Portland Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction sites are one of the most dangerous occupational environments for workers and bystanders. Many hazards may exist on a construction site, placing workers at risk of serious injury or death. If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your injury and financial losses. A trusted construction accident lawyer in Portland can help assist you through every aspect of the legal process to obtain the results you deserve.
Rizk Law has been dedicated to helping victims of negligence in Portland since 2001. We know that many people face uncertainty after being injured in an accident, including financial difficulties due to costly medical treatment and loss of income. We provide free and confidential consultations to help victims figure out their options for pursuing legal action against the party liable for the accident that caused their injury. Our qualified Portland personal injury lawyers know what it takes to build a construction accident case and will dedicate our skills and resources to you.
To find out if you have a construction accident case, contact us to schedule a free, no obligation consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis and only charge our clients if we recover compensation for their claim. You do not owe us upfront legal fees when we represent you. Do not hesitate to consult with our attorneys to find out if you have a case.
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Construction Accident Cases We Represent
There may be several options for construction accident victims to pursue compensation for their injuries or losses. Rizk Law’s construction accident lawyers in Portland are qualified to handle many types of construction accident cases and will review your claim to help you understand the legal options that may be available to you.
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault insurance system, which means that all workers are entitled to workers’ compensation for work-related injuries, regardless of whether negligence was involved. If you decide to pursue this type of claim, you do not need to prove someone else caused your injury to receive compensation for your injury. Rizk Law does not handle the workers’ compensation portion of your case and does not take a fee from the workers’ compensation claim. If you need that assistance, we can suggest other lawyers who can help with the workers compensation part.
Third-Party Personal Injury Lawsuit
Although Oregon’s workers’ compensation laws prevent workers from suing their employers, you may be able to sue a third party that caused a construction accident.
To bring a third-party personal injury lawsuit, your attorney will need to prove that your injuries resulted from the third-party’s negligence. This will require the following factors to be present in your case:
- Duty of care: A third party had a legal obligation to avoid causing you harm by ensuring your safety.
- Breach of duty: A third party breached its duty of care by failing to act in a responsible or reasonably cautious manner, which resulted in you suffering harm.
- Causation: The third party’s action or inaction caused the construction accident. This will require your attorney to establish a causal link that proves a third party’s negligence resulted in your injury.
- Damages: The third party’s breach of duty caused you to suffer compensable damages, such as the cost of medical treatment or loss of income.
Heavy equipment and machinery are commonly found on construction sites and can cause a danger to workers if they are defective or used improperly. This may also include various things like defective scaffolding or ladders used to support workers that collapse and cause serious injury or death.
If you or your loved one has suffered an injury in a construction accident caused by a defective product, you may be entitled to file a Portland product liability claim. However, this will require you and your attorney to prove that the product was defective or the manufacturer, designer or supplier failed to clearly warn about the product’s dangers.
Due to the presence of dangerous hazards found on construction sites, many construction accidents are potentially fatal. Consequentially, more than 970 occupational fatalities occurred in the construction industry in 2017, according to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA).
If your loved one was killed in a construction accident, consider contacting an attorney to file a Portland wrongful death lawsuit. Our attorneys will carefully review your claim to help you determine if another party may have been responsible for your loved one’s death. If we determine you have a case, we will help you pursue maximum compensation.
Call 503.245.5677 to discuss your options after a construction accident.
Liability for a Construction Accident
Often, many parties collaborate to complete a construction project. Each party involved may be in control of a different area or function on a construction site. This creates several options for which party can be held liable when someone is injured in a construction accident.
During your initial consultation, a Portland construction accident lawyer will review your claim to determine the cause of the accident and the party that was in control when you suffered an injury. Some parties that may be held liable for a construction accident include:
General Contractors or Subcontractors
A general contractor is someone who is responsible for the day-to-day oversight of a construction site. This includes overseeing management of trade and vendors, as well as communicating information to all parties involved in the construction project. Likewise, a subcontractor is a person who is hired by a general contractor to perform a specific task on a construction site.
Our attorneys will investigate your claim to determine if a general contractor or subcontractor was in control when your construction accident occurred. We will examine the contractor’s duties and responsibilities, as well as the site the contractor was responsible for.
Prime contractors are responsible for overseeing the completion of a construction project, including the tasks performed by subcontractors. A prime contractor can be held liable for a construction accident caused by a subcontractor under his or her control.
Manufacturers and Suppliers
Manufacturers have an obligation to build and supply reasonably safe and reliable machinery, tools and equipment that does not cause harm when used correctly. If you are injured in a construction accident caused by a defective or dangerous product, the manufacturer or supplier could be held liable.
Our attorneys will examine the accident and your resulting injuries to determine if they may have been caused by a defective or dangerous product.
Architects, Engineers and Designers
Architects and engineers have an obligation to design accurate and reasonably safe construction projects. Victims who are injured or killed in a construction accident due to defective or faulty design may have a case against the architect or engineer tasked with designing the site or project.
A Portland construction accident attorney will carefully review the architect or engineer’s contract and blueprints to determine if your accident may have been caused by a design flaw.
Contact us if you have been injured in a construction accident.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Accidents are common on construction sites and may result in serious injury or death. Of the 971 construction-related deaths that occurred in 2017, the Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates that nearly 64 percent were attributed to four types of accidents.
Labeled by OSHA as the “Fatal Four,” the most common types of accidents on construction sites are (the number of fatalities from these accidents in 2017 are also listed):
- Fall accidents: 381 fatalities
- Struck-by accidents: 80 fatalities
- Electrocutions: 71 fatalities
- Caught-in/between objects: 50 fatalities
Due to the numerous hazards and dangerous activities on construction sites, causes of construction accidents may also include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Repetitive stress
- Slip or trip and fall accidents
- Defective equipment or machinery
- Structure collapse accidents
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
During your free consultation, our Portland construction accident lawyers will review the circumstances behind your accident to determine which party can be held liable. If we find that a third party unrelated to your employer may have caused your construction accident, we will help you pursue the maximum compensation you may be able to receive.
To get started, call 503.245.5677.
Injuries Caused by Construction Accidents
Construction accidents are often severe and may result in victims suffering serious injuries. Some of the most common injuries construction workers acquire during an accident include:
- Fractured bones
- Cuts and lacerations
- Burn injuries
- Crush injuries
- Loss of vision
- Internal organ damage
- Head injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Amputated limbs
- Diseases or adverse reactions to chemical exposure
- Neck injuries
- Back injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Torn ligaments
- Sprains and strains
- Repetitive motion injuries
Employees injured in a construction accident may be compensated through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance. However, if a third party unrelated to your employer was involved in your accident, you may be entitled to pursue additional compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Lost earning capacity
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Emotional distress
- Psychological trauma
- Loss of companionship
During your free and confidential consultation, your attorney will help you determine the value of your claim. He or she will understand how to negotiate with insurance companies and can help you reach a fair settlement that compensates you for your losses. If we cannot reach an agreement with the at-fault party or its insurer, we will not hesitate to take your case to trial.
Contact us if you have been injured in a construction accident.
Contact Rizk Law’s Portland Construction Accident Lawyers
Victims of construction accidents often face many difficulties and setbacks due to their injuries. After a construction accident, your main focus should be on your health and recovery. For qualified legal representation, contact Rizk Law as soon as possible.
We are ready to help construction accident victims and their loved ones receive the justice and compensation they deserve. If you believe a third party was involved in your accident, we will help you explore every legal option available to hold the at-fault party liable.
All of our trusted construction accident lawyers in Portland work on a contingency fee basis. We represent claims at no upfront cost and only require payment if we recover compensation for you. There is no risk in having us review your claim to find out if you have a case.
Call 503.245.5677 to learn more about recovering compensation after an accident.