Committed to Understanding Construction Work

Because of the many dangers and potentially hazardous conditions that exist on a construction site, if you or a loved one has been severely injured in a construction accident, it is essential that your attorney have the passion and knowledge-base for the many details and intricacies of construction work. At Galiher DeRobertis Waxman, our attorneys are deeply committed to understanding all relevant facets of construction. In addition to veteran attorneys who are well-versed in the field of construction, we have a large network of experts and investigative tools. When there is a construction accident, we know how to find out exactly what went wrong.

We use these resources to help families understand the precise circumstances surrounding their family member’s life-changing injury or death. Through diligent investigation, we uncover the truth about the cause of the injury. While we are not able to undo what went wrong, this investigation often gives our clients a sense of closure, and helps us obtain the maximum possible compensation in each case.

Cases Involving A Fatal Construction Injury

Through hard work and tenacity, our firm was able to recover a large confidential settlement for the family of a Pearl Harbor worker who was fatally injured by an unsafe man-lift.

In an unexpected chain of events, our client entered a man-lift to perform some maintenance work and was lifted approximately 12 stories high. When the maintenance worker was unable to reach the target point of maintenance, the arms of the man-lift locked into an unsafe and unsteady angle, causing the basket to tip and fatally injure the maintenance worker.

Through extensive research, the use of experts and highly-skilled questioning, our team of attorneys discovered that there were similar incidences occurring nationally and internationally involving the exact same piece of equipment.

Our attorneys also discovered that the manufacturer of the man-lift used electronic safety limit switches to prevent the booms from being extended to an unstable position. However, the man-lift manufacturers failed to properly configure those safety switches into a fail-safe mode; meaning that if the switches themselves failed, the booms should have been automatically prevented from extending into an unsafe position.

The switch manufacturer had clear guidelines and instructions for the use of their switches and its use in certain positions. The man-lift manufacturers did not abide by these carefully set forth instructions.

This is one example of a construction accident case. We handle cases individually and will marshal all of our forces to thoroughly investigate and understand how the accident happened. Please contact us immediately if you would like us to help you or a loved one.


The Galiher law firm works tirelessly to obtain the best results for its clients in every case. Through our many years of practice, however, we understand that every case is unique and any recovery is based on the particular facts of the case at hand. Prior results cannot guarantee the results in future cases.