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Seattle Construction Accident Lawyer
Seattle Construction Accident Lawyer

Seattle Construction Accident Lawyer

Construction workers injured at work may be entitled to file construction accident lawsuits. A Seattle construction accident lawyer at Lehmbecker Law can discuss your legal options. Contact us today to speak to a construction site accident attorney in Seattle.
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Washington State’s Safety Laws for Construction Sites

The Washington Industrial Safety and Health Act (WISHA) sets forth mandatory safety standards for the construction industry and general contractors. WISHA assigns the overall responsibility for enforcing state and OSHA regulations and providing supervision to ensure that everyone on the job site adheres to these regulations.

All workers on the site, both the contractor’s employees and any subcontractors and workers, are owed a duty of care and safe working conditions by the general contractor, as per WISHA regulations; general contractors are obligated by law to create a reasonably safe working environment for all workers.

Washington State’s Safety Laws for Construction Sites

Types & Causes of Construction Accidents in Seattle

More than 20% of all worker deaths in the U.S. are due to construction injuries, according to OSHA reporting. These accidents and injuries are so prevalent that OSHA has dubbed them the “Big Three”:

  • Slip and falls
  • Struck by an object or caught between objects
  • Electrocutions

Many construction workers are harmed by the Big Three, but these are by no means the only way a worker or subcontractor can get hurt on the job. Other causes of construction site accidents include:

  • Mechanical hazards
  • Collapsed scaffolding or structures
  • Lack of oversight concerning safety regulations
  • Poor safety protocols
  • Falling debris or objects
  • Toxic exposure to fumes or chemicals
  • Misuse of equipment or tools through lack of training or disregard for protocols
  • Malfunctioning or defective equipment
  • Explosions or fire

Most accidents at construction sites can be avoided if the proper safety protocols are in place and enforced and the equipment, including safety gear, is properly maintained.
Because so many construction accidents can be avoided, many workers may be eligible for compensation for the injuries they sustain in an accident. Your Washington workplace accident lawyer can tell you for sure.

Common Construction Site Accident Injuries

Every part of a worker’s body can be vulnerable at a construction site — even with protective hard hats, steel-toe boots, and goggles. Construction accidents can lead to these severe consequences:

  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBI) or concussions
  • Spinal cord injuries, including partial or total paralysis or herniated discs
  • Severe burns from fires, explosions, electrocutions, or chemicals
  • Crushing injuries and involuntary amputations
  • Respiratory diseases or cancer from long-term exposure to toxic chemicals
  • Internal organ damage and internal bleeding
  • Untimely or wrongful death

You may need long-term financial support, and a construction injury lawsuit litigated by experienced construction site injury attorneys may be able to help you achieve it.

Who Is Liable in a Washington State Construction Accident?

Most construction companies that carry workers' compensation insurance policies are exempt from personal injury lawsuits filed by employees. However, other parties may have contributed to your accident, such as a reckless coworker or a negligent outside contractor. These parties are generally not covered by workers' compensation laws.

Your construction site accident lawyers may include more than one defendant in your suit, such as:

  • Construction site owners, depending on the level of control they have over the property
  • Engineers and architects, who may be responsible for poorly designed and dangerous structures
  • Prime contractors, who are responsible for the overall safety of everyone on construction sites
  • Subcontractors, who are also required to provide safe working conditions and follow safety laws
  • Construction tools and equipment manufacturers, who are responsible for producing safe products

These may not be the only parties held responsible for your injuries. As your construction site accident attorney in Seattle investigates your accident, they may list additional defendants.

Economic and Non-Economic Damages for Construction Accident Injuries

Washington State civil tort laws permit construction workers or others injured on construction sites to seek compensatory damages from the person or entity that caused their injuries. Some cases may be subject to workers’ compensation laws, so it’s important to find a construction accident injury attorney who has a deep understanding of Washington laws and how they apply to your case.
Construction accident victims who file lawsuits are usually entitled to seek two types of compensation: special damages, which cover quantifiable economic losses, and general damages, which cover non-economic losses like pain and suffering.
Economic damages include your out-of-pocket costs after the accident:

  • Outstanding medical bills
  • Costs for ongoing, long-term care, such as physical therapy or a nursing home
  • Assistive medical equipment, like a wheelchair, modifications to your home, or a prosthesis
  • Physical or occupational therapy to regain your abilities
  • Lost wages from time you missed at work
  • Loss of earning potential, if your injuries preclude working in your current job

Non-economic damages are tricky for construction accident lawyers to put a dollar value on, as they relate to the impact the injuries have on your life. For example, you may be in chronic pain from your injuries, or your reduced physical abilities may prevent you from enjoying hobbies or pastimes.

Other non-economic damages you may be eligible to claim include:

  • Damaged personal relationships or loss of consortium and companionship
  • Diminished quality of life
  • Emotional trauma, like PTSD or situational anxiety

Washington caps non-economic damages at 43% of the average annual wage in the year that your accident occurred, multiplied by your life expectancy at the time of the accident.
Civil courts in Washington generally do not allow a Seattle construction accident attorney to seek punitive damages in personal injury lawsuits.

Why Do You Need a Construction Accident Attorney for This Case?

A construction accident liability case can be complex, especially when workers' compensation is available. The job of your construction accident injury attorney is to guide you through the process and protect your interests by:

  • Investigating your case and gathering evidence
  • Seeking a professional medical evaluation of your injuries and establishing their impact on your life
  • Conducting all official appeals
  • Handling all communications with the other party, their insurance company, and their lawyers

We have the experience you need and the tenacity and compassion you deserve following a construction accident.

Why Choose Our Seattle, WA, Construction Injury Law Firm?

The legal team at Lehmbecker Law has decades of collective experience litigating even the most complex construction accident injury cases. We offer:

We are dedicated to securing the maximum settlement for our clients, even in cases where there may be multiple defendants.

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Verdicts and Settlements

Our attorneys have decades of experience to ensure you get the proper treatment for your injuries and compensation for your losses. If you’ve suffered an injury, contact us for a free consultation to learn how we can help you get the financial help you deserve.
Overcoming Negative Police Report
For a Client Wrongly Put at Fault
Lehmbecker Law overcomes a negative police report and secures the client compensation for his medical costs, pain and suffering, and property damage.
$185,000
For a Victim of DUI Accident in Dram Shop Case
Lehmbecker Law successfully recovers damages for a victim of a DUI accident and holds a bar accountable for over serving.
Lifetime Pension Awarded
For a Roofer After 5-Year Fight
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$6M
FOR A CLIENT INJURED BY A VEHICLE WHILE WALKING
Lehmbecker Law reaches a successful settlement for a family whose father was seriously injured.
$1.8M
FOR A CONSTRUCTION WORKER WHO FELL INTO AN UNPROTECTED SHAFT
We also obtained a lifetime pension from worker’s compensation for this injured worker.
$62,500
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Attack
Our exceptional advocacy leads to a great outcome in a pit bull attack case, securing justice and compensation for the victim.
$45,000
For a Client Suffered From a Dog Bite
Lehmbecker Law secures victory in dog bite lawsuit, delivering justice and compensation to the victim.
$5.75M
FOR A GRANDFATHER STRUCK BY A YOUNG DRIVER
Finding a hidden $5M umbrella policy and making a compelling video from the Grandfather’s family helped us settle this case in less than a year.
$2.0M
FOR A MEDICAL MALPRACTICE CLIENT INJURED DURING A HEART PROCEDURE
We showed that the physician performed an unnecessary procedure that seriously injured our client.
$1.75M
FOR A WOMAN WITH A PERMANENT LEG INJURY
The insurance company didn’t believe she was that injured. We convinced them.
$2.0M
for an elderly woman who suffered a shoulder injury that required surgery
After being struck in a crosswalk by a delivery van.
$2.0M
for a young woman who suffered multiple orthopedic injuries
After being struck in a crosswalk by a taxicab.
$2.0M
for our client who suffered permanent cardiovascular impairment
After his surgeon attempted to perform an unnecessary procedure.
$1.75M
for our client who was hit in the front driver’s side of her vehicle
As she was driving straight through a green light in Kirkland, WA.
$675,000
for our client after she was hit by a driver failing to yield
While making a left turn.
$460,000
for our client
After being hit by a driver making an illegal U-turn.
$410,000
for our client when a piece of plywood fell onto his knee and punctured it
While working on a construction site.
$326,900
for our client
After being T-boned by a drunk driver.
$250,000
for our client who was crushed under a wall
While working on a construction site.
$250,000
for our client
After he and his dog were hit by a distracted driver who didn’t see them crossing the street.
$250,000
for our client
After his leg was broken in three places during a construction-site accident that occurred while he was working as a carpenter.
$250,000
for our client
After being hit and run side-swiped on the freeway (uninsured motorist claim).
$192,500
for our client
Who violently rear ended while traveling back to his office in the Seattle area.
$150,000
for our client
After being rear-ended while at a complete stop.
$150,000
for our client
after he slowed down to make a turn and was rear ended.
$150,000
for our client
After being hit twice within one year.
$90,000
for our client
After our client exited a restaurant, slipped on a mossy paving stone and fell, resulting in a broken ankle.
$60,000
for our client
After he was bitten by a dog in the leg while delivering a package.

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Areas We Serve

We’re proud to work with clients throughout Washington state, including Seattle and surrounding areas. If you can’t make it to our office, we’ll meet you wherever you need us, whether at home or in the hospital.

Bellevue

11711 SE 8th ST. STE. 120, Bellevue, WA
98005

Federal Way

Uptown Square Complex 1066 S. 320th ST., BLDG. K,
STE. F Federal Way, WA 98003

Schedule a Consultation with a Construction Injury Attorney in Washington State

If you believe another party violated WISHA or OSHA safety regulations and created an unsafe working environment, Lehmbecker Law can help. Contact us today to schedule an evaluation of your construction accident in Seattle!
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FAQ

I’m already collecting workers’ comp insurance benefits. Will I still be allowed to sue liable individuals or entities?

Yes, even if you are eligible to collect workers' comp benefits, you can still file a lawsuit against another entity besides your employer.

Are workers’ compensation insurance benefits enough or should I consider filing a personal injury lawsuit?

If you have serious injuries, a workers' compensation claim may be insufficient to cover all your losses. However, employers with workers' compensation insurance are protected from lawsuits. It’s the job of your construction accident lawyer to identify third parties who may share responsibility for your injuries.