Long Beach Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction is booming all across the United States and Long Beach is no exception. Leading the country in rates of injury and death, construction sites are no doubt a dangerous place for construction workers as well as bystanders and passersby. Driving through the streets of Long Beach, you are likely to see several construction projects on a daily basis. While this level of development provides jobs and growth for our community, the possibility of injury is always a concern.
“The Fatal Four”
OSHA labeled the “fatal four” leading causes of deaths on construction sites as falls, electrocution, being struck by an object or being caught/stuck between two objects. An unbelievable one out of every five worker fatalities was in construction and nearly 4% of all construction workers have suffered injuries severe enough to require lost time from work or to have job restrictions or transfers imposed.
The Problem With Workers’ Compensation
California Worker’s Compensation Laws can limit your compensation to a small percentage of your regular wages. This is generally not even close to being sufficient to compensate a construction injury victim for a possible lifetime of disability and loss of work.
Many factors can determine the outcome of your case, including your employment situation and the extent to which your employer is responsible for your injuries. An experienced construction accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Brent. A. Duque can answer any questions you may have and will fight on your behalf to ensure that you receive the medical care and monetary benefits you are entitled to.
Third Party Liability
A construction worker who was hurt on the job might be eligible to recover further compensation in addition to Workers’ Compensation. Let’s say an electrician working for 123 Electrician Contractors was on a ladder working. Signs and warnings were posted in the electrician’s work area, but the ladder was hit by a van driven by ABC Contractors when the driver was distracted by his phone. He never saw the warnings, the ladder or the electrician. As a result of the fall, the electrician suffers a permanent injury.
Because ABC is a separate and distinct business entity, California law permits the electrician to bring a personal injury lawsuit against ABC and its driver at the same time he pursues his workers’ compensation claim. That’s called third party liability. Damages in the third party liability personal injury lawsuit aren’t limited like those in a workers’ compensation claim. While seeking 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.
Others Get Injured Too
While construction workers are the likeliest to get injured or killed on or around a construction site, motorists, pedestrians or bystanders may also become injured. A pedestrian or bystander could be injured by a falling tool or piece of construction debris. A motorist may be injured by a truck or by a heavy equipment operator. Even though these people are independent of 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 wrongly involved and injured, we invite you to contact us as soon as you can about this.
At the Long Beach 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 Attorney 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.