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Detroit Construction Accident Lawyers

Despite strict safety codes and procedures aimed at making construction sites safer, construction accidents can – and do – occur, often resulting in serious injury or death.

If you have been injured at a construction site, you need an experienced construction accident lawyer to help you recover the damages you deserve. The personal injury attorneys at Sommers Schwartz know not only their way around job sites but also the courtroom. Our experienced Detroit construction accident lawyers have helped thousands of clients obtain compensation for their construction accident-related injuries.

Construction Work Is Inherently Dangerous

Construction is one of the most perilous industries today, employing more than five million people including carpenters, electricians, equipment operators, laborers, and managers. Many workers move from one construction site to another, each with constantly changing environments and safety standards.

Even with federal and state safety regulations in place, more than 800 construction-related deaths and countless injuries occur each year. Construction site injuries can arise from:

  • Crane accidents
  • Electrical accidents
  • Trench collapses
  • Exposure to toxins
  • Welding accidents

In addition, many construction jobs require workers to climb roofs, scaffolding, elevator shafts and so forth, putting them at risk for catastrophic injuries should they fall. In fact, falls were the leading cause of construction worker deaths in 2016 (38.7 percent), followed by being struck by an object (9.4 percent); electrocution (8.3 percent); and getting caught in or between equipment, structures, and other job site fixtures (7.3 percent).

Will Workers Compensation Cover My Injuries?

Worker’s compensation was established to ensure that workers who have been injured on the job have their medical expenses paid for and a portion of their lost wages reimbursed. Unfortunately, that often fails to provide sufficient coverage for economic damages as well as non-economic damages such as pain, suffering, and emotional distress. In certain circumstances, there may be other parties responsible for the dangerous conditions that lead to an accident, such as equipment manufacturers, architects, or subcontractors, which may entitle you to compensation beyond workers’ comp benefits.

Construction Accident Claims

Persons injured as a result of construction site negligence may file a lawsuit to recover damages under several different legal theories, which is why you should always consult an experienced and knowledgeable personal injury lawyer.

In Michigan, the law distinguishes between private citizens who are injured at a construction site and construction workers who are injured on the job. Private citizens may usually file a negligence suit against the construction company and may also bring a claim against the owner of the premises.

Construction workers, on the other hand, can only file a negligence suit under certain circumstances. This is because Michigan law generally provides that principal contractors are not liable for the negligent acts or intentional torts of the independent contractors they employ. Over the years, Michigan appellate courts have created various exceptions to this rule, allowing construction workers injured at the job site to recover construction accident damages from principals, general contractors, and subcontractors.

Like other types of personal injury claims, construction accident lawsuits must be filed within three years of the date of the injury. If the action is not filed within this time, the suit will automatically be dismissed by the court.

Lawyers Experienced in Construction Accident Cases

Construction accident lawsuits are complex, detailed, and can involve a tremendous amount of evidence. The contractors, property owners, and insurance companies that are involved will do whatever they can to reduce or eliminate their liability to avoid paying damages.

When your well-being and your family’s financial future are at stake, you cannot afford to take any risks. The experienced construction accident lawyers at Sommers Schwartz are here to help you every step of the way. Contact us today to discuss your case.

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A Client Talks about Andy Dragovic

My wife had an accident, tripping over a cable line that wasn’t buried. Andy represented us and were very pleased with the outcome. Andy was very professional, personable, and quick to respond to us, answering any of our questions or concerns. The whole firm was responsive to our concerns, and…

Praise for Dina Zalewski

The lawyers at Sommers Schwartz, P.C. were nothing short of amazing when I came to them with my medical malpractice case! Dina truly helped to put my mind at ease and because of her and her firm, I finally have closure and can begin my healing process! I just want…

Gratitude for Rob Sickels

When our world was shattered by an unexpected medical diagnosis, we were referred to Rob Sickels of Sommers Schwartz. What a blessing to get this referral as Rob listened to us with caring and compassion, spent all the time necessary to help us, was always honest with us about our…

A Grateful Client Talks About Dina Zalewski

Dina never lied to us and was very straightforward. I feel like she took me under her wing. She got me through something that I thought was going to be incredibly difficult for me to relive. Dina felt like a friend, somebody I could trust and look to for guidance….

About Dina Zaleski, Rick Groffsky, and Andy Dragovic

Dina, Rick, and Andy were amazing lawyers. They helped me through an incredibly difficult time in my life after losing my son. I wanted answers on why, and they helped me through the whole process and they got me answers. After I lost my son, I was severely depressed. Every…

A Medical Malpractice Client Recommends Matt Turner

Matt Turner and his whole staff have acted very professionally, respectfully, and responsively to my every need. I highly recommend him to represent you in any legal matter you may have. Thank you again for all your help and guidance.

We are so thankful this firm was recommended to us!

Robert Sickels and his whole team went above and beyond while caring for us, They truly go the extra mile.

After our first meeting with attorney Matt Curtis, our feelings of frustration, defeat, and helplessness were diminished.

Matt’s knowledge of the law concerning medical malpractice and his compassion for my husband’s situation gave us the boost we needed to stand up and be heard! I am so grateful that my husband felt validated and energized throughout his time meeting with Mr. Curtis because, in February of 2021, he…

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