The construction industry is one of the most dangerous industries to work in, according to recent studies. All too often, workers are put at risk of death or other catastrophic injuries, thanks to employers who cut corners, equipment that is defectively designed, and hazardous working conditions.
Following is a list of frequently asked questions regarding construction injuries. These answers are general. For answers to questions about your case specifically, please contact one of the highly experienced Sacramento and Oakland attorneys at Cutter Law, who can review your case and advise you of your rights.
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.
Our construction accident attorneys are extraordinarily experienced at construction industry litigation. We’ve recovered millions of dollars for our clients who were harmed in construction incidents. Our lawyers are committed to protecting your rights and ensuring you’re properly compensated for your injuries.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact our Sacramento construction injury lawyers or Oakland construction industry lawyers to discuss your rights.