Oklahoma City Construction Company Negligence Lawyers
Working on a construction site can be hazardous for both workers and the public, especially if proper safety precautions are not heeded. Many construction companies cut corners to reduce costs; however, the consequences of not meeting and maintaining safety standards can be catastrophic. This failure to maintain standards can be unintentional, which is called negligence.
Negligence is the failure of a person to perform a duty that was owed to the people who may be affected by his or her actions. Construction worksites are inherently dangerous. An omission by someone on a worksite carries a high risk of injury to workers and others who depend on everyone from the manufacturer to the supervisor to adhere to safety standards.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulates the safety standards for construction worksites. Defective scaffolding and ladders are two of the top ten most common violations of OSHA standards. If you were injured due to improperly maintained equipment, deficient worksite safety protocols, or poor workmanship on a project, you may be entitled to recover damages for your injury.
How Do I Prove My Accident Was the Result of Negligence?
In order to prove a negligence case, the injured party must prove four key events happened. The injured party must show that the at-fault party owed a certain duty or obligation of care to the victim. A duty of care can be established with an employer/employee relationship but can also be a general duty of care under OSHA standards. An injured party does not have to be an employee in order to be injured due to construction negligence. Establishing that there was an obligation related to the cause of injury can be enough to show a duty was owed to the injured party.
The second element the injured party must prove is that the at-fault party breached or violated that duty. For example, if an employee is injured at a construction site because the supervisor failed to perform mandatory safety checks on the scaffolding, the employer has breached a duty to the employee because the employer was required to comply with OSHA standards to ensure safety.
The third factor the injured party must prove is that the lack of performance of the duty caused the injury. If something else happened between the breach of the duty and the actual harm to the injured party, then the cause of the injury might not be negligence.
If someone fell from a ladder that was missing steps and was injured but was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the incident, then the negligence of having a ladder onsite with missing steps might be superseded by the injured party’s use of alcohol. Causation can be very difficult to prove, which is why you need an experienced attorney to help you make your case.
Last, the injured party must prove there were damages or harm. Damages are the expenses or losses that a victim suffered due to the intentional or unintentional acts of the at-fault party. Damages are things like medical bills or lost wages. Harm is the injury you suffered. Your skilled attorney from Abel Law Firm can examine all the elements of your claim to determine an appropriate amount of compensation to pursue.
If you have been injured by a negligent construction company, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Contact Oklahoma City construction company negligence attorneys of the Abel Law Firm. Call (405) 239-7046 today to schedule a free initial consultation and discuss the details of your case.
Construction Company Negligence
Many construction site accidents could be prevented had the construction company spent ample time training their employees and meeting safety standards. Construction companies may be guilty of negligence if an accident occurred for any of the following reasons:
If you have been injured while on a construction site, the company responsible for the unsafe conditions may be liable for your losses. If your case is successful, you may receive compensation for pain and suffering, medical expenses, lost wages (both present and future), and, in extreme cases, the wrongful death of a loved one.
For more information about how to take legal action against a negligent construction company, contact the Oklahoma City construction company negligence lawyers of the Abel Law Firm today. Call (405) 239-7046 to discuss your legal options with one of our experienced lawyers.