Construction projects have a lot that goes into them, between design, hiring, and executing. However, one of the main things that most always be of upmost importance is their safety. Construction projects need to always be safety-conscious in its design construction and execution within the construction operation and the construction site’s interaction with the general public. However, that hasn’t always been the case. Construction accidents keep happening on a daily basis. If you were injured during a construction project or at a construction site, you need to hire a construction accidents attorney who can represent you in a case.
Construction Accidents Attorney in Glendale, CA
The speed and quality of a construction project should never come at the expense of you or your loved one’s life. A construction manager or property construction owner should be held responsible for its lack of following safety guidelines at the construction site. Yarian & Associates, APC is experienced in personal injury cases and knows how to mitigate cases on clients’ behalves.
When you suffer an accident, you may be dealing with high medical bills and prolonged medical care that may cost you your job and income. Even if you were partly at fault, if your accident was ultimately caused by a lack of safety measures at the construction site, you need to hold the other party at fault accountable. Do not wait longer to start recovering for damages that were not your fault! File a construction accident injury claim with one of our attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC.
Call (844) 291-1911 to schedule a free confidential consultation or fill out an initial contact form online. We work with clients in the cities of Glendale, Riverside, Fresno, Visalia, Riverside, and Los Angeles.
Overview of Construction Accidents
- What Counts as a Construction Accident?
- Common Injuries from Construction Accidents
- Public Entity vs. Private Construction Liability
- Construction Worker Liability
- Construction Site Negligence
- Additional Resources
What counts as a Construction Accident?
A construction accident is one that is labeled as having happened at a construction site. Construction sites are often regulated and labeled, whether on the highway, street, or sidewalk, or buildings. Accidents can include:
- Falling Object
- Construction Vehicles Hazard/Crash
- Collapsing Site
- Dust/Lead Exposure
- Overexertion (i.e., muscle or joint pain,
Since construction accidents are by definition those that take place at a construction site, the places where they can take place are endless, therefore the type of construction is ultimately divided between private construction projects and public (state & federal) construction projects. The liability is attributed between private entities or public entities. Private construction can be deeper categorized as the following:
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:
- Ear or Eye Injury
- Head or Brain Trauma
- Broken Bones
- Lacerations or Abrasions
- Loss of hearing or sight
- Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD)
- Joint injury
- Paralysis and other spinal injuries
Public Entity vs. Private Construction Liability
In case of a public entity construction accident, the public entity in charge of conducting the construction is blamed, either state or federal entities. Most of the time, the state or federal construction workers do not represent themselves but are represented by the public entity, therefore in case of a personal injury claim against a public entity the rules to be followed have to be according to the government claim process.
Private Construction is conducted by private parties, separate from government authority. In case of a private construction project accident, the accident can be further analyzed between the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors, and the following specific people can be put to blame:
- Building Owner
- Project Manager
- Construction Worker
That being said, because private construction is not regulated or overseen as fully as public construction, a private construction project has to put in additional work to make sure to meet not only government regulations but also be general conscious of the sorts of liabilities that can arise during a project. Private projects must first obtain government authorization to even begin construction somewhere and have to meet certain operation standards as regulated by OSHA.
Construction Worker Liability
A construction worker accident is handled somewhat differently than a random individual suffering an accident in one of the construction sites. Construction workers have contracts and liability policies or worker compensation in case some accident does decided to play out. Failure to provide either on the part of the company or entity in charge of the construction project may already be breaking some law. However, even when those insurance policies and claims are submitted, overseers or company managers of projects might negate their liability or limit the amount of compensation necessary for the victim.
You may be able to submit a personal injury liability case against your manager or company owner for being negligent in your accident. Depending on the type of contract or disclosure you signed, you may able to still file for a construction liability accident against the negligent party. Additionally, if there are general employment laws that have been violated within your work in the construction project, such as failing to provide appropriate working conditions, such multiple water breaks during summer construction or necessary protective gear, or even appropriate lunch breaks, then the lawsuit can have multiple layers that should be discussed with your attorney in conjunction with your construction accident liability suit.
Construction Site Negligence
California’s negligence laws state the following elements for a negligence claim:
- The defendant had a duty to commit an act or refrain from committing an act
- The defendant acted negligent by breaching the act of duty
- The defendant’s negligent act caused the plaintiff’s injuries
- The defendant’s negligent actions were the proximate cause of the injuries
- The plaintiff suffered damages (i.e., loss of income, pain and suffering, medical costs)
Some examples of negligence in a construction site can involve the following:
- Negligent labeling to put Construction Signs
- Negligence to put proper actions in place to not deter the general public (i.e., creating a detour path while in the construction is in place)
- Negligence to properly move things back into place with how they were before the accident
- Negligent safety for construction worker working in the construction project
- Negligent safety in design, managing, and execution of construction project for the general public or occupants of the space
California Department of General Services | Government Claim – If you want to learn more information about submitting a state claim for eligible compensation visit this page. The page offers answers to popular questions involving claims including time deadlines and processing of the claim.
Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) | Worker Safety – The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) works with construction managers and building owners to make sure construction workers and construction sites are meeting OSHA standards. You can click on the page to view some of the standards set by the administration.
Lawyer for Construction Accidents in Los Angeles County, CA
If your or your loved one was the victim of a construction accident, then you need to hold the party at fault responsible for your loss. The construction accident may have cost you your life and life earnings, however you can recover all that by filing a construction lawsuit with one of our attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC. We can make sure that you receive the most favorable outcome in your case.
Even if you were an employee at the accident site, the insurance claims the provided you with may not be enough to cover for all your damages. However, there could be recovery damages that are not being offered to you at this time. You can speak to a lawyer to further represent you in this process and make sure you’re not being misled.
Call (844) 291-1911 to schedule a confidential consultation with one of our attorneys or fill out an initial contact form online. Our attorneys at Yarian & Associates, APC work with clients in the counties of Los Angeles and Tulare.