Construction site injuries and fatalities occur far too often. In fact, the construction industry had the second-highest number of occupational fatalities for any industry in California for the years 2013-2017 (the latest data available). These accidents can be life-altering and cause the victims and their families long-term financial and emotional stress. At Pathway Law Firm, PC, our construction accident attorneys have the experience needed to guide you through the entire legal process so you can recover the compensation you deserve.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Some of the most commonly seen types of construction accidents include:
- Electrocution: Construction workers are regularly exposed to incomplete electrical systems and downed power lines. Also, construction workers handle multiple types of electrical equipment in their everyday jobs which increases their risk of being electrocuted. As a matter of fact, electrocution is the fourth leading cause of death for construction workers in the United States.
- Falls: In 2016, falls accounted for 24,700 injuries and 384 deaths among construction workers. This is due to constantly working on scaffolds, ladders, rooftops, and other equipment of great height.
- Falling Debris: Flying shingles, tiles, work tools, and other objects are a common site on construction sites. Thrown from great heights, these articles can cause grave injury to persons on the ground. “Struck by object” comprised 11.1% of construction worker fatalities in 2018.
- Fires & Explosions: Fires & explosions account for an average of 36 construction worker deaths per year. Gas leaks, exposed wires, and defective electrical equipment all contribute to this number.
- Caught-in/Between: Caught-in/between refers to instances when a construction worker is caught-in between or compressed by equipment and other objects. It also encompasses instances where workers are caught, crushed, or hit during a collapse of a structure or other material. Caught-in/between accidents accounted for 5.5% of construction worker deaths in 2018.
Compensation for a California Construction Accident
Most construction workers in California are aware that they have the ability to collect worker’s compensation when they suffer an injury on the job. What many are not aware of is their ability to file suit against any negligent third-parties for damages they have sustained. This can be especially helpful as worker’s compensation does not provide an injured worker with 100% restitution for work missed or for any pain and suffering they incur. Whether or not you can file a lawsuit against a third party is a determination your California construction accident attorney at Pathway Law Firm can assist you in making.
Contact Our California Construction Accident Attorneys for a Free Consultation
If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact the skilled attorneys at Pathway Law Firm, PC, today. We know how to help construction accident victims recover the compensation they deserve. Our clients are our first priority, and we are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. And, as always, we don’t collect any money from you until your case successfully concludes in either a settlement or verdict through the courts.