How To File A Third-Party Lawsuit Over Defective Fall Prevention Equipment

Fall-related injuries at a construction site can be devastating. Your construction site will need to make sure that you are using safety equipment so that you won't fall and injure yourself. However, there are many types of fall-safety devices that break due to being designed poorly. If this happens, you may be able to file a third-party claim with the help of a construction injuries lawyer.

How Defective Equipment Can Lead to a Fall 

You might be climbing up a ladder and one of the rungs on the ladder might break. You might be working on a scaffold that may suddenly collapse. Or, you might be hit by a load being hosted by a crane because the crane was defective. The heavy load could crush you or might be just enough to knock you off a ledge.

You may be wearing a fall safety prevention harness, but the harness might break because it was made using poor materials. If this is the case, you will be entitled to compensation for your injuries and you should speak with a construction injuries lawyer.

Injuries Associated with a Construction Site Fall Accident

A fall from a construction site can lead to all sorts of serious injuries including:

  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Broken bones
  • Lacerations
  • Spinal cord injuries

These injuries can lead to a lifetime of health problems. You may need several surgeries and physical therapy to recover. You may be disabled for life and might be confined to a wheelchair. Regardless of the consequences of your accident, you will need to seek compensation for your injuries so you can pay for your lost wages.

Third-Party Accident Litigation

While you may be entitled to workers' compensation benefits if you're an employee, you should also seek compensation through a third party. A construction injuries lawyer will investigate what went wrong and will help you pursue a settlement.

Your Settlement

If you fell because your fall safety harness broke, your attorney will find out exactly why the harness broke and will use this fact to pursue a settlement. For example, your lawyer will point out how the harness was not designed by following best practices and that this contributed to the harness breaking and failing to prevent you from falling.

Then, your construction injuries lawyer will negotiate a settlement by calculating the damages you have suffered and make sure that the ultimate settlement you receive is reasonable.