A construction accident can be a very serious thing. According to Anaheim’s government website, there are 37 major construction projects happening throughout the city. And while many of these construction projects are necessary for the betterment of the city, with Anaheim being the most populated city in Orange County the odds of injuries in a construction site for both construction workers and for residents increase. The construction industry is considered one of the most dangerous job fields in the country. Whether you are a construction worker or an innocent bystander, if you have been injured by someone’s negligence at a construction site, the best course of action is to contact an Anaheim construction accident attorney. You may have the right to seek compensation for your injury.
Anaheim Construction Accident Statistics
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016 throughout the state of California, there were 376 fatal occupational injuries. Out of those 376 fatalities, 132 of them were in the construction industry. Commonly referred to as “the fatal four” there are four major types of accidents that occur that typically lead to construction worker death on a job site:
- Falls – led to 36 California construction worker deaths in 2016
- Struck by Object – led to 31 California construction worker deaths in 2016
- Caught or Stuck Between Objects
And while California and Anaheim are a small sample size, The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reported that in the calendar year of 2016, in the United States, one out of every 5 workplace fatalities was a construction worker (991 fatalities out of the 4,963 worker fatalities). If your loved one was a construction worker who died from an onsite construction accident, then you might have the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
Common Construction Accidents and Injuries
There are many accidents that happen on job sites that do not lead to death but can lead to serious injuries. According to OSHA, these are the most common forms of construction accidents that lead to serious injury:
- Falls – This includes falling from heights such as a roof, scaffolding or piece of machinery and falling into holes or ditches on construction sites.
- Structure Collapse – This includes scaffolding or trenches that are commonly used on construction sites.
- Electrocution – This includes electric shock or explosion from generators, power tools, machinery, and exposed electrical wiring.
- Repetitive Motion Injuries
- Improper Use of Machinery
- Struck By Objects
When referring to a serious injury, these injuries include but are not limited to:
- Broken Bones
- Spinal Chord Injury
- Brain Injury
- Illness caused by toxic chemical exposure
What About Workers’ Compensation?
While most construction workers are entitled to seek workers’ compensation after being injured at a job site, the amount of money given is a fraction of your current wages. The amount given is much smaller than what might be required especially if the injury leads to a permanent disability and loss of future earning potential. Depending on the circumstances of the construction accident, workers might be able to file a third-party liability lawsuit. You will be entitled to file for workers’ compensation while also bring a lawsuit against the negligence of a third-party who was liable for your accident.
Bystanders Who Are Injured By A Construction Accident
With so many residents and tourists in Anaheim, injuries from construction sites do not just happen to construction workers. Falling debris can strike pedestrians and passersby and motorists can get into car accidents if traffic patterns change due to constructions. If injuries occur during any of these circumstances, they are entitled to bring a lawsuit seeking damages against companies who harmed them.
Contact Our Anaheim Construction Accident Lawyer Today
If you or a loved one has been injured due to a construction accident, please do not hesitate to give our office. It is important to move quickly with these types of cases so we can launch an investigation and preserve all evidence. Our dedicated attorneys will help you file for workers’ compensation, disability (if needed) and a third-party lawsuit to collect damages such as medical expenses, pain and suffering as well as loss of future earning potential.