Construction Accident Lawyers in California
Construction occurs all around us, and is a part of daily life. For this reason, construction injuries are not uncommon. They can occur in the workplace, on sidewalks near construction sites, on freeways and highways, and in buildings under construction or in the midst of repairs.
Construction accident injuries can be severe, requiring immediate and/or significant medical attention. The involvement of doctors, hospitals, and ambulances in your initial treatment can be very expensive, and this is before even considering longer-term treatment and rehabilitation that might be necessary.
The potentially permanent affects of a construction accident can greatly diminish the quality of life of both the victim and the victims family. Construction accident injuries such as brain damage, amputation, broken bones, spinal injury, and paralysis such as paraplegia or quadriplegia can irreversibly redirect the course of the victim’s life.
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Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries in California
Construction workers and those who have been injured at a construction or job site, may have grounds for a lawsuit that would seek out compensation for damages, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and any potential loss of future earnings. Such a claim may find the owners of the construction site, the general contractors, subcontractor, or another entity negligent, and deem them liable for damages. This could result in an award, judgment, or settlement against the at fault party.
At Wilshire Law Firm, we understand your needs and what you are facing. We are here to walk with you through the process that is to follow your accident. Our attorney's are very experienced dealing with insurance companies and insurance adjusters. They will go to work on your behalf, to seek out the compensation that you deserve, leaving you to focus on getting better and allow your injuries to heal.
Common Causes of California Construction Accidents
Common causes of injury at a construction site include:
- Weak Hoists
- Dangerous Scaffolding
- Improperly Used Cranes
- Negligently Operated Trucks
- Injuries from Large Tractors
- Accidents with Forklifts
- Injuries from Bulldozers
- Defective Power Tools
- Cuts and Lacerations from Graters
At Wilshire Law Firm, our legal team is comprised of professionals who are patient and kind when working with clients, yet aggressive and tenacious when fighting for our clients. Throughout the years of our practice, we have recovered more than $100 million in settlements and verdicts on behalf of our clients. We understand just how devastating trench accidents can be, which is why we will go the extra mile to help you achieve an optimal case outcome.
If you would like to discuss the specifics of your construction accident case with one of our dedicated lawyers, please call us today at (866) 344-0588. We offer free, comprehensive, no obligation consultations.
Protecting Your Interests in California
As an injured worker, not only do you have the right to pursue workers’ compensation benefits, but you also may pursue a civil jury trial if a third party was involved in your accident. In either case, do not rely on contractors, employers, and insurance companies to give you a fair deal. It is their intent to reduce their costs and increase their profits. They are not on your side. You will likely have to fight if you want to get full and fair compensation for your losses.
Our Construction Injury Lawyers in California Have “The Right Stuff”
Our past successes in countless civil settlements and jury trials allow us to litigate personal injury cases at no expense or risk to you, our client. We operate on a contingency fee basis, meaning you won’t owe us a cent unless we win. If we decide to take on your case, it means we are confident about our chances of success. While we work on your case, you can rest and focus on your health and your family. Contact Wilshire Law Firm today to learn more about how we can help you obtain maximum recovery.
Construction Equipment Injuries
The likelihood of getting injured on a construction site is higher than in other places. According to OSHA, 4,821 workers were killed on the job in 2014, of which 899 (or 20.5%) were killed at construction sites. This means that roughly one in five worker fatalities occur at construction sites. The number of people injured is even higher and runs into the tens of thousands. Many of these injuries and deaths are caused by construction equipment.
Causes of Equipment-Related Injuries
The four top types of equipment-related accidents at construction sites are falls, electrocution, struck by object, and caught-in/between equipment.
- Falls: Falls account for nearly 40% of all construction site deaths and injuries. Many of the falls are caused by defective scaffolding, ladder and other equipment. Falling from a great height can lead to severe injuries and death.
- Electrocution: Workers are electrocuted when mishandling electrical equipment or when using defective electrical equipment, such as electric saws and other power tools. Electrocution accounts for about 8% of construction site deaths and injuries annually.
- Struck by equipment: Being struck by heavy equipment, such as cranes, is a hazard that construction site workers face on a daily basis. About 8% of worker injuries and deaths are caused by objects striking them.
- Caught in/between: Worker are at risk of being caught in or between equipment, machinery and vehicles. Caught in/between accounts for above 4% of all construction deaths.
- Fire: Defective equipment can burst into flames, severely injuring or killing the workers handling them.
Types of Equipment-Related Injuries
Construction equipment injuries are often severe and sometimes fatal because of the massive force of impact. The most common types of construction equipment injuries are:
- Amputation: When workers are struck by or caught between equipment and machinery, their fingers, toes and limbs become so mangled that the only option is amputation. Most victims survive, but many are left disabled for life.
- Broken or fractured bones: Broken and fractured bones of the arms, legs and ribs are common injuries related to falls, struck by equipment and caught in/between accidents.
- Cuts and lacerations: Cuts and lacerations are mostly not fatal, but result in severe pain and disfigurement. They are often caused by contact with moving parts or sharp edges of equipment, such as electric saws.
- Impalement: Improper use of nailers, drills and other power tools can cause impalement, resulting in severe injury or death.
- Eye injuries: Electrical equipment and tools with sharp or pointed edges can cause eye injuries, resulting in temporary or permanent blindness of one or both eyes.
- Muscle and ligament injuries: Overuse of heavy equipment and tools can cause muscle and ligament injures. Some injuries can have long term effects.
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI): A blow to the head by a heavy object can result in traumatic brain injuries (TBI). The victim loses normal function of the brain, which can have serious impacts on his ability to work or live a meaningful life.
- Spine injuries: Falling from a great height, such as from the top of a scaffolding, and being hit by heavy equipment can cause spine injuries ranging from chronic lower back pain to paralysis.
- Loss of hearing: Failure to wear hearing protection can result in loss of hearing while using machinery such as a jack hammer.
How to Receive Compensation
Construction site injuries are often covered by workers’ compensation, a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees injured on the job. In exchange, the employee loses their right to sue their employer. If your accident did not involve a third party, then workers’ compensation may be your only option.
However, you may take legal action if another party besides your employer was involved in the accident. If you think you have a case, then consult with personal injury lawyers who are experienced in handling construction injury cases.
California Trench Accidents
Trenches, even ones that are no more than chest deep, pose a high risk of injury and fatality to construction workers if the proper safety measures are not in place to guard against cave-ins and other catastrophic incidents. Unfortunately, not all construction sites are tightly regulated, and trench accidents cause too many injuries and fatalities each year.
Trench accidents fall into several categories:
- Collapse/Cave-in – Improper shoring can cause a trench to collapse, leaving workers in the trench buried and crushed.
- Fall – Workers can accidentally step and fall into an unguarded trench. They can also sustain an injury if they are standing on the lip of an improperly shored trench that gives way.
- Heavy machinery falling into/collapsing trench – When heavy machinery strays too close to a trench, it can fall into the trench, injuring the workers within, or cause the trench to collapse with its sheer weight.
Injuries that result from trench accidents are often serious in nature. They include traumatic brain injury, bone fractures, nerve damage, amputation, disfigurement, and even death.
Get Help from our California Construction Accident Attorney
The personal injury lawyers at Wilshire Law Firm represent people who have suffered serious catastrophic injury caused by negligence at construction sites and building sites and understand the many factor involved.
An experienced, aggressive personal injury attorney can help to assess the maximum values of full compensation for loss of earnings, pain and suffering, medical expenses, and often help to arrange for medical treatment which may be otherwise difficult to obtain for someone who does not have medical insurance or a doctor who can work on a lien basis.
A Wilshire Law Firm construction accident injury lawyer has experience in providing aggressive personal injury legal representation and effective results for our clients. We are a client-focused firm and we are here to help by providing quality service and answer any questions you may have by calling (800) 522-7274.
If you or someone you know was injured in an accident in a building under construction or at a construction site, please contact an attorney at Wilshire Law Firm for a free consultation at our office or ask us to come to you and will meet at a time and place that is convenient to you during your difficult time.