Tulsa Construction and Industrial Accident Attorneys
Construction and Industrial Accidents in Oklahoma
Construction workers, laborers, factory employees, and other industrial workers face a disproportionate risk of job-related injuries and deaths. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about one in five worker fatalities within private industry in 2019 occurred in the construction industry.
At Brewster & De Angelis, we believe that no one should have to risk their life simply going to work, but we recognize that these incidents do happen. When they do, our Tulsa construction and industrial accident attorneys are there to help you and your family get back on your feet.
If you were injured or if someone you love died due to a construction or industrial accident, reach out to our firm right away to learn how we can help. We offer personalized and compassionate legal services, coupled with aggressive client advocacy throughout the entire legal process. Our attorneys have decades of experience and a long track record of success.
Common Construction and Industrial Accidents
Construction and industrial workers are often required to use heavy machinery, dangerous tools, powerful equipment, and work in hazardous conditions. As a result, they are susceptible to all types of serious accidents.
Some of the most common construction and industrial accidents involve:
- Explosions and fires
- Falls from heights/to lower levels
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Scaffolding accidents
- Structure/trench collapses
- Forklift, crane, and other vehicle accidents
- Defective tools and equipment
- Machine entanglement
- Crush/caught-between accidents
- Being struck by falling objects
These and other common construction and industrial accidents can have devastating consequences, often leading to catastrophic injuries and deaths. Sadly, many of these accidents are also entirely preventable.
How Do Construction and Industrial Accidents Happen?
Many construction and industrial accidents are the result of inherent hazards of the job. Others, however, are caused by negligence. In some cases, intentional misconduct can even lead to these types of incidents.
According to OSHA, some of the most common causes of construction and industrial accidents include:
- Lack of proper fall protection
- Inadequate training
- Failure to properly communicate hazards
- Defective tools, machinery, and vehicles
- Missing safety equipment, such as eye, face, and respiratory protection
- Poorly constructed or defective scaffolding, ladders, and other equipment
- Improper control of hazardous energy
- Lack of machinery guards
- Intentional employee or employer misconduct
- Failure to remove or repair hazardous conditions
- Improper warnings, labels, and other safety measures
Who Is Liable for a Construction or Industrial Accident?
If you were injured on the job or suffered any type of work-related construction or industrial accident injury, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system that allows nearly all Oklahoma employees to recover certain monetary benefits when they are injured in the course of their employment. You do not need to prove that your employer was negligent in order to qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, but in exchange, you generally cannot sue your employer directly after a workplace accident.
In some cases, injured construction and industrial workers may not qualify for workers’ compensation. This includes workers who are classified as “independent contractors,” rather than employees. In other instances, you could have a third-party personal injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim. This might be the case if your injuries were the result of a third party’s negligence, or if a third party is strictly liable. For example, if you were injured using a defective machine on a construction site, you could have a workers’ compensation claim and a product liability claim against the manufacturer of the defective machine.
You may even have a claim against an independent contractor, property owner or landowner, site manager, or another individual or entity who negligently caused the accident and/or your injuries.
It can be difficult to determine who is liable for your damages, but our Tulsa construction and industrial accident attorneys are here to help. We have decades of experience, as well as access to invaluable resources and industry experts, which helps us develop powerful, personalized legal strategies for our clients. We are happy to answer your questions and address any concerns you may have.
Let Brewster & De Angelis Fight for You
We recognize how devastating an impact construction and industrial accidents have on victims and their families. Our goal is to recover the full and fair compensation you are owed for your damages, including your current and future medical bills, lost wages, lost earning ability, pain and suffering, lost enjoyment of life, and more. If your loved one tragically died due to a construction or industrial accident, we can help you seek wrongful death benefits, such as funeral costs, medical expenses, lost income, lost support, and more.
There are no upfront or out-of-pocket fees when you hire our firm. Instead, our Tulsa construction and industrial accident attorneys only recover pay if/when they win your case. If we do not recover a settlement or verdict for you, you do not owe us a dime.
Available & Responsive
The attorneys at Brewster & De Angelis are always available to provide you with updates and answer questions regarding your case. At the end of the day, we work for you and pride ourselves on being available regardless of the situation.
Focused On Your Best Interests
When going through a legal matter, things can seem scary and uncontrollable. Our team works to refine the legal process in order to ensure you not only understand exactly what is going on, but also that your goals and interests are taken into account with every decision.
Collaborative Legal Strategies
Unlike other law firms, we handle a small number of cases so that our team can focus on getting you results. When it is time to get ready for trial, you can be assured that our full team of litigators has convened to get you the best possible outcome.
Dedicated & Trusted Counsel
At Brewster & De Angelis we have the top litigators in Tulsa, Oklahoma and we have been serving our community for over forty years, giving us the tools and knowledge to aggressively and effectively handle your case.