Construction Accident Attorney
Serving Orange County, Los Angeles, Riverside and San Diego
Law Offices of Kenneth G. Marks in Orange County, CA
Greg was a cement subcontractor working on a public works project. He need to pour the cement during the evening hours when it was dark and it was the responsibility of the contractor to make sure that the lighting was adequate and that the premises was safe to walk on and was free of debris from the construction site. On the way to his location, Greg stepped in a hole and tore his Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL). Surgery was required. The contractor relied on a California case to avoid liability, but Mr. Marks successfully defeated the defendant’s motion and shortly thereafter settled the case for $250,000.
Thousands of construction workers are injured or killed in construction site accidents each year. Construction companies must inspect each site with safety engineers and provide safety programs, but unfortunately accidents still occur due to the inadequacy of these provisions.
When a construction site accident occurs, the owners, architects, insurance companies and manufacturers of equipment can be held responsible for inadequate safety provisions.
Generally, when a worker is injured on a construction site, the worker is limited to collecting worker's compensation benefits from his employer which DO NOT INCLUDE PAIN AND SUFFERING, and he cannot sue his employer for negligence.
HOWEVER, the general contractor or property owner that hired the worker's employer, or another sub-contractor (or its employees) may have done something to create a dangerous work place. When someone other than the worker's employer is negligent and creates a danger at a construction site, they can be sued for monetary damages, separate and apart from the worker's compensation benefits obtained directly from the employer. THIS IS IMPORTANT, especially for accidents that result in very serious and catastrophic personal injuries, because a worker does not get any money for his pain and suffering through the workers compensation system.
Construction is a high risk industry, it ranks third in the nation for injury caused deaths. Some construction site hazards that result in death or serious injury are:
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Construction Site Falls
- Machinery Accidents
- Forklift and Crane Accidents
- Falling Construction Materials
- Nail Gun Accidents
- Pedestrian Injuries
- Welding, Cutting and Brazing Accidents
If you have been injured in a construction accident, contact Kenneth G. Marks, an experienced construction injury attorney, for your free initial consultation. In addition to identifying the issues to determine whether to proceed against a third party, Mr. Marks will refer you to an experienced Workers Compensation lawyer as well. This will provide you with additional legal protection and security.