Many of us do not even pay attention to construction anymore, because it sure seems as if construction projects are everywhere around us in Los Angeles and other areas of California. While you do not necessarily have to gasp for air every time you go near a construction zone because you cannot handle your excitement or admiration, being attentive near a construction can actually save your life.
Accidents do happen, and our Los Angeles construction accident attorney from the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg knows it better than anyone else. And in the vast majority of such cases, unless you were trespassing at the time of the accident, you are entitled to seek monetary compensation for your injuries and damages.
We have all heard stories of horrible construction site accidents, and yet we never expect anything bad to happen to us whenever we go near a construction zone. Well, believe it or not, a huge number of construction workers and construction companies do not take the legally required safety precautions.
Also, negligence is a common cause of construction accidents in Los Angeles and elsewhere in California. In fact, it is not uncommon for persons who were injured at construction sites to successfully sue a state government entity, city, municipality, or county.
Causes of construction accidents in California
Each construction accident is unique, and the causes of such accidents vary greatly from one case to another. However, our experienced construction accident attorney has compiled a list of the most common types of construction site accidents:
- Roof-related falls;
- Equipment and machinery falling from roofs or other heights;
- Crane accidents;
- Scaffolding accidents;
- Elevator shaft falls;
- Floor opening falls;
- Welding accidents;
- Trench collapses;
- Compressor accidents;
- Power tool accidents;
- Electric shock or electrocutions;
- Ladder accidents;
- Building collapses;
- Defective equipment accidents;
- Gas accidents, fires, and explosions;
- Collisions involving construction vehicles;
- Car collisions near construction sites; and
- Many others.
Needless to say, you could get injured at a construction site not only as a bystander but also as a construction worker. The vast majority of injured construction workers believe that they should go straight to a workers’ compensation lawyer in the event of an on-the-job accident, but they could actually benefit more from seeking the legal advice of a personal injury attorney.
How much money can you recover after a construction accident?
If you spend an entire day going from one construction site in California to another, you will probably notice that many warning signs are inadequate, misplaced, poorly visible, or even non-existent. But improper warning signs is the least of your concerns when going near a construction site, as there are many other dangers lurking there (see the causes of construction accidents above).
A typical personal injury or wrongful death claim resulting from a construction site accident can be worth, $10,000, $100,000, $500,000, a million, more than a million, or somewhere in between, depending on the severity of your injuries and the circumstances in your particular case. Usually, the more parties you can sue, the more money you can recover in a settlement or verdict.
“Potential defendants in a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit after a construction accident include but are not limited to construction workers, contractors, subcontractors, construction site managers, property managers, property owners and occupiers, manufacturers of equipment and tools, or even a government entity,” says our Los Angeles construction site attorney from the Law Offices of Howard Kornberg.
Since construction sites are so dangerous in California, construction employers, managers, workers, and government entities must adhere to a plethora of regulations and safety standards to keep bystanders safe and prevent harm. It is highly advised to seek legal help when it comes to establishing the liable parties in your case, determining the value of your claim, and identifying the most optimal legal strategy to win compensation.