Construction Site Accidents
The personal injury and wrongful death legal practice at the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty includes representing clients who have been injured in construction site accidents in Northern California. Workers at construction sites are exposed to a variety of hazards from heavy machinery, falling objects, working from heights, power tools, exposed electrical wiring, caustic chemicals, etc. While workers' compensation benefits are often the exclusive recourse to recover damages against the employer, many accidents involve a third party who bears responsibility for the accident or injury. In such instances, the receipt of workers' compensation benefits does not preclude the injured worker from also filing a civil lawsuit against the negligent third party.
An example of a third-party liability claim would be a products liability case, where a defective product caused the injury. This could be a defective power tool which jams unexpectedly or fails to shut off, or a faulty ladder or scaffolding which causes a fall. Products which give off toxic vapors and fumes that cause injury may also be considered defective if they do not contain adequate warnings or instructions as to the necessary ventilation or protective clothing required to use the product safely.
Third party liability may also arise from the negligent behavior of another person outside of the worker's company. For instance, the property owner at the job site may have failed to give notice of an unsafe condition on the property, giving rise to a premises liability claim. Contractors, suppliers and vendors delivering equipment may also drive onto the site in a negligent manner, causing an automobile accident or pedestrian impact. Architects and engineers may also be to blame if they have performed their duties in a negligent manner, which caused a person on the site to become injured.
Attorney Mark A. Doughty has over thirty years of experience handling personal injury and wrongful death claims arising out of a variety of accidents, from head-on collisions involving cars, trucks, and motorcycles, to vicious dog bites and slips and falls. As an experienced personal injury lawyer, Mark knows the strategies and tactics necessary to prepare for trial or obtain a satisfactory settlement from the insurance company. If you have been injured in a construction site accident or due to some other form of negligence, contact the Law Offices of Mark A. Doughty for a free consultation.