The Phillips Law Offices handles all aspects of cases involving work place injuries including injuries which occur at construction sites. We can help navigate the sometimes complex recovery for these injuries as both state and federal laws can apply. Also, depending on the specific facts of the injury, a worker may be entitled to recovery under several legal remedies. If you have been injured while working at a construction site you may have a personal injury claim, a workers' compensation claim, or both. The Phillips Law Offices can help decide which is the best course of action to maximize financial recovery for the construction site accident for you and your family.
If you or a family member has been injured on the work site, we invite you to call us today at 530-265-0186 for a no obligation review of your case. From our offices in Nevada City and Roseville, we serve clients throughout the Gold Country and Sierra Foothills. We represent sub-contractors, volunteers, laborers and visitors hurt at construction site accidents.
Should I Contact a Construction Site Accident Lawyer?
If you or a family member has been injured at a work site or construction site, it is always a good idea to talk to an attorney as soon as possible. First, there are strict time limits for presenting a claim for personal injuries and if an injured person waits too long, they may lose all rights to recover for their injuries. Second, often times who might or might not be responsible for the injury is not easy to determine. An experienced construction site injury lawyer, can review witness statements, accident reports and medical records to help determine the best legal course of action to maximize recovery for the injury. Third, there are a number of California state and federal laws involving injuries at work or construction sites, which may or may not be apply depending upon the facts of the accident. At the Phillips Law Offices, the initial consultation is free and without any obligation, we invite you to call us today at 530-265-0186 to discuss any questions you may have.
What To Do After an On- the- Job Site Accident and Injury
If you or a family member is injured on the job, they are most likely entitled to make a claim for injuries under California's workers' compensation program as most employers are required to carry workers' compensation insurance. Because workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, workers are not required to prove fault for their injuries to recover benefits. However, there are a few steps to keep in mind. First, you should make or report the accident and injury to the employer. There are strict timelines that must be followed to be covered by workers' compensation. So even if you are not sure the extent of the injury or you are waiting to see your doctor, you should file the report. The employer is required to file notice of the claim with the insurance company and the employee is entitled to a copy of the report, so it is a good idea to follow up and make sure the claim was filed. Second, you should see a doctor as soon as possible. If the injury is serious go to the emergency room. If you are waiting to see a scheduled visit, keep track of how your injury or illness has affected your ability to work and be sure to inform your doctor with as much detail as possible. For example, details as whether or not it takes you longer to accomplish certain tasks or how much pain you may be in. Also keep track of all out of pocket expenses and save pay stubs for the entire time period showing any lost work hours. Also it is a good idea to take notes of everyone involved in your claim, the discussions you had with them, and the dates of these discussions. Lastly, we don't charge for the initial consultation, so if you have questions we invite you to call us at 530-265-0186.
Types of Construction Site Injuries and Legal Claims.
If you were injured at a construction site accident, you may be able to recover under one or more of the following depending on the specifics of you injury.
Generally, a worker may not sue his employee for injuries sustained at the workplace because they are entitled to benefits under the state workers' compensation insurance fund. Under state laws, the worker only needs show that the injury occurred, regardless of who was at fault or the reason for the injury. Oftentimes the recovery under state workers' compensation is limited and less than under other possible avenues. However, depending on the facts of the case, workers’ compensation claims may be brought in conjunction with claims against third parties to maximize recovery of damages.
Negligent Supervision & Personal Injury
In a personal injury lawsuit, there is no cap on recovery. However, the worker must prove that someone was 'negligent' and responsible for the accident.
Dangerous, Defective Products or Equipment
If the injury was caused by a defective product or equipment, the manufacturer may be responsible for the injury. The injured worker may also be able to bring a claim against other businesses in the 'chain of distribution'. For example, if a power saw used on a construction site causes an injury due to a defect, the injured worker may be able to recover compensation from the retailer, wholesaler and manufacturer of the saw.
California Department of Industrial Relations regulates work sites to maintain safe working conditions. http://www.dir.ca.gov/dosh/enforcementpage.htm Cal/OSHA investigates:
- Complaints of workplace hazards filed by employees, employee representatives, and others.
- Reports of serious violations received from law enforcement.
- Reports of accidents resulting in serious injury or illness or death.
Right to File a Complaint: The California Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1973 gives workers the right to file a complaint about workplace safety and health hazards.
Names of Complainants Must Be Kept Confidential: The name of any person who submits a complaint to Cal/OSHA must be kept confidential by law, unless the person requests otherwise.
The Phillips Law Offices can help a worker file a complaint wit Cal-OSHA who have been injured because of an unsafe work environment. It is important to remember that employers are not allowed to retaliate in any way against an employee who files a complaint. If the employer does retaliate against an employee for filing a Cal-OSHA violation, the employer may be subject to legal action for damages.
Some of the Most Common Types of Construction Site Injury and Accidents
- Construction Site Falls
- Electrical Injuries
- Crane Accidents
- Trench Accidents
- Scaffold Injuries
- Welding Accidents and Burns
- Equipment Failure and Malfunction
- Fatal Injury and Wrongful Death
Who Can Be Held Responsible for Construction Site Injuries
When an employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, the employer is generally provided immunity from personal injury lawsuits. Only if the injury was intentional or egregious can an injured worker sue the employer. However, under the right circumstances it is more common to file claims against a third party.
Construction Site Owner:
General and Sub-Contractors:
Prime Contractors: Under the “Peculiar Risk Doctrine” and California cases interpreting the doctrine, a contractor or owner who hires an independent contractor to do work which is considered to be “inherently dangerous work” can be still be held directly liable for damages when that independent contractor causes injury to others by negligently performing the work.
Architects and Engineers:
If you have been injured in a California construction accident and believe you have a claim for your injuries, the Phillips Law Offices office may be able to help. To have a construction accident attorney review your case, we invite you to call us at 530-265-0186. With offices in Nevada City and Roseville, we serve clients in Nevada County, Placer County and the Gold Country.