A lot of men work on construction sites; millions of workers are spread across the country, and every year, around 150,000 employees are injured on a construction site. Falls usually account for the majority of these injuries, but direct contact with equipment is also a significant cause of many employees’ injuries. Although OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) tries to ensure safe and, well, healthy working conditions for workers by setting and enforcing standards, the unfortunate truth is accidents are going to happen regardless. The question is, "What to do after an accident has occurred?" You contact a construction site injury lawyer who you can trust to represent you.
Construction Accident Lawyer
As a responsible construction worker, it is obviously important to understand the dangers that come with your worksite. You can take all the right precautions, wear all the proper safety equipment, and never take any unnecessary risks that fail to comply with all the worksite safety protocols put in place. However, the reality remains that you can still suffer a detrimental injury while working on the site, even if you think you did everything right. If you are in Los Angeles and you are injured, do not hesitate to contact a Los Angeles injury attorney who will assist you in navigating your injury, whether that involves navigating your state's workers' compensation system or possibly pursuing a legal claim on your behalf. Even though construction sites are dangerous to work on by nature, that does not mean that your supervisor does not have the duty to keep you and your co-workers safe, and it also does not mean that you lose your right to justice and compensation if you suffer an injury.
What Do They Do?
Construction lawyers help a very wide variety of clients, from large construction companies to the individual employees of those companies to property owners, and the list goes on. As a matter of fact, anyone who is involved with the construction process may find themselves in need of the services of a construction lawyer at some point in their lives. Many complex liability issues arise with a construction accident lawsuit, so it is vital to consult an attorney who has experience handling third-party injury claims. You want someone who is not only experienced but also has the tenacious attitude necessary to go against any insurance company that tries to deny their clients the compensation they have been owed.
Types of Accident Claims
If you are injured on a construction site, you may be able to pursue one or more of these types of claims:
- Workers’ Compensation: Injured employees will usually not bring a legal suit against their employer as they have the right to benefits, which are provided through workers’ compensation insurance. To access these benefits, the employee must only prove that the injury occurred, no matter the surrounding circumstances. These claims can be brought along with claims against third parties in order to maximize recovery of damages.
- Personal Injury: To pursue a personal injury lawsuit, the employee has to prove that a third party’s negligence led to their injury.
- Product Liability: If a defective product was the cause of injury, the injured employee can bring a claim against any party in the chain of distribution, for example, if a crane used on the construction site fails because of a defect, or causes an employee to be injured, that employee may be able to recover damages from the manufacturer, the wholesaler, retailer, or any other party in the aforementioned chain of distribution.
- Wrongful Death: If an employee tragically loses their life on the job site, their family may be able to bring a wrongful death claim on the deceased employee’s behalf, and in certain instances, multiple claims can be filed, all at the same time.
Common Causes Of Accidents
Of course, the causes of accidents on construction sites are too numerous to be listed in their entirety, but here are a few examples of causes that can lead to injuries by falling objects, such as a lack of proper training, too heavy of a load, failure to have followed safety precautions, failure to post warning signs, malfunctioning, defective equipment, or faulty parts or materials that lead to a structure collapsing. Every injury has a multitude of possible causes, of course, so it is vital that you carefully examine what exactly could have caused the accident before pursuing a suit.
If you have been injured on a construction site, and especially if it was not your fault, you deserve compensation, and in some more serious cases of negligence or the like, justice. So do not hesitate; when your life is at stake, no effort is too much.