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Respected District of Columbia law firm seeks damages after construction accidents
Construction sites are inherently dangerous environments. A single slip-up or error can be fatal, and a pattern of mismanagement can cause severe and lasting harm. At the District of Columbia law firm of May Lightfoot, PLLC, our attorneys represent workers and pedestrians in the D.C. area and Maryland injured in construction site accidents. We assist with filing claims, settlement negotiations and litigation, aggressively pursuing the compensation our clients need to pay for the costs of medical bills, lost income and other relevant expenses.
What are the most common causes of construction accidents?
Sandblasters, welding torches and chainfalls can be as dangerous as they are useful. Improper rebar tying and busted rivets have sent numerous workers to the hospital. In our experience, some of the most common causes of construction site accidents are:
- Falling debris — Falling objects can cause a wide range of injuries, from head and brain trauma to spinal cord damage and broken bones. In the most devastating cases, a debris strike can be fatal.
- Scaffolding and ladder falls — When ladders or scaffolding platforms are not secured properly, both workers and passersby are put at risk. Paralysis, brain damage and serious fractures are common consequences of ladder and scaffolding accidents.
- Faulty equipment — Power tools and heavy machinery are capable of inflicting life-changing harm, including severe burns and cutting injuries. A mechanical malfunction caused by improper maintenance, poor design or defective manufacturing may make a dangerous piece of equipment even more deadly.
- Supervisor negligence — Construction supervisors are responsible for maintaining safety protocols and keeping sites up to code. A supervisor who fails to uphold his or her duty of care may be liable for an incident that leads to serious injury.
Many slip and fall accidents have resulted from construction defects as well, caused by dangers such as liquid spills to cluttered passageways.
Why call a D.C. construction accident lawyer?
Seeking compensation after a construction accident can be a difficult process, since a site may involve several contractors and employers. The circumstances of the accident will determine who is responsible for damages. In some cases, a third-party insurance claim is the appropriate route, while other instances call for a workers’ compensation claim. For example, an injury caused by defective equipment or poorly maintained property involves the legal aspects of products liability or premises liability. Suing the liable party is often the proper legal channel to obtain damages for your losses. However, if you were an employee on the construction site, you may be able to file a workers’ compensation claim to collect benefits.
Many people find that speaking with an attorney after a construction accident relieves a heavy burden of stress. Dedicated to the practice of personal injury and workers’ compensation law, our legal team can review the circumstances of your injury and determine a legal strategy for recovering the maximum amount of compensation possible. We are prepared to help you pursue a claim against any and all parties responsible. Whether your case requires aggressive negotiations with an insurance company, a personal injury lawsuit or a workers’ compensation appeal, we are here to fight for you.
Contact seasoned District of Columbia construction accident injury attorneys today
The litigators at May Lightfoot, PLLC in Washington, D.C. guide injured individuals through the process of seeking compensation for losses suffered in construction site accidents. Our law firm represents clients in the District of Columbia and Maryland. To schedule your free initial consultation with our office, call 202-919-6463 or contact us online.