Heavy machinery and hard physical labor make construction one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. Many construction workers who are injured on the job think their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance will cover all their injuries.
Unfortunately, most employees do not receive adequate coverage for their medical needs. If a third party is involved in the accident that caused your injuries, such as an outside vendor, another subcontractor or trade, or a manufacturer of a dangerous product, you may be able to obtain other means of compensation.
With the help of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP, experienced construction accident attorneys in Los Angeles, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents occur in many ways. Some are deadly, while others are merely a nuisance. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the biggest contributors to construction accident injuries are:
- Being struck by an object (including backing vehicles)
- Equipment malfunctions
- Getting caught in or between machinery
Types of Injuries Associated with Construction Accidents
Many construction site accidents can be avoided if the right precautions and safety measures are taken. Job crew members, subcontractors, foremen, developers, and construction contractors can all be susceptible to construction accidents and need the proper training and education, and implementation of all safety and health procedures. Some severe injuries that can occur on a construction job site are:
- Burn injury
- Catastrophic injury
- Crash injuries
- Loss of limbs/fingers
- Spinal cord injury
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Wrongful death
OSHA’s Role in Keeping Construction Sites Safe
OSHA is tasked with worksite inspection, which is a difficult task because OSHA only has about one inspector for every 59,000 workers in the United States.
OSHA inspects work sites looking for violations that could negatively impact worker safety including:
- Improper safety precautions around scaffolding
- Inadequate respiratory protections
- Electrical problems
- Machinery guarding
Although OSHA’s role may seem like a nuisance to some companies, worker deaths have dropped in half annually and worker injuries are down to one-fifth of their level in 1970 due to OSHA’s influence. OSHA’s persistence and private companies’ compliance with OSHA guidelines have made a dramatic difference in worker safety.
Why You Should Hire a Construction Accident Attorney
Even if you have accepted workers’ compensation, that does not prevent you from taking action against third parties that might be liable for your injuries. The laws surrounding construction accident injuries are complex and often require the guidance and advice of an experienced construction accident attorney.
Our lawyers at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP hold construction industry leaders and companies accountable for maintaining and implementing health and safety policies on the job site. There are many hazardous situations when working on a construction job, and some of the major issues to be aware of include:
- Hazard recognition, such as falling objects, flying objects, swinging/slipping objects, and objects on the ground.
- Accident prevention, such as using protective gear, properly storing and handling hazardous materials, and taking work zone safety precautions.
- Equipment safety measures, such as inspecting and safely handling all tools and equipment.
- Building material awareness, such as avoiding falling debris, elevator accidents, faulty stairs and walls and floor or roof collapses.
- Construction vehicle accident prevention, such as avoiding hoisting accidents and forklift incidents, inspecting vehicles, ensuring proper movement of a vehicle and using proper work zone signs.
If you were involved in a construction accident, you may have suffered potentially life-altering injuries, and your medical expenses may continue for the remainder of your life. Even seemingly minor injuries can come with shockingly high medical bills. Workers’ compensation alone won’t cover all of these expenses.
With our help, you may be able to recover the following damages from those who caused your construction accident injury:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Past, present and future medical bills
Your Construction Accident Lawyers in Los Angeles
Since 1993, our construction injury attorneys at McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP have been assisting victims who have been hurt, seriously injured or killed in a construction job-related accident.
We work aggressively to pursue your claim so that you can receive the maximum compensation you deserve. We understand the importance of a construction worker’s job and are here to support you by providing legal counsel when you need it most. If you or someone you know has been in a construction job accident that resulted in a catastrophic injury or wrongful death due to negligence or intentional or unintentional harm, contact our construction injury law attorneys at 310.474.1582.