Since construction sites come with an inherent level of danger, accidents are likely to occur if the proper precautions are not taken. The sites are often right in the middle of everyday life for many people, so even small mistakes can lead to big injuries to either pedestrians or even the construction workers themselves.
If you’ve been hurt at a construction site, you may be able to file a lawsuit against a construction company. Let’s take a closer look at the construction site mistakes that cause accidents to occur, and the legal process that follows.
Falling Debris Accidents
There are many possible mistakes that can lead to falling debris, which is one of the leading causes of injury at a construction site. Barricades are meant to keep pedestrians at a safe distance from the construction site, so as to avoid being in the “line of fire” should debris fall. Pedestrians cannot be expected to wear hard hats to go about their daily lives, so barricades should be sufficient enough to keep them safely away from danger zones.
Insufficient signage is another problem when it comes to causing falling debris accidents. People passing by may not even realize that construction is occurring, so clearly visible signs should point to all a site’s access points, and they should instruct people in the vicinity to wear hard hats.
Falling debris accidents can also occur if the equipment being used, such as hooks and cords securing things to cranes, has not been inspected thoroughly and is weak. Any flawed equipment needs to be replaced right away. Also, falling tools are often the causes for injury, so a construction worker should be mindful of securing their tools at all times to prevent them from falling on people.
Personal Injury Cases From Construction Site Objects
Both pedestrians and construction workers may be able to sue the construction company liable for an injury that happens because of falling debris. Workers’ compensation generally covers construction workers who have been hurt at a construction site, but pedestrians will have to win personal injury lawsuits against the construction company or reach a settlement in order to collect damages.
If you’ve been hurt at a construction site and are taking the construction company to court over your personal injury claim, you must be able to prove that: 1) the company had a duty to keep the construction area a safe zone; 2) it was in breach of that duty; 3) that breach of duty caused you harm.
In order to win a personal lawsuit against a construction company, you will have to prove negligence on the company’s part. A personal injury lawyer is typically your best bet to help you get the damages you deserve, as proving the presence of a duty and breach of duty can be difficult. If you’ve been hurt at a construction site near Tulsa, Edmond, or Oklahoma City, drop us a line at Parrish DeVaughn Law Firm today.