Construction is an important industry in California. Not only does it employ many workers, the industry also helps build new infrastructure and homes, while performing maintenance and upkeep on existing structures. Unfortunately, it is also dangerous, and serious construction site injuries are not that uncommon.
Common construction accidents
There are many dangers both hidden and obvious on a construction site. Most people know that it’s possible to fall off scaffolding and suffer an injury. Fewer people may realize that objects like tools and equipment falling off scaffolding can also injure workers below. Other common causes of construction site accidents include:
- Collapsed scaffolding
- Defective power tools
- Careless usage of heavy equipment
- Negligent subcontractors
What about workers’ compensation?
Construction injuries are complex and varied, and workers’ compensation does not necessarily cover all of them. For example, if you were injured by a defective power tool, you could hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries. Similarly, you could potentially hold your employer responsible if he or she was grossly negligent in a manner that injured you.
Workers’ compensation certainly has its role to play, but it is not always enough for serious construction site injuries. As a victim, you may be dealing with more than just lost wages and medical bills. Emotional trauma as well as pain and suffering can complicate your recovery. You can learn more about navigating a personal injury claim in California as well as your options for securing compensation necessary to your recovery by visiting our website.