The Los Angeles skyline is dotted with new construction projects. The construction industry plays a critical role in the local economy, providing jobs for workers, infrastructure for businesses and homes for Angelenos.
Yet the construction industry is often a dangerous place to work. Work sites are full of heavy equipment, and workers must often labor from great heights. One mistake in this environment can lead to devastating lifetime consequences.
According to data from the California Department of Industrial Relations, the construction industry is responsible for 17-percent of all workplace deaths in the state. This makes the construction sector one of the most dangerous in which to work.
Though California has relatively strong labor protection laws, hundreds of workers are killed every year on the job. Tens of thousands more suffer serious injuries — often through no fault of their own.
Construction sites are particularly hazardous, given the heavy machinery and accelerated building schedules involved. Common causes of construction injuries include:
Overall, falls — whether from a scaffold, ladder or a simple slip — are the most common form of construction injury. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, falls account for one-third of all construction site injuries.
Construction site injuries can be quite severe, resulting in traumatic brain or spinal injuries, broken bones or damaged organs, or paralysis and amputation.
Those injured in construction accidents may be able to receive compensation through several mechanisms, including worker’s compensation programs or litigation.
If you’ve been injured, it’s imperative to report your injuries, see a physician for treatment and document the process to the best of your ability with notes, photos and videos.
You’ll also need to ensure that you meet all required deadlines. In California, workers must notify employers of their injuries within 30 days to begin the worker’s compensation process. Litigation, meanwhile, must be filed within 24 months.
Finally, it’s critically important to seek counsel from an experienced attorney. At the Law Office of Craig Charles, we have a long track record of fighting on behalf of construction accident victims. Contact us today for a free consultation. Located in West Hollywood. LGBT Friendly.
If you've been seriously injured, don't hesitate to contact us for a free consultation. We understand this process may be unfamiliar or confusing, so we make a personal commitment to communicate with you in a clear and timely fashion. Call us today and we'll evaluate your case, walk you through the process — and put you on the path to recovery.