New Mexico Construction Accident Attorneys
We’ve Won Billions of Dollars on Behalf of the Injured
If you work at a construction site, you face hazards every single day. If proper safety precautions are in place, however, these hazards are lessened, and you and your fellow workers are protected from harm.
Unfortunately, some foremen and site supervisors cut corners and put more importance on meeting deadlines than on their workers. When this happens, innocent workers pay the price.
At Arnold & Itkin, we fight for hard-working men and women across New Mexico and throughout the U.S. who have been injured in construction accidents. When employers, manufacturers, and insurance companies try to push injured workers aside or devalue their claims, we stand up and fight for the fair compensation they deserve.
Now is your chance to recover the type of compensation that will cover all your medical care and other losses, expenses, and so much more. Contact us today to learn more.
Your Rights After a Construction Site Accident
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you need to know that you have rights. Understanding these can make all the difference as you work to rebuild your life.
After a construction accident in New Mexico, you have the right to:
- Seek medical attention from whichever doctor you prefer
- Report your injury to your employer and to pursue workers’ compensation or other benefits
- Pursue benefits and/or compensation for your medical care, lost earnings, and possibly more.
- Wait until you are healed and have your doctor’s approval to return to work.
- Seek retribution if your employer fires or demotes you for reporting a construction site injury
These rights exist, but they must be actively asserted and protected. Our New Mexico construction accident attorneys have the wherewithal and experience to protect your rights through every step of your case.
Construction Accident FAQ
What causes construction accidents?
Every construction accident is different, but there is one thing that they all have in common. They are preventable. One or more contributing factors can be identified for any construction accident, no matter the type of incident or the circumstances leading up to its occurrence.
Construction accidents may be caused by:
- Tired, overworked, or inexperienced workers
- Violations of state and federal safety standards
- Lack of fall protection for workers on scaffolding and ladders
- Lack of protection for workers on the ground
- Defective equipment and heavy machinery
- Failure to properly maintain equipment/machinery
Our team investigates New Mexico construction site accidents meticulously, taking every piece of evidence into account to establish fault. We work with investigators and experts in construction, engineering, medicine, and other fields to create irrefutable cases for our clients.
What are the leading causes of construction worker fatalities?
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the four leading causes of fatal construction accidents in the United States.
These “fatal four” are:
- Falls, which accounted for 33.5% of construction fatalities in 2018.
- Struck by swinging, flying, or falling objects, which accounted for 11.1% of construction fatalities.
- Electrocution, which accounted for 8.5% of construction fatalities.
- Caught-in/between accidents, which accounted for 5.5% of construction fatalities.
According to OSHA, eliminating these incidents would save 591 workers’ lives in the U.S. each year.
Are construction accident cases categorized as workers’ compensation or personal injury claims in New Mexico?
If you were injured at a construction site in New Mexico, you may have a valid workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury lawsuit, or both.
- Workers’ compensation applies to on-the-job injuries of any kind. In New Mexico, all companies that engage in construction work must provide workers’ compensation coverage for their employees. This also applies to out-of-state contractors working in New Mexico. Workers’ comp is provided on a no-fault basis and covers medical care and a portion of an injured worker’s lost earnings.
- Personal injury lawsuits may apply to construction accidents that are caused by third parties, such as the manufacturer of a defective tool or piece of equipment/machinery. They may also apply in cases where gross negligent or intentional misconduct is involved. Personal injury lawsuits require the injured construction worker to prove fault, but there is a chance at a higher recovery for both economic and non-economic damages, including medical care, lost earnings, and emotional trauma.
It’s important to take the right course of legal action after a construction accident. This will be your opportunity to recover compensation that can help you put your life back together.
Talk to Our New Mexico Construction Injury Lawyers
Arnold & Itkin has an impeccable record when it comes to representing the injured and wronged. We won over $1 billion for our clients just in the last year, and our complete track record includes billions in recoveries. Our opponents fear us because they know we won’t back down until we reach the best possible result for the person we’re representing.
Our notable construction accident case results include:
- A record-setting $44 million settlement for a construction superintendent who lost his leg after a crane collapsed and pinned him to the ground.
- A $4.97 million settlement for a worker who was seriously injured while performing maintenance and construction at a chemical plant.
- A $2.78 million settlement for a contractor who suffered serious neck and back injuries while performing construction work at a plant in Louisiana.
- A $2 million settlement for a worker who was injured while performing construction work on a jack-up rig in Singapore.
Because we’re experienced with personal injury, workers’ compensation, and product liability lawsuits related to construction site accidents, we are confident in our ability to take the right approach to your claim.
Call (888) 493-1629 today for your free, confidential consultation.