Construction Accident in Woodland Hills, CA

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The construction profession is naturally one of the most dangerous professions in Woodland Hills. Each year there are countless worker injuries and deaths in California due to construction site accidents. Construction injuries can be some of the most excruciating and severe. Additionally, with a lengthy path to recovery, you and your family might require considerable compensation from those responsible. There might be a loss of income, medical expenses, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a family member sustain injury in a construction accident in California, get in touch with the Woodland Hills Construction Accident Attorneys at Drake Law Firm for a complimentary case assessment.

What Are the Fatal Four of Construction Accidents?

Out of 4,674 employee fatalities that took place across the country in 2017, approximately 1,000 of them (or roughly 20%) happened in the construction industry. To put it another way, 1 in 5 work-related deaths each year happen on a construction site. These are scary statistics and they indicate a major problem when it comes to construction accident injuries and fatality.

The leading causes of worker fatalities in the construction industry are:

  • slip and falls
  • struck by object
  • electrocution
  • caught-in between

These common causes of construction accidents and injuries are known as the Fatal Four. These causes are responsible for virtually 60% of worker fatalities in the construction industry.

Additionally, while not on the list of four, work zone freeway accidents are also quite common. There are numerous safety campaigns to address this recurring problem. Along with criminal penalties, when a driver hits a worker, there will usually be a civil case also.

Do Construction Accidents Cause Serious Injuries Often?

In some instances, the true effects of an accident might take some time to reveal themselves. Some injuries get considerably worse as days and even weeks pass. What might seem minor while on the job may in fact be a serious, potentially life-long injury. Sometimes adrenaline masks injuries or they simply take time to develop.

In other cases, a routine injury may be aggravated or worsen throughout the course of treatment. For instance, an infection developing during or after surgery, or a greater muscle tear occurring during rehabilitation. Injured employees are protected in these events by the laws of California but they are expected to actively seek relief from their injuries. Consulting with a personal injury attorney early can help secure your legal rights and allow you to recover your damages.

That being said, construction accidents can cause severe or catastrophic injuries, such as:

  • Fractures requiring surgery
  • Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
  • Spine injuries that result in a worker to become a paraplegic or quadriplegic
  • Electrocution
  • Burns
  • Eye injuries that lead to permanent vision impairment or blindness
  • Death

Our construction accident attorneys in Woodland Hills 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 Infractions at Construction Sites?

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 employees' health and lives in danger. Commonly these infractions are discovered after an inspection of the worksite by OSHA.

OSHA publishes this kind of information to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and deaths on job sites. These incidents are easy to avoid when you adhere to safety guidelines.

The 10 most frequent construction violations are:

  • Failing to use fall protection equipment
  • Failing to communicate hazard material information
  • Dangerous scaffolding
  • Absence of respiratory protection
  • Hazardous power or energy supply on site
  • Unsafe ladders
  • Industrial vehicles not complying with guidelines
  • Not following fall protection guidelines
  • Disregarding machinery safety guidelines
  • Absence of appropriate eye and face protection

Should You Ask for a Complimentary Construction Accident Case Consultation?

Under California legislation, an injured worker has the right to file and receive workers compensation benefits for injuries on the job.

In addition to workers' compensation benefits, an injured construction worker can also have a third-party negligence case. 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 guilty party is not the employer or colleague of the injured or deceased individual. Typically, 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 should be consulted as quickly as possible to review your case and to protect your rights. Your Woodland Hills construction accident attorney will examine the cause of the accident, the extent of injuries and the accountable 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 receive workers' compensation benefits.

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