The construction industry can be a dangerous place of employment for countless workers throughout the United States. In fact, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOL) confirms that in 2020, one in five workplace deaths occurred in the construction industry. Additionally, the BOL confirmed that the construction industry accounted for 46.1% of all fatal falls, slips, and trips in 2020.
While construction sites can be deadly for workers, nonfatal injuries and illnesses are also extremely common. The BOL confirms that injuries which resulted from falls, slips, and trips occurred at a rate of 31.4 per 10,000 full-time workers in 2020 (significantly higher than the rate of 21.7% across all private industry).
With construction workers suffering such a disproportionate number of accident injuries when compared to other industries, it’s important to understand your legal rights in the event of such an incident. While many construction site accident injuries are restricted to workers’ compensation benefits, those involving negligence on the part of a third party (e.g. someone other than your employer or co-worker) may be eligible for a separate claim for financial compensation.
Let’s review what a third party construction site accident injury claim entails, look at what types of damage may be awarded, and discuss how to arrange for a free consultation with a Martinian & Associates personal injury lawyer.
What is a Third Party Construction Site Accident Injury Claim?
While a workers’ compensation claim may offer some benefits after a construction site accident injury, under certain circumstances a separate third party claim may be filed which often yields a much larger source of financial compensation.
Examples of scenarios which may entitle you to a separate third party construction site accident claim include:
- Accident due to a subcontractor
- Accident due to a delivery truck
- Accident due to the manufacturer of a tool or product
- Accident due to a pedestrian or non-work vehicle
- Accident due to a dangerous workplace or property condition
Some common third party defendants in construction site accident injury claims include:
- Equipment manufacturers
- Property owners or managers
- Engineers or architects
- Equipment suppliers/deliverers
- Government, public, or city entities
If a third party’s negligence or carelessness was the cause of your construction site accident, you may be entitled to a substantial cash settlement through a personal injury claim with Martinian & Associates. Contact one of our dedicated attorneys today at 888-987-7243 for a free consultation.
What Damages May be Secured Through a Third Party Construction Site Injury Claim?
If you’ve been injured as a construction worker as a result of a third party, you may be eligible to recover a range of damages. An experienced Martinian & Associates personal injury lawyer will review the facts of your case and develop a winning legal strategy in pursuit of all applicable compensation for your claim.
Some of the damages we may pursue on your behalf include:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Physical therapy or rehabilitation
- Lost wages
- Lost future earning potential
- Emotional or psychological distress
- Pain and suffering
- Diminished enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium
Proving a third party construction site accident claim requires the knowledge and skill of a proven personal injury lawyer. That’s where the Martinian & Associates team can be an invaluable advantage – we’ve helped injured victims like you secure more than $100,000,000 in damages awards.
What are Some Common Construction Site Accident Injuries?
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the following were the most frequently cited construction site standards violated in fiscal year 2021 (October 1, 2020 through September 30, 2021):
- Fall Protection, construction
- Respiratory Protection, general industry
- Ladders, construction
- Hazard Communication, general industry
- Scaffolding, construction
- Fall Protection Training, construction
- Control of Hazardous Energy (lockout/tagout), general industry
- Eye and Face Protection, construction
- Powered Industrial Trucks, general industry
- Machinery and Machine Guarding, general industry
Such construction site violations can lead to a number of serious injuries, including:
- Broken or fractured bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBI)
- Neck and head injuries
- Back injuries
- Scrapes and lacerations
- Eye injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Catastrophic injuries
The value of a third party construction site accident claim is often dependent upon the extent of liability, the severity of injuries, and the effect those injuries will have on the victim’s life.
How Long Do I Have to File a Third Party Construction Site Injury Claim?
In California, injured victims generally have two years from the date of an incident to file a civil claim for financial compensation. The two-year statute of limitations on personal injury claims applies to most incidents. However, claims filed against government or public entities are typically bound to a much shorter deadline – usually only six months from the date of the accident.
Regardless of whether your construction site accident injury occurred due to a public or private third party, it is in your best interest to file your claim as soon as possible. Doing so helps ensure that you have the best chance of recovering maximum financial compensation for your construction site injuries.
Free California Construction Site Accident Injury Attorney Consultation
If you’ve suffered a construction site accident injury and would like to pursue a third party claim, don’t settle for anything less than the Martinian & Associates Advantage. We will fight to recover you the largest possible cash settlement based on the circumstances of your unique construction site accident case.
Contact one of our Los Angeles construction site accident attorneys today at 888-987-7243 for a free, confidential, and no obligation consultation. Martinian & Associates is a leading California personal injury firm, and we never charge a penny until we’ve successfully secured maximum financial compensation on your behalf following a construction site accident.