The construction industry has one of the highest injury rates for workers. Not only construction site workers but bystanders and others not employed by the construction company may be injured through such events as falling debris. Where construction sites are poorly managed, have unsafe working conditions, or where negligence on the part of individuals, equipment, tool, or vehicle manufacturers results in injuries or fatalities, liability may be assigned to the responsible parties. A third-party personal injury claim or lawsuit by the injury victim or a wrongful death claim by the victim's family survivors may be initiated against those responsible to recover fair compensation for losses and damages.
Construction sites are known for their potential hazards due to the constantly changing environment, the use of heavy machinery, such as cranes, earth movers, bulldozers, and caterpillars, the use of power tools and electrical equipment, the need for workers to carry on tasks at great heights, on ladders, or scaffolds, and the debris created, such as loose nails, metal, planks, and other materials. Combine this with electrical work that can cause electrocution or burns, hazardous waste, chemicals, or fumes which can be inhaled, the possibility of falling objects, and the heavy traffic of dump trucks and other commercial vehicles and the potential for accidents and injuries can increase. Construction site managers are responsible for complying with federal safety regulations and standards to help prevent accidents. Where they fail to do so, negligence may be a factor.
If you are injured in a construction accident, you generally will be eligible for worker's compensation benefits. These benefits cover your medical treatment, a percentage of your lost wages, and compaensate you for your permanent disability. If your injuries were caused by the negligence of a third party, however, you may be eligible for additional compensation, including non-economic damages, such as your pain, suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, disability, or similar damages.
At the Law Offices of Haleh Shekarchian, we will investigate your accident to determine all the parties who may have contributed to your injuries, use experts such as safety engineers and others with a professional understanding of the construction industry, construction sites, and building procedures who can shed light on any negligent actions or inactions; assemble all of the necessary evidence concerning your injuries and the working conditions under which they were incurred; and negotiate or litigate on your behalf to achieve the maximum compensation possible to help you recover physically and financially.