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Construction sites have many opportunities for injuries. There can be many hazards on a site at a time: electrical hazards, high spaces that both workers and visitors have to climb, and heavy equipment that can cause serious injury when operated improperly. Those hazards can lead to injuries with long-term ramifications for both workers and visitors on the site.
Did you suffer injuries due to hazards on a construction site? Do you need to file a personal injury claim? Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today at (619) 237-3490 to schedule a consultation.
Riverside construction sites must adhere to strict safety regulations that are meant to reduce the risk of injury. Unfortunately, even minor negligence can lead to severe injuries on a construction site.
Many construction sites include work on or around electrical wires. A general contractor may even bring in an electrician to work specifically on those areas. Exposed wiring can present a serious hazard, especially if live wires are exposed and other workers do not know that power is still running to them. Contact with those wires can cause severe electrical burns.
Unlike traditional burns, which leave damage at the immediate site of the injury, electrical burns not only cause severe pain and damage to the skin and underlying tissue, they can leave damage throughout the body.
Victims with electrical burns may suffer from:
Many of the products used on construction sites include dangerous chemicals. On a safe construction site, these chemicals get stored carefully and labeled to ensure that everyone knows what dangers those chemicals can pose. However, mislabeled chemicals or failing to store them properly can lead to severe illness and injury. Some chemicals can cause chemical burns immediately upon contact. Others may cause breathing difficulties or even long-term lung damage if not treated properly. Some chemicals can also cause blindness.
On many construction sites, workers must conduct their business at significant heights. Proper safety precautions, including harnesses and safety rails, can help reduce the risk of a fall. Some workers, however, may still fall despite these precautions.
Falls can lead to these severe injuries:
Heavy equipment on a construction site can pose a serious hazard to workers, especially if it malfunctions. Often, construction equipment has a weight measured in tons.
Workers injured by malfunctioning or improperly-used equipment may suffer lifelong consequences.
Workers on construction sites often complete their job duties while on a building. Unfortunately, this poses a hazard for falling objects that can impact visitors and other workers passing by beneath them.
Falling objects can cause serious injuries, including:
Not only do power tools pose a risk of amputation or electrocution, many tools can cause items to fly through the air—the chuck key if someone forgets to remove it from a drill press, for example. Sometimes, these hazards can cause puncture wounds. Other times, if they fly into the eye, they can cause eye injury or blindness.
Following an accident on a Riverside construction site, many victims have serious questions about their legal rights and the compensation they could receive. Consult an attorney to learn more about your specific claim. Contact Gomez Trial Attorneys today to get more information.
If you suffered an injury on a construction site as a worker, do you have grounds for a personal injury claim or a workers’ compensation claim—and how can you tell the difference?
A workers’ compensation claim arises when any worker suffers an injury while performing his or her daily job responsibilities, regardless of who caused the injury. Unless you deliberately injured yourself, you can collect workers’ compensation benefits for your injury if you suffered an injury at work.
Workers’ compensation benefits usually include:
A workers’ compensation claim, unlike a personal injury claim, does not include compensation for pain and suffering. In some cases, even if you suffered injuries as a worker on a construction site, you may have grounds to file both a personal injury claim and a workers’ compensation claim. Your workplace, however, may require you to pay back some or all of the funds from your workers’ compensation claim out of a personal injury settlement.
Accidents can happen regardless of how safety-conscious construction sites are. Construction workers deal with substantial hazards every day. Many of these hazards can lead to severe injury after even a moment’s negligence or inattention.
Most often, the primary construction company working on the site bears liability for construction site accidents. If the accident involves a worker on the site, that worker has the right to file a workers’ compensation claim for compensation. On the other hand, if someone who does not work for the construction company suffers an accident with serious injuries, that party may file a personal injury claim.
However, more parties than just the primary construction company may bear liability for a construction site accident. Consult an attorney to learn more about whether these circumstances apply to your claim and how it can impact the compensation you may ultimately receive.
Contact the attorneys at Gomez Trial Attorneys today to see if you can hold any of the following responsible for your Riverside construction accident.
If you suffer injuries on a Riverside construction site, how much compensation should you expect? The answer can depend on the extent of your injuries and the party that bears liability. If you suffer injuries as a worker, you may not have the right to file a personal injury claim against your company unless the company committed a clear act of negligence.
For instance, if the company failed to provide proper safety equipment but insisted that you move forward with those responsibilities anyway, they may hold liability. On the other hand, if you suffer injuries due to another party’s negligence, or if you suffer injuries as a visitor to a construction site, you may file a personal injury claim. An attorney can give you a better idea of how much compensation you should pursue in an action.
Despite the numerous differences in the specific damages sought, many people include the same elements in their personal injury claim.
Keep in mind that the construction company’s insurance agent may contact you soon after the accident. The company will often offer a settlement designed to look appealing on the surface. Consult an attorney before accepting this offer, since it may not reflect the full compensation you deserve for your injuries.
If you suffered injuries on a construction site, an attorney could help you seek the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Many accident victims find that working closely with an attorney increases the compensation they pursue and receive, while simultaneously providing them peace of mind throughout the claim. While no result is guaranteed, the team at Gomez Trial Attorneys is here to help.
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