If you or a loved one have been injured in a construction accident, you may need experienced legal representation. The construction accident attorneys at Heiting & Irwin, APLC represent injured construction workers in the Riverside area and throughout California. Our attorneys have recovered hundreds of millions of dollars on behalf of injured clients.
You may have legal options and may be entitled to compensation when you have been injured in a construction accident. In addition to workers’ compensation, you may have an actionable case against a responsible third-party for a workplace injury. You need an attorney to investigate your accident, gather evidence and explore all potential avenues of recovery.
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Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs that a worker can have. The industry accounts for one of the highest injury and fatality rates among any profession. Nearly 200,000 workers are injured on the job each year. Someone who works in construction for 45 years has a one in 200 chance of dying on the job. Construction workers face risks to their health and safety every single day due to the large number of high-risk activities happening at any one time on a job site.
Common Construction Accident Injuries
The most common and serious injuries in construction are called the “Fatal Four.” These accidents are:
- Struck-by accidents
- Caught betweens
These are just some of the many hazards of working on a construction site. You may also suffer injuries from repetitive strains and overexertion, requiring treatment.
It only takes a moment for you to suffer an injury that could change the course of your life. Between the economic costs of your injury and the impacts on your life, the damages can add up quickly.
If you are a construction worker who has been injured on the job, it is likely that you can receive some type of compensation.
Third-Party Construction Accident Claims
In most instances, injured workers cannot file a lawsuit against their own employer. For many workplace injuries, the Workers’ Compensation system is the exclusive remedy available to an injured worker.
If your workplace injury included the involvement of a third-party, you should explore your remedies against that third party. Here are some examples of potentially culpable third parties in workplace incidents:
- Another contractor or subcontractor who was working at the site and caused your injuries
- The manufacturer of defective work equipment that injured you
- The general contractor, if they negligently hired or retained the subcontractor who injured you
- The owner of the construction site, if you are able to file a premises liability claim
Third party cases allow for the recovery of certain damages that are not recoverable in a Workers’ Compensation case. These may include full lost wages and your non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering.
Workers’ Compensation Claims for Construction Accidents
If you can demonstrate that your injury occurred while you were in the course and scope of your employment, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. In California, this is a no fault system.
If your loved one died on the job, your family may be entitled to receive a workers’ compensation death benefits.
The most important things in a construction accident case are to:
- Understand your legal options for compensation
- Explore all of your options for recovery
- Get the legal help you need to obtain the best result
Contact a Riverside Construction Accident Attorney Today
You do not have to handle the details of your own legal process, nor should you. The attorneys at Heiting & Irwin, APLC are in your corner when you need us. Your first step is to schedule your free initial consultation. You can message us online or call us today at 951-682-9400.