Thousands of construction workers are severely injured or killed in construction site accidents each year, despite the best efforts of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) to minimize such accidents through the implementation of safety standards. It is important for those working under these risks to understand the laws relating to injury.
Injured workers cannot sue their own employer for injuries resulting from work-related activities. However, if there is proof that a third party’s negligence caused the injuries, that party can be held liable. Workers can also be injured at a Los Angeles construction site due to their own negligence or due to a faultless existing condition. When a Los Angeles worker is injured due to their own negligence, or negligence of their employer, or a faultless condition, the injured party can receive compensation in most states through workers’ compensation. Workers’ compensation guarantees compensation for a worker, contractor or layperson injured while performing their job function. The pay structure for a workers’ compensation claim usually includes weekly payments based on a percentage of the employee’s average weekly wage. This percentage is variable depending on the severity of the impairment sustained through the accident – temporary total disability, partial disability, permanent and total disability and permanent loss of function and disfigurement. Workers’ compensation may also cover medical expenses for treatment that is reasonable, necessary, and related to the industrial injury, as well as any vocational rehabilitation.
Occasionally a third party is at fault for injuries that are sustained on the job site. When such an accident occurs, the owners, architects, and manufacturers of equipment can be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions. The general contractors and all subcontractors are lawfully required to fulfill certain responsibilities. They must provide and sustain a reasonably safe site throughout the life of the project. They must warn workers of the hazards inherent to the job site and work performed. They must hire employees who are competent in the most current safety procedures. They must direct job safety and oversee compliance with safety specifications.
The manufacturers of construction equipment are liable for design and maintenance to keep their products safe for workers to use. Defective or dangerous products may include the following: scaffolding, cranes, power tools, derricks, hoists, conveyors, woodworking tools, ladders, winches, trucks, graters, scrapers, tractors, bulldozers, forklifts, back hoes, heavy equipment, boilers, pressure vessels, gas detectors and other types of construction equipment.
It is not uncommon to find third parties liable for a construction-related injury. It is important to seek out those guilty parties responsible for a construction site injury because workers’ compensation benefits do not provide payment for the pain and suffering that a person endures as a result of an accident. You need the best Los Angeles construction accident attorney on your case.
If you or someone you love is in need of legal assistance, call Sheridan & Rund at 310-640-1200, toll free at 888-640-6789, or contact us online. Our initial construction accident consultation is absolutely free, and if our law firm agrees to handle your case, our Los Angeles construction accident attorneys will work on a contingency fee basis, meaning we get paid for our services only if there is a monetary recovery of funds. You pay nothing out of pocket until our firm retrieves the compensation you deserve. It is imperative you contact our firm today because a lawsuit must be filed before the legal expiration date known as the statute of limitations. Please call Los Angeles attorneys Sheridan & Rund immediately to ensure you are rightfully compensated the money you deserve.