Ventura Construction Accidents Lawyer
Construction workers spend nearly every day on the job working with power tools, heavy machinery, heavy building materials, and electrical hazards. These workers could face injury from nearly any aspect of their job – and many workers in the construction industry are injured each year. If you were injured while working construction in Ventura or the surrounding areas, contact the Law Offices of Bamieh and De Smeth today.
In the State of California, construction site owners and managers are required to ensure the safety of construction workers. According to strict federal laws and regulations outlined by OSHA (the Occupational Safety and Health Act), employers must implement various safety protocols to reduce the risk of work-related injury. If your employer did not, and you were injured, our Ventura construction accident lawyers may be able to help you get compensation. Call us today at (805) 643-5555 to schedule a free legal consultation on your injury case.
Common Construction Worker Injuries in California
Studies conducted by federal agencies have generally concluded that construction sites and construction zones are among the most dangerous workplace environments in the nation. Whether working on a building site or a work zone on a highway, construction workers are more prone to injury and death than nearly any other worker. The following are some examples of some of the most common accidents at construction sites:
- Defective industrial machinery
- Crushing accidents involving heavy machinery
- Amputation from power tools
- Falling from scaffolding, supports, or ladders
- Crane accidents
- Water truck accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Other commercial vehicle accidents
- Chemical exposure and other toxic spill injuries
- Welding accidents
- Lifting and carrying injuries
- Broken bones
- Cuts and scrapes
- Bruises and impact injuries
These injuries, and other accidents at construction sites could leave you seriously injured, which makes it difficult to afford payments for medical expenses and lost wages.
Many of these injuries are not limited to happening to construction workers. Passers-by and others living or working near a construction site may also be injured by the negligent care and skill used at the construction site. Talk to an attorney about suing for these types of injuries or any other injury sustained in a construction accident.
Damages for Construction Accidents
After facing an injury, your medical expenses may be extremely high. In addition, you could be out of work while you recover, or the injury may have left you disabled or seriously injured and unable to work going forward. Lastly, the pain you face could be unbearable. When you face these kinds of harms and damages, you may be entitled to substantial financial compensation, and filing a lawsuit may be the best way to cover these costs.
Damages for medical expenses can include the cost of your hospital visits, surgeries, medical imaging and testing, and other medical bills you face because of the injury. Even later recovery care, such as occupational therapy, physical therapy, and ongoing nursing care could be covered.
If you missed wages or are unable to go back to work because of your injury, you may be entitled to recover these lost wages. While you recover, you may not have the income to cover your care costs or day-to-day living expenses. Filing a lawsuit can help you recover these wages and any damages for reduced earning capacity going forward. That means that if the injuries you faced created long-term effects or disabilities, you could recover compensation for future lost wages as well.
Damages for pain and suffering are separate from these compensatory damages. The damages for the physical pain and mental suffering you face because of the injury are paid exclusively to cover the pain and suffering, not to supplement the cost of healthcare or lost wages. These damages can be extremely high in California, and the majority of your case may focus on reclaiming these damages for the physical and mental harm of the injury.
Personal Injury Lawsuit vs. Workers’ Compensation for Construction Worker Injuries in CA
In some cases, you might be required by law to file your work injury case through California’s workers’ compensation system. However, this system may limit your ability to recover for lost wages and may limit your options for medical care. In cases based on intentional injuries or defective equipment injury cases, you may still be able to file a lawsuit in court and seek full damages for your injuries. Talk to one of our construction site injury lawyers for help determining whether you can sue in your case.
Contact our Ventura Construction Injury Lawyers for a Free Legal Consultation
If you have been injured as a result of an employer’s negligence or because of unsafe conditions at a construction site, you must take legal action immediately. At the Law Offices of Bamieh and De Smeth, our Ventura construction accident injury attorneys have been effectively representing injured construction workers and innocent bystanders for years. We know your rights, and we know how to get you compensation for your injuries. To schedule a free legal consultation on your injury case, contact our law offices today at (805) 643-5555.