As a safety conscious, responsible construction worker, you understand the dangers of your work site. You take the proper precautions, wear the required safety equipment and never take unnecessary risks that violate site safety protocols. Regrettably, you can still end up suffering a significant injury while on the job, even if you may have done everything right.
Despite the fact that construction sites are well known as dangerous places for those who work on them, this common knowledge doesn’t clear the site supervisors from their responsibility to keep their employees safe. And it doesn’t mean you lose your right to seek justice should you get hurt.
John M. O’Brien & Associates have offices located in Elk Grove and Sacramento and are ready to help if you or a loved one is severely injured in a construction site accident. Contact John M. O'Brien & Associates for skilled and dedicated legal representation. Call 800.722.4176 today for a free case evaluation.
Types of Injuries Related to Construction Site Accidents
A construction site accident can be extremely serious. The following is a list of some of the types of severe injuries workers can sustain while on the job:
- Head Injuries
- Brain injuries
- Neck Injuries
- Back Injuries
- Severe Spinal Trauma
- Fractured, Broken or Crushed Bones
- Loss of Limbs
- Loss of Fingers or Toes
- Organ Damage
- Internal Bleeding
- Impalement to the Body
- Permanent Disability
- Wrongful Death
Often, in these cases, the medical bills are large and the injuries result in a long period of disability. Although worker's compensation may pay for some of the medical bills and lost earnings, frequently it fails to adequately compensate an injured worker for permanent losses and/or permanent disability.
What Should You Do If You Have Been Injured?
Your well-being and health should be considered the foremost concern when you have been injured. As with any severe injury, it is essential that you seek prompt medical attention. If you sustained your injuries while on the job, then you should be entitled to workers' compensation benefits. Report your injury to your employer and, if physically able, take note of the names and contact information of those who witnessed the accident that caused your injuries.
At this stage it is warranted to contact a personal injury attorney who has the compassion, skill, and experience to be by your side and become your advocate. Personal injury cases are complex and it is vital that a thorough investigation is done on your behalf to protect your rights and ensure that you receive fair compensation.
Crucial Steps to Be Taken Right Away
Immediate investigation and preservation of evidence is a critical element in a construction site injury case. The investigation should involve a thorough examination of the scene where the accident took place. Often times, it is necessary to get court orders to preserve evidence that is found on the construction site. In addition, an investigator should be contacted to interview any and all witnesses who were at the scene.
Another essential step is to establish contact with the investigating authorities, such as the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The issue of who is responsible for ensuring compliance with OSHA regulations often turns on who was in control of the job site or job activity when the employee was injured. In addition to identifying all general contractors and subcontractors, it can be pertinent to identify all the material suppliers that relate to the job site at the time of the accident.
HOW CAN JOHN M. O'BRIEN & ASSOCIATES HELP?
John M. O’Brien & Associates have offices located in Elk Grove and Sacramento and are ready to help if you or a loved one is severely injured in a construction site accident. With a quarter-century of experience in successfully recovering millions of dollars for clients and achieving the highest possible ratings from Martindale-Hubbell and Avvo, our client-centered Sacramento personal injury lawyers will provide you with skilled, focused, and result-oriented legal representation. California law limits the amount of time in which you are allowed to file a claim, so don't wait; contact John M. O'Brien & Associates at 800.722.4176 today for a free case evaluation.
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Examples of Construction Site Accidents
- Skip Loader Accidents
- Big Dig accidents
- Tunnel accidents
- Highway construction accidents
- Wrongful death
- Roadway safety defects
- Crane accidents
- Scaffold accidents
- Falls through unprotected holes
- Nail gun accidents
- Improper site design or inspection
- OSHA violations
- Defective ladders
- Falling materials
- Electrical accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Scaffolding failures
- Wall and roof collapses
- Roofing accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Slips and falls
- Excavation accidents
- Construction debris on work-site
- Defective power tools
- Falling debris
- Improperly stored materials
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Unguarded trenches
- Drowning accidents
- Worn or defective rope or cable
- Trip and falls
- Open pits or trenches
- Faulty stairs
- Welding accidents
- Elevator and material lift accidents
- Defective safety equipment
- Amputations from defective saws
- Heavy equipment failures
- Trench collapses
- Building collapses
- Pedestrian construction accidents