Workplace and Construction Accidents
Seattle Personal Injury Lawyer
Business owners and property owners (and the general contractor on a construction site) are required to ensure that the workplace is safe from unreasonable hazards, and that employees are trained and provided with safety equipment. But your employer generally cannot be held liable for the actions of a third party.
That’s when an injured worker can bring a personal injury lawsuit to seek compensation. Contact The Law Office of Joanne R. Werner if you’ve been injured on the job because of someone else’s negligent or reckless actions. Learn more about some of our significant work-site and construction accident cases .
Examples of Third Party Personal Injury Cases
Construction Site Accidents: Because construction projects involve many subcontractors, suppliers, and delivery people, responsibility for causing an accident on a construction site could fall on any number of people. Figuring out who is at fault can be one of the challenges of bringing a construction-related personal injury claim. It can even be the manufacturer of a defective product or piece of equipment.
Motor Vehicle Collisions: If you must drive for your work-on a sales call or to purchase office supplies, for example-and you are struck by another driver, you may bring a personal injury claim against the other driver.
Defective Machinery : Many workplaces rely on heavy equipment, assembly line equipment, or chemical containment equipment with built-in safety features. Defective shut-off valves, electrical shortages, unsecured cables, and electrical or mechanical failures of any kind can subject workers to catastrophic injury from electrocution, exposure to toxic chemicals, or blunt force injuries.
Toxic Exposure: Some construction workers, as well as workers in manufacturing, car repair, and energy companies were exposed to asbestos. Since the late 1980s, asbestos has been known to be toxic and the cause of two serious occupational diseases: asbestosis and mesothelioma. Learn more about asbestosis and mesothelioma.
Crane or Forklift Accidents: Poor maintenance of this heavy equipment can lead to serious injury or even fatal accidents if brakes fail or lift chains snap.
Welding Accidents: Welders are trained to minimize their risks in this inherently dangerous job, but if they’re not provided with accurate information about risks on a new and unfamiliar jobsite (such as chemicals in the work area), they can suffer serious burn injuries in an explosion or toxic exposure.
Contact our Seattle, Washington, injury law firm to learn about your options for financial compensation if you’ve been injured in the workplace. Attorney Joanne Werner can help you understand your rights and will pursue all available sources of financial recovery for you.
Attorney Joanne R. Werner, R.N., M.S., J.D., represents clients throughout Washington State, including King County, Pierce County, Spokane County, Whatcom County, and Yakima County and the communities of Seattle, Bellingham, Spokane, Tacoma, Yakima, Seattle and Puget Sound area.