Construction sites pose unique workplace hazards for the men and women who work in the construction industry. Each year, thousands of construction workers are injured or killed at California construction job sites.
At Curtis Legal Group, our experienced construction accident attorneys represent construction workers who have suffered all types of injuries.
Injuries suffered include but are not limited to neck, back, hip, shoulder and leg injuries. Additionally, we have represented traumatic brain injuries, broken bones, paralysis, burns and other serious construction injuries.
Construction accidents occur for a number of reasons. Common causes of construction accidents include
- Electric shock
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Building collapses and failures
- Scaffolding accidents
- Exposure to toxins and other hazardous chemicals
- Equipment malfunctions
- Truck accidents
- Welding accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Lack of supervision
- Violation of safety rules and regulation
- Construction debris left unattended
Under California law, construction companies must inspect their job sites and put safety measures into place. When contractors do not consistently follow these regulations, construction workers face a greater risk of work-related injury or death.
Injured victims may have both a workers’ compensation claim and a civil claim. A workers’ compensation claim is an injury claim brought against the injured victim’s employer. However, if a person or business is responsible for the injury, and that person or business is not the injured victim’s employer, then the injured claimant can seek monetary compensation from that person or business as well.
Curtis Legal Group helps the injured construction worker understand his or her rights and then pursues those rights vigorously.
For example, Curtis Legal Group once represented an air conditioning contractor who fell several feet to the ground when the building owner’s ladder broke apart. The contractor suffered a fractured back, fractured arm and knee injury. He would never again be able to work as an air-conditioning contractor. The contractor filed a workers’ compensation claim, but he also sought Curtis Legal Group’s help to determine who was responsible for the defective ladder.
The building owner and his tenant denied fault for the accident. The building owner and tenant argued that they were not at fault since the worker was an independent contractor and the law required that all workplace safety be the responsibility of the contractor’s employer. In other words, if the ladder were defective, then it was the air conditioning contractor’s employer who bore responsibility for not ensuring that the ladder was in good condition. The building owner’s attorneys cited law protecting building owners from liability when a contractor is an independent contractor.
Curtis Legal Group filed a court action against the owner of the building as well as the tenant contending that the owner was aware of the defective ladder and that the tenant aided the contractor in using the ladder. Curtis Legal Group achieved substantial compensation for the air conditioning contractor.
It is also important to determine what person or entity is considered the construction workers’ employer. For instance, if an employer is an unlicensed contractor, i.e. a contractor who fails to carry a license through the California Contractors State Licensing Board, then the construction worker may become the employee of the person or entity that hired the unlicensed contractor. The construction worker may then have a personal injury claim or action against the hirer of the unlicensed contractor unless the hirer is protected with workers’ compensation insurance.
Of course, every circumstance is different. This is why it’s important to consult with a law firm, such as Curtis Legal Group, so that an injured victim’s rights are fully protected. If you are an injured construction worker, don’t hesitate to call Curtis Legal Group.
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Curtis Legal Group is a law firm that handles construction accident claims and actions throughout the Sacramento, Stockton and Modesto areas as well as the surrounding counties and cities, such as Fairfield, Vallejo, Oakland, San Francisco, San Jose, Merced, Fresno and Sonora.
Curtis Legal Group will aggressively pursue every avenue to ensure you are properly compensated for the medical costs and economic losses you have sustained as soon as possible.
Please call us at 1-800-LAW-3080 or contact us online to schedule a consultation.