Construction Site Accident Lawyer Serving Riverside & San Bernardino
Construction is the deadliest industry in America. In 2015, more than one in five employee deaths were in construction (21.5%). Construction sites are so dangerous for workers and passersby because of heavy machinery, power tools, working from heights, and working near electricity. There are ways to protect construction workers and prevent accidents from happening.
It is often the negligence of an employer, coworker, contractor, or product manufacturer that causes construction site injuries and deaths. In these cases, injured victims and their family members may be able to secure financial recovery through more than just workers’ compensation in California. At DeWitt Algorri + Algorri, PC, we have the means to investigate accidents and start the ball rolling on personal injury or wrongful death claims.
California Construction Accident Law
Construction site accidents can lead to a few different types of personal injury claims. The first remedy an injured construction worker might think of is workers’ compensation – California’s program to compensate injured employees for their medical bills and lost wages after incidents in the workplace. Workers’ compensation is a remedy for injured construction workers, but it is not the only solution. In fact, it might not be the best solution depending on the circumstances.
Filing for workers’ compensation immediately bars the injured person from suing his or her employer in the future. Even if the worker discovers the employer directly caused the accident and subsequent injuries, the worker cannot sue if he or she has already accepted workers’ compensation. Instead of filing right away, consider whether your employer’s negligence caused or contributed to the incident. Consult with an attorney to glean a better understanding of your accident and options before you file.
If a third party caused your accident (e.g. a coworker or independent contractor), you can file for workers’ compensation and sue the at-fault party. Suing a person or entity for your construction site accident can provide an important means of financial reimbursement. You could receive compensation for your past and future medical expenses, lost income, lost capacity to earn, lost quality of life, property damage, physical pain, and emotional suffering – as well as punitive damages, if someone is guilty of gross negligence. Our lawyers can help you with all types of legal processes to maximize your recovery.
Assigning Liability for Your Construction Site Accident
Finding out who caused your accident is one of the first steps toward securing compensation. There may be many factors that came together to cause your workplace accident. At our law firm, we can use high-quality tools and resources to investigate the incident that caused your injuries. We may discover one or more defendants that share the blame. The owner of the construction site, engineering professionals, architects, contractors, site managers, property owners, and manufacturers may all be liable for construction site injuries.
Once you know your rights, you can decide on the best course of action for your particular case. Our attorneys are happy to offer their professional opinions and legal counsel during free consultations in Riverside or San Bernardino. Over the years, we’ve acquired an impressive client base and long history of successful cases. We’ve won hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. Find out what we can do for you after a disastrous construction accident. Call (855) 946-6464 today.