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Far too often, as Phoenix personal injury attorneys, we see wounded, even permanently impaired, Arizona construction workers who never avail themselves of their rights under the personal injury system. Many construction site accidents are caused by other subcontractors or workers at the jobsite who fail to follow OSHA standards and other laws related to workplace safety. Disregarding acceptable standards of caution in a construction trade, and causing injury to someone else, often opens the floodgates for claims to be made in addition to workers’ compensation. This happens without forfeiting any available rights pertaining to the workers’ compensation claim. Personal injury claims are made in addition to, not instead of, the workers’ compensation claim.

It is important not to allow the type of construction accident that has occurred to get in the way of a proper analysis. There is no restriction that dictates which types of construction accident allow personal injury claims to be brought. That’s why it’s vital to find a skilled attorney to review a claim and see if more compensation can be sought outside of workers’ compensation.

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Causes for construction accidents vary and are dependent on the type of job. Dangers include falling objects, working with live electricity, explosive chemicals, equipment failures, and injuries relating to slips and falls. These tend to be the most common type of construction related injuries.

The causes of accidents can be attributed to negligence on the part of general contractors, sub-contractors, vendors, and employees. Such are the extreme dangers that exist on almost every job site throughout the country, which can often lead to construction accidents that then can cause life-threatening conditions. Accidents on construction sites may require reconstructive surgery or amputation, or even result in serious brain injury. Some other incidents may leave construction workers with lifelong conditions that disfigure their bodies and negatively impact their ability to work or even pay for their own care.

Though workers’ compensation may cover a lot of the injuries associated with construction accidents, the monetary value of many workers’ compensation claims are not enough to provide for all the damages that are associated with meeting the workers’ fiscal responsibilities associated with the accident.

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Unfortunately, construction sites can be very dangerous places. Even for those who try to be careful and follow all of the safety requirements under OSHA, they can suffer injuries as a result of the negligence of others. Far too many people are injured due to falls that occur on jobsites in Arizona. Many times, these falls would have been prevented had other subcontractors on the scene been more aware of following fall protection standards under OSHA guidelines.

However, there are many personal injury lawyers that do not handle construction accident injury cases or do not have any experience in finding the right experts to pursue them. For those who have been seriously injured in a construction site accident and need answers, it is best to find the top construction accident lawyer in Arizona that you can seek out. Many times, people injured in construction accidents have the right to not only a workers’ compensation claim for the construction accident but also have the right to make an injury claim as an added for of compensation that will not hurt the workers’ comp claim.

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The right to punitive damages is among the most misunderstood concepts in Arizona law. As Arizona personal injury lawyers, we want to illuminate the confusion between compensatory and punitive damages.

Compensatory damages simply allow reimbursement for a loss. The purpose of compensatory, or general, damages is to make the injury victim whole. What is often called pain and suffering– or the loss of enjoyment of life– is a part of compensatory damages.

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In a construction accident in Arizona, a photograph may be the difference between prevailing over a devastating injury and facing financial ruin.

Construction accident claims in Arizona aren’t simple. Many hurt in construction accidents seek reimbursement only from workers’ compensation. In plenty of cases, workers’ compensation in Arizona is the only possible recovery. However, workers hurt in construction trades are able and entitled to bring a claim against a third party who negligently caused the injury. Most Arizona construction workers don’t know they may have the right to bring this claim. Since they don’t know their rights, they fail to get photo evidence at the job site.

Construction sites change quickly and evidence can be destroyed or altered within moments. It’s vital to inform anybody who has suffered a jobsite injury that photographs of the site must be taken immediately.

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Too many Arizona construction workers suffer serious injuries without seeking aid from the best Arizona construction accident attorney because they don’t know their rights. All too often, those seriously hurt on the job look only to workers’ compensation as the most direct remedy after on-the-job injuries.

However, workers’ compensation does not pay full wages. Workers’ compensation provides no money for the loss of enjoyment of life, pain, and other general damages available in a personal injury situation.

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We usually imagine gunshot wounds or fights with dangerous assailants when we hear of officers killed in the line of duty. But often our police officers die at the hands of negligent drivers on our roads. According to one account, of 132 officers killed in our country in 2008, no less than 59 were killed in automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, and train accidents combined. In Arizona four patrolmen tragically lost their lives in 2008.

No feeling equals the heartache and sadness of families who lose a police officer. And many police officers are the primary income to their families.

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Is there a formula for determining how much can be won from an insurance company after injury in an auto accident? Are you wondering if you can simply multiply the medical bills by two or three and then make the claim? Or is there some kind of a schedule for compensation after automobile accidents in Arizona personal injury cases? The answer is: No.

Therefore, though I am a certified specialist in Arizona wrongful death litigation, I question reports that provide a “compensation calculator.” While I cannot speak as to how every system works, I find it unreasonable to think that a formula exists for injury claim payments.

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In the aftermath of a construction accident when a loved one has been injured or killed, the last thing on families’ mind is contacting an experienced Tuscon construction accident lawyer. However, in such cases, the hours and days following the accident are crucially important as the victim’s family may be pressured to sign documentation that they do not fully understand. These documents often limit their options for compensation from those responsible for the accident. In many cases, construction accidents occur due to lax safety measures. If you or a family member is injured or killed in a construction site accident, contact the Arizona personal injury law firm of Breyer Law Offices P.C.

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When we think about brave police officers being killed in the line of duty, we usually think about gunshot wounds or fights with dangerous assailants. However, far too often our police officers are killed because of negligent drivers on our roadways. According to one report, 132 officers were killed in our country in 2008. Of that, no less than 59 police officers were killed in automobile accidents, motorcycle accidents, being hit by vehicles, and train accidents combined. In Arizona, according to reports, 4 police officers tragically lost their lives in 2008.

There is nothing that can replace the heartache and sadness to those families who have lost a police officer in the line of duty. To make matters worse, many police officers are the primary income to their families. Obviously, a police officer and mother/father are much more than just “bread winners.”

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