Construction sites are dangerous places. They’re also everywhere
these days, it seems. On every block of the city it feels like you can’t
walk down the street without encountering fences and orange signs. Of
course, those warning signs and barriers are an important means of keeping
But what happens when a construction worker or company makes a mistake,
and a tragic accident results, resulting with you getting hurt and potentially
disabled? The answer, of course, is that you may be entitled to compensation
from the company for your injuries. Explore what happens when you’re
hurt at a construction site, how you can pursue compensation for damages,
and how a lawyer can help.
How People Get Hurt at a Construction Site
There are a vast number of mistakes which can lead people getting hurt
at a construction site. For the most part, these are due to someone, somewhere
being negligent in their duties, and that’s the key to a
personal injury claim. Among the most common causes of construction-related injuries include:
- Lack of warning signs: all construction sites are required to post warnings
that there’s work going on which carries a risk of injury. These
signs should be posted all around the site, at every point of access,
and clearly visible.
- Lack of barricades: Safety protocols demand that pedestrians are kept
at a proper and safe distance from the work zone so as to avoid accidents
related to falling objects. Sometimes barricades aren’t sufficient
to keep pedestrians out, or aren’t far enough away from the zone.
- Poor inspection and maintenance of equipment: When heavy machinery and
equipment isn’t maintained and inspected properly, disasters can
occur. Old cords, cables, chains and the like can snap and cause harm
- Improper securing of tools and machinery: More than any other incident,
falling tools cause injuries to innocent people around a construction
zone. These should always be carefully secured to prevent accidents.
Pursuing an Injury Case
In order to pursue a case for damages from your accident, you’ll
need to prove that there was negligence involved. This involves three
factors: first, that the construction company had a duty to maintain a
safe zone; second, that they violated that duty by failing to do so; and
finally, that this violation caused an accident that resulted in harm
How to Seek Damages
In order to seek damages and recover compensation for your mounting medical
expenses, your lost wages, pain and suffering, emotional trauma, lost
quality of life and other issues you’ll need to know how to gather
the information you need to support your claim. The best way to do this
is with the help of a qualified California personal injury lawyer.
The attorneys at Dunnion Law Firm have a long legacy of representing injured
people in a wide variety of cases, and we can help you get justice for
your accident as well. If you’d like more information or to get
started with your case, give us a call for a completely free consultation today.