Those working on construction projects often understand the dangers and risks associated with their jobs. In many cases, loss of limbs, fractured bones, scarring, head injuries, amputations and deaths occur at construction sites due to the negligence of one or more parties. While workers’ compensation exists to help cover the financial expenses associated with medical treatments, lost wages and other damages, in some instances, it is not enough to fully compensate the injured for disabilities or permanent losses that he or she incurred due to the incident.
Employers are required to obtain permits to limit accidents in the workplace, to conduct regular inspections and to implement job safety programs as instructed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). Sometimes failure to adhere to safety policies and procedures, negligence and defects in products or equipment can cause construction accidents that could have been prevented. Some of the most common types of construction site incidents are:
- Falls from elevations
- Insufficient training
- Mechanical hazards
- Improper maintenance or use of equipment
- Compressed gases
- Poor safety precautions
- Falling objects
- Collapsed structures
- Defective equipment
Some employers purchase workers’ compensation insurance to protect them from being named in personal injury lawsuits. However, a victim may still be able to pursue a claim against his or her employer if it can be determined that the injury or accident was negligent. An injured party may wish to file a lawsuit with help from a California construction accident lawyer against a third party that may be responsible for the incident such as:
- Prime contractors
- Owner of the construction site
- Engineers and architects
- Subcontractors and contractors
Although you may wish to pursue a claim on your own, it may be difficult to determine if one or more parties should be held responsible for compensation for your injuries. A California construction accident lawyer can review the incident, interview witnesses, procure a police documentation of the accident and speak to insurance companies on your behalf, or any other means in an attempt to help you seek the appropriate compensation for your situation. You may be able to recover damages for trauma, permanent injuries, extensive medical bills, loss of income and other forms of compensation.
Do You Need a California Construction Accident Lawyer?
To determine whether you have a claim if you have been injured in a construction site incident, contact Attorney Group for California. We can provide you with a free case evaluation and answer your questions to help you better understand the legal process. If you decide to pursue a claim, we can connect you with an affiliated California construction accident lawyer who can work to help you seek the compensation to which you may be entitled.