When you’re in Los Angeles, it’s nearly impossible not to stumble upon an active construction work site. Flatbed trucks, highlighter workwear, and crane machines are just as much a part of Southern California’s daily life as palm trees and bike trails.
The construction industry is booming all around us, and consequently, construction injuries are quite common. One can be injured in the workplace, on sidewalks near construction sites, on freeways and highways, and in buildings under construction or undergoing repairs.
If you were hurt in a construction accident in the L.A. area, we may be able to assist you. If you’re a construction worker who was hurt on the job, our Los Angeles construction accident lawyers can help you seek compensation through a personal injury claim IF a third party other than your employer was partially or fully liable for your accident. This might include a party such as the construction site owner or an equipment manufacturer.
If your employer is the only party responsible, you should instead consult with a lawyer who specializes in workers’ compensation.
Our firm also represents individuals who are not construction workers who were injured on a construction site, such as if someone who was hurt by a falling object when walking past or through the site.
Construction Accident Injuries Can Be Catastrophic and Costly
Construction accident injuries can range in severity, from mild to requiring immediate and significant medical attention. The involvement of doctors, hospitals, and ambulances in an injured accident victim’s initial treatment can be costly. This is before even considering longer-term treatment and rehabilitation that might be necessary.
The potentially permanent effects of a construction accident can significantly diminish the quality of life of both the victim and their family members. Brain damage, amputation, broken bones, and spinal cord injury are the most impactful injuries that can irreversibly redirect the course of an accident victim’s life.
How a Construction Accident Attorney at Wilshire Law Firm Can Help You
Depending on the circumstances of your construction accident, you may have grounds for a personal injury lawsuit. A personal injury lawyer will build your accident case and seek compensation for damages such as medical bills, pain and suffering, and any potential loss of wages and future earnings. This compensation can be recovered from the at-fault party through a settlement or court judgment.
(Reminder: Construction company workers may qualify for a personal injury claim or lawsuit if a third party other than their employer was partially or fully liable for their injuries at the construction site.)
At Wilshire Law Firm, we understand your needs and what you are facing. Our Los Angeles construction accident lawyers are highly experienced in dealing with insurance companies and insurance adjusters, and we can handle all the settlement negotiations and legal logistics for you. And of course, if necessary, we’re ready to take your case to court for litigation!
Our team will go to work on your behalf to seek out the compensation you deserve, allowing you to focus on healing and adjusting to life after your accident.
What Are the Main Causes of Accidents in Construction?
Regardless of the cause of your injuries, a personal injury attorney can assist in ironing out the details of your construction accident case to get you maximum compensation. Sometimes, the severity of the accident results in a victim’s death. In these cases, a wrongful death lawsuit may be pertinent.
The likelihood of getting injured on a construction site is higher than in most other workplaces. In 2018, one in five worker deaths were in construction. See below for the most common causes of construction accidents, which were responsible for more than half of construction worker deaths in 2018:
- Falls: Falls account for nearly 40% of all construction site deaths and injuries. Many of the falls are caused by defective scaffolding, ladders, and other equipment. Falling from a great height can lead to severe injuries and death.
- Electrocution: Workers are electrocuted when mishandling electrical equipment or using defective electrical equipment, such as electric saws and other power tools. Electrocution accounts for about 8% of construction site deaths and injuries annually.
- Struck by equipment: Being struck by heavy equipment, such as cranes, is a hazard that construction site workers face daily. About 8% of worker injuries and deaths are caused by objects striking them.
- Caught in/between: Workers are at risk of being caught in or between equipment, machinery, and vehicles. Caught in/between accounts for above 4% of all construction deaths.
- Fire: Defective equipment can burst into flames, severely injuring or killing workers who are handling the machinery.
Furthermore, individuals visiting or walking past construction sites can be harmed by unsafe conditions on premises such as falling objects, improperly placed materials that create tripping hazards, lack of signage or other visual warnings of safety hazards (such as holes and ditches), lack of safety equipment like hard hats for visitors, and more.
Some additional causes of construction site injuries include:
- Weak hoists
- Dangerous scaffolding
- Improperly used cranes
- Negligently operated trucks
- Injuries from large tractors
- Forklift accidents
- Injuries from bulldozers
- Defective power tools
- Cuts and lacerations from graters
After a construction accident, an accident victim (whether that’s an injured work or construction site visitor) should seek proper medical care. Don’t have health insurance? Our Los Angeles construction injury attorneys can still help you! When you decide to hire us to handle your personal injury claim, you gain access to our extensive network of medical professionals who work on lien basis, which means your medical expenses can be taken out of your settlement or court award once we win your case.
Types of Equipment-Related Injuries
Construction equipment injuries are often severe and sometimes fatal because of the massive force of impact. The most common types of construction equipment injuries are:
- Amputation: When construction workers are struck by or caught between equipment and machinery, their fingers, toes, and/or limbs may become so mangled that the only option is amputation. Most construction accident victims survive, but many are left disabled for life.
- Broken or fractured bones: Broken and fractured bones of the arms, legs, and ribs are common injuries related to falls, struck by equipment, and caught in/between accidents.
- Cuts and lacerations: Cuts and lacerations are typically non-fatal but can result in severe pain and disfigurement. They are often caused by contact with moving parts or sharp edges of the equipment, such as electric saws.
- Impalement: Improper use of nailers, drills, and other power tools can cause impalement, resulting in severe injury or death.
- Eye injuries: Electrical equipment and tools with sharp or pointed edges can cause eye injuries, resulting in temporary or permanent blindness of one or both eyes.
- Muscle and ligament injuries: Overuse of heavy equipment and tools can cause muscle and ligament injuries. Some injuries can have long-term effects. Our Los Angeles construction accident lawyers can help you reach a compensation settlement that can cover any long-term health care and treatment costs.
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI): A blow to the head by a heavy object can result in a traumatic brain injury (TBI). The victim can lose the brain’s normal function, which may severely impact the ability to work or live a meaningful life.
- Spine injury: Falling from a great height, such as from the top of a scaffolding, and being hit by heavy equipment can cause spine injuries. A spinal cord injury can range from chronic lower back pain to paralysis.
- Loss of hearing: Failure to wear hearing protection can result in loss of hearing while using loud machinery, such as a jackhammer.
At Wilshire Law Firm, our legal team is comprised of legal professionals who are patient and kind, yet aggressive and tenacious when fighting for our clients. We are one of the most dedicated construction accident law firms in Los Angeles because we prioritize the attorney-client relationship and work hard to meet our client’s needs. We also have an excellent track record, having recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for injury victims in the past. See our settlements and verdicts here.
Our team understands just how devastating construction accidents can be – whether it’s a scaffolding accident, a trench accident, of something else – and we’re willing to go the extra mile to help you achieve the best outcome for your case.
If you would like to discuss the specifics of your construction accident case with a dedicated Los Angeles construction accident attorney, please call us today at (844) 432 7044. We offer free, no-obligation consultations.
Who Is Liable for Construction Accident Injuries?
Finding out who is responsible for an accident is a significant part of the job of a Los Angeles construction accident attorney. At Wilshire Law Firm, our lawyers work with accident reconstruction experts to assist in determining fault. Our team leverages every resource possible to acquire the justice and peace you deserve after your accident.
When determining liability, the Los Angeles construction accident lawyers from our firm consider several elements, including the following:
- Location of the construction accident
- Worksite condition (as applicable to a personal injury claim)
- Use of equipment
- Equipment safety
- Safety violations by a third party related to the construction project or site
- Site hazards that pose risks to the public
Here are some of the different types of parties who could be found liable in a personal injury claim:
- Construction site developer
- Engineer or engineering company
- Equipment manufacturer
- Equipment distributor
Some personal injury cases are more complex than others; it may be that there are multiple liable parties in your construction site accident claim.
What Should I Do After a Construction Accident?
After a construction accident, it is essential to assess the scene and remain calm. A personal injury attorney at Wilshire Law Firm recommends taking the following steps at the scene of a construction accident:
- Assess yourself and others for injuries.
- If anyone is injured, contact emergency medical services.
- If there were any witnesses, document their names and contact information.
- Take pictures of the scene and any injuries.
- Find out if any security camera captured footage of the accident.
- Contact a construction accident lawyer at Wilshire Law Firm by calling (844) 432 7044 or filling out our online form.
For Construction Workers: Workers’ Compensation Claims v. Personal Injury Claims
Construction site injuries are often covered by workers’ compensation, a form of insurance that provides wage replacement and medical benefits to employees who were injured on the job. In exchange, the employee loses their right to sue their employer. If your accident did not involve a third party, then a workers’ compensation claim may be your only option.
However, you may also file a personal injury claim if another party besides your employer was involved in the workplace accident. If you think you have a case, then make sure to find a law firm that has personal injury lawyers who are experienced in handling construction site injury cases. It’s important to seek the full workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury compensation to which you are entitled.
A construction accident lawyer at Wilshire Law Firm can fight for justice and maximum recovery in your personal settlement negotiations or lawsuit, helping you properly cover your medical bills and lost wages.
By hiring a personal injury attorney from our law office, you are making the right decision for your future.
Speak to a Los Angeles Construction Accident Lawyer at Wilshire Law Firm
Our track record of success in countless personal injury cases shows that we the knowledge and skill needed to secure maximum compensation for our clients. Furthermore, we operate on a contingency-fee basis, meaning you won’t have to pay any fees or costs until we win your case!
If we decide to take on your case, it means we are confident about our chances of winning. While we work on your case, you can rest and focus on your health and your family.
Contact Wilshire Law Firm today about your construction accident lawsuit by calling (844) 432-7044 or filling out our online form to learn more about how we can help you.