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Common Construction Injuries

Tacoma, WA Law Firm Litigates Common Construction Injuries

Fighting to make wrongs right with full, fair compensation

A preliminary census of fatal occupational injuries reported by the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicated a slight reduction (about 0.4 percent) of fatal work injuries between 2008 and 2009. Unfortunately, this reduction also seems to correlate with a reduction in the workforce. The fact remains that construction work is among the most dangerous professions in the nation, causing severe injuries to workers each year.

Washington’s workers’ compensation laws can complicate your search for the compensation you deserve for your serious injuries. But while employees are barred from taking legal action against their employers, they can pursue compensation from third parties responsible for accidents. The Washington construction accident lawyers at Rush, Hanna, Harkins & Kyler PLLC have the skills and experience to help protect your full rights to compensation in these complex cases.

The most common injuries in Washington construction accidents

Construction work exposes laborers to numerous risks for serious injuries. The following are among the most common:

  • Spinal cord damage. Falls from significant heights are just one cause of damage to the spinal cord. The damage often leads to permanent total or partial paralysis — often preventing workers from returning to their former jobs, or potentially any future employment.
  • Traumatic head and brain injuries. A sudden blow to the head from falling objects or falls can have overwhelming physical results, leading to concussion and other long-term or even permanent brain injury that can affect sensory abilities, movement or virtually any bodily functions.
  • Burns. Severe injury from burns can be caused by many situations, including explosions and contact with hot machinery or hazardous chemicals. While some burn injuries are relatively minor, many result in permanent scarring, disability or even death.
  • Vision and hearing loss. Blindness can be caused by contact with tools and other sharp objects prevalent at construction sites. While the high decibel levels common to construction sites commonly cause significant hearing loss over time, exposure to a single sudden loud noise can instantly have the same effect.

Contact an experienced Washington construction accidents lawyer

If you or a loved one suffered an injury in a construction site accident, call the trial lawyers of Rush, Hannula, Harkins & Kyler PLLC at 253-383-5388, or contact our Tacoma office online. Our initial consultation is free of charge, and we only get paid for our services if you receive monetary compensation.

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  • "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!! "

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

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