San Diego Construction Accident Lawyers
Legal Advocates for Injured Construction Workers in San Diego
Construction workers are essential in our society. Nothing can move forward without the services construction trades provide, which include shelter, infrastructure, transportation, electricity, and access to clean running water. Construction workers are unsung heroes with dangerous jobs, which they carry out at great risk to their own safety.
What Are the Hazards Associated With Construction Work?
Construction sites can be dangerous places. Workers face risks every time they show up for work. Common hazards on construction sites include:
- Working at heights, with a risk of falling from scaffolding, ladders, and platforms
- Moving equipment, such as diggers, overhead lifting equipment, and supply vehicles
- Slip or trip and falls, due to uneven surfaces, trailing cables, obstacles, and wet or slippery surfaces
- Loud, excessive, repetitive noise that can cause long-term hearing problems
- Hand-held, vibrating power tools that can cause damage to the joints, nerves, and blood vessels
- Collapsing trenches or buildings – a common occurrence on construction sites
- Asbestos exposure, which can lead to serious or fatal diseases, such as mesothelioma
- Electrical injuries, when workers come into contact with overhead or underground power cables or electrical machinery or equipment
- Construction dust containing airborne fibers and hazardous materials that can damage the lungs and lead to asthma and other diseases
What Factors Contribute to Construction Worksite Accidents?
Many construction accidents are preventable if proper safety practices are in place. Workers can be seriously injured or killed because of:
- Unsafe tools and equipment
- Lack of proper training and supervision
- Poorly maintained worksites
- Lack of proper safety equipment
- Improperly constructed scaffolding
What Types of Injuries Are Sustained in Construction Accidents?
Without the proper safety measures in place, workers can suffer serious or even fatal injuries on California construction sites. Catastrophic construction site injuries can be permanently disabling and have long-term, life-altering consequences for injured workers and their families. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Spinal cord damage and paralysis
- Back and neck injuries
- Bone fractures
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ damage
- Toxic substance exposure
- Thermal, chemical, and electrical burns
Who Is Legally Responsible for Construction Worksite Accidents?
Liability for construction accident injuries can vary from one incident to the next. With various contractors and subcontractors on a job, there may be multiple parties on a construction site on any given workday. Employers in California are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Injured workers should be covered, regardless of who or what caused the accident. If negligence on the part of a third-party, such as another contractor, a subcontractor, or a manufacturer of a defective product, contributed to your accident and injuries, you may have a third-party claim for compensation, in addition to workers’ comp.
What Are Your Legal Options After a Serious San Diego Construction Accident?
If you have been injured while working in construction, you may have two avenues to recover compensation for your injuries. Speak with an experienced San Diego construction accident attorney to find out what legal options are available to you.
- Workers’ compensation: This is no-fault coverage provided for all workers in California. You simply file a claim to receive workers’ comp benefits, which include medical expenses and partial reimbursement for your lost wages or permanent disability related to the workplace injury.
- Third party liability: Our experienced San Diego personal injury attorneys can investigate your accident to find out if circumstances will make it possible to file a third-party claim based on negligence. In a civil case against a negligent third party, you may be able to recover compensation for damages not covered by workers’ compensation, such as pain and suffering.
Contact Eugene Bruno & Associates at 888-278-6688. After a serious construction accident in San Diego, we can explain your options under law.
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