San Diego Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction work is one of the most dangerous occupations in the United States. The biggest factors causing construction-site injuries and deaths are unsafe work practices and unsafe worksite conditions. Construction accidents and deaths are often caused by a third-party contractor’s failure to comply with its own policies and procedures, failure to comply with government safety practices, and failure to provide adequate safety equipment.
But don’t assume your employer’s workers compensation insurance is the sole source of recovery. If a defective product, negligent contractor, or other third party caused your injuries, that party should be held responsible. This can help you receive broader compensation and benefit your employer by holding negligent third parties responsible for their damaging actions.
Many times, employers that don’t subscribe to workers compensation will have an occupational injury benefit plan that may pay for medical bills or part of your lost wages if you’re injured. Again, this is not the only compensation you are entitled to. If you’re unsure whether your employer has workers compensation, please contact our law firm to speak with our experienced attorneys at 619-550-1313.
Types of Construction Accidents
Common on-the-job accidents, work accidents, industrial accidents, and San Diego construction site accidents include the following:
- Falls from scaffolding, ladders, roofs, open structures, freight docks, etc.
- Crane and forklift accidents
- Occupational Safety and Health Administration violations
- Construction vehicle and truck accidents
- Dangerous and defective tools and equipment
- Power tool accidents
- Inadequate safeguards
- Lack of supervision
- Untrained or intoxicated workers
- Heavy equipment accidents
- Excavation cave-ins and collapsed trenches
- Inadequate warnings signs or protection
- Falling tools, scaffolding, walls, etc.
- Crush injuries
Entities that can be responsible for on-the-job, work, and construction accidents include, among others: employers, general contractors, subcontractors, third party workers, property owners, and tool and equipment manufacturers.
What to Do After Your Accident
To get the most value from your work, on-the-job, or construction claim, The Kindley Firm, APC, recommends that you do the following:
- Immediately report the accident to your employer
- Get the names, addresses, and phone numbers of all witnesses
- Take pictures of the accident scene, equipment, and your injuries
- If injured, do not delay getting medical treatment
- Document your pain, swelling, and other injuries that cannot be seen
- Do not give a recorded statement before talking to a work accident attorney
- Do not sign a medical records authorization or any paper before talking to a construction accident attorney
- Do not accept a settlement before talking to a construction accident attorney
Construction Accident Compensation
If you are injured in a work, on-the-job, industrial or construction accident, you are entitled to compensation for the following:
- Medical bills
- Future medical care
- Lost wages
- Future loss of earning capacity
- Disfigurement and impairment
The construction accident attorneys at The Kindley Firm, APC, represent individuals and families that have sustained the following types of personal injuries in a work, on-the-job, industrial, or construction accident:
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI), concussion, or head injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Paralysis and speech loss
- Quadriplegia and paraplegia
- Reflex sympathetic dystrophy (RSD) and complex regional pain syndrome (CRPS)
- Amputations or lost limbs
- Seizures, numbness, and loss of consciousness
- Burns and electrocutions
- Back injury (herniated disc or vertebrae fracture)
- Knee injury (torn meniscus or patella fracture)
- Shoulder injury (rotator cuff)
- Eye injury, vision loss, or blindness
- Ankle injury
- Broken bones
- Compound fractures
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other emotional injuries
Contact a San Diego Work Accident Lawyer
If a loved one or relative dies because of a work, on-the-job, industrial, and/or or construction accident, compensation may be awarded for funeral expenses, medical expenses, future medical care, lost wages, future loss of earning capacity, pain, mental anguish, impairment, loss of emotional support and companionship, and loss of household duties.
Don’t hesitate; contact The Kindley Firm, APC, today, and we will work diligently for you and your claim.