Accidents, injuries, and death are unfortunately common in the construction industry, making it one of the most dangerous occupations in America, but even more unfortunate is that these accidents are preventable. Most accidents are caused by negligent conduct on the construction site such as a construction company’s negligent training or site management, a negligent subcontractor, or even a negligent trespasser.
Falls are consistently the number one cause of fatal construction accidents, but there are many other dangers that construction workers face on the job every day as well. Montebello construction accident attorneys know that even when construction accidents are not fatal, injuries are often severe and debilitating. Medical bills for construction accident treatment are very high and often, injured construction workers are unable to work, which means that their lost wages leave families with serious financial struggles.
Common types of construction accidents include the following:
Injured construction workers may seek compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance carrier. Workers’ compensation recovery is more limited than a civil personal injury claim, but sometimes workers’ compensation is the only option and even limited benefits are better than no benefits.
Since benefits are limited with workers’ compensation, our construction injury attorneys at The Hayes Law Firm exhaust every recovery option in order to determine if anyone outside of the employer is even partially liable for the construction accident. Construction accident personal injury claims are permissible against negligent third parties and these claims, when available, open up financial recovery options for injured construction workers.
Construction accidents are often busy with many different people and companies including property owners, sub contractors, project managers, designers, and architects. When someone other than the injured construction worker’s employer or coworker is responsible for a construction accident, a third party personal injury claim may be appropriate.
Unlike workers’ compensation, it will be necessary to prove the third party’s negligence in a civil personal injury claim in order for a plaintiff to recover.As mentioned above, third party claims are desirable because there are less restrictions on recoverable damages that may include, but are not limited to medical bills, future medical expenses, lost wages, lost earning capacity, and pain and suffering.
Workers’ compensation typically provides benefits for families who lose a loved one in a construction accident, but a third party claim, if available, for wrongful death has additional recovery options. In a wrongful death claim, close family members may file a claim against the negligent party to recover for their own losses suffered due to losing their family member. These losses may include damages such as lost financial support, loss of companionship, and loss of the value of the deceased’s household services and contributions.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one due to a construction accident, contact a Montebello construction accident attorney with They Hayes Law Firm to discuss your claim and recovery options.
At The Hayes Law Firm, APC, we serve all of Los Angeles and the Inland Empire, so whether you need a personal injury attorney in Montebello or a premises liability attorney in San Bernardino, we are here to serve you. Unlike other attorneys who view clients as cases, we understand that your experience has a human story behind it, and when you are in our offices, you are like a member of the family. We are ethical and compassionate, and we will take the time to find the best solution for your unique case and will work together with you every step along the way. Contact us today for a free consultation.