Construction workers do jobs that are essential to our nation’s infrastructure and economy. However, that work is often incredibly risky. Safety training, policies, and equipment protects construction workers across the country every day but preventing every accident is impossible. A construction accident leaves physical pain, medical bills, and emotional trauma for the victim. Who is liable for losses caused by a construction accident?
Construction injuries are often likely to be catastrophic, meaning they are more serious than a minor cut or bruise. Catastrophic generally refers to a substantial injury to the brain and/or spinal cord that leaves permanent damage and prevents the injured person from performing any gainful work in the future. Brain damage, paralysis, and loss of motor skills and function are a few examples of common catastrophic injuries.
Construction Site Accidents
The construction site is inherently dangerous. Between dangerous tools and equipment, to exposure to toxic chemicals and contact with electricity, hazards are always present on the typical construction site. The following are the most common accidents that occur:
- Burns and electrocutions
- Collapsed scaffolding
- Falls from heights
- Impact with falling objects
- Trench collapses
Liability for Catastrophic Injuries
Every construction site varies in how it is structured and who is in charge. That makes assessing liability a bit more challenging. Some of the parties that can potentially be liable for a worker’s catastrophic injury include:
- Coworkers: Workers who do not comply with safety procedures or training
- General contractors and subcontractors: When they fail to perform their part of the job safely
- Land or site owner: When they breach their duty to maintain a safe work environment for everyone
- Machinery manufacturer and/or technician: When defects or problems cause equipment to malfunction
- Project architect and/or engineer: When omissions in permits or cutting corners puts workers at risk
It should be noted, this list is by no means exhaustive. Your catastrophic injury lawyer will assess every detail of your accident to determine what part of the process went wrong and who was behind that tragic error.
Catastrophic Construction Injury Claims
Personal injury claims for catastrophic construction injuries offer victims a path to recovery for the losses related to their accident, including damages for emotional and physical pain, medical bills, and lost income. If the accident was the result of an especially egregious safety lapse, punitive damages may also be available.
Los Angeles Catastrophic Injury Lawyers at Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP Offer Skilled Representation for California’s Construction Workers
In a matter of seconds, a catastrophic injury can change a construction worker’s life forever. Construction site accident cases are complex and benefit from the skilled legal guidance of an experienced Los Angeles catastrophic injury lawyer at Abir Cohen Treyzon Salo, LLP. Your path to justice begins with a free case consultation. Call 833-ACTS-LAW or contact usonline for a free consultation today. With office locations in Los Angeles and San Diego, we serve clients throughout southern California.