San Diego Construction Accident Attorney
Construction Site Accidents
Construction is one of the most dangerous industries in the United States. Workers are constantly exposed to onsite dangers such as toxic chemicals, falling debris, and heavy machinery, all of which can cause accidents and result in serious injuries and fatalities. Despite there existing federal and state regulations to protect workers, accidents still happen because of negligence on the part of employers, managers, and more. Just because your industry is inherently hazardous doesn’t mean you deserve to be injured or lose someone to careless actions.
If you or someone you love has been injured in a construction accident, The Law Office of Michelle Gershen can stand by your side. Our San Diego construction accident lawyer is well-versed on California and federal laws and can provide you with compassion during this painful and isolating time.
Contact us online or by phone today at (619) 768-0848 to take advantage of your free, no-obligation consultation. Our attorney-client relationships are built on trust, which is why our lawyer works with you directly.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
According to the California Department of Industrial Relations Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal/OSHA), the construction industry had the second highest numbers of fatalities in California between 2013 and 2017, following the trade, transportation, and utilities industry. California construction workers face a variety of hazards on the job that can lead to accidents, though there are several common factors that our legal team has seen in cases.
Common contributing factors to accidents include:
- Slip and fall accidents: Most injuries on construction sites are the result of falls, including falls from heights. A lot of construction work is done from bridges, roofs, ladders, scaffolding, cranes, and more, and negligence can easily lead to a dangerous fall resulting in catastrophic injuries. Negligence can be caused by crane operator errors, inadequate safety instructions or gear, and poor training, among others.
- Fires and explosions: Construction sites involve various explosive dangers, including pipe or gas leaks, exposed wires, and more. Some projects also work actively with explosives in tearing down building and breaking surfaces.
- Poorly maintained or faulty equipment: Heavy machinery or equipment that is faulty or damaged in some way often causes injuries, especially in areas where people are working. Inadequate safety measures can also cause injuries involving equipment.
- Falling objects: Construction sites involve a lot of tools, machinery, and work done from heights, which can explain why workers can be injured by falling objects like tools. Explosions and other types of construction work can also cause debris to fall from heights.
- Toxic chemicals or substances: Construction workers constantly expose themselves to irritants like dirt and dust while onsite, but they can also inhale other toxic chemicals and substances that may be present, which can lead to infections and serious diseases that develop over time.
- Overexertion: Performing the same tasks over and over can be grueling and result in injuries over time. Performing manual labor and lifting heavy things can also put a lot of pressure and exertion on the body.
Call (619) 768-0848 after your accident to receive in-depth counsel from our seasoned San Diego construction accident attorney. We can pursue the compensation you deserve from negligent employers, site owners, and more.
After an accident, you need to call our legal team to help determine liability. There are a variety of factors that can contribute to a construction accident, and you need to make sure that whoever is responsible for your injuries is held accountable if they’re proven to be negligent.
Common entities associated with construction accident liability include:
- Equipment manufacturers
- Construction site owners
To help determine liability, our team thoroughly investigates the scene of the accident and assess the equipment involved, the conditions of the work site, and who it is that you work for. Through our tireless advocacy, we can help you recover damages like medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Those who have lost a loved one in a construction accident can also secure compensation needed to pay for burial and funeral expenses.
After an injury, every moment matters. Michelle is here and ready to help you fight for the compensation you deserve.