Were You Injured At A Job Site?
Without a doubt, working in the construction industry is dangerous. You face numerous hazards each day, and many of them you know about. For instance, falls are high on the list of injuries to construction workers, but you could also suffer injuries due to the following:
- Explosions and fires
- Falling objects
- Equipment-related accidents
- Weather related injuries such as heatstroke or frostbite
- Repetitive motion injuries
- Backover or crush injuries
- Chemical or toxic exposure
- Building and trench collapses
The types and number of injuries you could suffer while working at a job site include too many to mention here. You could find yourself injured and unable to work for a significant amount of time. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you may never be able to return to work.
Just because you know your job comes with risks, it doesn’t mean you aren’t entitled to compensation for your injuries. California workers’ compensation insurance covers the costs of your medical and medical-related expenses, along with a portion of your income while you are unable to work. Other benefits may be available to you depending on the circumstances.
You May Have A Third-Party Claim
You will more than likely qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, but that may not be the end of the story. In some cases, someone other than you or your employer may bear responsibility for your injuries. If that’s the case, you may be able to file a third-party claim.
For instance, the owner of the property at which you worked when you suffered your injuries owes you a duty to ensure the property is free from known hazards. In the alternative, the equipment or tools you used that caused your injuries may be defective. If a subcontractor put up the scaffolding you fell from, that company may bear legal liability for negligence.
Schedule A Free Workers’ Comp Consultation
To know whether you may file a personal injury claim against a third party, you may benefit from taking advantage of the free initial consultation offered by Katnik & Katnik Lawyers in Santa Ana. After a thorough review of your case, a Katnik attorney will advise you of your rights and legal options. Begin today by contacting us through our online contact form or by calling us at 714-547-0848.
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