The construction profession is naturally one of the most dangerous occupations in Calabasas. Every year there are countless worker injuries and deaths in California due to construction site accidents. Construction injuries can be some of the most agonizing and intense. Further, with a long road to recovery, you and your loved ones may need substantial compensation from those responsible. There may be a loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a family member suffer injury in a construction accident in California, get in touch with the Calabasas Construction Accident Lawyers at Drake Law Firm for a free case assessment.
What Are the Fatal Four of Construction Accidents?
Out of 4,674 employee casualties that occurred nationwide in 2017, approximately 1,000 of them (or about 20%) took place in the construction industry. To put it another way, 1 in 5 occupational fatalities each year occur on a construction site. These are frightening statistics and they indicate a serious problem when it concerns construction accident injuries and fatality.
The leading causes of employee fatalities in the construction industry are:
These common causes of construction accidents and injuries are known as the Fatal Four. These causes are responsible for nearly 60% of worker fatalities in the construction industry.
Further, while not on the list of four, work zone freeway accidents are also very common. There are many safety initiatives to address this ongoing problem. Along with criminal charges, when a driver strikes a worker, there will typically be a civil claim as well.
Do Construction Accidents Cause Serious Injuries Often?
In some instances, the true effects of an accident may take time to reveal themselves. Some injuries become considerably worse as days and even weeks pass. What might seem minor while on the job might in fact be a serious, potentially life-long injury. Sometimes adrenaline masks injuries or they simply take time to develop.
In other instances, a routine injury may be aggravated or worsen during the course of treatment. For example, an infection developing during or after surgery, or a greater muscle tear occurring during rehabilitation. Injured workers are protected in these events by the laws of California but they are expected to actively seek relief from their injuries. Speaking with a personal injury attorney early can help protect your legal rights and enable you to recover your damages.
That being said, construction accidents can cause severe or catastrophic injuries, such as:
Our construction accident lawyers in Calabasas are here to help you receive compensation and we offer our services at no cost unless we win.
What Are the Top 10 Most Frequent Safety Violations at Construction Site?
The following is a list of the most frequent health and safety violations on construction sites. These infractions can cause accidents and injuries that put workers' health and lives in danger. Commonly these infractions are discovered after an examination of the worksite by OSHA.
OSHA releases this kind of information to help avoid injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on job sites. These accidents are easy to avoid when you follow safety guidelines.
The ten most frequent construction infractions are:
Should You Ask for a Free Construction Accident Case Consultation?
Under California legislation, an injured worker has the right to file and receive workers compensation benefits for injuries at work.
Along with workers' compensation benefits, an injured construction worker may also have a third-party negligence claim. The case could be against a contractor, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or other individual or business. There can be a third-party claim as long as the responsible party is not the employer or co-worker of the injured or deceased person. Typically, these types of lawsuits include either general negligence in maintaining safe working conditions, or products liability for negligently managed or manufactured equipment or vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a construction accident, an accident attorney should be consulted as quickly as possible to assess your case and to protect your rights. Your Calabasas construction accident lawyer will examine the cause of the accident, the extent of injuries and the liable parties.
If the facts of your construction accident case do not require a third-party negligence claim, you or your family still have a right to collect workers' compensation benefits.
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