There are many potential rewards in working construction but there can be serious risks, too. A worker can get injured by scaffolding, chemicals, power tools, and a seemingly never ending list of other hazards. If safety regulations are not adhered to, workers and passersby can be injured or even lose their lives. Read on to learn how Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn can help and then contact us at (310) 209-1600 for a free legal consultation.
Some of the Most Common Types of Construction Accidents
Accidents of virtually any type can occur on a construction site. With many different contractors and subcontractors all involved on a site, there can be many potentially at-fault parties. Some of the most common types of accidents we work with include crane accidents, falls from high places, injuries caused by falling objects, chemical exposures, scaffolding accidents, welding accidents, and compressed gas injuries.
This is only a partial list of the construction accidents we can help you with. Whether it was a nail gun accident, electrocution, defective and dangerous machinery accident, trenching accident, or a slip and fall accident, we are here to help.
Construction Accidents Are Often Serious
One of the issues with construction accidents is that they are rarely minor. Due to the height at which many workers are, the heaviness of their equipment, and the danger that it poses, it is common for construction accidents to result in serious injuries or death. Common injuries on construction sites include broken bones, paralysis, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injuries, and crush injuries.
Determining Liability for Construction Accidents Can Be Complex
One of the hardest parts of many California construction accidents is determining who to hold responsible. Why? Because there are often so many people on the job site. It is often the case that liability is split between several companies or manufacturers, or just one joint entity. One of the first things your attorney will do is to determine who is at fault and how to prove it.
A Word on Workers’ Compensation
If you are injured at work, then it is likely that workers’ compensation will cover you. The main reason to use this coverage is that you do not have to prove anyone was at fault. All you must do is prove your injuries and prove that they occurred at work. However, you are also limited in what you can recover.
For example, a workers’ compensation case only allows you to recover a percentage of your lost wages. You have no right to sue for pain and suffering. These are not issues with a personal injury case, which means you could recover more. That said, because you have to prove your case it can be difficult to get the money you are owed.
To find out what the likely best move for you to take, contact Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn at (310) 209-1600 and request a consultation.