Los Angeles Construction Accident Attorneys
Representing workers and visitors injured on California construction sites
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 the costs associated with 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 a manufacturer of a dangerous product, you may be able to obtain other means of compensation.
With the help of McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP’s experienced construction accident attorneys in Los Angeles, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical bills, lost wages and more. We have secured millions of dollars on behalf of our clients, including a $10,000,000 million verdict for a construction worker who suffered a compound femur fracture that required multiple surgeries.
What are the most common causes of construction accidents?
Construction accidents occur in many ways. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 20% of all worker fatalities are construction workers, and the “Fatal Four” accidents – the ones that lead to the greatest number of construction worker deaths – are:
- Falls (39.2%)
- Struck by Objects (8.2%)
- Electrocutions (7.3%)
- Caught-in/between (5.1%)
The other 40.2% were caused by other accidents and incidents.
Not all construction site accidents lead to fatalities, of course. Some of the biggest contributors to construction accident injuries include:
- Vehicle accidents
- Equipment malfunctions
- Fires and explosions
- Getting caught in or between machinery
- Lack of safety equipment
- Lack of supervision and/or training
- Poor weather
Types of injuries associated with construction accidents in Los Angeles
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, education of all safety and health procedures.
Some severe injuries that can occur on a construction jobsite are:
OSHA’s role in keeping California construction sites safe
OSHA is tasked with work site 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 the 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 since 1970 due to OSHA’s influence. OSHA’s persistence and private companies’ compliance with OSHA guidelines have made a dramatic difference in worker safety, including in areas such as:
- Hazard recognition: falling objects, flying objects, swinging/slipping objects and objects on the ground
- Accident prevention: using protective gear, properly storing and handling hazardous materials, and taking work zone safety precautions
- Equipment safety measures: inspecting and safely handling all tools and equipment
- Building material awareness: avoiding falling debris, elevator accidents, faulty stairs and walls, and floor or roof collapses
- Construction vehicle accident prevention: 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.
Why you should hire a Los Angeles construction injury lawyer
Not everyone who is hurt on a construction site in Los Angeles is going to be eligible for workers’ compensation. Non-employees – such as day laborers, contractors, site visitors and passersby – will need to file a personal injury claim in order to recoup damages.
In some cases, a third party may be liable for your injuries. For example, if you are critically injured because a defective bolt in a crane causes it to drop a load of materials on you, you may be able to hold the manufacturer liable under a product liability lawsuit. Even if you have accepted workers’ compensation, that does not prevent you from acting 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 injury lawyer. McNicholas & McNicholas, LLP holds construction industry leaders and companies accountable for maintaining and implementing health and safety policies on the jobsite. With our construction accident lawyers by your side, you may be able to recover the following damages from those who caused your injury:
- Emotional distress
- Loss of companionship
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Past, present and future medical bills
Your construction accident attorneys in Los Angeles
Since 1993, the LA 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 throughout California. We work aggressively to pursue your claim so that you can receive the maximum compensation you deserve. 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, please call 310.474.1582 or fill out our contact form.
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