In a city like Los Angeles, companies and businesses are always looking to grow and thrive. People are drawn to move to the city year after year for the unique industries this city offers, which also keeps businesses within the construction industry busy and thriving as well. Unfortunately, sometimes these businesses and their workers suffer serious setbacks in the form of on-site accidents, incapacitating employees within the company and sometimes even bystanders outside of it. Every year, many Los Angeles citizens suffer injuries from on-site construction accidents and mishaps, causing them to require hospitalization and potentially lost wages due to the severity of their injuries. Several causes for injuries exist in this way:
As many construction sites require the use of ladders or scaffolding or take place on rooftops, workers are almost always at a risk of falling without proper protection and procedure. Injuries that result from falls on construction sites account for more than one-fifth of all causes to injuries.
In many cases, construction workers are exposed to electrical components such as live wires. These components, when not safeguarded properly, are an extreme on-site hazard to workers as well as a significant cause of accidental deaths in the workplace.
Many of us associate hardhats with construction, and it isn’t without reason. The number of injuries caused by objects that fall from above is significant, and the injuries themselves can be debilitating. Many cases of brain or spinal injuries have been known to occur on construction sites, even despite the use of certain safety equipment.
Construction sites tend to use heavy machinery and other large pieces of equipment, and as is always the case, accidents are known to happen. And considering the fact that they are heavy machinery, these accidents can be quite detrimental.
Inhalation and Pollutants
Another variable that adds to the danger of a construction site are the pollutants that are commonly caused in or around it. Even with proper safety equipment, workers encounter heavy volumes of dust, debris, asbestos and other toxic materials that could cause serious internal damage when exposed at length with the risk of inhalation.
An unfortunate reality of the construction industry is that construction workers tend to work within or around dangerous areas, be it dilapidated buildings, buildings that are scheduled for demolition or even the very trenches they are required to dig in some circumstances. When not properly secured with a strong foundation, there is a risk of collapse that could lead to very serious injuries or even death.
Even more causes for injury exist than these. At the very end, the construction industry, while extremely necessary for our nation’s infrastructure, can be a very dangerous and perilous job when many safety procedures are not employed or properly implemented – sometimes, it is still dangerous even when they are. Due to the nature of the job, construction workers also run the risk of serious injury that could leave them out of work for a long time and perhaps permanently physically disabled through loss of limb. And while many of these cases will at least earn worker’s compensation to the injured, sometimes that is not enough – sometimes they are entitled to more. It is important in circumstances like this to consult a personal injury attorney to determine if you are eligible for further financial compensation.
On-site construction accidents vary widely in cause, and due to the vast involvement of individuals and entities, they could also vary significantly in who bears responsibility for injuries suffered. If anyone, a worker or a bystander, suffers injury from a site, any one of the following could be held liable:
- Site owners
- General and sub-contractors
- Architects and engineers
- Manufacturers of construction machinery or equipment
- OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Act) compliance officer
It is important to review all circumstances as well as your options of legal financial entitlement as an injured worker. Determining liability of your injury could lead to significant financial restitution beyond worker’s compensation. We at Los Angeles Personal Injury Law understand and appreciate all of these risks that you – the hardworking individual – take on behalf of all of us as a city to improve our economy and our ability to have safe working environments ourselves. For these reasons, we are dedicated to ensuring you get the best possible injury compensation. Our team of specialized construction injury attorneys will work closely with you to determine work site liability and the extent of your medical and financial needs to maximize the potential for your financial gain. Call us today for a free consultation. Because at Los Angeles Personal Injury Law, our dedication is to Los Angeles and its citizens.