Many Work Accidents Are Preventable

Most accidents occurring in industrial plants or on construction sites could have been avoided through better safety practices and/or equipment. The Hale Law Firm in Lake Charles is knowledgeable about the causes of industrial and construction accidents as well as the steps that can be taken to prevent them. If you were injured, turn to us for the dedicated legal help that you deserve.

Top Causes Of Industrial And Construction Accidents

Our personal injury attorneys help workers who have sustained injuries through the various causes of work accidents, including:

  • Chemical leaks
  • Exposure to hazardous materials
  • Falls, including falls from holes without guarding or barricades, cranes, scaffolding, ladders, roofs, stairwells, buckets and steel beams, and on uneven or slippery surfaces
  • Electrocution
  • Lack of catch nets
  • Back injury due to heavy lifting
  • Welding, including electrocution, burns and asphyxiation
  • Limbs being caught in machinery and equipment
  • Defective equipment and tools, like unsecured scaffolding, warning lines, hoists, conveyors, winches, cranes, and other construction equipment
  • Trench cave-ins and other excavation-related accidents
  • Flying/falling objects and debris, including bricks, nails, beams and small tools
  • Fires and explosions, such as those involving leaked gases and chemicals
  • Vehicle collisions, including trucks, forklifts, tractors and bulldozers

Filing A Lawsuit Against a Third Party

Generally, an injured worker cannot sue his or her own employer for work-related injuries and the injured worker’s remedy is in receiving workers’ compensation benefits. However, if the injured worker can successfully demonstrate a third-party’s negligence caused the injuries, that third party can be held liable for wage losses and pain and suffering in addition to the workers’ compensation benefits you receive.

You may have a “third-party” negligence claim if your accident was caused by the negligence of a general contractor, subcontractor, equipment supplier or someone not employed by your company. Examples of third-party liability claims include:

  • Injuries caused by defective products and equipment owned or operated by other companies
  • Injuries caused due to a company other than your own failing to properly maintain or repair equipment
  • Injuries caused by vendors visiting your job site or contributing to dangerous property conditions
  • Injuries sustained in a motor vehicle accident while using the vehicle for work

In the above scenarios, you could file a personal injury lawsuit against the third-party whose negligence caused the injury. It is critical to contact a knowledgeable, experienced personal injury lawyer to explore all of your legal options.

Aggressive Legal Representation From Experienced Work Accident Attorneys

Our attorneys are experienced in cases involving both workers’ compensation and third-party claims. We will work aggressively to help you obtain maximum compensation from all possible sources.

To arrange a free initial consultation, please call us locally at 337-426-1071 or toll free at 877-596-5155. You can also contact our firm online. If we accept your case and there is no recovery, you will not be responsible for paying for any costs, fees, or expenses.

Our Case Results

$10,000,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, had his lower leg amputated in a maritime workplace accident due to negligently maintained and constructed equipment.

$4 ,000,000 Personal Injury Case

Plaintiff, an inmate at Beauregard Parish Jail, was severely beaten by a fellow inmate, resulting in permanent paralysis and brain damage.

$3,649,831.84 Jury Verdict

Offshore basket transfer from the deck of a vessel to an unmanned fixed platform in which plaintiff suffered operated neck and back injuries.

$3,500,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff suffered serious and permanent disfiguring burns due to a defective carnival ride at the New Orleans Superdome that caught fire.

$2,400,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman/deckhand, had his lower leg amputated on a barge located in Texas on the San Jacinto River.

$2,000,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, was working on a lay barge when a cable struck him in the abdomen resulting in an operated back injury.

$1,500,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, suffered an operated neck injury when the pushboat he was working aboard on the Mississippi River near New Orleans capsized and sank due to the wakes generated by a passing chemical tanker and towboat and the unseaworthiness of the pushboat.

$1,300,000 Railroad Accident

Railroad accident in Vinton, Louisiana in which inadequate and outdated warnings, obsolete wig wag and site obstructions at railroad crossing resulted in severe, permanent head injury.

$595,000 Plaintiff

Automobile accident in which plaintiff suffered an operated neck injury when his vehicle was struck by a left turning motorist who failed to yield. No lost wage claim.

$405,398 Plaintiff

Automobile accident in which plaintiff’s vehicle was struck by an 18-wheeler resulting in an operated back injury at the same levels as a prior back surgery. No loss wage claim.

$150,000 Plaintiff

Plaintiff, a Jones Act seaman, suffered severe mental anguish when the dredge tender he was working aboard in Mobile, Alabama capsized and sank due to bad weather and the unseaworthiness of the vessel.

$1.1 Million Construction Accident

Construction accident involving plaintiff who fell through an opening in catwalk grating resulting in an operated back injury and brain injury.

$1.1 Million Jury Verdict Automobile Accident

Automobile accident in Allen Parish in which plaintiff's vehicle struck a large pothole on the highway, causing her vehicle to run off the highway and strike a tree.

$ 1.1 Million Settled During Trial Construction Accident

Construction accident in which plaintiff released pipe from a secured pipe rack, pinning himself between the pipe rack and his 18-wheeler, crushing his head and body and resulting in his death.

$ 1.1 Million Automobile Accident

Automobile accident in which plaintiff's vehicle was broad-sided, resulting in an operated neck injury.

$ 1,750,000 Automobile Accident

Automobile accident in which an 18-wheeler struck plaintiff’s vehicle, resulting in neck and leg injuries.