Construction workers are constantly exposed to dangerous situations. From working with heavy equipment to being exposed to harmful chemicals, construction workers encounter potentially fatal situations each day.
Due to these inherently dangerous situations, there are state and federal workplace safety laws that construction companies must follow. However, some companies fail to do so and their negligence puts workers in dangerous or even fatal situations.
Types of Construction Accidents
Numerous types of construction accidents can cause victims serious injuries. Construction accidents include but are not limited to slip and falls, product liability, explosions, fire, machinery accidents, faulty or poorly maintained equipment, electrocutions, and falling objects.
Common types of injuries from construction accidents include broken bones, burns, cuts, bruises, loss of hearing or sight, spinal injuries, and respiratory damage.
In the most severe cases, victims can suffer from brain damage or even wrongful death.
If you’ve been injured due to a construction mishap, you have the right to pursue claims against the property owner or manager. Victims can a claim for pain and suffering, bodily injuries, or property damage. In California, you can even file a claim for punitive damages if it can be proved that the party at fault acted with oppression, fraud, or malice. Punitive damages are intended to punish and deter wrongful acts.
What to Do and What Not to Do After an Accident
To prove your case against the other party, you need to gather as much evidence as possible.
The basic requirements necessary to prove your claims include taking photos of the scene of the accident, photos of your injuries, insurance information and contact details of the other party, copies of CCTV footage of the accident, contact details of witnesses, and obtaining a copy of the incident report from the property owner. Police authorities can also be called to investigate the scene of the accident and may be able to provide a copy of the incident report.
Collecting evidence can help your claims against the parties at fault but you will still need a legal expert to represent you.
Many personal injury victims make the mistake of attempting to claim compensation against the parties at fault without legal representation. You should never attempt to pursue these claims on your own because you may not have the expert legal knowledge required to pursue legal proceedings. Trying to settle on your own puts you at a disadvantage because the other party will have skilled defense lawyers who will question or waive your claims altogether.
You need a construction accident attorney that specializes in construction site accidents that will help you win your case.
Seek Legal Assistance from Expert Construction Accident Lawyers
If you’ve been hurt or injured in a construction accident in California, you have the right to seek damages against the parties at fault. Our personal injury lawyers have over two decades of experience winning cases throughout Los Angeles and will help you get the justice you deserve. Contact Mesriani Law Group today and see how we can help you with your case.