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Agoura Hills Construction Accident Lawyers

Construction is a dangerous industry for workers and civilians alike. One in five employment-related deaths occurs in the construction industry, and construction accounts for the fourth-highest number of fatal accidents across all industries, even though construction workers make up only six percent of the U.S. workforce. Over a thousand construction workers were killed in on-the-job accidents in 2020. Many non-workers are likewise injured on or nearby construction sites as well.

If you or someone you care about has been hurt in a construction accident, you have the right to seek compensation. Whether you were injured as a construction worker or simply as a passer-by, you may be entitled to a significant recovery. The dedicated construction injury lawyers at the Halpern Law Firm have spent over four decades helping injured accident victims recover damages for the harm they have suffered as a result of the negligence of other parties. We fight for your right to recover the monetary compensation you are due after a construction accident injury in Southern California.

Common Construction Accidents

Construction is dangerous because workers and members of the public are exposed to a number of significant hazards at all times. Worksites see all manner of accidents that lead to minor, severe, or fatal injury. According to workplace safety experts and federal officials, the most common types of construction accidents include the following:

  • Falls from heights (scaffolding, rooftops, staircases)
  • Falling objects (tools, equipment, building materials)
  • Electrocution (exposed wires, machinery)
  • Explosions and burns (exposed wires, gas leaks, hazardous chemicals)
  • Slip and falls (wet surfaces, discarded equipment, loose debris, loose wires)
  • Heavy machinery accidents
  • Trapped in between heavy objects
  • Vehicle accidents

Third-Party Claims for Construction Worker Injury

Construction workers, like other California employees, are limited in their options for seeking compensation after a workplace injury. Employees cannot sue their employers after a workplace injury outside of certain limited exceptions. There are situations in which an injured construction worker can bring a claim against another party after a work-related accident, however. So long as the injury was caused by the negligence of someone other than the employee’s supervisor, employer, or coworker, the worker retains the right to bring a personal injury lawsuit.

Construction injuries can happen for a variety of reasons. If you were injured by a negligent driver speeding in a construction zone, for example, you’d have a claim against that driver. If you were making a delivery or operating a construction vehicle and were struck by a negligent driver, you can file a claim against that driver and their insurance rather than limiting yourself to workers’ comp. Likewise, if your accident occurred due to the negligence of a sub-contractor or other party outside of your co-workers, you might have a claim against that worker or their company.

Workers’ compensation is available regardless of who caused the accident, but the damages are limited to partial lost wages, medical expenses, and certain other damages. With a third-party claim, you’d need to prove actual negligence, but your potential recovery is much greater–you can seek damages for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and other harms you have suffered. Talk to a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer after your worksite injury to find out what claims may be available to you and how you can maximize your potential compensation.

Call Us Today for Experienced Legal Help With Your Southern California Construction Injury Claim

If you or someone you love has been injured or killed in an accident on a construction worksite in Southern California, the seasoned and compassionate construction injury legal team at the Halpern Law Firm is here to help. We fight to get you the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us at (818) 785-5999 today for a Free No-Risk Confidential Consultation. These cases are handled on a contingency basis, meaning you won’t be charged any attorney’s fees unless we win.

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