By its very nature, construction work is extremely dangerous, and workers in this field tend to suffer more injuries than in any other types of employees. The heavy and powerful equipment used in many areas of construction accidents has great potential for causing injury to workers, and often construction workers find themselves in dangerous positions. Between working on tall buildings, being wedged in tight spaces, and using hazardous equipment, it is no wonder that so many construction workers are injured on-the-job.
Our attorneys represent workers who have been injured in construction accidents in San Fernando Valley and are seeking compensation for their injuries. Injuries can range from mild to severe and can include brain & spinal cord injuries, burn injuries, broken bones, crushed limbs, amputation of limbs, fingers, & toes, just to name a few. Regardless of the severity of your injuries, you should speak with a San Fernando Valley construction accident attorney because you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
While all aspects of work on a construction site are dangerous, there are four different accidents which are responsible for more than half of all fatalities related to construction work annually. In 2011, the United States Department of Labor reported that more than 4,000 construction workers were killed while employed in the private sector. The four most dangerous accidents, known as the "fatal four," were responsible for three out of every five fatalities that year, coming to 57% percent of all fatalities related to construction work.
The Fatal Four are the following:
Not all accidents, however, result in fatalities. In many cases, constructions will survive and be left with catastrophic, life-altering injuries. Many of these accidents occur because an OSHA standard has been violated. For example, in 2011, the most common violation was related to scaffolding. Other common violations related to fall protection, hazard communication, respiratory protection and the control of hazardous energy. Employers have a responsibility to make sure that their employees are protected; if they fail to uphold this responsibility, they should be held liable for the injuries which are incurred as a result by San Fernando Valley workers.
At our firm, we recognize how dangerous the construction industry can be – that, however, does not excuse all injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured on-the-job, we encourage you to contact an attorney from our firm as soon as possible. With years of experience, we can help by reviewing your case and determining your best course of action – no matter whether that is pursuing workers' compensation benefits or filing a personal injury claim.
Recovering from construction accidents can take a long time, especially in cases where injuries are serious, and it can be difficult to get by financially when you're not working. Our attorneys realize the difficulty of this situation and will try their best to make sure you obtain compensation for both present and future lost wages. In some cases, construction workers can suffer from debilitating injuries that can prevent them from returning to work at all, and in these cases it is important to make sure you are covered financially.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, contact a San Fernando Valley personal injury lawyer at The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus today!