Construction Site Accident Lawyer in Nashville
Construction site workers subject themselves daily to a wide range of dangers that pose threats to health and happiness. Hazardous conditions can permanently alter or end the lives of innocent construction site workers in an instant – sometimes due to one party’s preventable negligence.
The personal injury attorneys at Larry R. Williams, PLLC, have represented injured site workers in middle Tennessee for more than three decades, and understand the scope of our premises and supervisor negligence laws. We’re knowledgeable about all types of worksite accidents, including:
- Equipment failure and malfunctions
- Unsafe working conditions
- Roadside hazards
- Reckless or speeding drivers
- Premises hazards
- Scaffolding collapses
- Elevator accidents
- Structure failure
- Nail gun accidents
- Exploding compressors
- Gas explosions
The lawyers at Larry R. Williams, PLLC, can secure compensation for you if you’ve been injured at a construction site due to employer, owner, or operator negligence. The most common construction site deaths and serious injuries – the “fatal four” – according to 2014 data are falls (349 deaths), electrocutions (74 deaths), struck by an object (73 deaths), and caught in-between incidents (12 deaths). If one of these common risks or other worksite hazards caused the death of a loved one, contact us immediately to learn your legal rights.
If I’m Injured at a Construction Site, Who is Responsible?
In Nashville, many different parties can be liable for legal responsibility of construction site worker damages. Depending on the size of the project, the responsible party can take the form of a landowner, engineering professional, contractor, construction manager, or equipment manufacturer. If a construction management organization handled your worksite – as is the case with most large-scale projects – attorneys will need to perform a great deal of research to determine responsibility.
If a site owner managed your project, he or she may be responsible for injuries caused. When an owner fails in the duty to provide a reasonably safe work environment for hired workers, it is that person’s sole responsibility to pay for damages, including medical bills, present and future pain and suffering, lost wages, and lost wage capacity. If worksite negligence caused the death of a worker, the judge will award compensations in the form of consortium damages to the victim’s spouse or family.
To identify the responsible party, an attorney will have to launch an investigation into the accident. A good attorney will interview key witnesses, take photos and video of the accident site, and document research relating to the accident.
What is TOSHA, and How is it Involved in My Injury Case?
TOSHA stands for Tennessee Occupations Health & Safety Administration. TOSHA sets the standards for safety and health in the workplace, and keeps records of construction site safety violations. The top three violations in 2015 were inadequate fall protection, hazard communication, and scaffolding failures.
TOSHA involves itself in worksite injury cases because they keep up-to-date records about the injuries sustained while on the job in Tennessee in an effort to increase safety for future workers. If you’re injured while working at a construction site, your attorneys may contact TOSHA to play a part in the compensation you receive. For example, if TOSHA had previously warned a construction site to improve a certain aspect of a site and it failed to do so, resulting in your injury, your compensation could be greater due to their failure to heed previous warnings.
Your Construction Site Injury Attorneys at Law
At Larry R. Williams, PLLC, we’ve been in the personal injury law business long enough to have quality connections in the construction industry in Nashville. We make our extensive list of resources available to suffering workers in the hope that we can provide relief. Previous clients attest to our one-on-one examination of their individual cases, and the care with which we handle complex worksite accidents. To get in touch with one of our compassionate personal injury attorneys, call us at (615) 256-8880 or contact us online for a free consultation.