Construction Site Bystander Injury Attorney in St. Louis
Legal help for injuries from construction site negligence and accidents in MO and IL
Construction sites here in Missouri mean jobs and progress, which is always a good thing. However, when these worksites are not set up or overseen properly, not only can workers get hurt, but so can innocent bystanders and pedestrians. Objects falling from heights, malfunctioning machines, and all sorts of other accidents can cause serious injuries when workers or municipalities are negligent in their duties to keep the public safe.
You do not have to work at a construction site to suffer a construction site injury. If you or a loved one were hurt in a construction site accident through no fault of your own, you may be eligible for a personal injury claim against the responsible party (or parties). An experienced attorney at The Hayden Law Firm understands the complexity of these types of cases and is ready to advocate for you. Contact us today for a free, no-risk consultation. We serve the greater St. Louis area and Illinois.
What are common construction site injuries?
Construction sites are active and bustling areas, which means they are also potentially dangerous – not just for construction workers, but also for passers-by. When construction companies set up a worksite, they must do so with pedestrian and others’ safety in mind. If they fail to do so, or fail to maintain a safe site, bystanders can suffer injuries like:
- Falling objects. Objects falling from heights is a common injury at construction sites. Things like unsecured tools, debris, and even large machines like cranes can all fall from great heights and cause serious harm, like traumatic brain injuries.
- Slips and falls. Construction sites tend to be in disarray; however, pedestrian and street areas should be free of debris and objects. Site and property owners have a duty to provide a safe and alternate route around a worksite, free of slip and fall hazards and other dangers.
- Toxic material exposure. Many worksites contain hazardous or toxic substances. If these are not handled or disposed of properly, people in the area can risk exposure and related health risks, like respiratory issues or burn injuries.
- Vehicle accidents. Construction sites are filled with vehicles, like dump trucks, backhoes, and even tractor-trailers to deliver construction materials. With vehicles this large and heavy, if a driver on a construction site fails to pay attention, any car accident they cause could result in serious injuries to the victim, whether another driver or pedestrian.
An experienced attorney will investigate the circumstances of your accident and injuries to determine who is responsible.
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Who is liable for my St. Louis construction site accident?
When a construction worker is injured on the job, they are usually protected by employee benefits like workers’ compensation. However, if injured as a bystander, you have no such protections and will need to take action in the form of a personal injury claim.
In typical personal injury claims, you can take action against the negligent person or party for your losses. You may be able to take action against the construction company, city, or municipality as well, depending on the facts of your situation. If the accident took the life of a loved one, The Hayden Law Firm can also file a wrongful death action on your behalf.
To show liability, we prove the following four elements to be true:
- Duty of care. That the person or party that caused your injuries owed you a duty of care, such as the obligation to safely operate and maintain a construction site and its associated machines and vehicles.
- Breach of duty. Failure to meet this duty of care can be construed as negligence. For example, a construction company has a duty of care to ensure that pedestrian walkways are covered to prevent pedestrians from being struck by falling debris. If they fail to hang or maintain this netting or awning, they have breached that duty of care.
- Causation of injury. The breach of duty caused your injury. Using the above example, if you were struck by a piece of falling debris while in a pedestrian walkway on a construction site, the negligence caused your injury.
- Quantifiable harm. The accident caused you measurable harm, like a traumatic brain injury or other serious physical trauma.
We work to our utmost to show all four conditions of negligence are met.
What should I do if I was injured at a St. Louis construction site?
As with any accident, your first priority should be your injuries. If they are of an immediate and urgent nature, call 911 or go to the emergency room as soon as possible. Even if you don’t think your injuries are serious, it’s still important to seek medical attention, as some symptoms may not show up until later. Your medical records will also be important in any legal action you take.
- Take photos of the scene where your injury occurred, as well as your injuries
- Get the name of the construction company and any witnesses to the incident
- Note if there was any signage or warnings around the site
- Note if there were any workers present at the time of your injury
Then, contact a St. Louis construction site injury attorney at The Hayden Law Firm for a free consultation about your potential case.
What is my construction site bystander injury case worth?
The damages and compensation to which you may be entitled will depend on the specific details of your accident. However, when you suffer injury due to another party’s negligence, you should be eligible for financial compensation, including:
- Lost wages, current and future
- Reduced earning capacity
- Medical expenses, current and future
- Mental or emotional distress
- Property damage
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Rehabilitation and therapy expenses
Because the statute of limitations for personal injury actions in Missouri is five years, it’s important to get in touch with an experienced attorney as soon as possible to get started on your case.
How can a St. Louis injury lawyer help me with my case?
At The Hayden Law Firm, our record of success and client satisfaction gives you the confidence you need to move forward with your claim. We understand that you are recovering from a traumatic experience, so we take the legal matters off your plate and give you time to heal.
Our team will launch an investigation into your accident, gathering evidence and interviewing witnesses, to determine the liable parties for your injuries. With over a decade serving the people of St. Louis, we have established a wide network of professional resources to help with your case. We take the time to understand your injuries, both physical and emotional, and how they have affected and continue to affect your day-to-day life.
Lastly, we do not settle for anything less than the fair and just compensation to which you are entitled for your losses.
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Construction site bystander injury lawyer in St. Louis
If you or a loved one were injured as a bystander at a construction site, you have legal options. At The Hayden Law Firm, we help victims recover compensation and damages when they are injured through another’s negligence. Please call our offices at 314-480-3100 or fill out our contact form for a free, no-risk consultation. We are based in St. Louis, Missouri, but our firm proudly serves clients throughout Missouri and Illinois.