Did you suffer an injury on a construction site or even near one? Were you working on a construction site and got hurt just in the course of doing your job? If so, you very well may deserve compensation for everything that you’ve been through. Construction accident attorney Belal Hamideh has helped many in the exact position you are now to receive compensation for their injuries. Se Habla Espanol.
If you were working on a construction site or you were walking by one, you shouldn’t have to be injured simply for doing so. If you believe that there’s any possibility you suffered a construction-related accident, it’s worth it to reach out to an experienced attorney. We offer free case evaluations. The worst that can happen is that we could tell you that, perhaps you don’t have that strong a case. But, it may be that you have a very strong case and deserve significant compensation.
What Should I Do if I Suffer a Construction Accident?
First, get medical attention. Do not wait. Even if you feel OK, even if your injury didn’t break the skin, contact medical professionals. Unfortunately, often, the injuries from a construction accident are internal, with their true toll not being revealed for days, weeks, or even months. The right course of action is to be examined by a medical professional.
The next step is to inform your employer of your accident. This is the right thing to do, it’s not “weak,” you aren’t shirking your responsibilities, or anything of that nature. You’re simply being honest and upfront.
To the extent that you are able to safely and without putting yourself or others in harm’s way, document evidence. Take pictures of your injuries, any damage to yourself, equipment, the construction site, the environment, and more. These could potentially be very helpful to your case.
Then, after you’ve done all of the above, reach out to an experienced construction accident attorney. We can evaluate your case for free and let you know what the next step is from there.
What are Some Particularly Dangerous and Common Construction Accidents?
Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs. OSHA has found, consistently, that essentially 20% of private industry worker fatalities were in construction. Construction sites can be so dangerous that passersby can be injured by them. You can be the best trained, most conscientious construction worker and still, through no fault of your own, suffer an injury on site.
Our team has helped so many to receive compensation for everything that results from a construction injury. Some of the more common construction accidents our clients have suffered include:
Accidents Involving Equipment
Heavy equipment is part of many construction sites. Despite the best efforts of everyone involved, ladders, cranes, and girders can cause injuries, as can even smaller pieces of equipment, such as hammers and toolboxes.
The most common construction site accidents are falls. Often, they aren’t a result of a worker’s missteps, but rather, scaffolding that wasn’t set up properly, ladders that are weak, railings that are defective, and more.
Construction sites often need to utilize controlled fires to accomplish separate tasks. Fire can harm construction workers, passersby, and more.
Caught Between Accidents
With so much heavy machinery and large, bulky vehicles, construction workers can all too easily be caught between them, leading to significant injury or worse.
Loading a piece of equipment at a construction site is important, delicate work. If the ground is too uneven, too heavy a load is placed on the machine, or similar mistakes, it can lead to an injurious rollover.
Even the most experienced, professional construction worker can be burned by metalworking, welding, and similar equipment.
Construction sites usually have many kinds of electrical equipment. From the writing, to the lighting, power tools, and more, the risk of electrocution can be higher on a construction site than it may be elsewhere.
The dangerous areas of a construction site should be properly marked, so that construction workers or others don’t fall down ditches, drip into holes, and so forth.
Many construction sites utilize blades, saws, and other machines for cutting. These can cause any number of injuries.
When tools and equipment are not in use at a construction site, they have to be placed properly. If they aren’t, this can lead to tripping and falling injuries as well as others.
Lack of Safety Equipment
Proper safety equipment (as well as explanations on how to use the equipment) must be a part of every construction site. Without goggles, gloves, hard hats, and similar equipment, a construction site becomes that much more dangerous.
There are so many moving machines on some construction sites that collisions between trucks, cars, cranes, backhoes and the like occur too often, making for a more dangerous situation.
The above constitute just a few of the causes of construction accidents. We have helped many who were hurt in these and other ways.
What are “Catastrophic Injuries” Suffered in Construction Accidents?
Some of the most severe injuries that someone can suffer can be classified as “catastrophic.” Often, the medical treatment for these injuries can last for years if not the rest of a person’s lifetime. Unfortunately, many do not recover from them. Those that day often have to go through lengthy rehab and more. The catastrophic injuries we’ve seen on construction sites include:
- TBIs (Traumatic Brain Injuries)
- Internal bleeding/damage
- Head trauma/concussions
- Fractured skulls
- Injuries where the body is crushed
- Lost consciousness
Those are just some of the injuries that can be considered catastrophic. If you believe that you or someone you love were injured in such a way on a construction site, Belal and the team may be able to help you.
What Compensation Can a Victim Be Entitled to in a Construction Accident?
Essentially, you can be compensated for everything that you’ve had to suffer as a result of the construction accident. There are two kinds of damages in these cases: economic and non-economic. Belal and the team here can help you to receive the maximum amount of compensation in terms of both.
Economic damages are those that you receive to cover medical expenses as a result of your injury. These can pay for many different services. For example, they can help with therapy, medication, trips to the hospital, doctor’s visits, surgery, and many other forms of treatment.
They can also help you to receive wages that you lost due to missing work as well as wages that you won’t receive in the future due to your injury. If your injury diminished your earning capacity, then you can receive compensation for that.
On the other hand, non-economic damages compensate you for pain and suffering as well as disfigurement, disability, and so forth. These damages also can provide compensation for how that affects you physically as well as emotionally, what it costs to your quality of life, and more.
When we take your case, we do everything in our power to make sure that you receive maximum compensation for your injuries.
Case Study: Construction Accident
Our client needed neck surgery after falling at a construction site. The defense didn’t even make an offer, so we set the case for trial. All told, we recovered $175,000 for our client. This client reached out to us because they believed that they might have had a construction accident case but weren’t sure. We evaluated their case, determined they did, and were able to help.
This is just an example. Your case will be different. If you believe that you might have a case, it’s worth it to reach out.
What Do I Need to Be Able to Prove a Construction Accident Case?
You need to be able to show that the defendant owed you a duty, a legal obligation, they breached it, and because of that breach, you were injured. To use the example of someone injured on a construction site, your employer had a legal obligation to make sure your site was safe. That includes following the right safety protocols, providing equipment that functions properly, and more.
We have helped many of our clients to show that the employer (defendant) breached that duty, that legal obligation, and as a result, you were hurt. In a construction accident case, it also has to be proved that your accident (and injury) were caused at the construction site. If that sounds like what happened to you or someone you love, we encourage you to reach out to us.
Are Construction Accidents Covered Under Workers’ Compensation?
You do have a workers’ compensation case if you are a construction worker who was injured on the job in California. But, you may also be able to file a personal injury claim if another party was involved in your workplace accident in addition to your employer. Maybe the equipment that hurt you was defective, perhaps the railings that failed you were designed improperly, and so forth.
Our team, when we take your case, conducts a thorough evaluation to discover what really happened. During this, we’ll find all of the parties liable for your injuries and bring a suit against them. That way, you can receive the maximum compensation.
How Long Do I Have to File a Construction Accident Lawsuit?
The truth is that you really don’t have all that long. In California, you have two years from the date of the accident. That’s not as long as you think. Even with that, it’s important to reach out to an attorney as soon as possible. For example, some evidence may not disappear, be cleaned up, and so forth. Witnesses can forget, they can leave town, move on with their lives, and so forth.
The sooner you reach out to an experienced attorney, the sooner you can receive the compensation you deserve.
Winning Construction Accident Attorney Belal Hamideh
Construction accidents can be among the most devastating. When one happens to you or someone you love, you very well may deserve compensation for everything that you’ve had to go through. You can schedule a free case evaluation with our team. We’ll go over your case and see how we can help. To schedule it, reach out to us through our site or give us a call.