Today’s construction sites are bigger and more complex than they were in the past. There are many different things going on at the same time, involving different parties and contractors. Large equipment or hazardous materials may all be in use at the same time, making safety precautions crucial to avoid accidents – both for workers and passers-by.
Common construction site accidents include:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Crane accidents
- Struck by falling objects
- Defective and dangerous machinery
- Construction site explosions
- Transport accidents, like car and truck accidents
Common construction accident injuries
Whether you were a bystander or a site worker, you can still suffer the same types of injuries. As we saw in the last section, there’s a wide array of types of accidents; unfortunately there is a wide array of potential injuries as well. These injuries, depending on the situation, can vary dramatically in severity. Typical injuries include:
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Crush injuries
- Back and neck injuries
- Chemical exposure
- Wrongful death
If your loved one was killed in a construction accident – either as a worker or a passer-by – you should consult with an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Liability for your Los Angeles construction accident
Sometimes, more than one party to be liable for your construction accident. With many construction sites, more than one company is involved in the process. So, if an accident occurs, it could be the fault of one contractor, or an equipment manufacturer, or liability could be split among multiple parties.
If you are hurt on the job and your injuries were caused by the negligence of someone other than your employer, you should consider speaking to an attorney about a third-party liability claim. It’s true that you’re covered through workers’ compensation, but with more severe or catastrophic injuries, workers’ comp simply may not be enough for all your medical bills and lost wages.
With third-party liability claims, you could be eligible for losses and damages including:
- Emergency room and hospital care
- Ambulance fees
- Medical bills
- Medication and physical therapy
- Long-term disability
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of enjoyment of life
It’s important to note that, with workers’ compensation, it’s quite difficult to get financial awards for non-economic damages like mental anguish or pain and suffering. Third-party claims allow you to bring a case for these damages.
If you were injured in a construction accident, either as a worker or as an innocent bystander, the Los Angeles attorneys at Taylor & Ring can help. Our legal team will work to ensure you get the maximum compensation to which you’re entitled to help heal from your injuries. Get in touch with our lawyers today at 310.776.6390 or complete our contact form to schedule a consultation.