Experienced Help With Injuries On Construction Sites And Farms
Two of the most valued jobs in this country are also two of the most dangerous: These are construction work and farm/agricultural labor.
The ways in which someone can get injured on a construction site or on a farm are too numerous to mention. But, if you were injured due to malfunctioning equipment, unsafe work conditions or a mistake made by someone else, then the owner, manufacturer or another party may be liable. If you were injured on a construction site or injured on a farm it is in your best interest to speak with a reputable and experienced personal injury attorney.
The Special Case Of Construction Workers
If a construction worker is injured on the job, it is difficult and usually impossible to sue his or her employer for work-related injuries. In Wisconsin, an injured worker’s exclusive remedy against their employer is workers’ compensation. However, third parties (another company, manufacturer or anyone else who is not your employer) may be responsible for your construction site accident and therefore liable.
What Is Third-Party Liability?
As stated above, anyone not your employer is a third party. Third parties are common on construction sites and on farms. They can be a subcontractor or the general contractor. They can be an employee from another farm or transport company. They can be just about anyone who is not your employer or someone who works for your same employer.
There are special duties or obligations that general contractors or forepersons on a construction site must follow. Those include:
- Warning workers of potential hazards
- Ensuring that all workers are following safety guidelines
- Managing the physical site to makes sure that it is reasonably safe and clear of hazards
When Manufacturers Are Liable
Manufacturers of farm and construction equipment design manufacture and build things such as tools, construction machinery and farm implements. They are therefore responsible for defects or dangers these products create. Construction sites and farms are by their very nature dangerous workplaces. However, if equipment was not properly designed and manufactured, the producers of these products are potentially liable for any accidents that these improperly designed or manufactured products cause. Just a few examples of cases that we have actually handled are:
- Teeth from a sawblade detaching despite normal use and severely damaging an eye
- Scaffolding that collapsed and resulted in serious injuries
- A table saw that was wired backward, resulting in a serious hand injury
- A silo auger that did not have proper guarding, resulting in a serious hand injury
Not Just Any Wisconsin Injury Attorneys
All three of the attorneys at Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., have been awarded the very highest trial lawyer rating attainable in this country. When you hire Atterbury, Kammer & Haag, S.C., you get an attorney who has been proven capable and skillful. Even if your Madison area farm or construction site injury seems complex call us. We are in Middleton at 1-800-817-3729 or 608-821-4600. You can also fill out our online contact form to tell us a little about your farm accident, work injury or construction injury and we will contact you.