Glendale Construction Site Accident Attorneys
Construction is recognized as being among the most dangerous industries in the country, ranked as the second most dangerous job in California. Workers are continually faced with the dangers of equipment, unfinished electrical cables and wires, trip and fall hazards, and at risk of falling from heights. Regardless of the safety regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration (OSHA), every day in California sees construction workers injured or killed on the job.
In many cases, injured workers can recover benefits through the state workers’ compensation program, which provides compensation pay for medical treatment and retraining – but it pays only a percentage of your wages. When workers suffer catastrophic injuries, it is essential that the case is fully evaluated to determine if a third-party lawsuit can be filed.
A third-party lawsuit may name equipment manufacturers, tool manufacturers, subcontractors, other drivers, utility providers or other parties. If you were seriously injured or you lost a loved one in a construction accident, our Glendale work injury attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC, have the knowledge and over 40 years of combined experience to help evaluate the situation and hold those responsible accountable for their actions in civil court.
While many types of construction accidents can occur, OSHA has identified the top four causes of injury and death on job sites:
Falls from heights: The nature of construction work continuous work on ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and many other systems. When proper safety precautions aren’t followed or equipment is defective, workers can fall from great heights and suffer catastrophic injury or death.
Being struck by moving objects or equipment: Large equipment such as boom lifts, forklifts, bobcats, and many others pose a constant risk to workers on their feet. If drivers are unaware or distracted, it’s very easy to cause severe injury by hitting someone.
Being caught in between two surfaces or objects: Whether it’s a trench or other tight area, workers are frequently caught between two surfaces and crushed.
Electrocution: Unfinished electrical systems pose the risk of thousands of volts being poured directly into a human body if workers are not careful, which is why electrocution is the fourth most common cause of injury and death on a job site.
Due to the high risks involved in working on a job site, injuries tend to be severe and fatal. Some of the most common injuries sustained on job sites include:
- Eye injuries and blindness;
- Broken bones;
- Head and neck injury;
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI);
- Shoulder injuries;
- Spinal injury;
- Nerve damage and paralysis; and
- Illness from exposure to toxic chemicals.
In many cases, workers on a job site are covered by worker’s compensation, which means they receive medical care and limited compensation for injuries sustained on the job. If this is the case for you, you can file a claim by following these steps:
- Report your injury to your employer.
- If your injury is an emergency, get medical care immediately at the closest hospital or medical facility.
- If it isn’t an emergency, get the list of approved medical providers from your employer and see the closest one.
- Within 30 days of reporting the injury, file a Workers’ Compensation Claim form (DWC 1). Your employer can provide you with a copy, or you can download it online.
If your claim is denied or you have disagreements, there is an appeals process that should be navigated with the help of a qualified construction accident attorney.
Many workers are unaware of the fact that while workers’ comp limits the compensation you are eligible for from your employer, there is no limit placed on third-party lawsuits. For example:
If a manufacturing defect in a forklift caused the backup alarm to malfunction, resulting in you being hit, you might have a case against the forklift manufacturer in addition to workers’ comp benefits.
If faulty work from a subcontractor caused you to become trapped in a trench, you might be able to file a personal injury suit against that subcontractor at the same time you file for workers’ comp from your employer.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we believe that victims should never be left alone to suffer from their injuries and mounting debt. We work diligently and devotedly for each client to protect their rights and recover the compensation they deserve – and we do it well. We’ve recovered over $125 million in compensation for our clients, and our talented trial attorneys do what it takes to get the job done. We take personal injury cases on contingency, so you won’t owe a dime unless we successfully recover compensation through a settlement or jury verdict. Contact us today at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.