Los Angeles Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction Workers Face High Risk of Injury. Let Us Help You Receive Compensation After an Accident.
Especially in an ever-changing city like Los Angeles, there’s no end to new building projects and renovations of the old. While construction is a good profession, it can be highly dangerous for those engaged in it. In fact, those who work in the industry long-term are more likely than not to be injured on the job; over a 45-year career, 3 in 4 people in the field experience a disabling workplace injury. Between causing unexpected medical expenses and making you unable to go to work, construction accidents can threaten your financial stability as well as your health.
Taking legal action is key to receiving the compensation you need in such a situation. When injured on the job, you may have the right to pursue workers’ compensation and/or a personal injury claim against a negligent third party. However, waiting too long to file a claim can hurt your chances of success.
Our team has experienced and tough litigators who are here to fight for you. We want to help you maximize your compensation so you can receive the treatment you need and have the means to return to a normal life after you’ve recovered. The sooner you call us, the sooner we can start investigating your case, so you know your legal options.
Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation is available at (866) 884-1717. Schedule a free consultation with our experienced Los Angeles construction accident lawyers to see how you can make a claim after a construction accident.
Causes of Construction Accidents
With heavy machinery, big drop-offs, and unsecured electrical hookups, it’s easy to see how construction sites are full of hazards. Even with proper training and protective gear, injuries can still happen. However, many employers don’t even offer that, meaning workers may be at a risk without even knowing it. It’s no wonder construction is one of the most dangerous jobs: In 2018, statistics from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) show 21% of workplace fatalities took place on construction sites.
The Most Common Fatal Hazards
OSHA has identified its “fatal four” for construction, accidents that are responsible for more than 50% of workplace fatalities. They are:
- Struck by object
Falls account for around 30% of construction deaths alone and are also the cause of many non-fatal injuries on construction sites. Other serious accidents include:
- Chemical exposure
- Hazardous gas inhalation
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Truck accidents
Many people who suffer such an accident believe they have no chance for recourse because the cause(s) may be unclear. However, workers’ compensation insurance does not require you to prove another party was at fault for an accident and injury. Our attorneys can explain how a workers’ compensation claim can help and guide you through the process of learning if you are eligible.
Employer Failures to Protect Construction Workers
On the other hand, many of these injuries may be the result of an employer not offering the protection they are required to. A survey of OSHA reports by construction workers reveal the most violated standards and guidelines included:
- Provision of fall protection
- Setting a hazard communication standard
- Scaffolding safety rules
- Provision of respiratory protection
- Hazardous energy control procedures
Did you observe one of these violations onsite when you were hurt, or see other safety rules that were ignored? Tell our team if so because this could provide key evidence for your claim.
Construction Worker Injuries
Sadly, due to the nature of the work and hazards on construction sites, those who are hurt on the job often face catastrophic injuries. Whether from falls, chemical exposure, equipment failure, or another dangerous situation, construction workers too often experience injuries like:
- Fractured or crushed bones
- Loss of limbs or digits
- Hearing loss
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Vision loss
- Wrongful death
These injuries may never fully heal, meaning you might have to find another job or leave the workforce entirely. Anyone in this position should not chance their future by working with an inexperienced lawyer or one who is not known for their skill in litigation. In such a situation, you are eligible to receive compensation for your injuries, your missed wages, your loss of earning potential, and more. It’s important to bring the strongest case possible so you aren’t left without the financial support you need and deserve.
What Recourse Do I Have After a Construction Accident?
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, it’s important to know all your legal options before you make a decision. Our team at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation has professional investigators who can analyze the chain of events to determine who you may be able to make a claim against. You could be able to file a claim against:
- Workers’ compensation insurance: Most workers in California are covered by workers’ compensation and filing a claim does not involve proving someone else was at fault. With workers’ comp, you can receive a percentage of your wages as well as reimbursement for accident-related medical treatment.
- A third-party contractor: Workers’ compensation laws and limits can get confusing when there are multiple different companies on the scene. If you were injured by the negligence of a different contractor (and its employees), you could be able to bring a claim against it. Because you are not going through the workers’ comp system in this scenario, you might also be able to receive compensation for more types of damages.
- The manufacturer of faulty equipment: When a piece of heavy machinery fails during use, it can cause extreme and painful injuries to those nearby. Our team is skilled at investigating defective equipment claims to determine whether you might be able to sue the manufacturer for making a product with flaws that threaten construction workers’ safety. Such cases can be difficult to bring because you will often find yourself facing huge corporations. However, our team has fought people like them before, and we won’t back down.
Fighting for Construction Workers in Los Angeles and Beyond
The team at Shoop | A Professional Law Corporation has earned a reputation for achieving results for clients, no matter what it takes. We care about giving the injured a voice and the chance to achieve justice. If you have been hurt in a construction accident, reach out to our team for a completely free evaluation. After being put out of work, a successful claim for compensation can be necessary to help you avoid further financial stress. Don’t wait to get started.
Call our team at (866) 884-1717 to schedule your complimentary consultation. As tough and dedicated litigators, we have made a name for ourselves locally and nationally.