In California, it may seem like there is construction going on everywhere you turn. There is no question that construction workers are an important part of our economy and that they provide a necessary public service. However, it is also true that construction accidents are all too common.
Some workers may feel partially responsible simply by taking on a job they know can be dangerous. This is not an excuse for an unsafe workplace. If you were injured on the job then you may have legal grounds to recover compensation for your damages. Keep reading to find out more and contact The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker at 800-333-0000 for a free legal consultation.
Common causes of construction accidents
Accidents on construction sites can happen for many reasons. Workers are often high above the ground on scaffolding, ladders, and roofs, which results in injuries from falls. It is also common for a construction worker to be injured when an object falls on them. Workers can be injured by tools, equipment, and even construction materials.
Consider as well that electrical wiring is a part of most every construction project. If it is not properly completed, workers can be exposed to faulty connections and wires, which results in a higher risk of electrocution. Trenches, leaking pipes, malfunctioning equipment, fires, explosions – the list of potential hazards on a construction site is nearly endless.
Placing blame in a construction accident
It can be difficult to figure out who is at fault for a construction accident. Why? Because there are so often dozens of parties at the site. This can include contractors, subcontractors, site managers, property managers, and even property owners. It is up to every construction employer to ensure the workplace is safe and that it is in adherence with OSHA standards. If they breach that duty, and a person is injured as a result, then they can be held accountable – even someone else was partially at fault.
Workers’ compensation takes the place of using your employer directly
If you are injured on a construction site and you know that your employer is at fault, then you may think that your next step is to sue them. Instead, you will most likely file a workers’ compensation claim. This offers benefits for medical costs and you will get paid a portion of your typical wages. This process can be complicated and it may be that you need to also file a personal injury case.
Call a personal injury attorney as soon as you are injured
Of course, the first thing you will do after an injury is to seek medical help. Once you know you are safe, contact a personal injury attorney. You can get a free legal consultation from The Law Offices of Larry H. Parker by calling 800-333-0000. Reach out today and we can help you know if you should file a workers’ compensation claim, a personal injury claim, or consider other options.