Oklahoma City Construction Equipment Defect Attorneys
Working on a construction site, or even being near one, is inherently dangerous. Heavy machinery, power tools, and unstable structures have the potential to cause serious injury or, in extreme cases, wrongful death, even when they are working properly. Defective or malfunctioning construction equipment exponentially increases the chances of injury.
If you have been injured while you were on or nearby a construction site, you may be eligible to receive compensation for your losses. Depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident, various parties may be liable. The attorneys at Abel Law Firm have over 130 years of combined experience in personal injury cases and are ready to provide you with the legal expertise needed to get the recovery you are entitled to for your injury.
Contact an Oklahoma City equipment malfunction lawyer from the Abel Law Firm today to discuss your legal options. Call (405) 239-7046 today to schedule a free initial consultation.
Construction Equipment Defects and Malfunctions
While not very common, construction equipment can malfunction. If equipment is not properly built and serviced, its ability to function safely and effectively may be compromised. A successful manufacturing defect case will prove that the product was flawed in design or during production and that, as a result of the defect, someone was injured or suffered loss. Manufacturing defects are often highly visible, like when pieces are missing, but can also be less obvious, such as an inoperable emergency shut-off.
Sometimes the person who purchased or is operating the equipment should have known about the defect, in which case there is not only a manufacturing defect, there may also be negligence.
If you have been the victim of an accident involving any of the following circumstances, contact an experienced construction site attorney today:
Construction companies and construction equipment manufacturers are responsible for ensuring the safety of workers operating the equipment, as well as anyone nearby. Many violations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards for safety are not readily apparent, causing the victim to be unable to prevent the injury.
A ladder that does not comply with the minimum weight standards or scaffolding that does not have sufficient width might appear to be safe to use, but can cause severe injury, even with reasonable use. Violation of safety standards is a very serious omission that could entitle you to damages.
If defective construction equipment has caused you injury, you may be eligible to receive compensation for the following:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Wrongful death of a loved one
Our Oklahoma construction equipment defect attorneys can help you determine whether you have grounds for legal action. If so, we will work diligently for compensation on your behalf.
For more information about how to pursue compensation for defective construction equipment, contact the Oklahoma City construction equipment defect accident lawyers of the Abel Law Firm by calling (405) 239-7046 today.
Construction Equipment Defect and Malfunction FAQs
Can anyone other than the manufacturer be found liable for my injury caused by equipment malfunction?
In most cases involving equipment defects, the manufacturer of the defective product is the one liable for any injuries caused by their negligence and is the one you will likely collect compensation from. However, in other cases of equipment malfunction, such as the case of improper maintenance of equipment and machinery, other parties may be found liable. For example, if your employer failed to complete necessary routine maintenance and inspection of construction equipment, and this negligence and improper maintenance led to the equipment malfunction which resulted in your injury, your employer may be found liable for your injuries rather than the manufacturer of the product. Determining liability can be complicated, so it is always best to consult with a qualified attorney. For more information or to set up an appointment with one of our skilled Oklahoma construction equipment defect attorneys, please contact the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 today.
What are some common examples of construction equipment defects?
Construction is a diverse industry that employs the use of a variety of different tools and equipment, all of which have the potential to malfunction and cause injury. Some common examples of equipment defects include crane and scaffolding collapse, which can result in crushing injuries, paralysis, and head trauma; electric shock from wiring and power tool malfunction, which can result in electric shock, burns, and death; and vehicular malfunctions, which can result in collisions, broken bones, lacerations, and limb loss. No matter the type of construction equipment defect, the potential of dangerous injuries occurring is equally present, and these defects and the injuries they cause should be treated with the gravity they deserve. For more information about construction equipment defects and their harrowing consequences, please contact the Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 today.
How much compensation can I expect to receive for my injury caused by equipment malfunction?
The amount of compensation you can expect to receive from your injury claim depends considerably on the type of injury you sustained, the extent of your injuries and the extent to which these injuries affected you, and the specific circumstances of the situation that led to your injury. A few of the ways you may collect compensation include past, present, and future medical bills caused by your injury; counseling and psychiatric bills; rehabilitation costs; lost time at work; and compensation for the pain and suffering you have endured. For more information about compensation and to get a better idea of the amount you can expect to receive, please contact any of our qualified Oklahoma City construction equipment defect attorneys at (405) 239-7046 today.
How long do I have after my injury to file a claim for damages against the construction company, manufacturer, or contractor?
In Oklahoma, you have two years from the date of injury to file a civil lawsuit. The statute of limitations governs this time period. Should you miss the deadline and file the lawsuit late, the court will likely dismiss it. In that case, you will have lost the opportunity to gain compensation for your injuries through the legal system. This is another reason it’s good to have an attorney on your team. Let them worry about the deadlines and paperwork while you heal from your injuries.
The at-fault party has sent me a settlement offer. Should I accept?
Never accept a settlement offer without consulting with an experienced attorney. The attorneys at Abel Law Firm can help you review the merits of your case and the proposed settlement offer to determine if the settlement is right for you. The person, manufacturer, or company who caused your injury wants to pay you the least amount possible to prevent you from making any further claims, which is much less than you deserve.
Many settlement offers include binding clauses that prevent you from reporting the at-fault party for safety violations or even from ever talking about the settlement. Speaking with an attorney can protect you from being denied the money and treatment you need to make a full recovery, if possible. For more information or to set up an appointment with one of our skilled Oklahoma construction equipment defect attorneys, please contact Abel Law Firm at (405) 239-7046 today.