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
- 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.