Sacramento Construction Accident Attorneys
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Despite safety regulations, construction sites are full of dangerous hazards. Those who are severely injured 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.
Our Sacramento construction accident lawyers are here to help injured construction workers pursue the financial support they need for themselves and their families.
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?
Strict protocols, site management, and supervision do their part to keep workers safe but cannot protect against all hazards. Structural errors, equipment malfunction, and defective products are dangers that can be caused by someone who is not on a worksite.
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
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.
Third-Party Personal Injury Claims
Construction injuries are often covered by the workers’ compensation system, however, workers' comp benefits only cover a fraction of your total losses after a devastating accident. At Kershaw, Cook & Talley, our construction accident lawyers in Sacramento consider all potential avenues of compensation for our clients, including personal injury lawsuits.
A personal injury lawsuit can be filed in cases of:
- Machinery or equipment that was defective
- A truck accident caused by an employee of another company
- A property owner that failed to maintain safe premises
- A negligent driver that did not slow down in the construction zone
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. We are ready to take on your case, no matter how complex, because we care about helping workers find justice.
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.
Helping Sacramento Construction Workers Find Justice
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.
Our Sacramento construction accident lawyers can help you identify and calculate all of your damages, so you can maximize your claim.
Reach out to Kershaw, Cook & Talley at (916) 520-6639 today. We’ve recovered over $1 billion for our clients.