Construction Accidents

Lexington Construction Accident Lawyers

Well-Versed in Industry Dangers in South Carolina

The construction industry is known to be one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. There are countless dangers workers can encounter on a typical day at work, from dealing with heavy machinery that can malfunction and fall over, to working from high places and in buildings in danger of collapse. However, just because you’re working in a dangerous field doesn’t mean that you don’t deserve to be protected while on site. Individuals injured in construction accidents deserve to pursue financial compensation for damages if their accident was caused by negligence, whether on the part of employers, equipment manufacturers, property owners, or some other involved party. At The Rick Hall Law Firm, LLC, our team is on the side of everyday individuals, families, and workers. Having served South Carolina faithfully for more than 35 years, our Lexington, SC construction accident attorneys provide local clients with in-depth service they can trust.

Contact us online or by phone at (803) 590-9900 to schedule your free consultation – if you’re unable to come to the office, we can come to you at home or in the hospital for your convenience.

Industry Dangers that Cause Accidents

Though federal and state governments regulate the construction industry in an effort to protect their workers, sometimes employers and other parties cut corners to save money and time, which can put workers at risk of injury and sometimes, death.

Common causes of construction site accidents include:

  • Fires and explosions: Construction sites often involve explosive or combustible hazards like leaking pipes, exposed wiring, and more. Sometimes projects require the use of explosives on-site. Explosions can cause devastating burns that cost thousands of dollars in surgeries to heal.
  • Falling objects: Construction workers are constantly moving around on scaffolding, roofs, and platforms, and sometimes they may knock over equipment, ladders, or other objects that can strike a worker below. These types of accidents frequently caused head and brain injuries that can impair a person for the rest of their life.
  • Poorly maintained or defective equipment: Workers operate dangerous, heavy machinery that can cause serious injuries and fatalities if the equipment malfunctions or is used incorrectly. For example, a poorly-made forklift can topple over and crush a worker beneath it, breaking their bones or killing them instantly.
  • Slip and falls: One of the most common types of accidents, slip and falls can occur on construction sites over mounds and flooring, but also from dangerous heights like cranes, roofs, ladders, bridges, scaffolding, and more. Construction workers can fall as a result of crane operator errors or inadequate safety precautions.
  • Respiratory disease: Toxic chemicals and substances can frequently be found on construction sites where dust, dirt, and other chemicals mix in the air. Workers can be infected or acquire more serious diseases from breathing in these chemicals.
  • Overexertion: Workers can become injured if they are pushed to exhaustion or are working in dangerous weather conditions, such as during hot days that can cause heat-related injuries. Some overexertion injuries can develop over time as workers make the same repetitive movements.
  • Structural collapse: Unfortunately, buildings, trenches, and tunnels can be unsteady and collapse anytime, including onto workers in the vicinity. Structural collapse can be caused by extreme weather and in demolition projects.

Who is Liable in a Construction Accident?

Construction accidents can cause a variety of injuries, from cuts and lacerations, broken bones, and burns, to amputation, join injuries, paralysis, respiratory damage, and brain injuries.

Determining liability in a construction site accident can be complicated because multiple parties may be at fault. Only an experienced personal injury lawyer knows how to investigate an accident and pinpoint the cause.

Common parties who can be found at-fault for construction accidents include:

  • Construction site owners who control the premises
  • Designs professionals, including engineers and architects
  • Construction site managers and foremen
  • Insurance companies
  • Manufacturers
  • General contractors

Construction companies are protected by their own team of lawyers, which is why it’s essential that you hire a lawyer if you wish to file a successful injury claim. Our team cares for our clients and fights for their right to compensation if they’ve been harmed by another party’s negligence.

What Should You Do After Being Injured in a Construction Accident?

If you were injured in a construction accident, it's crucial to take immediate and appropriate steps to ensure your well-being and protect your legal rights. Here's what you should do in the aftermath of such an incident:

  • Seek Medical Attention: Your health and safety should be your top priority. Even if you believe your injuries are minor, it's essential to seek medical attention promptly. Some injuries may not be immediately apparent but could worsen over time if left untreated. By seeking medical care, you not only prioritize your recovery but also create documentation of your injuries, which can be invaluable for any potential legal proceedings.
  • Report the Accident: Inform your supervisor, manager, or the appropriate authority about the accident as soon as possible. This helps ensure that the incident is properly documented, and necessary steps can be taken to prevent similar accidents in the future. Reporting the accident promptly also ensures that you fulfill any obligations outlined in your company's safety protocols or legal requirements.
  • Gather Evidence: Document the scene of the accident by taking photographs or videos if possible. Collect the contact information of any witnesses who may have seen the incident occur. Keep any relevant documents, such as accident reports or medical records, in a safe place. This evidence may be crucial in supporting your claim if you pursue legal action to seek compensation for your injuries.
  • Consult with a Lexington Construction Accident Attorney: Navigating the legal complexities surrounding construction accidents can be challenging, especially while dealing with the physical and emotional toll of an injury. Consider consulting with a qualified personal injury attorney who has experience handling construction accident cases. An attorney can provide invaluable guidance, advocate on your behalf, and help you understand your rights and options for seeking compensation.
  • Follow Medical Advice: Comply with all medical instructions and attend follow-up appointments as recommended by your healthcare provider. Your medical records and adherence to treatment plans can significantly impact the outcome of any legal proceedings related to your injury.

Call our Lexington, SC construction accident attorneys at (803) 590-9900 to schedule your free consultation.

Settlements & Verdicts

  • $2,000,000 Wrongful Death

    Wrongful death and survival action in which our client’s husband was killed after being struck by a tractor that had just collided with a wide load.

  • $1,000,000 Defective Product

    The plaintiff and her two children, causing severe burns which resulted in extensive burn treatment, including skin grafts.

  • $550,000 Negligently Performed Hip Operation

    The client suffered as a result of a negligently performed hip operation.

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- Debbie J.

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