Lawsuit Filed by Man Struck by Falling Debris in Myrtle Beach
One of the two workers injured at a construction site in Myrtle Beach has filed a lawsuit seeking compensation for his injuries. The man was injured when debris fell from the 25-story project located along Ocean Boulevard. Timothy Duarte filed a civil suit in Horry County civil court claiming that he requires extensive medical treatment as a result of his injuries from the March 2018 incident.
Duarte’s claim names BMW Rebar Company, as well as LaborQuick Constructions Staffing, Landmark Builders of SC, and others as defendants.
According to the lawsuit, a BMW Rebar employee was using a large crane to lift a reinforcement bar to the top of the building. Duarte was on an elevator platform at the site. The rebar broke during the lifting process and fell onto the elevator platform where Duarte was standing. It hit him in the head and body.
The lawsuit states that Duarte initially required “significant medical treatment” and further ongoing care will be required long-term.
According to Duarte’s lawsuit, the companies involved in the project were responsible for maintaining a safe working environment. The lawsuit claims negligence based on the fact that the area had not been safeguarded and the crane operator was not acting safely.
Duarte has asked for an unspecified amount of compensation for his injuries in the suit. There is no word yet if any other parties affected by the incident will also be filing suit.
What Happens When Someone is Injured at a Construction Site?
Construction sites can be extremely dangerous. Whether you are working at the site, visiting the site a part of your job, or just happen to be in the area, it’s possible to be injured. In some cases, these injuries are serious and require extensive medical care.
If you’ve been involved in an accident at a construction site, you need to speak to an attorney.
Construction site injuries come in all varieties. They also have a number of different causes. For example, any of the following can lead to a construction site injury:
- Unsafe work environment
- Unsafe operation of equipment
- Lack of protection against falls
- Defective ladders, scaffolding, or other equipment
- Lack of training
- Failure to use appropriate protective gear
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Negligence by property owners or sub-contractors, including architects, engineers, suppliers, and vendors involved in the project
If you or a loved one was injured at your construction site, it’s in your best interests to contact a construction accident attorney. This ensures your legal rights will be protected and it will give you the best opportunity at recovering damages.
For those who work at construction sites, your employer’s workers’ compensation plan might cover your injuries and any time you need to take away from work to heal. However, every case is different and you might need to pursue additional action. There might also be more than one party responsible for your injuries. This is why it’s important to speak to an expert who understands the laws affecting construction site injuries.
For more information or to discuss your case, contact Heavens Law at 888.897.5377 to schedule a free consultation.