Kentucky Construction Accident Lawyers
Aggressive representation for construction accident victims
Even the best-managed construction site can be devastating accidents waiting to happen. The hazards of working around construction sites – of even being too close to them – are well known to watchers of the evening news. Cranes collapse and fall, sometimes on workers and, other times, on nearby onlookers or pedestrians. Scaffolds collapse. Trenches cave in. People on construction sites are injured by unbalanced loads, struck by falling concrete blocks, buried by errant bulldozers and backhoes, and caught between moving equipment and walls or girders. They are injured by defective machinery, explosions, fires, and electric shock. They fall from ladders and rooftops. Forklifts overturn and crush the lives out of their drivers.
If you or a loved one has been a victim of a construction site accident or accidental death, you need swift and effective legal representation. The experienced Kentucky construction accident lawyers at Crandall & Pera Law advocate on behalf of affected individuals and families. Our decades of combined experience handling such cases are backed up by our extensive track record of successful settlements.
Who is responsible?
The responsibility of keeping sites operating smoothly and accidents from occurring is in the hands of construction company owners, general superintendents, and supervisors. These individuals and entities have a duty of care to scrupulously enforce safety rules, comply with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s (OSHA’s) regulations, and inspect the site and equipment regularly to ensure its compliance with both federal and state laws. The owners or lessors of heavy equipment may also be responsible for injuries caused by defects in their equipment if they know, or should have known, about them. In some cases, the manufacturers of equipment that has failed and caused injury because of inherent design defects may be responsible. An injured person, such as an independent contractor, outside inspector, salesperson, or other legitimate visitor to the site, is not barred by workers’ compensation laws from suing a construction company by which he or she is not employed.
Common construction accidents
Some of the most common kinds of construction accidents our Kentucky construction accident lawyers handle include:
- Falls from scaffolds. Lives depend on the proper construction and erection of scaffolding. An improperly designed or erected scaffold may sway and cause workers to fall from it. A poorly designed scaffold may lack proper barriers at each level to prevent workers from falling backward. The impact of a fall from a scaffold may cause serious injury in and of itself, but the ground below may be littered with construction debris that worsens it. Visitors and passers-by are at risk of serious injuries if they are hit with such debris.
- Falls from ladders. Commercial extension ladders of the type used at construction sites may also cause serious accidents. A 24-foot ladder consisting of two 12-foot sections fits together and can be extended by a rope and pulleys. Clamps that lock the two sections of the extended ladder in place may fail, causing it to fold in two and crush the person on it, or collapse and cause them to fall.
- Accidents related to machinery and equipment defects. These include crane accidents, forklift accidents, and backhoe accidents. A defective piece of heavy machinery can emit sparks (leading to fires or explosions), throw off pieces of jagged metal or cause sections of safety fencing and protections to fall on non-employees in the area or on the site.
Crandall & Pera Law’s Lexington and Louisville construction accident lawyers have handled complex personal injury cases throughout the state, and have obtained numerous favorable jury verdicts and settlements for their clients. We advocate for independent contractors, subcontractors, and business visitors who come to perform work on-site but find injury, disability, or death there instead. We also represent passers-by who are injured by a construction accident. We advocate for them and their families to help them obtain fair compensation for their losses.
Put your trust in a Kentucky construction accident lawyer with a proven track record
Your construction accident case is important to us. The attorneys at Crandall & Pera Law are experienced in obtaining justice and compensation for people who have been injured because of negligence or unsafe conditions on construction sites. Trust us to represent you with attention, compassion and skill. Please call us at 877-686-8879, or fill out our contact form to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation with a Kentucky construction accident attorney. We have offices conveniently located in Lexington and Louisville.