Construction sites are hazardous areas. Often the construction goes on for weeks or even months. Until the project is finished, much of the site is unstable. Construction workers have helmets, steel-toed boots, and other protective gear to protect them in the case of potentially falling materials or other dangerous accidents on site. During off-hours, however, many cars, pedestrians, and others may pass by the site with absolutely no protection at all and may suffer serious injury or even death. If you or a family member has been a victim of an accident near a construction site, a personal injury attorney can help you with your case.
According to the Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration, there are four main kinds of accidents that cause serious injury or death on and around a construction site:
Construction workers are not the only ones who are at risk of these injuries or fatalities. For example, anyone walking by a construction site could be struck by an object that was not secured or electrocuted by an unnoticed, ungrounded wire. Furthermore, cars driving through road construction may be involved in accidents due to uneven roads, objects in the road, or lane closures that are not properly marked.
For instance, in Indiana a three-car accident recently occurred near bridge construction, stopping traffic for about an hour. In Chicago, a woman was riding her bicycle by a construction site when a temporary mesh fence that had not been fully secured came loose in the wind, tangled in the bicycle, and caused her to crash. The woman suffered a head fracture and severed ligament in her hand, requiring surgery. The examples are nearly endless.
If you are injured near a construction site by no fault of your own, the construction company can likely be held completely liable for your injuries, especially if your injury was caused by a lack of care on their part. If workers failed to properly secure materials or ensure that the perimeter of the construction site was safe, you could be able to bring a lawsuit against the construction company for negligence to recover for your injuries.
However, if you wandered onto the construction site of your own accord, or failed to obey signs warning pedestrians or drivers to stay clear of the site or directing traffic, your recovery may be lessened due to the doctrines of comparative or contributory negligence. This means that your failure to follow signs or trespassing onto the site helped cause your injuries, and therefore the construction company should not be held fully liable. In short, if you are injured on or near a construction site, it is important to call an experienced Indiana personal injury attorney to discuss your claim and help you get maximum reimbursement for your injuries.
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Don is a founding partner and one of the nation’s top-ranked personal injury litigators. He is a member of the Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum, which includes less than 1% of the nation’s trial lawyers, and awarded the highest ranking given by Martindale Hubbel and AVVO.
More importantly, Don understands representing personal injury victims is about more than recovering the best settlement: it’s about helping clients get back on their feet and supporting them in every aspect of their recovery.
In nearly all cases, our clients seek compensation from the wrongdoer’s insurance company. Before forming Wruck Paupore, Jason worked for a prominent law firm representing some of the world’s largest insurers. This experience gives Jason a deep understanding of the insurance industry and the strategies it uses to pay injury victims as little as possible.
Jason -- and our entire team -- put this inside knowledge to work to force insurance companies to pay what is actually owed. Often, we use the insurance company’s own tactics against them as we fight for the full compensation our client deserves.
For more than four decades, Keith has been fighting for injury victims. During that time, he’s watched the insurance industry change, with insurers now more interested in protecting their stock price than treating injury victims fairly.
Since the beginning, Keith has put people first. From his childhood in Gary, Indiana during the 1960’s and working his way through law school, Keith has risen to become one of the Midwest’s most respected trial lawyers. He has never forgotten that being a lawyer is about helping people -- and seeing injury victims through struggles in a way that could change their lives forever.
Over the decades, Keith, Don and Jason have fought relentlessly for clients, even when other lawyers have said the case was impossible to win.
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