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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 PLLC 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 PLLC, 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 PLLC 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 PLLC 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 253-383-5388 or contact our firm online.

Are You a Victim of the MultiCare-Good Samaritan Hospital Hepatitis C Exposure?
Our firm is actively taking on representation of clients who were patients at MultieCare-Good Samaritan Hospital and were exposed to Hepatitis C and perhaps other diseases. We are investigating the actions of MultiCare and its employees as well as the MultiCare system itself that led to this crisis occurring.

If you have information about this incident, or previous incidences of MultiCare employees misusing narcotic medications intended for patients, or if you have legal questions about this matter and your rights, our lawyers are available to assist you at 253-383-5388.
Case Results
  • "Client was disabled from working in prior profession after sustaining a severe closed head injury and brain trauma in an automobile accident on Interstate 5. $7,845,000. "

  • "Pedestrian client was struck by semi-truck, and the trailer wheels rolled over client’s body causing severe injury. $1,145,000. "

  • "Client was involved in a head-on collision when a bus crossed the center line. Client suffered a severe closed head injury preventing him from returning to his previous employment. $884,998. "

  • "Client was involved in serious head-on collision with uninsured motorist while on-the-job, resulting in physical injury and posttraumatic stress disorder. Client can no longer work as a commercial truck driver. $708,000. "

  • "Client was a rear seat passenger in a vehicle that was involved in an automobile accident. Client was severely injured as the result of a defective seatbelt, while the other three occupants of the vehicle sustained only minor injuries. $650,000. "

  • "Client was killed in automobile accident caused by defendant’s failure to yield the right-of-way. $650,000. "

  • "Minor client was on his way to school and was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street in a marked crosswalk. Defendant driver had pulled into oncoming lane to pass another vehicle and struck client, causing serious injuries. $500,000. "

  • "Client was killed as a result of an in-cab fuel tank, which caught fire after an automobile accident. $350,000. "

  • "Client riding a bicycle was struck by a motorist who failed to yield the right-of-way. Client sustained numerous injuries, including a closed head injury. $120,000. "

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  • "I have been a client of Dan Kyler’s since 1996. Having had numerous car accidents, I rely upon Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler to help me through them. The most obscure questions have been answered and help is given on all levels. Thanks."

  • "John Wilson demonstrated his professionalism by keeping us current on our case, explaining our options, giving us realistic expectations and demonstrating the highest level of ethics and integrity beyond reproach. We have the highest confidence that we were well represented."

  • "Dan Hannula’s hard work helped to settle my auto accident case. "

  • "Having a motorcycle accident was bad enough, let alone dealing with insurance companies. John Wilson and his staff made everything easy to understand and hassle free. "

  • "I am extremely satisfied with the service I experienced with this firm and I would recommend them to anyone that needs legal representation. Michael Fisher and his staff are great people. "

  • "Vern Harkins perseverance and hard work made it possible to get the maximum settlement from the insurance company. I know he had my interest in mind as demonstrated by his actions. "

  • "The office staff were courteous, pleasant and kept me informed as to what was going on throughout the whole ordeal. "

  • "Molly Crowley is a very professional and knowledgeable lawyer. I felt I was very well represented!! "

  • "Molly Crowley was knowledgeable, kept me informed every step of the way and just did a great job! "

  • "We got a fair settlement and were treated with respect and dignity throughout the whole process. -Blake W. "

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