Construction Accidents

Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys understand construction sites can be hazardous. If you have been injured in a construction setting or lost a loved one in a construction accident, contact an attorney immediately.

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Reasons to consider A Lawyer After A construction Accident

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Property owners may try to fix or cover up the dangerous conditions that cause construction accidents, or it may be eliminated on its own as part of the original construction plans. That is why you need an attorney who will work quickly and efficiently to ensure you have the strongest case possible. 

At Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys, we help with the investigation and documentation of the construction sites where our clients are injured. Our attorneys know there are holes in the ground, uneven surfaces, the possibility of falling objects, scattered nails, sharp objects on the ground, inadequate security, heavy equipment, and many more dangerous conditions that can lead to construction accidents and injuries.  

We understand that things may be overwhelming for you after a construction accident, and ultimately, we believe that teaming up with an attorney can help you by providing:

  • Legal knowledge about construction accidents, defects, and sites
  • Negotiating skills
  • Focus and dedication while you’re in recovery
  • Commitment to compensation 
  • Motivation to proceed with your case through obstacles
  • Free consultation

The Difference Between Construction accidents and construction defects

Construction accidents are injuries or damage sustained during endeavors to improve, repair, build, demolish, clean, or construct specific facilities. They can range from personal injury to property damage. 

A construction defect, on the other hand, is any deficiency in the design or construction of a building or structure resulting from a failure to design or construct in a reasonably workmanlike manner and/or in accordance with a buyer’s reasonable expectation. 

Types of Construction Defects and Deficiencies

Construction defects can result from deficiencies in the product itself, how something is designed, installed, operated or maintained. Damages might be seen immediately (such as a burst water pipe), or appear over time (such as a slowly shifting foundation). 

When allegations of construction defect are presented, understanding each of these potential failure mechanisms (design, installation, products, and operation/maintenance) can help to identify potential culpable parties. 

Design deficiencies 

Examples of design deficiencies include architects’ or engineers’ failure to design a building or system, flawed roof designs that result in water penetration, poor drainage, or inadequate structural support. 

Material deficiencies 

Material deficiencies include defective or damaged building materials and refer to inferior products that do not last as long as intended. Window frames that bend during transit, do not allow for proper installation, and therefore lead to water intrusion are examples of material deficiency.

Construction deficiencies 

Construction defects include improperly designed materials, poor workmanship, and failure to follow construction codes. Any deficiency in a building project can be considered a construction defect, including: 

  • Defective architectural designs 
  • Lack of planning or supervision 
  • Lack of a proper inspection 
  • Improper construction 

Some of the most common and high-cost construction defects include: 

  • Structural integrity —  concrete, masonry and division, carpentry, unstable foundations 
  • Mechanical problems 
  • Electrical issues 
  • Water intrusion (which can result in property damage and toxic mold exposure) 
  • Thermal and moisture protection 
  • Doors, windows, and glass seals 
  • Finishing defects 

Operational and maintenance deficiencies 

Examples of operational and maintenance deficiencies include an owner’s failure to properly use or maintain the structure or structural systems. Not maintaining an exterior sealant may cause it to break down and let water in. Another example of maintenance deficiency is keeping the temperature on an HVAC system too low through the winter, causing pipes to freeze. 

Subsurface deficiencies 

The last type of deficiency is a subsurface deficiency. Some structures feature insufficient drainage, incorrect compacting of subsurface materials, or structures built on places like hills that could result in flooding, landslides, and other issues. 

Find A Shunnarah Attorney Near You

In the wake of a sudden and devastating construction accident, families and victims are often left grappling with not only their grief but also a complex web of legal and emotional challenges. Compassionate, skilled legal advocacy becomes paramount when construction site owners and people liable for construction defects shirk their responsibilities. Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys stands ready to offer unwavering support and expertise.

Our goal is to provide a pathway to rightful compensation and closure for those impacted by a construction accident or a wrongful death due to a construction accident, and we’re dedicated to holding site owners and insurance companies accountable. 

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Alexander Shunnarah Trial Attorneys handles cases in all 50 states. Find a location or attorney to assist you with your case.

Frequently Asked Questions

Explore our FAQ to get the answers to some of our most frequently asked questions about construction defects and construction accidents.

What should I do if I am injured in a construction accident?

If you are injured in a construction accident, seek medical attention immediately to document your injuries properly. Report the injury to the site manager or your employer as soon as possible, and document all communications. Collect contact information from any witnesses, and if possible, take photographs of the accident scene and any conditions you believe contributed to your injury. Consulting a lawyer experienced in construction accidents is also advisable to protect your rights.

Who can be held liable for injuries caused by a construction defect or accident?

Multiple parties could be liable, including the construction company, subcontractors, architects, manufacturers of construction materials, or property owners. Liability depends on the nature of the defect or the conditions that led to the accident. A lawyer can help identify all potentially liable parties and the applicable laws.

How can a lawyer help me with a construction accident claim?

A lawyer can help by evaluating the circumstances of your accident, determining liability, and advising on the best legal path forward. They will manage the collection of evidence, negotiate with insurance companies, and, if necessary, represent you in court to ensure you receive fair compensation for your injuries, lost wages, medical costs, and other damages.

What compensation can I claim if I’ve been injured due to a construction defect or accident?

You may be entitled to various types of compensation, including but not limited to medical expenses, rehabilitation costs, lost earnings, future loss of earnings if you’re unable to return to work, pain and suffering, and punitive damages in cases of gross negligence. Each case is unique, so consulting with a lawyer who can assess your specific situation is crucial.

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