Work Injury Lawyers in Glendale
California is home to many vibrant and growing industries, sporting a massive gig-worker economy, nonstop construction, and one of the world’s largest entertainment industries. Sadly, such dense industries are bound to have serious accidents. Oftentimes, workers can sustain catastrophic injuries as a result of someone else’s negligent actions. After an accident, if you are an independent contractor or were injured by a third party, you may be eligible to file a personal injury claim to recover the costs of your medical bills, lost wages, and other damages.
Discovering whether your injury was caused by a negligent coworker or third party can be difficult, which is why you should speak to an experienced attorney at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, about your legal rights and options. Our knowledgeable Glendale third-party work injury lawyers can launch an in-depth investigation into your case and take action against the liable party who caused your trauma.
Contact the Glendale third-party work injury attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC to learn more; call us at (818) 507-4311 for a free consultation.
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Unfortunately, workplace injuries happen all the time across Los Angeles County. Often, they occur as a result of an accident or incident caused by someone else—a contractor, property owner, or other third party. If one of these groups injured you or you were injured on the job as an independent contractor, then you may be able to file a personal injury claim to recover the costs of your injuries.
Typical situations where you can file a third-party personal injury claim include:
- Vehicle accidents while you were traveling between jobs or on your way to work
- Being hit by negligent driver in a highway work zone
- Being injured on an unsafe property as a maintenance worker or construction contractor
- Using a defective product like power tools, heavy machinery, and faulty auto parts
- Slipping and falling in an unkept or out-of-code office building
- Being injured in an elevator or escalator accident
- Being assaulted due to a lack of security
- Dog attacks involving package handlers, postal workers, maintenance workers, or solicitors
After any of these incidents, it is important to receive medical treatment and report the incident to the proper authorities, such as the police, a property owner, or animal control. Both your medical records and any reports will prove incredibly useful when investigating your case.
Liability can vary depending on the type of accident you were in. For example, vehicles drivers have a general duty of care to anyone around them and can be liable for any injuries they cause if they drive negligently. However, property owners are only liable for safety hazards they should have fixed or reasonably been aware of. In order to file a successful personal injury claim, you will need to prove who was liable for your injuries and how their actions contributed to your trauma. There are three main types of claims you can file against a third party for a workplace injury, including:
Personal Injury Claims: Personal injury claims are the broadest type of claim you can file, as they can include any third party who has injured you. These typically involve auto accident claims against negligent drivers, but can include anyone who owed you a duty of care and caused your injuries by breaking that duty. Independent contractors, vehicle drivers, and other third parties can be found liable in a personal injury claim.
Premises Liability Claims: Premises liability claims are filed against negligent property owners who were aware of a safety hazard – or should have reasonably been aware of a safety hazard – and failed to fix the hazard or warn visitors. Guests or visitors can include maintenance workers, package handlers, mailmen, delivery drivers, job seekers, and even tenants. If a safety hazard caused your injuries, then you may be able to file a claim under the property owner’s liability policy.
Product Liability Claims: If you were injured due to a defective product, you may be able to file a claim against the manufacturer or the retailer, depending on who is responsible for the defect. Some products are improperly stored or maintained, especially if they are handled by a rental company or hardware store. If the product was damaged by a previous owner or during storage, then you could file a claim against those companies. Defects can be found in poorly designed construction equipment, faulty safety devices, or defective auto parts. After an accident, it is important to secure the faulty product so that an expert can review it for defects.
In order to prove liability, you should document all factors that may have contributed to a workplace injury. Photos, videos, and witness statements can be the deciding factor in your case. You will want to speak to an attorney as early as possible to ensure the statute of limitations does not pass. The statute of limitations is the deadline to file a claim. If you do not file a claim or a lawsuit by this date, you can be barred from receiving any money from the third party. For personal injury, product liability, and premises liability claims, the statute of limitations is two years from the date that you were injured.
Many workers in California suffer severe injuries as the result of third-party negligence, leading to expensive medical bills and weeks to months of lost wages. However, these costs can be recovered in a third-party claim against the party who injured you. Determining if you are eligible to file a claim can be difficult, which is why you should not hesitate to contact an attorney after an accident.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we have over 40 years of combined experience in all aspects of personal injury law. Our Glendale work injury attorneys are passionate about standing up for the rights of injured California workers throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Our goal is to help you secure the maximum settlement or jury verdict you are owed so that you can get back on your feet and begin the process of moving forward with your life.
Find out how our team can help you with your third-party claim injury case; call (818) 507-4311 for a complimentary consultation.
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