Glendale Third-Party 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 the risk of falling from heights. Regardless of safety regulations enforced by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction workers are injured or killed on the job every single day in California.
There are several different people you can find liable for a third-party construction accident, including equipment manufacturers, tool manufacturers, subcontractors, other drivers, utility providers, or property owners. If you were seriously injured or you lost a loved one in a construction accident due to a third-party’s actions, then you should not hesitate to contact our Glendale construction accident injury attorneys at Aghabegian & Associates, PC. We 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. Speak to our experienced legal team in a free consultation by calling our office at (818) 507-4311.
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: Construction workers are constantly moving up and down ladders, scaffolding, lifts, and many other systems while going about their daily tasks. Working at height can put a worker at risk of falling and suffering a catastrophic injury or death. But workers can also fall due to dangerous excavations, wet surfaces, or loose power cables.
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 for a worker to be injured in a collision. People working on higher levels or scaffolding must also be careful, as they may drop an object and cause someone below to suffer a near-fatal traumatic brain injury.
Being caught in between two surfaces or objects: Workers often have to perform tasks in tight spaces, such as trenches, hallways, or small rooms that can collapse if the structure is unsound or another worker causes a shift of weight. This can crush a worker under building materials, dirt, structures, or vehicles, causing traumatic injuries.
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.
Each of these situations can be deadly, but they are not the only dangers that exist on a construction site. It is not uncommon for seemingly safe construction sites to have serious issues that cause a worker’s death. In these situations, surviving family members may have limited options to pursue a wrongful death claim unless the deceased died due to a third-party’s act of negligence.
There are a wide variety of construction activities across Los Angeles County, including road repairs, renovations, demolitions, excavations, and high-rise buildings. At any of these sites, there is a high risk of workers becoming injured or killed due to negligence, OSHA violations, or poor planning. Some of the most common injuries sustained on job sites include:
- Electric shocks
- Eye injuries and blindness
- Broken bones
- Head and neck injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Shoulder injuries
- Spinal injury
- Nerve damage and paralysis
- Illness from exposure to toxic chemicals.
After an accident, you may be worried about how to cover the costs of your injuries. Construction accidents can seriously disable a worker, making it impossible for them to return to work. This can make it difficult to pay your medical bills, cover your missed paychecks, or deal with any long-term costs of your injuries. While California law does not allow workers to file personal injury claims or lawsuits against their employers, if you were injured by a third-party, you have more options than you think.
Third-party personal injury claims can be filed against any individual or group that caused your injuries and was not employed by the same company. For example, many job sites hire third-party contractors to handle specific projects, such as painting, installing plumbing, or handling electrical work. If a subcontractor caused the accident that injured you, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against them.
Beyond contractors, you may also be able to file a claim against a property owner. For example, if you were renovating the upper floor of a house, and the homeowner neglected to warn you about an unsafe staircase, which caused you to fall, you may be able to file a premises liability claim against them.
But some construction-related injuries are the fault of manufacturers. Constructions sites use a wide variety of equipment to handle a project, from heavy vehicles like forklifts and lifters to power tools and generators. While the majority of these products work fine when used safely, others have defects. For example, if the safeguard on a power saw is faulty, it could cause a serious laceration or even amputation. In cases like these, a construction worker could file a product liability claim against the manufacturer for compensation.
Lastly, no matter what part of the county you work in, you are always at risk of encountering a reckless driver. This is especially true for road crews working on the complex network of roads throughout Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley. Drivers should always slow down in construction zones and observe all signage when workers are around. If they fail to do so, and injure a worker, that worker may be able to file an auto accident claim against their insurance policy to recover compensation.
Which type of claim you can file will depend on your situation, which is why you should not hesitate to contact a Glendale work injury lawyer if you were injured by a third-party.
At Aghabegian & Associates, PC, we believe that victims should never be left alone to suffer from their injuries and mounting debt. We understand how important Los Angeles construction workers are to maintaining our cities and the serious dangers they are put in on a daily basis. That is why 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. If you have been injured in a third-party construction accident, contact Aghabegian & Associates, PC, at (818) 507-4311 to schedule a free consultation.
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