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4701 S 19th St #300,
Tacoma, WA 98405
Worksite / Construction Accidents

Tacoma Attorneys Litigate Worksite and Construction Accident Cases

Skilled representation in Washington for injured workers

Construction is a vital economic sector in the state of Washington, but the industry is not without risk to workers. Heavy equipment and building materials contribute to serious and even fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a worksite or construction accident, it’s important to know your rights and to pursue all avenues of compensation. Since 1952, Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. has helped injured parties throughout Washington obtain full and fair compensation for their losses. Our dedicated legal team evaluates your case for free and, if there’s cause for legal action, we advance all costs of your litigation. At Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P., you’ll find understanding professionals who are dedicated to helping you find justice.

Some injured workers in Washington may seek civil damages

Many people mistakenly believe that if they suffer a debilitating injury on the job, they are only entitled to workers’ compensation. While it’s true that in Washington State, workers cannot sue their employers or co-workers for worksite injuries, there are circumstances in which a civil suit is possible. In many cases, a third party such as another contractor, an equipment manufacturer or negligent property owner may be responsible for your accident, and you can sue those parties. A personal injury lawsuit allows you to pursue full compensation for:

  • Medical expenses, current and future
  • Rehabilitation costs
  • Lost earnings, current and future
  • Pain and suffering

Worksite and construction accident lawsuits are complex, because you must identify a responsible third party. You must also prove that the party’s conduct caused your injuries. Possible third-party defendants include:

  • Negligent subcontractors — Unless a subcontractor can demonstrate an employee relationship with your boss, you can sue for civil damages.
  • Industrial equipment manufacturers — Companies that make substandard industrial machinery or power tools are strictly liable for the harm that defects in their products cause.
  • Industrial architects — If individual workstations are placed so closely to one another that work at one compromises worker safety at another, the factory floor is defective by design, and the designer is strictly liable for any resulting injuries.

The experienced personal injury attorneys at Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. can thoroughly evaluate your case to determine fault and establish proof of liability. We have handled a variety of worksite and construction injury claims, including trench collapses, crane collapses, falls into elevator shafts and even a defective scaffolding case, and have obtained substantial recoveries for our clients.

Contact our Tacoma construction accident lawyers for advice on third-party liability

Collecting workers’ comp always results in financial losses to the injured worker, and in some cases, it can relegate that worker to a life of poverty. Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler, L.L.P. evaluates your case for a third-party lawsuit free of charge and advances all costs of litigation for the cases we accept. To schedule a consultation, call 253.250.4516 or contact our firm online.