety precautions or equipment.
- Equipment malfunction: Construction accidents can also occur due to defective or poorly maintained equipment, leading to significant injuries. Fortunately, our team is well-versed in product liability and personal injury law, empowering us to hold negligent parties accountable for construction injuries.
Who Is Liable in a New Mexico Construction Accident?
Various parties can be held liable in a construction accident based on the specific details of the incident. Common examples of liable parties in construction accidents include:
- Subcontractors: Subcontractors are often involved in complex construction processes and may be held responsible if they fail to comply with safety regulations or perform subpar work that leads to an accident. Negligence can manifest in various ways, such as improper installation of equipment, failure to follow safety procedures, or lack of adequate training for their employees.
- Manufacturers: When construction accidents occur due to equipment malfunction, manufacturers of the defective equipment can be held liable. This is often the case when the equipment utilized on construction sites, such as cranes, power tools, or safety gear, is defective or does not meet the necessary safety standards.
- Project managers: Project managers have a significant role in ensuring safety on construction sites. They are responsible for enforcing safety regulations, providing proper safety equipment, and ensuring that all workers are appropriately trained. If a project manager fails in these duties, resulting in a construction accident, they may be held legally responsible.
- Property owners: The property owners where the construction project is taking place may also be liable for accidents, such as if they fail to disclose known hazards, fail to maintain a safe environment, or neglect to ensure that the site complies with necessary safety regulations.
- General contractors: General contractors are responsible for overall site safety and coordinating different parties involved in a construction project. If a general contractor fails to ensure safety, they might be liable for any accidents. Their negligence can be evident in poor site management, inadequate safety controls, or failure to supervise the construction process adequately.