South Carolina Attorneys Explain Construction Accident Causes
McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC helps injured construction workers
Construction work is extremely dangerous. Serious injury and death can result if the site is not safe, the workers are not properly trained, and the right tools and equipment are not used. In order to sue someone other than the employer, an employee needs to show another business or person caused the construction accident. A worker’s compensation claim primarily entitles an injured worker to a portion of lost wages and the payment of medical bills. A direct suit against a general contractor, a construction site owner and others allows an injured worker the right to get pain and suffering, the full lost wages and payment of all medical bills.
McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, has over 100 years of combined experience in handling construction accident claims. A South Carolina construction accident lawyer can explain that independent contractors and non-workers can sue anyone who caused the accident if they can show how this someone caused the accident. Our lawyers have the skill and knowledge to determine the cause of construction accidents. We hold all responsible entities liable for all the harm they cause.
Common causes of construction site accidents
Our lawyers understand the causes and types of accidents that happen at South Carolina construction sites. Many accidents could have been avoided if:
- Federal standards were followed
- The site conditions were not poor
- Attention was paid to safety concerns
- The workers were better trained
Our successful South Carolina construction accident lawyers understand that each case is different. We work with experienced construction professionals who appreciate the practical realities of construction and what protections should have been used to safeguard the worker and those passing through.
Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) is the federal agency that regulates workplace safety and health. South Carolina construction companies are required to follow OSHA regulations. OSHA regulations are based on years of experience studying the conditions nationwide that should keep construction workers safe.
Some common OSHA violations our lawyers review include:
- Scaffolding construction Errors
- Faulty electrical wiring
- Ladders used in construction
- Forklifts accidents
- Crane accidents
- Slip and falls
Construction site owners and contractors should keep the sites properly lit. Poor lighting can easily cause someone to fall in a hole, trip on an object on the ground, or cause some other injury because a dangerous condition could not be seen. Improper lighting may also be designated an OSHA violation.
It is important to see a lawyer if you were injured due to poor lighting because the construction company may try to fix the lighting before you can process your claim. Our South Carolina construction accident attorneys make sure to photograph and investigate the accident site so we can prove the bad lighting caused the accident.
Contractors, subcontractors and others working at a South Carolina site have a responsibility to keep the work area safe. Safety issues at construction can include:
- Site Conditions: Proper wiring, level grounds, surfaces that are not slippery and other concerns.
- Good Working Equipment. Forklifts, cranes, scaffolding and all machinery should be in working order.
- Our lawyers review whether the OSHA regulations were met. We also investigate what inspections were made, who made them and when.
It is not necessary for you to know what safety rule was violated. Our lawyers understand the federal, state and local laws that apply. We use or extensive experience and understanding of construction law to explore all safety violations.
Some construction accidents in South Carolina are linked to inadequate training. Construction companies have a legal obligation to properly train workers and hire skilled workers who underwent the necessary training to operate the equipment use at the construction location. If companies fail to properly train their workers, they can be held legally responsible for construction accidents caused by untrained workers.
Proving that your accident occurred due to inadequate training can be difficult. Contractors and subcontractors may blame each other. Our lawyers focus on identifying what training should have been given and who should have trained the worker.
Put your trust in the South Carolina law firm that puts people first
Your construction accident case is important to us. The attorneys at McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, have extensive experience obtaining justice and compensation for people when contractors and other businesses and people do not protect the construction site. Our first-rate lawyers have handled complex cases, not only in our state, but throughout the country.
We are dedicated, driven, and committed to delivering results. Contact McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC. Call 803-327-7800 and schedule a free case evaluation by a South Carolina construction accident attorney, or fill out our contact form from any device. McGowan, Hood, Felder & Phillips, LLC, proudly serves people throughout the state, from offices in Columbia, Anderson, Rock Hill, Sumter, and Georgetown.