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When you go to work, you expect the safety equipment your employer provides to work how it is supposed to. You expect your tools and equipment to have guards that protect against the risk of injury, and you expect guardrails, harnesses and other safety devices to prevent you from falling. You expect your eye protection to protect your eyes, and you expect the safety equipment on forklifts and other heavy machinery to prevent serious accident-related injuries.
Unfortunately, the safety equipment used on construction sites often fails to meet workers’ expectations. Whether due to defective design or manufacture, inadequate warnings, or lack of maintenance, safety equipment can – and does – fail, leaving construction workers with disabling injuries and without a way to pay their bills. If you have been injured by a piece of defective safety equipment in the Denver area, we can help, and we encourage you to contact us for a free consultation.
Answers to FAQs about Defective Safety Equipment Injuries
Q: How Do I Know if a Piece of Safety Equipment was Defective?
Establishing that a piece of safety equipment is defective requires a thorough factual investigation and careful legal analysis. As a result, you cannot truly know whether a piece of equipment was defective until you speak with an attorney. If it seems like something went wrong, or if a piece of safety equipment did not protect you like it was supposed to, you should hire an attorney to investigate.
Q: Who is Liable for Injuries Resulting from Defective Safety Equipment?
When a defective product causes an injury, the manufacturer and any other parties in the “chain of distribution” (such as distributors and wholesalers) can potentially be held liable. If the issue was not technically a “defect” but rather a lack of maintenance, the company responsible for maintaining the equipment may be to blame. If a worker was using the equipment improperly or had installed it incorrectly, his or her employer may be responsible for your losses.
Q: What if I was Using the Equipment Improperly?
If a piece of equipment is defective, it is defective. If the question of whether you were using the equipment improperly comes up in your case, we will seek to prove that it was the equipment – not your “improper” use – that led to your injury. But, you should not assume that your use was improper. In fact, you should not make any assumptions about your case until you speak with an attorney.
Q: Why Should I Hire a Lawyer?
When you get injured on a construction site in an accident involving a piece of defective safety equipment, you potentially have several sources of compensation available. Not only may you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer, but you may be entitled to recover full compensation from various third parties as well. Hiring an experienced attorney is the only way to ensure that you both: (i) hold all of the responsible parties accountable, and (ii) claim the full compensation you deserve.
Contact Our Denver Personal Injury Law Firm for a Free and Confidential Consultation
For more information about seeking compensation for injuries caused by defective safety equipment on a construction site, contact Levine Law for a free and confidential consultation with our personal injury lawyers in Denver. We do not charge any fees unless we win your case. What is your case worth? Find out. Call (303) 333-8000 or contact us online to speak with an experienced attorney today.