Each year, thousands of construction workers suffer injuries while on the job. The Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration has stated that out of nearly 5,000 worker casualties in the private industry in 2017, about 20% happened in construction.
Accidents that happen in a construction site can occur through a variety of methods. According to OSHA, the four most fatal-causing accidents happen from being struck by an object, caught in between objects, falls, and electrocutions. While most accidents will not cause fatal injuries, they can cause serious life-changing injuries.
If you were injured while working in a construction site, you should know that there are laws that protect your right to monetary compensation. Here, we will discuss what you should know about filing a claim.
Should You File a Workers’ Compensation Claim, or a Personal Injury Claim?
A majority of construction accidents cases will give rise to a workers’ compensation claim. Under very specific situations, an injured worker will be able to file a civil claim outside of the California Division of Workers’ Compensation. If your injury was caused as a result of your employer’s negligence or the company you work for does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, you may be able to file a separate civil action.
Injuries on California Construction Sites Caused By Negligent Third Parties
Generally, construction projects require contractors and subcontractors. For instance, many construction companies will have projects that require other skills that the company itself does not have, such as expert paining or dry-walling. If the accident occurred because of a careless third-party, a personal injury lawsuit can be filed against that party for restitution.
When it comes to negligence, there are many multiple parties that could be held responsible. When there is an equipment failure or if a tool was defective because of a negligent design, this may open grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. Additionally, if chemicals were used in the construction site and these were mislabeled, the responsible product shipper can be held responsible.
Obtain the Legal Representation You Need To Obtain the Restitution You Deserve After a Construction Accident
Construction sites harbor a multitude of dangerous conditions; nonetheless, it is important to know that you have the right to a safe work environment. If you have been injured when working at a construction site, seek the legal representation of a knowledgeable attorney. An attorney who has experience in construction site accidents can help you determine who the responsibility party is and what the best legal action to take is.
Attorney Albert E. Hirst has dedicated his career in support of those who have been injured as a result of negligence. If you were injured at a construction site, seek the legal support of a proficient and experienced attorney. Filing a claim after a construction accident can be very complex. In many cases, even if you are offered a settlement, it may not be the amount you truly deserve. Speak to a well-qualified attorney who can represent your case and help defend your rights to a just settlement.