San Diego Unguarded Openings Attorneys
Unguarded openings in walking surfaces are common hazards on construction sites. Whether the holes are from unconstructed staircases or other unfinished structural features, serious injuries are often the results of falls in these openings. At the San Diego construction accident law firm of Martinez & Schill LLP, we are experienced in handling construction accident cases like those involving unguarded openings. If your accident was caused by an unsafe environment, you may have a personal injury case.
When you are injured on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. The law prevents you from suing your employer, but you can file a third-party action against others who share responsibility for your accident. Filing a personal injury lawsuit against any negligent parties will not affect your workers’ compensation.
Unguarded Opening Accidents
Falls are serious threats to construction workers in the San Diego area. There are specific safety precautions that should be taken to prevent construction workers from falling through elevated openings. These safety measures are outlined in the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulations. It is not uncommon, however, for dangerous openings to be left unguarded or for safety equipment such as guardrails to be improperly installed. Under these circumstances, accidents can and do happen.
A fall through an unguarded opening onto a hard surface can be deadly or result in life-threatening injuries such as traumatic brain injuries (TBIs), spinal cord injuries, back injuries and hemorrhaging. These injuries often lead to temporary or permanent disability and can be financially devastating for victims. They often encounter thousands of dollars in medical bills, rehabilitation costs and lost wages, and workers’ compensation may not cover all damages. With a third-party action, however, victims can obtain compensation for their bills as well as the pain and suffering they have endured.
Get The Compensation You Deserve For Your Injuries
If you were injured or a loved one was killed in an accident involving an unguarded opening, contact us to schedule a free consultation. One of our experienced San Diego personal injury lawyers will meet with you and discuss the specifics of the accident and the prospects for legal action. They will answer your questions and work with you to decide the best way to proceed. Call our San Diego office at 619-512-5995 or our Riverside office at 951-290-3367.