Construction sites are extremely dangerous. They not only expose construction workers to endless, serious risks, but because of the conditions, machinery, and equipment involved, the resulting injuries can be deadly, that’s why it’s imperative to have a Las Vegas Construction Accident Lawyer fighting for you.
As Las Vegas continues to grow rapidly, the construction industry continues to boom. Consequently, catastrophic construction accidents are becoming more and more frequent. If a Las Vegas construction accident hurt you, contact the Las Vegas personal injury attorneys at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC today.
About Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC
Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC was established in 2003 by partner attorneys Joseph L. Benson II and Ben J. Bingham. Since its founding, our firm has wanted to fight for the injured while providing victims the personal touch they need. As a result, no case is too large or too small for our firm to take on.
At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, we are also committed to maximizing recovery on behalf of our clients. While we cannot guarantee an outcome in any particular future case, our dedication has allowed us to recover more than $180 million in settlement and jury verdicts for our clients.
Some of our most recent accident related results have included:
There are many moving parts at a construction site. As a result, construction accidents can occur due to a variety of reasons.
Some of the more common Las Vegas construction accidents include:
Hoist or crane accidents: Defective parts, improper training, and operator error can lead to severe accidents.
Slips and falls: Just one wrong step on a construction site, and you can find yourself on the ground with a broken bone, deep lacerations, or other significant injuries. In fact, according to the OSHA, slip and fall accidents are among the most common causes of injury on construction sites.
Falling from heights: Scaffolding and ladders allow construction workers to perform jobs at great heights. However, if the equipment is not put up correctly or not maintained, workers can fall from significant heights, resulting in debilitating injuries.
Gas leaks, explosions, and fires: A construction site may use pressurized containers, heat-powered tools, and flammable chemicals that can result in deadly explosions, gas leaks, and fires.
Heavy machinery accidents: When working on a construction site, heavy machinery pieces are often necessary to get the job done. However, negligently operated or malfunctioning machinery can cause severe injuries.
Repetitive stress injuries: Many construction workers must perform the same strenuous tasks over and over again. This work can result in repetitive stress injuries in the ankles, wrists, joints, and back or Carpal Tunnel Syndrome.
Electrocutions: Electrical wires and electrical equipment pose a high electrocution risk for construction workers.
Equipment accidents: Equipment on a construction site can range from small power tools to large vehicles. Each of these pieces of equipment can result in dangerous injuries.
Common Las Vegas Construction Accident Injuries
Depending on the specific circumstances of the construction accident, injuries can vary in type and severity.
Some of the most common types of Las Vegas construction accident injuries include:
Even when workers and their employers carefully follow safety procedures, serious injuries can result from a Las Vegas construction accident. If you were hurt on a construction site, contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC as soon as possible. Our experienced construction accident lawyers can get to work investigating what happened and fighting for the compensation you deserve.
Steps to Take Following a Las Vegas Construction Accident
Following a construction accident, the immediate aftermath is often extremely chaotic. Unfortunately, injured workers must not only deal with that chaos, but must also consider how their actions could affect an injury claim. That is why if you are involved in a construction accident, you should take specific steps that can keep you safe and protect your legal rights.
Get medical care right away: If you do not immediately go to the hospital following a construction accident, you still need a physician to examine you. Some serious injuries, such as traumatic brain injuries, do not show any immediate symptoms. As a result, you may not realize that you suffered a debilitating injury until it is too late. For these reasons, do not wait. Get checked out by a medical professional as soon as possible after your accident.
Report the accident: Make sure to tell your employer or supervisor about the accident and complete an accident report, such as a C-1 Form if you were an employee at the time. Include information about what happened, where the accident occurred, when it happened, and all the medical issues you suffered following the accident. Do not forget to ask for a copy of your records.
Gather evidence: If you can, take pictures of the accident scene and your visible injuries. Write down everything that happened in a journal and start documenting how the injury has affected you daily. If there were witnesses present at the accident scene, get their name, and contact information.
Contact an experienced Las Vegas construction accident attorney: Following a construction accident, you may face numerous challenges. Do not delay. Contact an experienced construction accident attorney as soon as possible. At Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, our lawyers can help you get the answers you need and fight for the justice you deserve.
Las Vegas Construction Accident FAQ
If a Las Vegas construction accident injured you, you deserve financial support and justice for the injuries you endured. Often construction accident victims have no idea what they need to do to pursue compensation. The following answers to the most frequently asked questions we receive provide some basic information for construction accident victims to get started.
If I am an independent contractor, can I sue following a Las Vegas construction accident?
Nevada’s employment laws outline the compensation you may obtain following a Las Vegas construction accident. Specifically, it will depend on if you were an employee or an independent contractor.
An independent contractor is an entity or person contracted to perform services to another entity as a non-employee. Independent contractors typically fill out a 1099 instead of a W-2 when they start their employment. If you meet the legal definition of an independent contractor and you were hurt while working on a construction site, you can pursue legal action against any liable party, but must prove negligence and cannot receive workers’ compensation benefits.
Working with the legal team at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC can help you determine whether you are an independent contractor and what types of compensation you may obtain.
If I am an employee and I was injured while I was working at a construction site, can I collect compensation for my injuries?
In Las Vegas, all employers must cover their employees with workers’ compensation insurance. This means if you are an employee and you were injured while working at a construction site, you can seek compensation through your employer’s workers’ compensation policy.
Under Nevada’s workers’ compensation laws, an employee cannot sue their company for their injuries or take their employer to court. However, employees can get up to the maximum benefits allowed by workers’ compensation, even if they were at fault for the accident.
If an employee suffers an injury at a construction site due to the negligent actions of a third party other than the employer, they may recover additional compensation through a personal injury claim. Such claims often stem from accidents involving defective machinery or equipment.
If you have been injured in a construction accident and are unsure whether you can pursue a workers’ compensation claim, make sure to contact the lawyers at Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC. We can help you figure out what claims you can pursue.
What types of damages can I seek following a Las Vegas construction accident?
If a Las Vegas construction accident injured you, you may seek certain damages through a personal injury claim.
Damages can include:
Medical expenses including past, current, and future medical bills;
Lost wages including past, current, and future lost wages;
Lost earning capacity;
Rehabilitative services including physical and occupational therapy;
At-home nursing care;
Personal property damages;
Paid services for things you cannot do because of your injury, like lawn maintenance or child care;
Pain and suffering;
Loss of companionship;
Loss of enjoyment of life;
Loss of consortium; and/or
Wrongful death damages.
A workers’ compensation claim is different from a personal injury claim. A workers’ compensation claim is limited to reasonable and necessary financial damages such as medical care, disability payments, and lost wages. We can help you figure out whether you may pursue a personal injury claim, a workers’ compensation claim or both.
How much money can I get following my Las Vegas construction accident?
Many factors can affect the value of a construction accident claim, and no two claims are exactly alike. Consequently, no attorney can tell you exactly how much money you can recover following a construction accident. However, our experienced construction accident attorneys can go over these factors, figure out which ones are likely to impact your claim, and prepare the best case in response to go after maximum damages.
Some of the factors that can affect your claim include:
The severity of your injury;
The required medical treatments;
Whether you will need medical treatments in the future;
Whether you suffered a permanent disability as a result of the injury;
Whether you can work following your accident;
The income you lost;
The extent of your pain and suffering; and
Whether you need additional help or services following your accident.
Do I need to prove liability following a Las Vegas construction accident to collect compensation?
In Las Vegas, if you file a personal injury claim, you must show that the other party was negligent to recover compensation for your injuries.
This means you need to prove:
That the other party owed you a duty of care;
The other party breached this duty of care; and
This breach resulted in your injuries and damages.
If you pursue a workers’ compensation claim, you do not need to prove fault to recover benefits. Even if you were at fault for the accident, if you were injured on the job, you can collect workers’ compensation from your employer.
Why do I need Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC to help me?
To present a well-prepared construction accident claim, you need an experienced construction accident lawyer on your side. Construction accident cases are complicated. Plus, they include dealing with large construction company insurance teams that will often try to do anything to stop or minimize you from collecting the money you need. When you work with Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC, you do not have to go through this challenging process on your own.
Our attorneys can not only properly represent you and your interests, but we can also:
Investigate the accident thoroughly and present evidence that shows liability.
Bring in experts and the documentation needed to establish the value of your damages.
Handle the negotiation process, ensuring your case is treated fairly.
If the other side is unwilling to negotiate, take your case to trial and fight for maximum damages.
If you or a family member suffered an injury because of a construction accident, our legal team is ready to help. Do not wait any longer. Contact Benson & Bingham Accident Injury Lawyers, LLC today for a free initial consultation, either through our contact page or by calling us at (702) 382-9797.
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