Sacramento Construction Accident Attorneys
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Construction is one of the last industries to provide well-paying jobs to blue-collar workers. However, the industry is also among the most dangerous. Despite safety regulations and standards, construction sites are full of potentially life-changing hazards.
Our team is here to help victims of construction site disasters pursue compensation and justice. The severe injuries caused by these incidents often result in a worker being unable to return to their job for months and may even cause lasting disability. Financial support is a necessity in this situation.
Call Kershaw, Cook & Talley for a free consultation in which we can explain your rights and options after a serious construction accident.
What Are the Common Causes of Construction Accidents?
Heavy machinery and unprotected heights are just two of the hazards inherent to construction sites. Even with correct training, a worker may make a dangerous error. When a contractor puts an unproven person on the job, severe accidents become much more likely.
Common construction accidents include:
- Slip and falls from stairwells, scaffolding, or roofs
- Struck-by and caught-in/between
- Stepladder tip-over or collapse
- Power tool injuries (personal protective equipment is not worn)
- Vehicle or truck collisions (dump trucks, forklifts, etc.,)
- Excavation and trench mishaps
- Equipment malfunction (defective product, machine, or tool)
- Inadequate safety precautions
- Structural defects
Strict protocols, site management, and supervision do their part to keep workers safe but cannot protect against some hazards. Structural errors, equipment malfunction, and defective products are dangers that can be caused by someone who is not on a worksite.
Unsafe Worksites Are More Common than Most People Think
Despite the many sources of danger on construction sites, those responsible for safety and oversight often skip basic precautions. Workers, who expect leadership to see that such issues are taken care of, may not even realize they are at risk.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), which regulates construction sites, finds a disappointing number of violations each year. In a one-year period starting October 1, 2018, the administration identified the most frequent failures of OSHA standards on construction sites. In order, the most-cited standards were:
- Fall protection
- Hazard communication
- Scaffolding requirements
- Energy control (lockout/tag out)
- Respiratory protection
- Ladder requirements
- Industrial truck safety
- Fall protection training
- Machinery and machine guarding
- Eye and facial protection
Without the necessary protective gear and workplace safety standards, accidents become more likely and more dangerous. If you were injured because your supervisor failed to provide a safe work environment, our firm is here to help you hold them accountable.
The “Fatal Four” in Construction Work
The construction industry was responsible for around 1 in 5 workplace deaths in 2019, according to OSHA statistics. The vast majority of these deaths are caused by 4 types of accidents:
- Struck by object
Eliminating these accidents would save hundreds of lives each year, not to mention reducing injuries. Supervisors, who should know about these dangers, are responsible for taking the initiative to keep workers safe in risky situations.
Considering the Effects of Construction Site Accidents and Injuries
Those who are severely injured while on the job face an uncertain future. Unable to take part in physical labor, injured construction workers may have to take weeks or even months off to heal. This means missed paychecks, which may threaten their financial security and/or ability to support others. These individuals are also likely to accrue high medical bills.
The most serious injuries can have lifelong impacts. A construction worker who sustains a lasting disability may not ever be able to return to their job, which leaves their ability to earn a steady income in question. They may have continued medical needs as well as a need for accommodations, aid, and/or renovations to their home and vehicles. Between the potential for mental illness and a decrease in life satisfaction, the effects of a serious injury reach nearly every part of a victim’s life.
Every one of these losses is something you can and should ask to be compensated in a personal injury claim. Our lawyers can help you identify and calculate all of your damages, so you can maximize your claim.
Workers’ Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claims
Construction injuries are often covered by the workers’ compensation system, but you may be able to receive additional compensation by filing a personal injury claim. Especially for anyone who suffered a severe injury, exploring whether you can bring a personal injury claim can change your future. Workers’ compensation only offers a fraction of the amount you may be able to request in a civil case.
If a third party (anyone who is not a coworker) contributed to your accident, ask our attorneys to help you determine whether you can file for additional compensation. For instance, a worker who was injured by a defective tool would have the right to bring a product liability claim against its designer and/or manufacturer. The driver of a company truck would be able to file a claim against another driver who crashed into them, even if the accident took place offsite. Or, a worker injured by someone who was on the same worksite by not employed by the same company (say, an employee of another subcontractor) might be able to sue that person’s employer for their injuries.
Helping Sacramento Construction Workers Find Justice
If you want to know whether you’re eligible to bring a construction accident claim against a third party, reach out to Kershaw, Cook & Talley today for a free consultation. Our attorneys are ready to take on your case, no matter how complex, because we care about helping workers find justice.
Construction site accidents can upend your life completely and make it hard to determine what to do next. In a free, confidential consultation, our attorneys can offer guidance and explain your legal rights.
Reach out to Kershaw, Cook & Talley at (916) 520-6639 to speak with one of our Sacramento attorneys today. We’ve recovered over $1 billion for our clients.