California construction workers know only too well that the construction site can be a dangerous place to work. Despite all efforts to maintain a safe working environment, accidents can occur. When these accidents are the result of negligence on the part of contractors, foremen, property managers, or other construction workers, an injured worker has the legal right to file a construction accident claim seeking compensation for their damages, including medical bills and lost wages.
If you have been injured in a construction site accident or have a loved you died as a result of a construction site mishap and your worker’s compensation payment doesn’t cover the true costs of your pain and suffering, then you need to contact a Manhattan Beach construction accident attorney at Dinsmore & Sandelmann, LLP. Our work injury attorneys are dedicated to obtaining financial compensation for people who have been seriously hurt and the families of those who have been killed while working on a construction site.
On the Job Construction Site Injuries
Construction companies and contractors are required by law to maintain a safe workplace. Failing to follow safety regulations can create dangerous situations for construction workers. Some of the more common types of construction site accidents include:
- Falls and slips: This is among the leading causes of construction accident injuries. Much of construction work happens high off the ground, using ladders, cranes, roofs, scaffolding, etc. Equipment failure; inadequate safety gear and training; and other negligence can quickly lead to injuries.
- Trench collapses: Digging trenches and tunnels is a dangerous job, and workers face risk of serious injury or even death if a structural collapse occurs.
- Falling debris: Being struck by a falling object — such as tools and materials — can cause traumatic brain injuries and more.
- Scaffolding, wall, and roof collapses: These injuries most commonly occur as a result of supports giving away or the worker slipping or being hit by a falling object.
- Exposure to toxic chemicals, emissions, or gasses: Injuries from exposure to toxic materials may occur from one-time contact to hazardous materials or from more prolonged exposure.
- Explosions: Job sites have many different combustible chemicals and materials that can lead to fire and explosions.
- Mechanical failures: Operating construction tools and equipment inherently comes with some risk. Mechanical failures due to improper maintenance or manufacturing defects only increase the possibility of injury.
- Electrocutions: Live wires are a common hazard that construction workers are exposed to. Electrocution accidents can cause injuries ranging from minor burns to permanent disability, or even death.
- Welding accidents: This can include injuries such as burns, but also radiation injuries and eye damage.
Construction site accidents can result in:
- Damaged hearing
- Back, neck and spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Cuts, lacerations and puncture wounds
- Head injuries
- Broken bones
When Worker’s Compensation Falls Short
Construction companies are required by law to carry worker’s compensation insurance for all their employees. Worker’s compensation benefits are designed to provide injured workers with the medical care they require to recover from a work related injury or illness, as well as providing partial payment of any lost wages while an injured worker is disabled.
Unfortunately, a worker’s compensation pay out doesn’t always cover all of the medical costs and lost earnings that can arise from a construction site accident. It doesn’t adequately address the costs of long term disability. And worker’s compensation benefits do not cover damages for pain and suffering or other losses. Even worse, the same laws that require employers to maintain worker’s compensation also prevent employees from suing their employers for job related injuries.
At Dinsmore & Sandelmann, LLP, we can help you recover compensation for damages beyond those provided in worker’s compensation. If a general contractor, a property owner or a manufacturer is responsible for your injuries, you may have a personal injury claim.
We fight for California Construction Workers
For over 25 years, Dinsmore & Sandelmann, LLP has been helping injured construction workers and their families in Manhattan Beach, El Segundo, Hawthorne, Gardena, Redondo Beach, Hermosa Beach, Torrance, Palos Verdes, Torrance and surrounding communities get the justice they deserve.
Our Manhattan Beach construction accident attorney team has the experience and skill to effectively investigate a construction accident claim, determine who is really at fault, challenge the insurance companies and successfully argue your case before a judge and/or jury. Our solid reputation as South Bay personal injury lawyers is earned through hard work, proven results and a commitment to delivering our clients the best representation possible.
Schedule a Free Consultation with a Construction Accident Attorney in Manhattan Beach
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you may have a legal right to compensation for your losses. Call a Manhattan Beach construction accident attorney at Dinsmore & Sandelmann, LLP at 310-318-1220 or contact us online immediately to schedule a free consultation so we can discuss your case. We handle personal injury cases on a contingency basis, so there are no up-front costs to our clients. We don’t collect our fees unless you collect a settlement.