Construction sites are known to be hazardous and often construction workers are injured while working in this dangerous environment. Construction site accidents can cause serious bodily injury, both to those who work at them and pedestrians who walk by them. Between scaffolding, forklifts, and other heavy machinery, open trenches, and harmful chemicals, there are many construction accidents waiting to happen. Consequently, the Bureau of Labor Statistics construction work ranks as one of the top ten most dangerous jobs in the country. Determining whether you have a potential case after a construction site accident is dependent on a number of factors, which is why it is prudent to discuss your potential case with one of the experienced San Diego construction site accident attorneys of Martinez & Schill LLP as soon as possible.
Construction Site Employees
Usually, construction site workers who are injured on-the-job at in a construction accident are compensated through the California Worker’s Compensation laws. The worker’s compensation laws prohibit the employee from using his or her employer for on-the-job injuries but provide payment for medical expenses, lost income, and rehabilitation. On the other hand, if you are injured by a third party while at work, you may be able to sue the responsible party for monetary damages, including damages for pain and suffering which are precluded under the worker’s compensation system.
If another party is at fault, other than your employer, you can file a lawsuit to compensate you for all your damages. Common examples are general contractors that contribute to creating dangerous conditions, other subcontractors that act negligently in performing their work, or manufacturers of defective construction equipment.
Non-Construction Site Employees
If you have been injured at a construction site and you are not an employee of the party that caused your injuries at the construction site, you will be able to file a lawsuit if you are can demonstrate that the party responsible for your injuries, acted negligently. Common examples of construction site accidents that are the result of negligence include:
- Falling objects
- Roof fall accidents
- Electrocution & Explosions
- Defective hehavy duty machinery
- Scaffold accidents
- Collapsing trenches
There are many other ways a construction site accident could happen because of negligence, and an experienced San Diego construction site accident attorney will be able to help you determine whether you have a potential claim.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a San Diego construction site accident, you may be entitled to substantial monetary compensation. The damages available in construction site accident cases could include payment for medical expenses, lost income, loss of future income, and pain and suffering. The San Diego personal injury lawyers of Martinez & Schill LLP are dedicated to helping victims recover maximum compensation for their injuries. We assist clients all over Southern California, including San Diego and Riverside counties. To schedule a free consultation with one of our personal injury attorneys, call our office today at 619-512-5995.