Seattle Construction Accident Lawyer
Kornfeld Law Helps Worker’s Recover
In over 35 years of professional experience, our personal injury attorneys have helped workers in Seattle, Kirkland, and Everett recover from serious construction accidents. We seek the substantial settlement for damages and medical bills that you and your family need to move forward.
On-site workers are usually hurt due to negligence and no fault of their own. In addition, there are multiple jobs performed on any construction site, which is why you need a Seattle construction accident lawyer who will tailor your claim to your specific circumstances.
Call Kornfeld Law at (425) 657-5255 to schedule your free initial consultation today.
Washington’s Safety Laws
In Washington, under the Washington Industrial Safety Act (WISHA), the general contractor on any work site has a nondelegable duty to enforce all safety regulations for all employees on site, not just the employees of the general contractor. This duty runs from all upper tier subcontractors to all lower tier subcontractors which the sub may hire on the job site. All employers are obligated to provide a reasonably safe workplace for its employees and those with whom it contracts with to furnish labor and materials for it.
If a construction worker is injured, he or she may then file a workers’ compensation claim and may also have the right to file a “third party injury claim” to recover compensation for any other negligent party involved in the accident, especially when they failed to enforce or follow WISHA or OSHA regulations.
Guiding You through Your Claim
It is important to remember that a worker cannot bring a third party claim against their own employer under Title 51. However, a third party injury claim may receive other damages in addition to workers’ compensation benefits.
It is in your best interest to hire a Seattle personal injury attorney to assist you to seek the full compensation you are entitled to for any of the following:
- Your injuries or longer-lasting disability
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of wages or loss of ability to earn a living wage in the future
- Future medical and rehabilitation expenses
Construction Accident Cases We Handle
Our firm can help if you sustained an injury at a residential or commercial construction site, including accidents near apartment buildings. At any given construction site, there are typically numerous hazardous vehicles, tools, and machines in use. If a worker is unqualified to use those tools, a site is improperly managed, a machine is poorly maintained, or some other act of negligence is present, it could lead to an extremely dangerous situation.
At Kornfeld Law, we can help you if you were injured in an accident involving:
- Cranes: When workers operate any type of large equipment, like a crane, they must exercise extreme caution. Any deviation from proper handling could result in an improperly loaded or poorly secured crane, which could lead to collapse or cargo loss, endangering everyone below.
- Man Lifts: As with any piece of machinery, man lifts can be very dangerous when improperly used. Man lifts carry construction workers upward, but if it is carelessly operated or poorly secured it could eject workers from the lift, leading to deadly falls and endangering those below.
- Scissor Lifts: Mobile scaffolds, called scissor lifts, can be very unsafe if they are operated incorrectly or used without caution. Marking a scissor lift on uneven ground, or failing to maintain the machine or use fall protection could result in a serious fall or may cause the machine to tip.
- Cherry Picker Lifts: Unlike more localized lifts, cherry picker lifts reach exceptional heights, making them even riskier to use. If a cherry picker is carelessly operated, overloaded, or the weight is improperly distributed, it could cause the lift to tip or might result in the fall of any workers in the lift. Not only are workers in the lift facing extreme danger from cherry picker accidents, but anyone on the ground could be struck by the falling lift if it were to tip.
- Trenching: Construction crews often build trenches for any number of reasons, and can be very hazardous to workers inside if the trench is improperly constructed. Workers inside a collapsed trench could be harmed by falling debris, tools, machinery, or any other materials nearby.
A Legacy of Results in Construction Accident Cases
Kornfeld Law has handled many claims by workers who elect to bring a third party claims against a negligent contractor for failing to enforce WISHA of OSHA safety regulations:
- Sheet metal worker recovers $825,000 from fall off of man lift: Attorney Rob Kornfeld successfully litigated and settled at mediation an injury claim of a construction worker after he suffered a spinal injury and underwent surgery.
- Construction laborer recovers $650,000 after fall from a scissor lift: Rob Kornfeld successfully litigated and mediated a settlement for an injury to a worker in Spokane County, Washington.
- Framer falls through a hole in a roof not covered by contractor and receives $175,000: A framer fell through a hole in the roof when framing a new house and suffered low back and leg injuries on a job in Pierce County. Mr. Kornfeld represented him and secured a settlement for the client without litigation.
- Staub v. CIG Corporation in King County Superior Court: A worker fell in excess of ten feet to a concrete floor below because he was not given fall protection. The worker suffered a traumatic brain injury. Because we pursued a third party claim for the worker, we recovered an additional settlement for him, in addition to workers’ compensation benefits, in the amount of $335,000.
Remember, there is a time limit to file a claim and a different statute of limitations governing third party claims. When you or a loved one have been injured, call (425) 657-5255 or contact our Seattle personal injury attorneys online to discuss your options during a free consultation.