Chico Workplace Accident Lawyers

Protecting the Rights of California Employees against Injury by Third-Parties

NOTE: THE PETERS LAW FIRM DOES NOT LITIGATE WORKER’S COMPENSATION CASES

No matter what industry you’re in, you as an employee have the right to work in an environment that doesn’t put your safety or health at risk. Unfortunately, work accidents still occur whether they’re at a construction site or in an office cubicle. California is one of the top states known for having non-fatal workplace illness and injury rates above the national average. Many of these injuries are caused by employees who violate safety regulations, but some can also be caused by contract workers, subcontractors, manufacturers, and other third parties. While most workers will file workers’ compensation claims after an accident, there are some instances in which it may make more sense to file a personal injury claim . The Peters Law firm does not litigate worker’s compensation cases, but we do represent workers that have been injured by third parties, not their employer or co-worker. If you’ve been injured on the job, you deserve to be represented by a law firm that has demonstrated experience in helping workers who were injured by third-parties recover damages so they can pay their bills and move on with their lives. Our Chico workplace accident attorneys care about each of our clients and won’t leave your side until we achieve your goals. Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP is here for you.


Contact us online or call (530) 342-3593 if you’ve been injured on the job. Our team is known throughout the community for our dedication to everyday workers and their families.

Common Types of Workplace Accidents

There are countless different accidents that can occur in the workplace, though national statistics have shown that there are a few common types – our law firm has also handled countless accidents and knows how to navigate them.

Common types of accidents that can occur in the workplace include:

  • Slip and falls: This is the most common type of workplace accident, as more than one in five of all California workplace deaths in 2017 were attributed to trips, slips, and falls, and with 88% of those deaths involving falls to a lower level. Slip and falls are common because they can happen in any workplace environment and be caused by a variety of factors, from slippery and wet floors to torn carpeting to poor lighting to third-party interference. If your injury was caused by a third-party or your workplace is owned by someone other than your employer, we may be able to assist you with your civil claim.
  • Machinery accidents: Industries involving heavy machinery, like manufacturing and construction, typically are more dangerous. Some machines can weigh thousands of pounds and cause serious injuries and deaths if they fall over or break and crush individuals as a result. Additionally, some workplaces fail to train their employees to use their machines properly and safely, which can also contribute to accidents.
  • Electrocutions: Though more common in the construction industry, where lots of live wires can be found, any employee can be electrocuted if there’s a socket around. These accidents tend to result in catastrophic injuries like burns and heart damage, as well as death.
  • Falling objects: Whether you’re working at a construction site and are struck by falling debris or are reaching for something on the top shelf in your office and a printer flies off, falling objects can cause serious damages such as traumatic brain injuries, which can impair a person’s cognitive abilities.

While these accidents can happen anywhere and in any industry, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has listed occupations with the most workplace non-fatal injuries and illnesses. Some of these occupations that are known for accidents include health care and social assistance, manufacturing, construction, and accommodation and food services.

Depending on the nature of the accident, injuries can include anything from cuts and abrasions and broken bones to burns, spinal cord injuries, paralysis, amputations, and head and brain injuries.

Who Can Be Held Liable?

If you’ve been injured at work, chances are you’ve been told the only compensation you can secure is from workers’ compensation insurance, but there are some exceptions to this rule. If you were injured by a defective product, for instance, you may be able to file a personal injury claim against the product manufacturer. Along the same vein is that if you’ve fallen ill as a result of a toxic substance, you could file a toxic tort lawsuit against the maker of that substance.

To understand whether a third party is responsible for your injuries, enabling you to file a personal injury claim against them and collect damages, you need an accomplished attorney by your side. Our lawyers are local and know all the local insurance companies, judges, and others typically involved in these cases. We know how the other side thinks and what they’ll try to do to avoid paying you. This knowledge is what gives us the edge we need to secure the full amount of compensation available to you.

For responsive services and free consultations in English and Spanish, call us today at (530) 342-3593. Our Chico workplace accident lawyers can help you heal from your injuries through compassion and aggressive advocacy.

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Firm Victories

  • $3,000,000 Construction Injury

    Settlement on catastrophic construction site injury case for the policy limits of 3 million dollars. This hard-fought case was led by partners James McKenna and Lia Juhl-Rhodes.

  • $1,500,000 Mobilehome Park Case

    Settlement for 19-unit mobile-home park for 1.5 million based upon violations of leases, mobilehome residency law, construction defect, and breach of habitability.

  • Not Guilty Criminal Defense

    Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced felony charges of Domestic Violence and False Imprisonment.

  • Gun Rights Protected Criminal Defense

    Partner Anthony Cardoza won a court trial in which the Government was attempting through a civil restraining order process to take a citizen’s gun rights away.

  • Acquittal of Misdemeanor Criminal Defense

    Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client who faced the charge of a misdemeanor count of spousal battery under Penal Code section 243(e)(1).

  • Big Victory for Local Governments Municipal Cases

    City of Oroville vs Superior Court of Butte County, on August 15, 2019, lead attorneys for the City of Oroville, Mark A. Habib and Lia M. Juhl-Rhodes, from the law firm of Peters, Habib, McKenna, Juhl-Rhodes & Cardoza, LLP won a landmark inverse condemnation case in the California Supreme Court.

  • Clearance of Felony Criminal Defense

    Partner Anthony Cardoza led a two-day jury trial representing a defendant who faced a felony count of assault with a deadly weapon, namely a vehicle.

  • Clearance of Felony Criminal Defense

    Partner Anthony Cardoza represented a client in Butte County charged with Felony Driving Under the Influence causing injury.

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