Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. It is easy to suffer a serious injury even when all the necessary precautions are taken to maintain a safe work environment. Unfortunately, there are also many times when construction site injuries are caused by the negligent actions of contractors, foremen, property managers, or other construction workers. In these instances, you may be entitled to recover compensation in a construction accident lawsuit.
Many of the most common types of construction accidents result in catastrophic injuries that potentially have life-altering consequences such as limiting your ability to work or decreasing the quality of your life on a daily basis. Bakersfield construction accident lawyer Mickey Fine has seen the devastation caused by these accidents, and he will stand by your side every step of the way to help you through this difficult time in your life.
The best way to learn about your rights and options after being injured in a construction accident is to speak with Mr. Fine in person. Please contact us online or call (661) 333-3333 today to schedule your free consultation at our Bakersfield office.
Do I Need a Construction Accident Attorney?
If you have been injured in a construction accident, you may be eligible for workers’ compensation. This no-fault insurance provides coverage for medical expenses, some travel considerations, and a portion of your wages, and can help injured workers get the assistance they need until they are ready to return to work. However, many construction workers are not eligible for workers’ comp. Even in cases where it is available, filing this type of claim may not be your only option. The most effective way to understand your options and make the best choice for you and your family is by discussing your injury with a California construction accident attorney.
If you are in need of a construction accident attorney in Bakersfield or surrounding areas of California, please contact the Law Offices of Mickey Fine to schedule a free and informative consultation. Consultations may also be scheduled by calling our office at (661) 333-3333.
Workers Comp vs. Personal Injury
Depending on the cause of your construction accident, you may be entitled to seek compensation through a personal injury lawsuit. With this type of legal action, you can hold the party responsible for your injury accountable for damages including current and future lost wages, medical and rehabilitation expenses, and personal pain and suffering. Workers’ comp will only cover a portion of these damages and will not provide any compensation for noneconomic damages.
Not all construction site injuries qualify for legal action, but checking with an attorney is always in your best interest. California construction accident attorney Mickey Fine has over two decades of experience helping victims of these accidents get justice. He welcomes an opportunity to meet with you free of charge to discuss your injury, your rights, and the most effective way to get the compensation you deserve.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction work is one of the ten deadliest types of work in America. Even more often than they are fatal, however, construction accidents result in serious personal injuries that can render a victim incapable of working. Worse still, common injuries sustained on construction sites can result in significant medical expenses and necessitate home, and lifestyle modifications – and many construction workers aren’t even covered by workers’ compensation.
Whether you are covered by workers’ compensation or not, if you have been the victim of a construction accident you deserve justice. California construction accident lawyer Mickey Fine will review your case free of charge to help you determine the best way to get the total compensation you are due.
Types of construction accidents handled by our Bakersfield personal injury lawyer include those involving:
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There are often a number of contractors and companies working on any given construction site. When a third-party is responsible for your accident, you may be entitled to significantly more than workers’ compensation will offer. The best way to learn what your case is worth is through a one-on-one consultation with our dedicated construction accident attorney.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five worker deaths is caused by construction accidents. OSHA has identified what it calls the “fatal four,” which are the four most common causes of construction worker death. These are:
Falls are by far the most common cause of fatal injury among construction workers, and are responsible for nearly 40% of on-site deaths. Construction workers are frequently required to work on tall buildings or in other high locations. Basic safety precautions can prevent many of the injuries associated with falls, but all too often construction companies fail to provide adequate equipment.
Strikes by Objects
From I-beams swinging overhead to vehicles rushing along on the other side of the orange cones, strikes by objects can cause any number of severe injuries, including traumatic brain injuries. Falling objects like tools, materials, and debris also pose a danger. Even small objects can be fatal when they fall from a great enough height.
One need not be an electrician to be electrocuted on the job. Because construction sites are works in progress, all workers must perform their jobs in the vicinity of power lines, exposed wiring, and incomplete electrical systems. It is up to the site manager and the construction company to make sure that all workers are adequately protected from such risks, but it doesn’t take much electricity to severely burn or kill a worker.
Caught in Between
Because construction sites involve so much heavy machinery and equipment, the chances of being caught between machinery, materials, debris, or other immovable objects are significant. Construction sites are responsible for ensuring that all workers are out of the way when performing the kinds of dangerous tasks that can cause these kinds of injuries.
Common Injuries From Construction Accidents
Construction workers are at risk of slips, falls, fires, explosions, trench collapses, and many others. Some of the most common construction site injuries resulting from these accidents include:
Construction site injuries are preventable, but when companies don’t take the right precautions, it is time for you to take action on your own. With more than 25 years of experience handling construction accident cases, Mickey Fine can help ensure your rights are protected, and you recover the compensation you deserve.
Compensation in Construction Accidents
Due to the dangerous nature of construction sites, California has imposed strict laws and regulations to ensure the safety of workers. When property owners, contractors, and supervisors fail to adhere to these regulations, they may be held liable for any damages you suffer.
Mr. Fine works with a team of experts and engineers who will carefully investigate your case and reconstruct the conditions surrounding your injury to detect any signs of negligence and determine whether any of these laws have been violated.
If you or your employer was responsible for your accident, workers’ compensation is often the best bet. This no-fault insurance coverage is intended to assist injured workers regardless of the cause of an accident. However, when you file a workers’ compensation claim, you waive your right to seek additional damages through a personal injury lawsuit. Our Bakersfield construction accident attorney can help you determine if this course of action is best in your particular case.
If your accident was caused by a third party such as another contractor, you are not entitled to file for workers’ compensation. When this is the case, you must seek damages through a construction accident lawsuit. Mr. Fine can help you seek compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering are not offered through workers’ compensation claims.
Mickey Fine Will Fight For You
Mickey Fine has more than two decades of experience helping injured workers in the Bakersfield area. If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, Mr. Fine will aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve, and his extensive experience will give you the edge you need to move on with your life after this devastating event.
To schedule your free consultation with our California construction accident attorney, please call (661) 333-3333 today.