Denver Defective Construction Equipment Lawyers
If a Dangerous Piece of Machinery Caused an Injury, Our Team Can Help You Bring a Claim
Construction is one of the most dangerous fields to work in: Anyone who spends 45 years or more on the job is more likely than not to experience a disabling injury. Construction sites are full of hazards, including defective equipment and machinery. Even in a highly controlled work environment, equipment that is poorly designed or has been made with subpar components can malfunction when in use and cause serious accidents.
For most people injured on the job, workers’ compensation is touted as a way to regain lost wages and reimbursement for your medical needs. However, the amount you are awarded may pale in comparison to the long-term costs of a severe or catastrophic injury. If you were injured because of an equipment defect, you may be able to file a claim for compensation against the company that designed or made the dangerous machinery. Our lawyers can help you explore your legal options so you can maximize your compensation.
We have an in-house engineering team to analyze product defects and over 50 years of experience fighting for innocent individuals who were injured by dangerous products. Call The Gilbert Law Group® today at (888) 711-5947 to schedule a free consultation with our team.
Hazards from Defective Construction Equipment
The equipment used on construction sites is made for high-powered maneuvers: lifting heavy objects, ensuring strong connections between different parts of a building, and more. In recognition of the danger inherent to working with raw materials and in-progress structures, the machinery used for such pursuits should be carefully designed and manufactured to ensure worker safety. Further, it should come with fail-safes and other safety features like emergency shut-offs that can prevent an error from turning into a catastrophe.
These common-sense safety measures are not difficult to implement, but they cost more than many companies are willing to pay. To our team, the idea of putting your own profits before the safety of people who use your products is abhorrent. We believe when someone is hurt because a company released dangerous equipment onto the market, that company should have to pay for all expenses and losses a victim faces.
What Defective Design Looks Like
A surprising number of products are designed only to minimum viable standards—meaning the product works but is lacking important functionalities. For example, forklifts, which are meant to carry heavy loads, are dangerous even when operated correctly. To reduce accidents, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends no forklift ever be driven at above 5 mph. However, many forklifts do not come with a speedometer, making it impossible for a worker to know if they are following safety guidelines.
Other design oversights that affect construction equipment include a lack of built-in guards/covers for moving parts that workers could be caught in; a hard-to-access emergency shut-off switch; failure to include automatic overrides for dangerous uses; and more.
How Defective Manufacturing Can Cause Accidents
Even when a piece of equipment is designed well, it can still be dangerous if it is made with substandard parts or materials. Cranes, forklifts, bulldozers, backhoes, and other large vehicles can fail when in use. Common parts that malfunction include:
- Hydraulic systems
- Mast assembly
- Hoist lines
- Safety devices
When an equipment operator loses control due to equipment failure, there is little that can be done to prevent an accident. This type of catastrophe can only be prevented during the manufacturing phase.
When Is an Equipment Designer or Manufacturer Liable?
If you are not sure whether you have a case against a third-party equipment maker after a construction site accident, ask yourself this question:
Was your accident caused, in full, by the mistakes or negligence of someone at your company? Or might it have been prevented or mitigated if your equipment had worked to the highest standards?
Many workplace accidents have multiple causes, and while human error is often a factor, the designers and/or manufacturers of heavy machinery may be implicated as well. If you think a piece of faulty equipment caused or contributed to your injury, reach out to our team for a completely free consultation. We can help investigate your case and explain your legal options.
Call our Denver construction equipment defect attorneys at (888) 711-5947 today. We have the skill and resources to handle major cases.
Leaders in Product Liability
We’ve taken on big corporations like Ford, Chrysler, General Motors, and other automakers to protect the rights of injured consumers.
Nationally Recognized Personal Injury Law Firm
Our Firm is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and a recipient of "Best Law Firms" by U.S. News.
Making the World Safer
After being challenged by our lawyers, major companies have pulled defective products off the market.
Engineering Team on Staff
The Gilbert Law Group® is the only firm in the U.S. to have an in-house engineering team to assess and explain product defects.
Over One Billion Dollars Recovered
Since 1969, we have fought aggressively for our clients, never turning away from even the most formidable opponents.
When you are facing complex legal issues and high-profile defendants, you need a lawyer who knows how to fight these battles. Our team has taken on some of our nation’s biggest corporations and, with the help of our network of professional consultants and our skilled in-house engineering team, can help jurors make sense of highly technical evidence.
Record Trial Court Verdict - Products Case $52,000,000
Truck Burn Injury $51,100,000
Record Trial Verdict - Rear-end Collision $43,200,000
Jury Verdict Brain Damage Case $35,000,000
Heavy Truck Fire Case $29,500,000
Bad Faith Insurance - Head On Auto Collision $17.8 Million
Record Jury Verdict - Seat Belt Failure $17,500,000
Auto Accident $9,500,000
Auto Defect $9,000,000
Wrongful Death $8,400,000
While workers deserve compensation after being injured by a faulty piece of equipment or machinery, these cases can be difficult to fight. Our team is ready to help you pursue justice, even against huge national companies. We have fought—and won—against some of America’s biggest corporations, including automakers like GM and Toyota. We will not back down from a powerful opponent, nor will we accept anything less than justice on your behalf.
With the nation’s first and only in-house engineering team, The Gilbert Law Group® is well-equipped to take on defective product lawsuits. Our lead engineer has personally designed and modeled safer alternatives for consumer products to demonstrate to judges and juries how a defect has caused a severe and preventable injury. We have won over $1 billion for our clients, helping them get their lives back on track after serious accidents. Ask our team how we can help you in a free, no-obligation consultation.