A construction site is a notoriously dangerous environment that carries significant risk of injury to construction workers. Accidents are going to happen with so many people working at the same work site. On-the-job injuries are a frequent occurrence in every work setting, and most especially at a construction sites. In fact, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 4,405 employees in the United States were severely injured or killed on the job last year.
If an employee (as opposed to an independent contractor) sustains an accidental injury while on the job and in the course of their employment, that employee may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits under California law. In addition, in certain cases, you may be able to sue after a construction site injury, which may result in significantly greater compensation.
If you sustained work-related injuries at a construction site, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The experienced Los Angeles construction accident lawyers at Injury Justice Law Firm LLP, regularly represent injured workers and their dependents and have the necessary legal knowledge and skills to help you obtain the monetary compensation for your injuries that you need and deserve. We have a track record of success and will aggressively pursue maximum compensation for your construction accident lawsuit in Los Angeles County. If you have been injured at a construction site, your first step is to call a Los Angles personal injury lawyer at our office to review all the specific details of the accident in order to determine legal options. Your consultation is free and we never charge a fee unless we win your case.
Here are some of the more common injuries that people sustain in accidents that occur on and around construction sites:
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Head injuries are frequently suffered on construction sites from falling objects, tools, or materials. These injuries can include lacerations, concussion, or a traumatic brain injury. TBIs can also occur in any accident when a person hits their head on another object, slip and fall and falls from heights. In addition, they can even be caused in the absence of physical contact by explosions or in accidents that involve the head snapping back and forth quickly on the neck.
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries are an extremely serious type of injury that can result in paralysis. They can occur in a wide variety of accidents, including falls of a ladder, scaffolding, or other high sections of the build site. Spinal cord injuries can lead to partial or full paralysis, life-long disability, and brain damage.
- Burns and Scarring– Burns are an unfortunate common injury that is sustained in construction site accidents. They can be caused by accidental fires, explosions, electrical accidents, contact with dangerous chemicals, power tools, as well as many other hazards that are common to active construction sites.
- Cuts and Lacerations – Construction site workers frequently sustain cuts and lacerations to their skin from poorly maintained or defective tools and unsecured machine equipment. These types of injuries can lead to infection if not properly treated.
- Broken Bones and Fractures – Due to the heavy machinery required in construction site work, some of the most common construction injuries include broken, fractured, or even crushed bones. These can occur from bulldozers, cranes, and other heavy equipment that is not properly secured.
- Loss of Limb – Most construction sites are packed with heavy objects, machinery, and materials. If one falls on a construction worker. It can cut off a limb, finger, or toe. If limbs are crushed or severely mangles, it might require an amputation.
- Hearing Loss – Due to the extremely loud noises from heavy machinery, hearing loss is a common construction site injury. If a worker fails to wear earplugs while operating a jackhammer or other loud equipment, it can affect their hearing. If a construction worker is struck by an object of the side of their head, it might lead to partial or total loss of hearing.
- Heat Stroke – Many construction sites require year around work, regardless of the weather conditions. For workers in extremely hot environments, this can pose a hazard. Overexposure to the sun during the heat of summer can frequently cause a worker to suffer a heat stroke, which often comes with lightheadedness, nausea, or even fainting. If not property treated, heat stokes can lead to brain or kidney damage, and could even cause death.
Consult with a Los Angeles construction site injury lawyer from our top-ranked law firm for more information about your specific injury.
What Causes Construction Site Injuries?
Some of the most common causes of construction site injuries include the following:
- Operating heavy and dangerous machinery – Heavy and dangerous machinery and equipment primarily includes construction equipment, such as cranes, forklifts, diggers, and other tools and machines, where the operational dangers are inherent and the risks of serious injury or death are extremely high.
- Electrocution – Construction workers, builders, and other laborers are around electrical wires on a daily basis, potentially exposing themselves to faulty wiring and/or on-the-job electrocution, resulting in serious injuries or death.
- Defective equipment – Defective, damaged, or malfunctioning equipment and parts, such as machine parts that are not securely fastened, or equipment that is not properly maintained or repaired, can cause serious injuries or death to construction workers. Workers should look for loose parts on the machinery and equipment which they operate – and look for signs of deterioration or damage.
- Falls – One of the most common types of construction site injuries are falls. Workers are at a significant risk from falls from roofs, scaffolding, ladders, or cranes. Additionally, slip and fall accidents (especially those that occur from tall buildings or structures) have the potential to result in serious injuries in the construction setting.
- Transportation Accidents – Workers who drive construction vehicles, including diggers and dump trucks, as part of their jobs, are exposed to the risk of fatal vehicle accidents and crashes on a daily basis.
- Falling Objects – Construction site workers face the risk of being struck from objects above. These falling objects include tools and materials that are not properly secured. If a construction worker is struck by a falling object, they can sustain serious brain or spinal cord injuries, even if you are wearing a hardhat.
- Fires and Explosions – Many construction sites contain hazardous conditions such as exposed electrical wiring, leaking pipes, and highly flammable chemicals that could lead to a fire or explosion. In some severe cases, it can cause serious injuries or even death.
- Forklift Accident – Most forklift fatalities are caused by the driver attempting to jump from a tipping forklift when their load is too high and they are not wearing a safety belt. Serious neck and back injuries are common in a forklift accident.
Other causes of construction site accidents include, scaffolding accidents, trench collapse, crane accident, and welding accidents. Unfortunately, on-the-job accidents and fatalities involving construction sites oftentimes occur suddenly – and with little or no warning. Our experienced Los Angeles construction site injury lawyers will fight for you and help you to obtain the benefits and compensation that you and your family need and deserve.
Available Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Workers’ compensation benefits are normally available to an injured construction worker when that worker sustains accidental injuries (i.e. without regard to fault), on the job, and while working within the scope of their employment. In the case of a deceased worker, the surviving family members may be entitled to workers’ compensation death benefits.
When Can You Sue after a Construction Site Injury?
California’s workers’ compensation law limits when employees can sue after a workplace injury, as it makes that automatically eligible for benefits regardless of who was at fault for the accident. There are some conditions under which you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit, including the following:
- You were an independent contractor rather than an employee
- If your injury was caused by an independent contractor at the work site
- If your injury was caused by defective work equipment
- If your injury was caused by the intentional conduct of your employer
Because the damages available in a personal injury case typically far exceed those available through the workers’ compensation program, it is always a good idea to have your case reviewed by an attorney at our Los Angeles personal injury law firm.
Contact a Los Angeles Construction Site Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Case
In many cases, the exact causes of a construction site accident are not fully known until an experienced personal injury legal team closely examines all the specific details and circumstances. A skilled Los Angeles constriction site injury attorney at our law office understands the physical, emotional, and financial impact that a construction site injury can have of you and your family. A personal injury lawsuit after a construction site injury can’t take back what has happened, but it could certainly help you recover some of the expenses from the incident and provide a sense of closure. If you or a family member has sustained injuries at a construction site, you may be entitled to monetary compensation under California law.
To schedule a free consultation with a Los Angeles construction site injury lawyer, please call our law office at 310-734-7974. We don’t charge any fee unless we win your case.