The construction profession is naturally one of the most dangerous occupations in Topanga. Each year there are thousands of worker injuries and casualties in California due to construction site accidents. Construction injuries can be some of the most excruciating and severe. Additionally, with a long road to recovery, you and your family might need substantial compensation from those responsible. There could be a loss of income, medical costs, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a loved one sustain injury in a construction accident in California, contact the Topanga Construction Accident Attorneys at Drake Law Firm for a free case assessment.
What Are the Fatal Four of Construction Accidents?
Out of 4,674 worker fatalities that occurred across the country in 2017, approximately 1,000 of them (or about 20%) happened in the construction industry. To put it another way, 1 in 5 job-related deaths annually occur on a construction site. These are frightening statistics and they point to a serious problem when it comes to construction accident injuries and death.
The leading causes of employee fatalities in the construction industry are:
These common causes of construction accidents and injuries are called the Fatal Four. These causes are accountable for almost 60% of worker deaths in the construction industry.
Additionally, while not on the list of four, work zone freeway accidents are also quite common. There are many safety campaigns to address this recurring issue. In addition to criminal penalties, when a driver strikes a worker, there will usually be a civil claim too.
Do Construction Accidents Cause Serious Injuries Often?
In some circumstances, the true effects of an accident might take some time to reveal themselves. Some injuries get progressively worse as days and even weeks pass. What might appear minor while on the job may in fact be a severe, possibly life-long injury. Sometimes adrenaline masks injuries or they simply take a while to develop.
In other cases, 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 required to actively seek relief from their injuries. Consulting with a personal injury lawyer early can help secure your rights and enable you to recoup your damages.
That being said, construction accidents can cause serious or devastating injuries, such as:
Our construction accident attorneys in Topanga are here to help you receive compensation and we provide our services at no cost unless we win.
What Are the Top 10 Most Frequent Safety Infractions at Construction Site?
The following is a list of the most common health and safety violations on construction sites. These violations can cause accidents and injuries that put workers' health and lives in danger. Typically these violations are discovered after an evaluation of the worksite by OSHA.
OSHA publishes this type of information to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on work sites. These accidents are easy to prevent when you abide by safety guidelines.
The ten most common construction infractions are:
Should You Request a Free Construction Accident Case Consultation?
Under California law, an injured employee has the right to file and collect workers compensation benefits for injuries at work.
Along with workers' compensation benefits, an injured construction worker can also have a third-party negligence claim. The claim could be against a contractor, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or other person or business. There can be a third-party claim as long as the at fault party is not the employer or co-worker of the injured or deceased person. Generally, these types of cases involve either general negligence in preserving safe working conditions, or products liability for negligently maintained or designed equipment or vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a construction accident, an accident attorney needs to be consulted as quickly as possible to assess your case and to protect your rights. Your Topanga construction accident attorney 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 call for a third-party negligence claim, you or your family still have a right to collect workers' compensation benefits.
Contact Drake Law Firm so I can answer any questions you may have and let you know what I can do to help. If you’re unable to visit our firm, we can come to your home or hospital room.