New Mexico Construction Accident Attorneys
Our Albuquerque Trial Attorneys Have Won Billions on Behalf of the Injured
If you work at a construction site in Albuquerque or anywhere in New Mexico, you face hazards every single day. If proper safety precautions are in place, however, these hazards are lessened. This offers more protection for you and your fellow workers from being harmed in preventable construction accidents.
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 compensation to cover all your medical care and other losses, expenses, and more. Contact our New Mexico construction accident lawyers today to learn more.
Your Rights After a Construction Site Accident in New Mexico
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 work 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.
Types of New Mexico Construction Site Accidents
Construction sites can be dangerous for various reasons, but accidents are not inevitable. They are largely preventable, and by implementing safety standards and properly training workers, most can be prevented.
Our lawyers help construction workers across New Mexico with cases involving:
- Ladder falls
- Scaffolding accidents
- Power tool injuries
- Construction equipment injuries
- Construction vehicle accidents
- Crane accidents
- Excavation accidents
- Trench collapses
- Electrocution/electrical injuries
- Chemical/toxic exposure
- Amputation accidents
- Struck by objects
Regardless of the type of accident and the injuries you experienced, you have the right to seek treatment and fair compensation. Our Albuquerque construction site accident attorneys are standing by to explain your options and rights so you can make informed decisions from this point on. We're here to help.
Recovering Compensation After a Construction Accident
Because construction site accidents can cause catastrophic injuries, it is important to recover fair compensation. The damages in a construction accident lawsuit are meant to help an injured worker or the family of a worker who has lost their life rebuild. Because the at-fault party cannot go back in time to prevent the accident from happening in the first place, they are held responsible for replacing the injured party's losses.
A successful construction site injury case in New Mexico may include damages for:
- Economic damages, including financial losses like medical expenses, the cost of ongoing care or treatment, property damage, lost earnings, loss of future/potential wages, and more.
- Non-economic damages, including emotional trauma, pain and suffering, disfigurement, scarring, loss of enjoyment of life, and similar consequences of the worker's injuries.
New Mexico 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, or failures to properly maintain equipment and 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: 1) Falls, which accounted for 33.5% of construction fatalities in 2018; 2) Struck by swinging, flying, or falling objects, which accounted for 11.1% of construction fatalities; 3) Electrocution, which accounted for 8.5% of construction fatalities; and 4) 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.
What Type of New Mexico Construction Accident Case Do I have?
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. Fortunately, our team has the wherewithal to handle either type of case.
- 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 2019, and our complete track record includes over $10 billion in verdicts and settlements. Our opponents fear us because they know we won’t back down until we reach the best possible result for the person or family 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. Our Albuquerque construction injury attorneys are standing by to help!