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One of the most dangerous jobs a person can have is construction. With constant exposure to heavy equipment, dangerous work environments, and harmful toxic chemicals, these workers encounter serious hazards every day. The federal and state governments regulate these jobs to protect workers, but some employers choose to ignore these rules to cut costs and save time. Those choices often lead to deadly results.
Unlawful procedures and other circumstances put people at risk unfairly, and the Los Angeles construction accident lawyers you want fighting at your side are at Panish Shea & and Boyle, LLP.
What Are Common Causes of Construction Site Accidents?
California workers could face danger in many ways. Some of these include:
#1. Slip & Falls
Most onsite injuries are the result of falls. A large portion of work completed must occur at great heights, using scaffolding, cranes, roofs, ladders, bridges, and more. Inadequate safety gear, crane operator error, or other forms of negligence on site could lead to an injurious fall.
#2. Falling Objects
With so much gear and equipment moving around, workers face risks of objects hitting them – inflicting brain injuries and more. Workers or even clients may set tools or construction materials down improperly or before they properly secure them.
#3. Faulty or Poorly Maintained Equipment
Operation of large equipment requires extra precautions, especially in areas where people are working. Inadequate safety measures or unsatisfactory operation procedures put people at risk of injury or death.
Construction sites involve many dangerous and explosive or combustible components, including exposed wiring, chemical storage, leaking pipes, and more. Some projects actually have explosives on site.
#5. Structural Collapse
Workers digging trenches or tunnels face the risk of the structure collapsing. New buildings under construction may have structural weaknesses that extreme weather could cause to fall. Demolition projects often place workers on a site where a known collapse is imminent. All of these factors increase the risk of injury.
Workers often must push their bodies to the limits to get work done. They also may have to do the same task over and over. Their work conditions could put them in extreme heat or cold. All of this requires heavy exertion on the body, exposing them to injury risk.
#7. Respiratory Disease
Construction sites are home to dust and dirt, as well as chemicals and other materials. When workers inhale these substances, leading to minor infections or much more serious diseases; some are even fatal.
What are the Main Types of Injuries from Construction Accidents?
These dangers can lead to many medical conditions, including:
2. Broken bones
6. Eye/ear injury
7. Joint injury
8. Loss of hearing/sight
9. Paralysis/other spinal injuries
10. Post-Traumatic-Stress-Disorder (PTSD)
11. Respiratory damage
12. Head/brain trauma
Because of these dangers, construction sites are heavily regulated by federal and state law. But in an effort to save money, some employers routinely ignore those safety regulations — with tragic results. Other construction accidents arise out of simple carelessness. But in either case, more responsible or careful behavior could prevent the vast majority of construction accidents. If you’ve lost someone or been seriously hurt at a construction site because of someone else’s carelessness, you’re facing a personal physical, emotional and financial catastrophe. You have the right to hold careless people and companies responsible for the results of their actions.
Proven Success with Construction Work Injury Cases
The Los Angeles accident law firm of Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP is nationally recognized as a leader in personal injury and consumer protection law. We have a strong record of recovering large verdicts and settlements for our clients, including more than 150 worth $1 million or more. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the complicated medical and legal issues surrounding construction lawsuits. Our successes include Griggs v. Caterpillar, et al., a $58 million verdict for a worker who was severely burned by a defective construction vehicle that burst into flames while he was using it. In another construction case, Doe v. Oil Refinery, our Los Angeles workers compensation lawyers reached a $6.2 million settlement for workers killed and injured when the roof of a refinery collapsed without warning.
Panish | Shea | Boyle | Ravipudi LLP have been repeatedly honored for their work in personal injury and consumer protection law. Our partners regularly take leadership roles in high-profile national lawsuits over aviation accidents, defective drugs and other major cases. All of our attorneys are active in professional organizations, often with leadership roles, and regularly write and speak to other attorneys as legal experts. Partners have been honored multiple times with nominations and awards like Trial Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, Rising Stars and Super Lawyers.
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If you sustained injuries on a construction site in the Los Angeles area, workers’ compensation should cover your injuries and lost wages; however, each situation is different. It’s in your best interest to consult with a Los Angeles construction accident lawyer at Panish, Shea, and Boyle, LLP, and have your case reviewed. We can help you seek compensation! Discuss your case with our experienced team of award-winning attorneys in a free consultation. Call us in Los Angeles today! (310) 477-1700