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Construction Accidents

Construction sites pose many dangers to workers and bystanders alike. Construction workers are subjected to a high level of risk on the job. Construction workers are often involved in potentially dangerous tasks such as lifting heavy objects, operating large machinery and performing job duties at elevated heights.

Proper protocol and safety practices can significantly decrease the risk of injury. When someone causes a preventable construction accident through negligence, he or she may be liable for the victim’s injuries.

A construction accident can leave victims to manage disability, physical pain, and other financial burdens. Know your rights and protect yourself. Contact a personal injury attorney today to see if you can evaluate and file a claim.

Lawyer for Construction Accidents in Los Angeles, CA

Safety is so critical in and around construction zones. A construction zone accident can be painful and costly. Negligence in a construction zone should never be tolerated as the risks are too high. If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident contact Yarian & Associates, APC.

The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC have two decades of experience in personal injury. Yarian & Associates, APC has handled many construction accident cases in the Los Angeles-Long Beach area. Do not let negligence from another person dictate your life. We accept clients throughout the greater Los Angeles County and Tulare County area and in adjoining cities including Glendale, Long Beach, Visalia, Los Angeles, Pasadena and Santa Monica.

Be proactive and take the first step. Call (844) 291-1911 to get in touch with Yarian & Associates, APC today.

California Construction Accidents Information Center

Statistics for Construction Accidents

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics:

  • 2 percent of construction workers (4,383) were killed in work site accidents in 2017
  • Fatal falls killed 544 workers and 233 workers were killed by falling objects
  • Fatal injuries to roofers rose 17 percent to 70 deaths last year. This is the highest count in the last five years.
  • Fatalities in the oil and gas extraction industry also rose to a record-high of 138 deaths
  • Fatal construction accidents in the private mining sector increased 14 percent to 177 incidents
  • There were 475 agricultural fatalities last year
  • Transportation incidents accounted for 2 out of 5 fatal accidents
  • Other common causes of death included falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and caught-between

Common Injuries from Construction Accidents

Construction zone accidents can range from minor cuts to wrongful death. Construction zone has tools, saws, heavy machinery, and other potentially dangerous equipment. Any kind of construction zone injury should be evaluated by a doctor immediately.

Some injuries that can result from construction zones include:

  • Burns
  • Ear or Eye Injury
  • Head or Brain Trauma
  • Amputation
  • Broken Bones
  • Lacerations or Abrasions
  • Amputation
  • Loss of hearing or sight
  • Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD)
  • Joint injury
  • Paralysis and other spinal injuries

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

There are perhaps innumerable ways in which a person can suffer injury on a construction site. Some common causes that result in construction accidents include:

  • Falling Objects
  • Faulty or Poorly Maintained Equipment
  • Slip and Falls
  • Structural Collapse
  • Electrical Accidents
  • Sharp Materials such as rebar, nails, and glass
  • Explosions
  • Scaffolding Malfunctions
  • Chemical Accidents
  • Equipment and Machine Malfunction
  • Unstable Materials
  • Forklift Accidents
  • Falls
  • Trench Collapses
  • Welding Accidents

Determining liability for injuries sustained in a construction accident can be difficult. When a construction accident occurs, any of the following parties may bear total or partial responsibility:

  • Site Owners
  • General and Sub-Contractors
  • Architects and Engineers
  • Manufacturers of Construction Machinery or Equipment
  • Insurers
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) compliance officer

Liability in Construction Accident Cases

When a construction accident causes harm to an employee, workers’ compensation laws will generally apply.  A worker can also obtain economic recovery from other parties who may be deemed liable. For example companies that manufacture defective construction equipment.

When a bystander suffers injury as the result of a construction accident, he or she may also be eligible to recover damages by filing a personal injury claim.

Whether you’re a construction worker or merely a bystander who has suffered injury, you may be entitled to economic recovery for your losses. Our attorneys can help you understand your legal rights and file a claim for your injury.

Additional Resources

Construction Accident Reports – Visit the United States Department of Labor website. Read on the page providing data on work-related fatalities that occurred under Federal OSHA and State Plan Jurisdiction. Employers must report worker fatalities to OSHA within eight hours. OSHA investigates all work-related fatalities.

State Occupational Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities – See recent construction accidents by state by visiting the United States Department of Labor’s Bureau of Statistics. Check which state has the highest work-related deaths and injuries.

Know Your Rights after a Construction Accident

If you have suffered an injury as the result of a construction accident, you should file a case against the liable party or parties. The attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC are qualified personal injury attorneys who have handled many construction accident cases. Call Yarian & Associates, APC today to see if you are eligible to file a claim.

It is always wise to seek competent legal counsel after a construction accident to ensure that your rights are protected. Contact our knowledgeable and experienced attorneys today. Your health is the most important thing. Let us get you what you deserve to recover. Yarian & Associates, APC has a team of attorneys who have represented clients throughout the California Central District Court including Long Beach, Pasadena, Visalia, Glendale, Los Angeles, and Fresno.

Call (844) 291-1911 or make an online appointment today for a free no-obligation consultation today.

This article was last updated on June 19th, 2018.

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