Huntsville Construction Accident Lawyers

Dedicated to fighting for fair compensation for those with workplace injuries

The construction industry is a vital part of our modern economy. Construction workers build the buildings where we all live and work and entertain ourselves, but every day when construction workers walk on to a construction site to begin their workday, they face untold hazards and a higher risk of fatality than any other industry.

At Martin & Helms, we are dedicated to making the process of pursuing a workplace injury claim less stressful for our clients. They have already sustained an injury at work, now our Huntsville construction accident lawyers are here to fight for justice on their behalf. You are welcome to schedule a free consultation to discuss your injury case, and you never have to pay attorney fees until we have recovered compensation for you.

Common construction accidents

While construction workers account for about 4% of the workforce in the U.S., nearly 21% of all workplace deaths were in the construction industry per the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that out of 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in 2017, 971, or 20.7% were in the construction industry. The top four injuries in the construction industry have been ominously dubbed the, “fatal four,” because eliminating these four types of construction accidents would save 582 American workers’ lives each year:

  1. Falls
  2. Struck by an object
  3. Electrocution
  4. Caught-in/between
39.2%
8.2%
7.3%
5.1%

OSHA maintains a list of the 10 most commonly cited safety violations each year. These accidents can occur in the construction industry and throughout general industry. Examples of OSHA-required safety measures, which if not followed can lead to workplace accidents, include:

  1. Fall protection, construction
  2. Hazard communication standard, general industry
  3. Scaffolding, general requirements, construction
  4. Respiratory protection, general industry
  5. Control of hazardous energy
  1. Ladders, construction
  2. Powered industrial trucks, general industry
  3. Fall Protection–Training Requirements
  4. Machinery and Machine Guarding, general requirements
  5. Eye and Face Protection

Construction injuries

Construction industry workers face safety hazards every day on the job. Some of the injuries that result from constructions accidents include:

  • Broken bones
  • Back and neck injury
  • Injury from toxic chemical exposure
  • Shoulder injury
  • Spinal cord injury/paralysis

Options for recovering compensation for workplace injuries

If you work for an employer who is required to carry workers’ compensation, and you are a regular employee (as opposed to a contractor) you may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim if you were injured in a construction accident at work.

Not every worker qualifies for workers’ compensation, but the good news is that it is not your only option for recovering compensation after a construction accident injury. If your injury was caused by a defective tool or piece of equipment or by the negligence of someone other than a co-worker, or if you sustained a premises liability injury while working at a client site, you may have grounds for a third-party personal injury lawsuit.

For example, if you were driving a company vehicle to a work site and you got involved in a traffic accident caused by another driver who was texting on his or her phone, that would be considered a workplace injury. If you qualified, you could file a workers’ compensation claim. But, because your injuries were caused by the negligence of another driver, you could also file a personal injury claim to recover compensation for your injuries and other losses in the accident. You would still have to prove the other driver’s negligence in causing your injuries, but if your case is successful, you can recover compensation that would cover all of your lost wages, your medical expenses, and any pain and suffering or emotional distress from the accident, which workers’ compensation does not cover.

If you have been receiving workers’ compensation benefits, you may be required to reimburse your employer’s insurer for the benefits they have already paid for your workplace injury, but you will be able to keep whatever is left over.

Our Huntsville workplace injury lawyers can help you to untangle the complications of identifying who is at fault and proving liability.

How will hiring a Huntsville construction accident lawyer help my injury case?

Hiring a construction accident lawyer is a smart move if you are interested in recovering the maximum compensation available for your workplace injury. It’s like that expression, “You don’t know what you don’t know.” Our experienced construction accident attorneys have helped many clients recover compensation after they sustained a workplace injury. We know when the insurance company is throwing out a lowball offer, and we know how to present a compelling case for you so that you can receive a fair settlement or win at trial.

Our Huntsville construction accident lawyers will investigate the incident, determine who is at fault in causing your injury, and will hold the responsible party liable for your losses.

Remember, the defendant’s insurance company will have a team of corporate lawyers aggressively fighting for their interests. You deserve to have an advocate who will keep the playing field level and fight for you when it counts.

What can I do if I can’t afford to hire a lawyer?

You do not have to worry about how you will pay for a lawyer to represent you in your injury claim because at Martin & Helms, we take injury cases on contingency. This means that our attorney fees get paid as a percentage of the settlement or jury verdict. If we are unable to recover compensation for you, you do not pay attorney fees.

Now that you understand that hiring experienced legal counsel for your injury case is not out of reach, you would be wise to contact us right away because there is a two-year statute of limitations for a personal injury claim.

At Martin & Helms, we put your needs first.

Schedule a free consultation with a Huntsville construction accident lawyer today

The construction industry is one of the most dangerous in the American workforce. If you have sustained a workplace injury the experienced Huntsville construction accident injury lawyers at Martin & Helms are ready to fight for your right to fair compensation. Be sure to give us a call at 256-203-0332 or complete our contact form to schedule a free, no obligation consultation to discover how we can help you. We also serve injured clients in Decatur, Athens and Madison, and throughout the state.