Driving through the busy streets of Glendale, you are likely to witness numerous constructions projects ongoing daily. While development is necessary for the growth of our city, it also increases the likelihood of injury to construction workers, bystanders and passersby. The dangers inherent to the construction industry makes it one of the highest rated in injury and death in the country.
Electrocution, falls, being struck by an object or being caught or stuck in between two objects has been determined by OSHA to be the “fatal four” leading causes of deaths on construction sites. There is no doubt that construction sites are dangerous, but few people realize that nearly 4 percent of all construction workers have suffered injuries that has required them to lose time from work or suffer job restrictions or transfers and that a shocking one out of every five worker fatalities is construction-related.
Any lawsuit you may be entitled to following an injury on a construction site will be affected by California Worker’s Compensation Laws. Such variables as your employment status and the extent to which your employer is liable for your injuries, you are likely to recover only a small percentage of your regular wages, the maximum that workers’ compensation insurance will typically pay. For most victims facing a possible lifetime of disability and loss of work, this is not sufficient compensation.
In the event that your injuries are serious enough that your life will be temporarily or even permanently affected, either because of permanent bodily damage or a change in your ability to work, you will need the expertise of an experienced construction accident attorney at the Law Offices of Brent. A. Duque on your side to ensure that you receive the medical care and monetary benefits you are entitled to.
Depending on the specific factors of an accident, a construction worker who was injured on the job may be eligible to recover further compensation beyond Workers’ Compensation. For example, if an electrician working for Basic Electrical Contractors was on a ladder working and the ladder was hit by a truck driven by XYZ Service Contractors when the driver was distracted, third party liability may come into play.
Because XYZ is a separate and distinct business entity, California law permits the electrician to file a personal injury lawsuit against XYZ and its driver at the same time he pursues his workers’ compensation claim. Damages in the third party liability personal injury lawsuit are not limited like those in a workers’ compensation claim. While pursuing damages in the lawsuit, the injured worker can also collect workers’ compensation benefits for purposes of paying medical bills and keeping their household and family going.
Passing motorists, pedestrians and bystanders also face the possibility of serious injury or death around a construction site. A falling tool or piece of construction material can easily strike a passerby. A motorist, using all necessary due care and caution around the site, can be struck by a truck or by a heavy equipment operator. While these people are independent of anybody working on the construction project, they are still permitted to file a personal injury lawsuit against any companies and employees on the site that they believe were responsible for their injuries. If you have been injured due to negligence on a construction site, we invite you to contact us as soon as you can about this.
At the Glendale Law Offices of Brent A. Duque, we maintain a staff of a highly professional, knowledgeable, aggressive and successful construction site accident attorneys who represent injured people through our offices that stretch across Southern California. Time limitations apply to any injury claim you might have, so for purposes of investigating a possible case and possibly preserving evidence, it’s best for you to contact us immediately after an accident.
Contact our Los Angeles County Personal Injury Attorneys at 1-877-241-9554 to learn more about your legal options. A free consultation is just a phone call away. You can even use our online contact form, and we’ll reply to you quickly.
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