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If you work in the construction field, we don’t have to tell you what a hard worker you are. You already know. You also know that your job can be demanding and dangerous.

You depend on your employer to make sure you have a safe place to work. In fact, the law requires contractors, subcontractors, and employers in the construction field to take reasonable precautions to protect their workers from harm. Likewise, members of the general public can (and should) expect that construction sites won’t endanger them in their everyday lives.

But construction companies don’t always do what they’re supposed to. Whether they are cutting corners to save money, unaware of their legal duties, or are simply being careless, too many employers let safety slip through the cracks.

There is no excuse for an employer’s negligence. When construction sites get sloppy with safety, innocent people pay the price.

Adding insult to literal injury, when workers suffer in a construction accident, the companies tend to turn a blind eye toward justice. So do their insurance companies.

Rather than step up to the plate and offer comprehensive compensation (as is required by law), employers and insurers frequently short-change the workers who trusted them. They offer lowball settlements instead. Sometimes, they deny the claims altogether, even if they are entirely legitimate.

This is the reality of construction litigation today: accidents happen and the employers are at fault, but no one comes forward to accept responsibility until a lawyer gets involved.

At Eskew Law, we’re ready to get involved — and on your side. Don’t make the mistake of taking on large corporations and insurers by yourself. The accident victims who try going it alone typically end up with much less money than they deserve.

As Indianapolis construction accident attorneys, we are here to give you a voice. We stand up for “the little guy” in the face of major companies and their legal armies.

We fight for what’s right. We take on giants.

If you have recently suffered a construction accident, or if you’ve lost a loved one in a workplace accident, Eskew Law wants to help.

Construction accidents happen far too frequently, and the only way to make these industries safer is to aggressively hold negligent companies accountable to the law.

You can count on us to investigate your accident, identify each potential source of liability, and passionately pursue the best possible outcome for you and your family.

Please contact our office and ask how we can help you strategically maximize your financial recovery.

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Falls from Heights

Construction workers are often asked to work at very tall heights. That’s especially true here in Indianapolis, where our city skyscrapers can rise over 800 feet tall.

Falls from heights are one of the leading causes of death in the construction field, and the higher the fall, the more significant the risk. Even falls from relatively small heights can be dangerous.

These accidents tend to happen because of scaffolding negligence or other hazards in the work environment. Our office can help.

Slip and Fall

A “slip and fall” is usually a fall that happens on the same level, perhaps because the worker was on a slippery surface or slipped in a puddle of oil or water. Similarly, a “trip and fall” happens when someone trips on a rope, wire, or some other tripping hazard. Both of these injuries can cause real damage.

Falling Objects

When tools, bricks, equipment, lumber, or other objects fall, they put the people below in immediate danger. Construction workers, managers, customers, and pedestrians have all been injured and even killed because of falling objects. In fact, along with falls from heights, falling objects rank as a leading cause of death for construction workers.

Electrocution

Electricity is a part of nearly every construction project. From the tools you use to the wiring installed in a new building, you face electrical hazards every day. Your employer has a responsibility to be aware of these dangers and to help you avoid them. Sadly, electrocution is frequently fatal. If you or your family is reeling from a recent electrical shock, burn, or death, Eskew Law can help.

Crushing Injuries (Caught Between Moving Objects)

Crushing accidents are among the most agonizing and excruciating injuries in the construction world. These happen when arms, legs, or other body parts get caught between moving objects (or moving parts in a machine).

Crushing injuries can happen with something as big as a cement truck or something as small as a handheld tool. Even hair can become caught between moving parts, pulling the skin and soft tissues in after it.

Fires, Burns, and Explosions

Most construction projects involve flammable materials. Fires, burns, and explosions are a constant risk. Employers should instruct their laborers on safe practices to avoid these hazards, and they should have contingency plans in place to respond immediately to an emergency.

An Indianapolis construction injury attorney can help you seek compensation after a fire-related injury at the job site.

Industrial Vehicle Accidents

Construction workers are often asked to drive company trucks or vans to and from the construction site or to pick up materials.

Likewise, laborers work alongside commercial vehicles, including cement trucks, delivery trucks, tank trucks, and more. When these vehicles are involved in accidents, they tend to be serious.

Employers are generally liable for auto accidents that happen in the course of a worker’s job duties.

Forklifts, Cranes, and Equipment Accidents

Almost every piece of construction equipment comes with safety warnings. That’s because these machines are difficult to use and can be extremely dangerous. Lawsuits can be filed against the employers for negligence and inadequate training, as well as against the manufacturers on the basis of product liability.

Chemical Spills

Toxic exposure endangers the entire body. While chemical spills are the most common type of toxic exposure at construction sites, other risks include:

  • Toxic inhalation
  • Chemical burns
  • Vision and hearing loss due to chemical contact
  • Impaired judgment due to toxic fumes
  • Toxic mold exposure
  • Compromised integrity of safety equipment due to chemical contact

FAQ: Who Would I Sue for a Construction Accident?

Construction projects typically involve a complex web of service providers. The bigger the project, the more people involved. That makes determining liability a real challenge.

If you don’t yet know who is responsible for your accident, that’s okay. Our Indianapolis construction accident attorneys can work with investigators to find out.

Ultimately, your lawsuit might name multiple defendants. These could include:

  • Your employer
  • A fellow worker
  • Contractors
  • Subcontractors
  • Drivers (in the case of an auto accident)
  • The manufacturers of the tool, machinery, chemical, or vehicle that caused you harm
  • Governmental organizations, when relevant
  • The insurance companies indemnifying the parties above
  • Other third parties

FAQ: How Much Money Can I Recover for My Construction Site Injuries?

Attorneys aren’t permitted to guarantee specific outcomes, nor could we if we wanted to. No one can predict the future. But we understand that filing a lawsuit is a big decision, and you want to make sure it’s going to be worth your time and energy.

When you schedule a free case review with Eskew Law, we’ll do our best to give you an approximate sense of what a case like yours might be worth. We’ll show you past outcomes from similar cases in our state, and we’ll listen carefully to your story so we can understand how much your damages might amount to in total.

In general, Indiana personal injury law allows injured construction workers to recover compensation for:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress
  • Medical and hospital expenses
  • Property damage
  • Time away from work
  • Future lost wages
  • Permanent disability
  • Punitive damages (in rare cases)
  • Funeral expenses & other losses associated with wrongful death

Free Case Review with Our Indianapolis Construction Injury Lawyers

Before you talk to an insurance company, we encourage you to contact our office and ask about your options. You may be legally entitled to more than you realize. Many of our clients are.

There is no obligation when you contact us, and if you do hire our firm, you won’t have to pay us unless (and until) we recover money on your behalf.

Schedule a free case review today. Call 317-974-0177 or contact Eskew Law online.