At Vaughan & Vaughan, we represent victims injured on construction sites or in work-related accidents across Indiana. If you or a loved one suffered harm due to no fault of your own, our experienced Indianapolis construction accident attorneys may be able to help you recover fair compensation.
We handle a wide range of personal injury matters involving negligent construction practices or hazardous work conditions. Our team focuses on holding responsible parties accountable through aggressive negotiation and litigation.
Our goal is to obtain maximum settlement awards for injuries, medical costs, lost wages, and long-term suffering. By working aggressively on your behalf, our goal is to hold negligent parties accountable and maximize the compensation you receive so you can move forward.
Unsafe Working Conditions and OSHA Violations
Construction sites present numerous environmental risks that must be addressed to ensure worker safety.
Slip and fall hazards from unmitigated slippery surfaces, unsecured heavy materials that could shift or collapse, inadequate fall protection, poor lighting, or obstructed visibility – all predictably endanger employees and the public if not properly remedied.
However, when construction firms or contractors ignore these foreseeable dangers, they open themselves up to scrutiny and potential OSHA violations. We investigate whether mandatory safety precautions, as outlined in OSHA standards, were properly implemented.
Some common violations our lawyers investigate include:
- Failing to provide proper fall arrest equipment
- Not installing safety railings or covers where required
- Neglecting to provide respiratory protection in hazardous atmospheres
- Not taking measures to prevent electrical, explosion, or other exposure incidents
We also examine compliance with regulations regarding ladders, scaffolding, trenches, cranes, and other powered equipment.
If our investigations uncover blatant violations where injuries resulted due to hazardous workplace conditions that should have been addressed, we pursue legal action. The goal is to hold negligent parties accountable and help ensure compensation for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering.
Construction Equipment Accidents
Many serious injuries and fatalities occur due to defective or improperly maintained construction vehicles and heavy machinery. Our lawyers represent victims harmed by accidents involving bulldozers, cranes, excavators, trash trucks, and other motorized vehicles common at job sites.
We investigate whether required safety inspections and protocols were followed to prevent equipment malfunctions or operator errors to prove that your accident was preventable and hold the responsible parties accountable.
Crane and Scaffolding Collapses
The safe erection, operation, and inspection of cranes, scaffolding, and elevated work platforms are critical. But mistakes do happen, and when they cause injuries, our team works diligently to recover damages for medical costs, lost income, and more.
We’ll scrutinize operator certifications, equipment maintenance records, and scaffolding designs to identify potential OSHA violations or manufacturer defects.
Falls remain the number one cause of fatal workplace accidents in construction. Whether falls occur from rooftops, bridges, or other elevated structures, our attorneys can pursue compensation if protective barriers or safety harnesses are missing or defective.
We’ll determine if employers properly trained workers according to code and evaluate building plans to spot any irregularities.
Earth removal projects carry serious trench cave-in risks that must be mitigated with shoring devices. But cost-cutting that skimps on proper protections can endanger lives.
We pursue full accountability for companies that ignore these regulations when workers are injured or killed in such preventable incidents.
Prolonged contact with carcinogenic substances threatens construction laborers daily. Our attorneys represent those diagnosed with cancer, respiratory illness, and other long-term impacts from exposure to asbestos, silica, lead, and other toxic materials on work sites.
We investigate safety data sheets, inspect the PPE provided, and determine whether OSHA violations could have caused your injury.
Working near power lines demands caution, but fatal mistakes do occur. We believe family members deserve support if a loved one fails to make it home due to electrocution from faulty equipment, frayed wires, or human error.
Our goal in such cases is to help you receive fair recompense through legal action.
Construction of bridges, tunnels, buildings, and other large-scale projects require intricately coordinated efforts. If collapses result from subpar materials, engineering errors, or faulty execution, we work to show how lives could have been spared through greater care.
Demolition, excavation, and other jobs using explosives demand licensed, experienced professionals. But accidents do transpire when explosives are erroneously stored, handled, or detonated—endangering all on-site.
Your construction accident attorney will investigate whether safety plans were fully developed and implemented to establish negligence.
Certain worksites involving paints, solvents, coal tar, or other noxious fumes necessitate intensive ventilation and personal protective gear.
However, non-compliance with respiratory safety standards has hurt many workers, sometimes permanently. Our team analyzes toxic exposure levels and medical findings.
Head and Back Injuries
Whether caused by falling objects or heavy lifting mishaps, traumatic brain injuries, and spinal cord traumas can alter lives forever. We examine work orders, equipment used, safety training provided, and supervisory protocols to ensure accountability.
We work with healthcare planners to accurately predict the costs of your medical treatment in the future. We also fight to recover your loss of future earnings.
What Damages Can I Collect in a Construction Accident Personal Injury Claim?
Here are some of the key types of damages you may be able to collect in a construction accident personal injury claim:
- Medical expenses: This includes all past and future costs for medical treatment, hospitalization, surgery, medications, therapies, ambulance/transport, assistive devices, etc., directly resulting from the accident injuries.
- Lost wages: If the accident caused you to miss time from work or lose earning capacity long-term, you may be able to recover past and future lost income.
- Pain and suffering: You can seek compensation for physical pain, mental/emotional distress, scarring, disfigurement, and loss of enjoyment of life due to the injuries.
- Disability/impairment: For permanent disabilities or limitations in activities of daily living, you may receive damages.
- Loss of consortium: If married, you may claim loss of companionship, affection, and intimacy due to your injuries.
- Wrongful death damages: Beneficiaries may seek damages for the loss of their loved one with help from a wrongful death attorney with our firm.
An experienced construction accident lawyer can help determine the full scope of damages supported in your specific case based on injury type, medical proof, and legal standards.
Contact a Construction Accident Attorney for a Free Case Evaluation Today
Slippery surfaces, unsecured loads, and other environmental risks must be remedied. But when predictable hazards are ignored, we hold accountable those who endangered others through negligent oversight or cost-cutting measures.
Your well-being and access to supportive resources after an accident are the priorities. Contact Vaughan & Vaughan for a free consultation about your construction incident.