Construction Accidents

Working construction can be incredibly rewarding — but also brings its share of risks.  From heavy machinery to power tools to scaffolding to chemicals, construction workers face a range of hazardous conditions on the worksite. When safety regulations are not followed, or when equipment is dangerous or defective, both workers and passers-by may be seriously injured or even killed.

When construction or industrial accidents occur on California job sites, the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn can help.  Our team of legal professionals is skilled at handling a range of construction litigation matters, working through liability issues to help you get the compensation that you deserve.  To learn more about how we can help, contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule a free initial consultation with a California construction accident lawyer. 

Common Construction Accidents 

Construction sites are complicated places, with heavy machinery coming and going and any number of trades working together to complete a project. With numerous contractors and subcontractors present on site, there are many opportunities for safety regulations to be violated — and for an industrial accident to occur.  Some of the most frequent construction accidents include:

  • Falls from high places
  • Individuals struck by falling objects
  • Crane accidents
  • Nail gun incidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Defective and dangerous machinery accidents
  • Compressed gas injuries
  • Trenching and excavation accidents
  • Mechanical injuries due to machinery components
  • Slip and fall accidents
  • Electrocutions
  • Welding accidents
  • Chemical exposures
  • Explosions
  • Truck accidents
  • Car accidents

Any of these incidents can lead to serious, permanent disability or even death.  Because there is such a wide array of potential construction accidents, there is not a typical construction accident injury.  After all, a person who suffers a chemical exposure will be hurt in a different way than someone who falls from scaffolding. Injuries may include lacerations, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, paralysis, crush injuries, amputations, or even death. What each individual has in common is that they will need a fierce advocate who will fight for their right to compensation.

Liability for Construction Accidents

One of the most challenging aspects of California construction accident litigation is determining who is responsible. This is because multiple contractors are usually present on a typical job site, and liability may be split between a single company or manufacture or assigned to just one entity. A skilled California construction accident lawyer can investigate the facts of the case and determine who may be at fault.

For construction workers, recovery may be limited to benefits available through the California workers’ compensation system.  When an injury or illness occurs on the job, it will typically be handled through workers’ comp, which provides benefits for medical treatment, lost wages and disability.  In some cases, an injured worker may be able to file a claim for negligence against a third party (someone other than their employer).  This typically occurs if someone other than their employer was responsible for their injuries.  For example, if a different subcontractor violated safety regulations and their actions was the direct cause of the worker’s injuries, he or she may be able to recover against that subcontractor.

For individuals who are not employed as construction workers, a personal injury lawsuit can be brought against any responsible party; the workers’ compensation system is not at issue. This may include a products liability claim against a manufacturer who made or distributed a faulty piece of equipment or a lawsuit against a company that did not adequately train workers.  For example, a pedestrian who was struck by a falling object from a construction site may be able to sue the construction company for their injuries.

Work with a California Construction Accident Lawyer

If you have been injured in any type of construction accident, you are likely facing a significant period of recovery, in addition to ongoing medical bills and mounting expenses. In these situations, an attorney can work with you to help you recover benefits or other funds to allow you to get your life back on track.

At the Law Offices of Michael A. Kahn, we are dedicated to helping individuals who have been hurt in a range of accidents, including at or on construction sites.  We never charge a fee unless we recover money for you, and all initial consultations are offered at no cost.  Contact us today at (310) 209-1600 or info@michaelkahnlaw.com to schedule an appointment with a California construction accident lawyer.

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