$1.75 million settlement

Our personal injury lawyers won a $1.75 million settlement for N.T.'s injuries at a work site.

Construction accidents and injuries can be severe and life threatening, whether they are a result of falling from scaffolding, being crushed by heavy equipment, or suffering severe heat stroke while working on a roof.  In 2021, nearly 1 in 5 workplace deaths occurred in the construction industry in the United States, making it the deadliest occupation on record, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.  Just over one-third of construction deaths were due to slips, trips, and falls.  In fact, the construction industry accounted for 46.2% of all fatal slip and fall accidents in the U.S. in 2021.  A recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report captures data showing  just how dangerous construction jobs can be.

More than 11 million U.S. workers are employed in the construction industry, meaning construction accidents and injuries are not uncommon.  According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) statistics:

  • 36.4% of construction fatalities were falls to a lower level
  • 15.4% of construction fatalities were struck-by accidents
  • 7.2% of construction deaths were due to electrocution
  • 5.4% of construction deaths were caught-in/between incidents.

When it comes to non-fatal construction injuries, the numbers are also very high.  There were 169,200 non-fatal construction accidents and injuries recorded in 2021, and about 40% of these injuries require days off work.  U.S. full-time construction workers lose 24.2 million hours off work annually due to construction accidents.

If you have been hurt due to a construction accident or injury, you could be entitled to financial compensation.  If your loved one died in a construction accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit.  A skilled and experienced construction accident lawyer at Stephenson Rife will thoroughly investigate the accident, assess your claim, and explain your legal options.  For a free consultation about your case, call us at (317) 680-2501.

At Stephenson Rife, we’ll leave no stone unturned to investigate the cause and conditions of your construction injury accident.  We will fight on your behalf to hold the negligent parties accountable.

Why Choose Stephenson Rife as Your Construction Accident & Injury Lawyer?

Dealing with the aftermath of a catastrophic injury accident can be daunting and scary because the injuries are often severe and traumatic. At Stephenson Rife, we’re proud of our record of success and the level of exceptional client service we provide.  Here are reasons why we believe we are your best choice for a personal injury attorney:

  • Documented Proficiency: Serving the Central Indiana area since 1976, we bring extensive experience to the table. Our team is well-equipped, with Mike Stephenson bringing more than 40 years of injury-handling expertise and Brady Rife successfully leading both jury and bench trials in serious personal injury cases.
  • Demonstrable Results: Our track record includes securing substantial settlements and verdicts. Testimonials from satisfied clients and case details highlight our commitment to delivering favorable outcomes.
  • Recognized Excellence: Attorneys Mike Stephenson and Brady Rife have earned distinctions as Indiana Super Lawyers and have received prestigious legal awards, attesting to our elevated standing and proficiency in the personal injury field.
  • Cost-Effective Legal Services: We prioritize cost-effectiveness, ensuring our legal services remain accessible. You only pay us if we secure a win for you.

Companies Can Fail to Protect the Very Employees Their Business Depends On, Sometimes Resulting in Construction Worker Deaths.

When construction accidents occur, they often lead to lifelong injuries, disability, or loss of life. While financial compensation cannot make a person whole again, these clients found a measure of closure and the means to move forward by partnering with Stephenson Rife.

  • C.G. was working at an expansion construction site in Indianapolis, Indiana, for a Kroger store. He was working nearly 20 feet in the air on a ladder without proper safety equipment. Proper safety measures were not taken to ensure that the electricity was turned off. C.G. received a shock from a live wire while he was on the ladder and fell off the ladder to his death.
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  • W.W. was a 55-year-old factory worker employed by a Ford manufacturing facility in Indianapolis. He was standing in front of a small trailer that needed to be attached to a Clark tug so the trailer could be moved to a different location in the plant. As W.W. was standing behind the tug to assist the operator of the tug in hooking the trailer, the tug accelerated in reverse and ran over his mid-section, crushing his hips. A thorough and detailed examination of the vehicle shortly after the accident showed that there was a design defect in the acceleration system of the tug.
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  • J.C. was a 34-year-old man working as a pipefitter in a factory as an independent contractor. While working on a Grove lift, J.C. bent over its control panel. The screws holding the guard in place had fallen out. When J.C.’s body bent over the top of the lift, a toggle switched was pushed, and the lift jumped up, pinning him between the top of the lift and the ceiling.
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  • R.K. was pushing a pallet jack when he received an electrical shock from an exposed wire. Before Stephenson’s involvement in the case, the defendants had offered a nuisance-value settlement. After a thorough investigation and hiring the proper expert, Stephenson was able to establish that R.K. would never return to his job.
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Our Indiana construction injury attorneys have been handling complex construction litigation cases for over three decades. The above clients trusted Attorney Mike Stephenson to successfully handle their cases.

You can trust a construction accidents and injuries lawyer at Stephenson Rife to negotiate aggressively with insurance companies.  We’re not afraid to go toe-to-toe with negligent parties to ensure the best outcome possible for you and your family.

Trusted Advisors. Proven Advocates.

State and federal agencies have strict guidelines and regulations to keep construction workers safe while they are working. Employers may ignore these regulations or fail to ensure they are properly followed. Our construction accident lawyers can handle claims that result from:

  • Falls
  • Falling Objects
  • Excavation / Trenching
  • Electrocution
  • Explosions
  • Machinery Accidents
  • Scaffolding Failures
  • Crane Accidents
  • Malfunctioning Equipment
  • Burns
  • Toxic Chemical Exposure
  • Mining Accidents and Injuries.

With Stephenson Rife, you are hiring not only attorney Mike Stephenson, but his entire legal and investigative team.

Compensation You Could Be Entitled To

If you’ve been injured in a construction accident due to someone else’s negligence, you could be entitled to compensation to help you recover financially, physically, and emotionally.  Compensation might include:

  • Medical Expenses: Compensation for medical and hospital bills related to your construction injury, including emergency room visits, doctor’s appointments, surgeries, prescription drugs, rehabilitation, and future medical care.
  • Lost Wages: Compensation for lost wages from your job. This can include future lost income and any reduction in earnings capacity due to your injury.
  • Pain and Suffering: Compensation for the emotional trauma caused by a construction accident and resulting injuries. This could include anxiety, depression, pain, or other emotional distress.
  • Property Damage: Compensation for damage to your property, such as your tools, vehicle, personal belongings, and other items damaged in a construction accident.
At Stephenson Rife, we won’t settle for a financial payout that’s less than your case is worth just so we can hurry and move on to the next case.  You’re not a file number at our law firm, you’re family.

Getting The Right Experts on Your Side Is Critical

Many of our clients’ cases relied, in part, on contributions from top industry experts. In addition to medical experts who have been able to fully explain the significant injuries our clients suffered – even when employers tried to minimize the extent of their injuries – we have leveraged testimony from certified maintenance technicians, forensic specialists, engineers and even the authors of some of those government safety regulations in question.

The defendants in construction accident cases are often big businesses with large amounts of money set aside to fight worker claims. These companies have resources, and they are willing to use them to protect their bottom lines. We have resources, too.

Statute of Limitations for Construction Accidents & Injuries Lawsuit?

You must file your personal injury claim in Indiana within two years of the date of the injury event. Referred to as the “statute of limitations,” this two-year limit applies to both claims involving physical injury. If you miss the two-year window, a judge will likely dismiss your case.  So don’t delay.

Stephenson Rife:  A Big Firm Without the Baggage

High hourly rates are common at large law firms, but not at ours. We can provide cost-effective legal representation. We don’t have to pay rent in a downtown office building, and we don’t have a bureaucracy made up of layers of partners and associates.

We keep things simple. We take your construction accident case, put a team of experienced lawyers on it and take care of it. No excess. No fluff. Just results.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident due to someone else’s negligence, don’t wait to seek legal representation. Contact Stephenson Rife today at (317) 680-2350 to schedule a free consultation.

Attorney Mike Stephenson

Indiana Attorney Mike StephensonMike Stephenson has 40 years of experience and is a trusted advisor to many individuals and companies. His current practice is dominated by civil litigation in state and federal courts. He focuses much of his time on handling catastrophic injuries caused by all types of accidents, including motor vehicle, trucking, workplace injuries, product liability, and fire, just to name a few. He also works extensively in construction accidents. [ Attorney Bio ]

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