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Construction Accidents in Rancho Cucamonga
Construction comes with a greater risk of injury than almost any other work environment and even though all employers are supposed to provide a safe work environment for their employees many fail to do so, sometimes even failing to take basic precautions to minimize danger. When someone on a construction site fails to perform their safety duties it can be hazardous to everyone around. Construction sites are dangerous enough without having to be concerned about an increased risk of injury and since working in construction is largely dependent on being physically able and well, even the smallest injury can take away your livelihood.
If and when that happens, you need an attorney who will be able to hold whomever was negligent responsible for their careless and dangerous actions or inaction.
Constructions Accidents Are Serious
There is almost no limit to the variety of injuries that can be attributed to working on a construction site. These can range from simple repetitive stress injuries to catastrophic life altering events.
These types of injuries may come from almost any common situation on a construction site, including: Scaffolding collapses, Falls from ladders, Machine failures, Inadequate supervision, Crane accidents, Improper signage, Improper storage of hazardous materials, Explosions, Faulty wiring, Welding accidents, Forklift accidents and or Trench Collapse.
When you are injured on a construction site, you should always follow these steps to ensure that when you pursue compensation for your injuries you have the best chance of recovering:
- Even if your injury seems minor or does not bother you that much, seek immediate medical attention. Your failure to seek immediate medical attention may be used against you by opposing counsel to show that your injuries are not as severe as you claim.
- Report your injuries to your supervisor as soon as possible.
- Gather the names and contact information of anyone who witnessed your injury, including coworkers.
- Take photographs and other physical evidence of the injury including making note of the location of the injury on your body, location of where the injury occurred and any machinery involved.
- Seek legal representation. Construction related injuries can be serious and complicated matters. Proper legal representation can set your case apart and increase your chances of receiving compensation for your injuries.
It is important that you begin the process immediately. Construction sites are constantly changing as work progresses and it is possible that any evidence in your case could be destroyed in the process. Proper documentation is vital in these cases in order to hold the appropriate parties responsible.
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover a portion of lost wages and medical care. These benefits, while helpful, can still leave a gap in the income of an injured worker. Civil cases allow a worker to recover damages in the form of lost wages, impairment of earning capacity, medical costs, future medical costs, pain and suffering, and loss of consortium. This compensation can go a long way in restoring the quality of life lost in an accident.
Fortunately for workers in California, the state allows for comparative negligence. This means that even if the accident was partially the fault of the injured party or their employee, a third party claim can still be filed. If a court or jury determines that the injured worker was partially at fault, the amount of damages recoverable will be proportionally reduced. For example, if the employee is found to be 25% responsible for the accident, the third party can still be responsible for 75% of the damages.
By law, all construction companies are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance that covers injuries to their employees working on the job. Even if an employee is partially or totally at fault for their injuries, that employee is still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. Workers’ compensation is not a complete remedy to your injuries however. The compensation received under workers’ compensation covers medical care and lost wages, but the payments are limited, do not cover the entire amount necessary and does not assign fault for the accident.
The only remedy to completely recover for your injuries is a civil case against those responsible for your accident. There are many moving parts in a construction site. Contractors and subcontractors often work together on large job sites. This allows for large jobs to be finished more quickly and efficiently. However, in situations where there are accidents on site this also means many different parties could potentially be at fault, including: Construction company, Site owner or manager, General contractors, Other contractors or sub-contractors on the site, Architects, Engineers, Equipment manufacturers and or Suppliers.
Any of these third parties may be liable for negligence that results in injuries to a worker, as long as the worker is not their employee. Third-party claims can result in substantially greater compensation than what an injured employee could receive through workers’ compensation. For this reason it is critical to hire a law firm that has extensive expertise and experience in construction accident cases.
The Knowledge of a Professional – Rancho Cucamonga Construction Accident Attorney Justin King
Determining liability in construction accident cases is a complicated matter and is best dealt with by a professional with knowledge and resources. Construction accidents can have an irreversible negative effect on your life. Those who are responsible should be held responsible for their negligence. An experienced construction accident attorney can guide you through the many facets of your case and can work with you to ensure you and your family receive the compensation you deserve. At the Law Offices of Justin King, you will receive the care and attention that your case needs. Contact our firm today for a free case consultation.
Justin King - Construction Accident Attorney in Rancho Cucamonga Serving San Bernardino.
At The Law Offices of Justin King, we understand the serious consequences that a construction accident can have on your life, family, and future. Our experienced construction accident injury attorneys work hard to ensure that your legal rights are protected and that you receive the compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. We are experienced in negotiating settlements with opposing counsel, and insurance companies, and will strive to obtain the best possible result for you, regardless of the severity of your injuries.
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If you or someone you know has recently been involved in a construction accident we are here to help. Our no obligation and confidential case evaluation provides important details about your rights and responsibilities after an accident. Use our case evaluation form here to get in touch and learn what you need to know now. Construction accident cases are time sensitive so understanding your rights sooner may make all the difference.
Most caring and amazing lawyer - Justin was more than helpful and amazing since the day my husband and I hired him. One thing that stuck out the most to me was his genuine personality. He made me feel more important than just another client. I remember in the beginning of the case we spoke very often over the phone. He called to give me some new information concerning the case and to ask me a few questions. At the end of our conversation we hung up and a few moments later he called back just because he wanted to ask how I was doing with the injury I was suffering from, and to see how I was progressing. He always took his time to see how I was doing, and fought very hard to see me get what I deserved. My case lasted two years, and I'm sure there wasn't a week that went by where I didn't hear from him. He always kept me up to date and informed about what was happening in the case. He went far and above anything I could have ever expected and helped me get the results I could not even of imagined. I don't hope to ever need a personal injury attorney ever again but if I do I would hire Justin over and over again, and recommend him to everyone I know. I loved working with him. Visits to his office and phone calls from him were always very welcoming…..read more on our ‘testimonials’ page.