Construction Accident Attorneys
Sacramento Injury Lawyers
Working construction is a potentially lucrative career. However, this potential is offset by the danger of numerous injuries and fatalities which may occur on the job. Despite safety regulations and standards, construction sites are considered dangerous work environments.
Cities are continually growing. Construction sites and development projects increase significantly along with the number ofconstruction workers. Unfortunately, this results in more construction accidents.Workers are exposed to occupational injuries just from the inherently dangerous nature of the site.
What are Common Causes of Construction Accidents?
Common causes of construction accidents include:
- Slip and Falls: fall from stairwells, scaffolding or roofs (generally from unsafe working conditions)
- Struck-by/Caught-in/ between
- Stepladders (likely to tip over or collapse)
- Power tool accidents (personal protective equipment is not worn)
- Vehicle and trucking accidents (dump trucks, forklifts, etc.,)
- Excavation and trench accidents
- Equipment malfunction and defective product, machine or tool
- Inadequate safety precautions
- Structural defects
The use of heavy equipment such as cranes and powered industrial trucks elevate the risk of life-threatening accidents and death. Strict protocols and site management and supervision do not prevent unforeseen circumstances from structural errors, equipment malfunction, and defective products.
Workers Compensation vs. Personal Injury Claim
Construction injuries occurring at work are often covered by workers’ compensation laws. However, you are potentially entitled to compensation in addition to your workers’ compensation benefits. A personal injury claim could be filed for third party liability. For instance, if a worker is injured because of a defective tool, a product liability claim could be filed against the tool manufacturer. If a worker is injured driving a company truck, or if another driver is responsible for an accident, the worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury claim benefits.
If you suffered an injury from a construction accident, contact Kershaw, Cook & Talley for a free and confidential case evaluation with a personal injury attorney. Fill out and submit the contact form on this page, or call us toll-free at (916) 520-6639.