Chico Construction Accident Lawyers
Experience You Can Count On
Despite federal regulations that require all construction employers to take all safety precautions and measures, accidents still happen. Tens of thousands of construction workers are injured each year in accidents in the United States, and more than 1,000 die on average. Though the construction industry is known as one of the most dangerous industries to work in, accidents causing serious injuries and death are inexcusable. If you have been injured in a construction accident caused by negligence, you deserve to be compensated – our law firm can help. With decades of experience in personal injury law and known throughout our community, Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP can be trusted to represent you during a challenging time and achieve optimal results. We’re not afraid to fight for your rights and hold negligent entities and insurance companies responsible.
Common Construction Accident Causes & Injuries
According to the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), out of 4,779 worker fatalities in 2018, 1,008 or 21.1% were in construction, meaning that one in five worker deaths that year were in the construction industry.
In their studies, OSHA has also documented construction’s “Fatal Four,” or four factors that are responsible for more than half of all construction worker deaths.
These causes include:
- Falls: Construction involves work from platforms, great heights, and machinery, and anything that goes wrong can send a worker falling and getting injured or dying. Additionally, construction workers can slip and fall on slippery or uneven surfaces or over construction objects.
- Electrocutions: Construction workers also frequently come into contact with live wires and when they get too close, they can be shocked, which often results in serious and often fatal injuries. Damage caused by exposure to electric shocks includes burns, heart damage, and death.
- Struck by objects: Construction involves a lot of moving around, so it’s not uncommon for workers to accidentally kick a tool, hat, or some other object and sent it falling to the bottom floor. Additionally, explosions or crumbling walls or floors can send pieces of wall and rocks flying, which can cause serious head trauma and other injuries if a worker is too close.
- Caught in between: These injuries occur when construction workers are caught or compressed by equipment or objects, such as if they’re crushed by faulty machinery or struck by a collapsing structure.
Construction accidents often result in serious, or catastrophic, injuries due to the nature of worksite dangers such as forklifts and equipment that weighs thousands of pounds. Common injuries construction workers have to deal with include burns, loss of limbs, broken bones, spinal cord and neck injuries, and head and brain injuries.
Personal Injury Claims Vs. Workers’ Comp Claims
Depending on who caused the construction accident and what your role is in connection to the construction company or site, you may either be able to file a personal injury claim or workers’ compensation claim to secure financial compensation.
Almost any construction worker injury, for example, is covered by workers’ compensation insurance. However, if a third party is responsible for causing the accident and injuries, such as the manufacturer of a faulty piece of equipment or construction site architect, the worker may be able to file a personal injury claim against that entity.
Additionally, pedestrians and others who aren’t workers but were injured in construction accidents can file a personal injury claim. One example is if a pedestrian was walking past a construction site and they were struck in the head by an unsecured ladder.
The Role of an Attorney
The reality of filing personal injury claims is that the process is not as clear-cut as it may seem. Insurance companies and construction companies will do whatever they can to save money, including looking for ways to undermine your claim or pass off blame. Having a construction accident attorney to represent you can prevent this from happening.
With years of experience and a passion for our clients’ well-being, our law firm can be trusted to protect you and the amount of financial compensation you deserve after a serious and traumatizing accident. We have a thorough knowledge of the construction industry and aren’t daunted about the possibility of going to trial if that’s what is needed.
Our team is passionate about helping clients secure the compensation they need to heal. Call our Chico construction accident attorneys today to learn more about how we can help you at (530) 342-3593. Consultations are offered in English and Spanish.
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