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Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction careers are demanding. Workers must be strong and willing to put themselves in situations that can be dangerous if things go wrong. They may be required to use heavy equipment that could potentially be mishandled or perform work hundreds of feet off the ground.
Unfortunately, there are situations in which things go wrong-either entirely accidentally or because of negligence or misconduct on the part of the employer. In these situations, it’s the construction employees who suffer. In the worst-case scenario, they lose their life, but others suffer permanent injuries including amputations, spinal cord injuries, and traumatic brain injuries.
Construction Site Safety
Just because an injury was not supposed to happen does not mean it was entirely accidental. Workers might be pressured to make production a higher priority than safety. Corners might be cut to ensure projects are completed on time or on budget. Where employers have endangered their employees, or where equipment has malfunctioned causing harm, such injuries are wrongful, not accidental and the victims and their families deserve compensation.
Filing a construction injury lawsuit against a negligent employer not only ensures your rights are protected; it helps prevent future accidents from harming more workers.
Our Oakland construction injury attorneys and Sacramento construction injury attorneys are committed to advocating for construction site safety. When employers are held financially responsible for their actions or lack of action it motivates them to change. In some cases, lawsuits have spurred safety regulations that protect workers from construction injuries.
Jobsite safety in the construction industry is vital to protecting the health and well-being of construction workers. We are committed to ensuring that when a lack of safety precautions or measures causes harm to construction workers, those responsible are held accountable.
Construction Worker Injuries
Though construction injuries happen in all job types, there are some areas that are significant sources of wrongful construction worker injuries. These include ironwork, electrical, and heavy machinery.
Ironworkers are construction specialists who often work at great heights while also being required to handle heavy equipment and tools. Among common construction, ironworker accidents are falls and falling objects. Employers are responsible for preventing spills and dropped objects by providing proper harnesses, gear, rigging, training, and safety precautions. Where they fail to do so, they are liable for the resulting harms.
Construction workers are exposed to a variety of electrical hazards, from proximity to power lines to tools that use power and even to machines that can conduct energy from live or faulty wires. With proper training, safety precautions, and equipment maintenance, many electrical injuries are preventable. But sometimes employers fail to take reasonable safety measures to protect workers from shocks, burns, and electrocution. In such cases, employers must be held accountable for the resulting injury.
Heavy Machinery Injuries
Construction workers frequently work around or on heavy machinery, such as cranes, forklifts, and bulldozers. Employers are responsible for ensuring vehicles are properly maintained and workers are properly trained to use the heavy machinery. Not doing so is negligent on their part and they are liable for any injuries workers sustain as a result of that negligence.
Other Construction Injuries
There are many other types of construction injuries that cause considerable harm to construction workers and their families. If you have been injured in any type of construction accident, call our Oakland construction attorneys or our Sacramento construction attorneys to schedule an appointment to discuss your legal options.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
1. Who can I sue if I was injured working at a construction site?
Every construction site accident is different and requires a thorough review of the facts before determining whether a construction accident lawsuit can be filed and who it can be filed against. Depending on your circumstances, you may have to file a workers’ compensation claim, or you may be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the property owner, anyone whose negligence contributed to your injury or the manufacturers of any construction equipment or tools that caused your injuries.
2. Can I file a construction accident lawsuit?
You may be able to file a personal injury or product liability lawsuit, depending on the circumstances surrounding your injury. An experienced construction accident lawyer can review your case and advise you of your legal options, so you can make an informed decision.
3. What are common construction site accidents?
Unfortunately, there are too many construction accidents that are all too common. Among the fatal four accidents identified by the Department of Labor’s Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) are falls, being struck by an object, being electrocuted, or being caught in or between objects. Those types of accidents were responsible for 64.2 percent of construction worker deaths in 2015.
4. What damages can I recover in a construction accident?
Depending on your accident, you could recover compensation for lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation, and pain and suffering. If you are a survivor whose loved one died in a construction accident, you could recover economic losses and loss of companionship.
5. Do I have to file a workers’ compensation claim?
That depends on the specific factors involved in your accident. You may be required to file a workers’ compensation claim.
6. Can I file a lawsuit if I was a subcontractor at the site?
It’s possible for a subcontractor to file a lawsuit against the owner or general contractor, depending on the accident itself. If either party was negligent or failed to maintain the working conditions in a safe and reasonably hazard-free manner, they may be liable for your injuries. It may also be possible to file a lawsuit if your injury was the result of defectively designed or improperly maintained equipment.
7. How long does a construction accident lawsuit take to settle?
That depends on how complex your case is. Not all lawsuits will result in a construction accident settlement. Some require a decision from the courts. In some cases, claims are resolved in months, but others can take more than a year. A construction accident lawyer can determine a reasonable timeline so you know what to expect throughout the process.
8. Why do I need a construction accident attorney?
The law concerning construction injuries and accidents is highly complex and there are many factors at play in a construction accident. There are also many factors to consider when filing a lawsuit, including any time limits on filing claims. An experienced construction accident attorney can help you with the process and determine whether you have a valid claim.
9. What should I do if I have been in a construction accident?
If you have received a construction injury, seek medical attention as soon as possible. It’s important that you have a doctor diagnose any injuries and get necessary treatment started quickly. Write down your recollection of the accident and, if you can, take photos of the accident scene. Contact a lawyer as early in the process as possible, so the lawyer can ensure evidence is preserved and witnesses are interviewed.
Benjamin Bunn, of counsel for Cutter Law and attorney at Bunn Law Group, PC, in San Diego, for 28 years has recovered millions of dollars for his clients in successful construction accident litigation. Having grown up surrounded by people involved in the construction industry, he started his law career representing construction workers who were injured on the job and has many verdicts and settlements in favor of workers in various construction trades.
John Roussas, a partner at Cutter Law, has years of experience of successful construction litigation.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, make sure your rights are protected. Our Sacramento construction injury lawyers, Oakland construction injury lawyers, and San Diego of counsel construction attorneys are available to discuss your options and explain your rights to you. Contact Cutter Law for a free consultation either by phone at 888-285-3333 or filling out this form.