Construction Accidents Are Often Catastrophic
Accidents, injuries, and death are unfortunately common in the construction industry, making it one of the most dangerous occupations in America, but even more unfortunate is that these accidents are preventable. Most accidents are caused by negligent conduct on the construction site such as a construction company’s negligent training or site management, a negligent subcontractor, or even a negligent trespasser.
Common Causes Of Workplace Accidents
Falls are consistently the number one cause of fatal construction accidents, but there are many other dangers that construction workers face on the job every day as well. Even when construction accidents are not fatal, injuries are often severe and debilitating. Common types of construction accidents include the following:
- Falls from buildings, ladders, or scaffolding
- Struck or run over by construction equipment
- Chemical, heat, or electrical burns
- Equipment or machinery accidents or malfunction
- Car accidents
Medical bills for construction accident treatment are very high and often, injured construction workers are unable to work, which means that their lost wages leave families with serious financial struggles. That’s where we can help.
Workers’ Compensation And What It Can Do For You
Injured construction workers may seek compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Workers’ compensation recovery is more limited than a civil personal injury claim, but sometimes workers’ compensation is the only option and even limited benefits are better than no benefits.
Since benefits are limited with workers’ compensation, our construction injury attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm exhaust every recovery option in order to determine if anyone outside of the employer is even partially liable for the construction accident. Construction accident personal injury claims are permissible against negligent third parties and these claims, when available, open up financial recovery options for injured construction workers.
How Personal Injury Claims Work
Construction accidents are often busy with many different people and companies including property owners, subcontractors, project managers, designers, and architects. When someone other than the injured construction worker’s employer or coworker is responsible for a construction accident, a third-party personal injury claim may be appropriate.
Unlike workers’ compensation, it will be necessary to prove the third party’s negligence in a civil personal injury claim in order for a plaintiff to recover. As mentioned above, third party claims are desirable because there are fewer restrictions on recoverable damages that may include, but are not limited to medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
After A Wrongful Death, You Have Options
Workers’ compensation typically provides benefits for families who lose a loved one in a construction accident, but a third party claim, if available, for wrongful death has additional recovery options. In a wrongful death claim, close family members may file a claim against the negligent party to recover for their own losses suffered due to losing their family members. These losses may include damages such as lost financial support, loss of companionship, and loss of the value of the deceased’s household services and contributions.
Don’t Wait Any Longer; Call 323-693-1052 Today
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a construction accident in Southern California, contact our construction accident attorney with The Hayes Law Firm to discuss your claim and recovery options.