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Construction Accidents

ALABAMA CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWYER

Construction Accident Attorney in Huntsville AL

Have you or a loved one been seriously injured or killed in a Huntsville, Alabama construction accident? Do you have questions on who is responsible for your injuries? Alabama construction accidents injure thousands of workers every year. If you have been hurt in a construction accident, talk to construction accident lawyer Randy W. Ferguson. With over 45 years of combined experience, we have successfully represented clients who were injured on construction sites throughout Alabama. We offer no obligation, FREE CONSULTATIONS to all construction accident victims and their family members. Home and hospital visits are available if you are unable to come to our Huntsville or Decatur office. Call 256-534-3435. We are here to help.

Types of Huntsville Construction Accidents

There are numerous different causes of construction site accidents, including:

  • Big dig accidents
  • Tunnel accidents
  • Highway construction and roadway safety accidents
  • Asbestos exposure
  • Crane accidents
  • Asphalt fume exposures
  • Burns
  • Carbon monoxide poisoning
  • Compressed gas injuries
  • Crane accidents
  • Electrocution accidents
  • Explosions and fires
  • Falls
  • Fatal injuries
  • Forklift accidents
  • Industrial accidents
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Noise induced hearing loss
  • Roofing accidents
  • Scaffolding falls
  • Stairway collapses
  • Toxic chemical exposure
  • Trench accidents
  • Welding accidents
  • Anchor bolt failures
  • Ceiling tile failures and wall tile failures
  • Falls through unprotected holes
  • Nail gun accidents
  • Explosions
  • Improper site design or inspection
  • Motor vehicle and bulldozer accidents
  • Defective ladders
  • Falling materials causing brain damage or other injuries
  • Wall and roof collapses
  • Roofing accidents
  • Shoring accidents
  • Excavation accidents
  • Construction debris on stairs or work areas
  • Defective power tools
  • Falling debris
  • Improperly stored materials
  • Unguarded trenches or platforms
  • Drowning accidents
  • Worn or defective rope or cable
  • Faulty stairs
  • Elevator and material lift accidents
  • Staging collapses
  • Inhalation injuries
  • Dust and fumes
  • Material lift injuries
  • Defective power equipment
  • defective saws
  • Eye injuries from flying debris
  • Heavy equipment failures
  • Building collapses
  • Dropped loads from trucks or cranes
  • Pedestrian construction accidents

Construction Accident Injuries

Construction injuries may include:

  • Amputation of hands or limbs
  • Scarring and disfiguring burns
  • Back or neck injuries caused by falls or vehicle collisions
  • Spinal cord injury and paralysis
  • Blindness
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Death
  • Broken limbs
  • Concussions
  • Dislocations
  • Sprains and strains
  • Cuts and Lacerations
  • Soft tissue injuries
  • Migraine Headaches
  • Paralysis

Damages From a Construction Accident

A construction site accident can be extremely serious, and may cause permanent disability, loss of a limb, blindness, head injury, fractured or broken bones, amputation, scarring, and wrongful death. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), there were 781 fatal construction injuries in the United States in 2011. There were also thousands of serious injuries. If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be able to recover:

  • Loss of wages
  • Medical expenses
  • Future medical expenses
  • Disability and disfigurement
  • Physical therapy
  • Property damage
  • Out of pocket expenses
  • Mental and emotional distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of consortium
  • Wrongful death

Who Is Liable for a Alabama Construction Accident?

Construction accidents can be caused by different parties, including the following:

  • Employer(workers’ compensation)
  • Co-workers
  • Construction Site Owner
  • General and Sub-Contractors
  • Prime Contractors
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Tool Manufacturers
  • Chemical Manufacturers
  • Defective Product Manufacturers

What Are Some Common Causes of Huntsville AL Construction Accidents?

Construction accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including:

  • Insufficient training
  • Poor safety precautions and oversight
  • Crane accidents
  • Hoist accidents
  • Harness accidents
  • Collapsed structures
  • Improper use or maintenance of equipment
  • Compressed gases
  • Mechanical hazards
  • Exposure to toxic substances
  • Falls from elevations
  • Falls from ladders or roofs
  • Slips and falls
  • Defective equipment
  • Fires and explosions
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Misuse of tools
  • Electrical accidents
  • Welding accidents
  • Excavations
  • Falling objects
  • Defective tools

Construction Site Equipment Used By Third Party Contractors

Under certain circumstances a third party could be responsible for job-site injuries. The architects, owners, contractors, and equipment manufacturers or their employees can all be held liable for accident’s arising from insufficient safety measures or negligence. Manufacturers, distributors, and providers of rented construction equipment are responsible for designing, maintaining and leasing safe equipment. Defective or dangerous equipment may be at fault in a construction accident. Some examples of equipment used on a construction sites include the following:

  • scaffolding
  • power tools
  • hoists
  • derricks
  • cranes
  • conveyors
  • woodworking tools
  • ladders
  • winches
  • trucks
  • graters
  • boilers
  • tractors
  • bulldozers
  • forklifts
  • back hoes
  • heavy equipment
  • scrapers
  • pressure vessels
  • gas detectors
  • other types of construction equipment

Alabama Bridge Accidents

There are approximately 607,000 bridges in the United States. In 2012 over 11% of those bridges were deemed structurally deficient by the Federal Highway Administration (FHA). While that is an alarming statistic in itself, the FHA also reported that the average age of a standard, often-used, and in-operation bridge is 42 years. Many bridges in Alabama that are structurally deficient or functionally obsolete are still in use and are a hazard to those who must travel over them as pedestrians or in motor vehicles. Many bridges contain structural failures and are due to engineering or architectural negligence, including the failure to ensure proper support. Improper support, which is common with bridges, can lead to catastrophe. In fact, a recent study reported that 60% of bridges and roadway failures are due to preventable erosion. When some or all of a bridge fails, collapses or malfunctions and/or when the bridge is poorly designed travelers can be injured or killed.

As a result of the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1968, the Secretary of Transportation is required to establish national bridge inspection standards for all highway bridges. Federal agencies are required by federal law to inspect bridges on all public roads under their jurisdictions and to annually report the data to the Federal Highway Administration’s National Bridge Inventory. States are responsible for the inspection of all highway bridges, except those that are federally owned, according to the National Bridge Inspection Standards.

Causes of Bridge Accidents

  • Inadequate bridge maintenance
  • Insufficient quality and/or scarce frequency of bridge inspections
  • Unintended bridge opening / bridge opening by mistake
  • Drawspan sections unexpectedly rise and are hit by cars
  • Pontoon letdown / pontoon sinking
  • Drawspan failure
  • Corrosion of major support structures
  • Bridge structures hit by vehicles
  • Cracks in the bridge structures
  • Under-engineered for local environmental conditions
  • Poor structural support
  • Oversized vehicles damage bridge structures
  • Overpass failure
  • Lack of proper warning signs
  • Human errors and poor decisions

If you have been injured or know someone who has been injured or died as a result of a bridge collapse or accident in ALabama, there could be various municipalities involved in determining the cause. Bridges generally connect one state with another, or one part of the country with other and determining the boundaries of the accident are difficult when water is involved. The Huntsville law firm of Ferguson & Ferguson has been a leader in the area of bridge and structural collapse and defect litigation for over 20 years. We have represented victims in complex and serious personal injury and wrongful death cases arising from the negligence of others in designing, building, maintaining and repairing bridges, porches, decks, buildings and industrial sites.

Why Hire Ferguson & Ferguson?

We take construction accident and bridge cases on a contingency fee basis. If you have been injured in a construction or brridge accident, or someone you love has been injured, you need to talk with an attorney who will help keep you and your family above water and get you the money you need for medical treatment, your lost earnings and other expenses and for the pain and suffering you go through. We can assist both with workers’ compensation claims and with identifying responsible third-parties to maximize recovery.We are available 24/7, and if necessary we can visit you at Huntsville Hospital, Decatur General Hospital, Crestwood Medical Center or Parkway Medical Center. For over 23 years Ferguson & Ferguson has worked with construction workers and their families in Huntsville, Alabama. Contact the Huntsville construction and bridge accident attorneys at Ferguson & Ferguson for a free consultation. Call now. Call 256-534-3535 to schedule a free initial consultation. We are here to help.

Huntsville Office Location:
303 Williams Avenue SW
Suite 321
Huntsville, AL 35801

Our construction accident attorneys serve every city and county in the State of Alabama.