Every year, an incredible number of people are injured in cell phone tower accidents. This includes workers who sustain severe and even fatal injuries. In addition to cell phone tower workers, members of the community are injured in accidents of this nature as well. A stark reality associated with cell phone tower accidents is that time and again cell phone providers or cell phone carriers have proven themselves capable of dodging legal responsibility for these types of accidents.
Complex Web of Subcontracting Shields Cell Phone Carriers
A study involving 50 cell phone tower worker deaths revealed that major carriers were able to avoid scrutiny, let alone liability, in many instances. Major carriers have been able to fairly regularly shield themselves from liability for injuries and deaths involving workers engaged in different capacities at cell phone towers. These include:
- Tower construction workers
- Tower repair workers
- Tower maintenance workers
Major cell phone carriers or service providers have been able to protect themselves by using a multiple layered system of contractors to undertake necessary work related to cell phone towers. The bottom line is that in nearly all cases, construction, repair, and maintenance workers at a cell phone tower site are not employees of a major cell phone carrier – even though such a service provider is the ultimate corporate beneficiary of the work of these individuals.
The reality is that in most situations a cell phone carrier would share in legal responsibility for a worker injured or killed while on a project associated with a provider’s cell phone tower. Because of the multiple contractors and subcontractors apt to be involved in a particular cell phone tower project, putting the proverbial pieces together to reach the carrier in a personal injury or wrongful death claim can be seemingly impossible.
Radically Rapid Expansion of Cell Phone Towers
One of the most significant reasons why cell phone tower accidents have been on the upswing is found in the fact that these structures are being built at a frantic pace. According to the previously mentioned study on cell phone tower accidents, a decade ago a typical cell phone tower construction company built four towers during the course of a year. At this juncture in time, a typical cell phone tower construction may have 40 pending erection contracts pending.
The rapid demand from carriers for new towers has resulted in workers being placed in even a more perilous position. They not only are working in harm’s way by the very definition of the construction, repair, and maintenance of cell phone towers but are being forced to work at a very fast pace. This reality raises the risk of injuries for cell phone workers, including serious and fatal injuries.
In the final analysis, it is always the cell phone service provider who sets the timeframe for which a construction, repair, or maintenance project must be completed. Contractors lose money if they don’t make the deadlines established by cell phone carrier companies. This applies to construction, repair, and maintenance projects. This is yet another reason why work on cell phone towers carries forth at what fairly can be described as a frantic pace.
Legal Rights Following a Cell Phone Tower Accident
If you’ve been injured in a cell phone tower accident, or if you’ve lost a family member in a fatal incident of this nature, The Doan Law Firm at (800) 349-0000 is here for you. Our cell phone tower accident hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, including all major holidays.
The Doan Law Firm is a nationwide law practice. We’ve offices located from coast to coast in the United States. We can schedule a no-obligation, no-cost initial consultation with a cell phone tower accident lawyer at any one of our 40 offices. We can also schedule an appointment at your home or any other location that is convenient for you. A virtual consultation and case evaluation can be arranged online as well.
The Doan Law Firm makes an attorney fee guarantee to you. Our firm will never charge an attorney fee unless we win your case for you. We will fight tirelessly for you for justice and the compensation you deserve.