Construction Accidents: Bridge Collapse
Fewer things are scarier than a bridge collapsing. Whether you were on it or underneath it, one thing is for certain. You need to get in touch with a personal injury attorney who has proven construction accident case experience. Collapsing bridges can be devastating for bystanders or workers. Builders, contractors and sub-contractors all have a duty to follow safety regulations and ensure their jobsites are safe for employees, workers, day laborers and ordinary citizens who might be in the vicinity. When worksites aren’t safe and bridges collapse, people can get hurt or killed. If you or somebody you love has been injured in a bridge collapsing, you need to get in touch with a personal injury attorney as soon as possible about your case.
Whether this was an active construction site or a finished project, a collapsed bridge can endanger the lives of anybody on or near it. When bridges collapse, there can be a variety of dangerous issued presented. Whether it’s concrete, wooden or some other type of material, there is likely to be rough, heavy and jagged debris to get injured on. If you were driving on the bridge at the time of the collapse, you could also have a serious amount of property damage to your vehicle. If a bridge was over water, there is an added element of danger.
Injuries Associated with Collapsed Bridges
Depending upon the severity of the collapsed bridge, where you were and what you were doing at the time of the accident, you could be facing a variety of different injuries. If you were on the worksite, a hard hat might mitigate a certain amount of trauma if anything struck your head. If you were on the worksite, there should be safety regulations in place to protect you, but that’s not always the case. It’s also possible to suffer from injuries like abrasions, lacerations, fractures and bruises. In some cases, there’s also the possibility of sustaining a severe, catastrophic or fatal injury.
Wrongful Death in Bridge Collapse
In cases where fatal injuries are involved, it may be necessary to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It doesn’t matter if your loved one was a private citizen in the vicinity of the bridge collapse or a laborer on the jobsite. If you’ve lost a loved one in a bridge collapse construction accident, you need to speak with an experienced wrongful death attorney as soon as possible about your case. This attorney can be in indispensable asset to you and your family as you grieve and work through this terrible time. Fewer things are more devastating than losing a family member, but the economic impacts of losing an income earner or breadwinner can also be catastrophic for families.
Liability on the worksite is a complicated issue. There are so many laws and regulations in place that are supposed to protect workers and private citizens. Those regulations and laws aren’t always followed though, so after an accident it’s a good idea to speak with a personal injury attorney with construction site accident experience. Your attorney can ensure a thorough and complex investigation is conducted to determine who was liable for your injury-causing accident.
Compensation After a Construction Zone Accident
Two major things happen after any type of construction accident. First, the victim is in the hospital. Secondly, the victim is out of work. Not only do you acquire hefty hospital bills, you lose your ability to pay them and even to pay your everyday bills. The most important thing after a construction accident such as a bridge collapse is ensure you have the compensation you deserve to pay your hospital bills and take care of your family. You could be out f work for who knows how long, so it’s absolutely essential to make sure you’re appropriately compensated for your injury.
If you’ve been injured in a bridge collapse, you do have options. Whether you were working at the time of the accident or just in the vicinity of a bridge collapse, you need to get in touch with a personal injury attorney about your case as soon as possible. Many of these cases are time sensitive, so the sooner you speak with an attorney, the better. If you have been injured or if you have lost a loved one in a construction accident involving a collapsed bridge, contact the skilled and proven team at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC at (601) 265-7766 for an immediate free consultation.
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