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The Los Angeles California construction accident lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have helped construction injury victims recover the maximum compensation they legally can since 1979. We have represented the full range of possible injuries from burn injuries and amputations to welding injuries and drill accidents. We will work hard for you to continue being the best Los Angeles construction injury lawyers. Our winning reputation throughout Los Angeles as top construction accident attorneys speaks for itself: We are hard working, caring and experienced construction injury lawyers who will work tirelessly for their clients throughout the entire legal process. We want you to focus on healing as we do the hard work.
If you or your family has questions or concerns as to how to properly file a construction lawsuit claim or how to file a workers’ compensation claim for a construction accident injury in Los Angeles, call us today at (213) 416-2472. Regardless of your intention to file on your own or use one of our experienced lawyers, we would be happy to discuss your claim during a free consultation:
Our experienced Los Angeles work injury lawyers and staff are available to take the load, stress and pressure of a lawsuit off your shoulders. We want to offer you the peace of mind that you are in good hands. If after meeting with us, and hearing about all the steps needed to file and handle your construction injury claim, know that we are always here for you. We wish you and your family all the best even though we know these times are hard.
Getting the maximum possible compensation under the law usually requires a top construction lawyer like the experienced ones we have in our firm. Call DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo, Los Angeles at (213) 416-2472 to schedule a free initial consultation with us. We have been representing people who have been hurt at the construction site since 1979. We can guide you throughout the process, properly investigate your case and ensure you are getting competent medical care. Making our services even better is the fact that our law firm is very affordable. Not only is the initial case consultation and case evaluation free, we will even work on a contingency basis so you will not owe or pay our firm anything unless and until we win your case.
California has made it the law for all construction workers and all employees in general to be covered by their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance no matter if they are part-time or full time employees. Workmen comp insurance can possibly provide you with some assistance if you have been injured on the job or hurt while in the scope of your employment. It is even true that your employer isn’t allowed to fire or penalize employees for going ahead with filing a workers’ comp claim. Most of the time after an employee is injured while working, employers are required to pay that employee disability out of their workman comp insurance. It is important to know that workers’ compensation insurance has many limits to compensation including that it does not allow for compensation for your pain and suffering. The workers’ compensation insurance that is paid for by your employer could pay death benefits, disability, income, vocational rehabilitation, medical expenses, medical benefits, and/or permanent disability compensation (when the injury and/or circumstances warrants). One common example of a work comp claim for construction workers in the greater Los Angeles area are musculoskeletal disorders. MSD injuries build up over a period of time from the worker’s tasks or assignment on the job such as twisting, bending, exerting too much force, motions, or working in an uncomfortable position. Be sure to call our firm to talk about your injury and your workmen compensation claim.
We Will Treat you like Family and Answer all of your Questions
We will fully answer your questions about what happens after injuries and accidents at a construction site when you meet with us. This includes if you are wondering what the workman comp benefits would be specifically for you and your case, how State Disability Insurance (SDI) works, and how much a Los Angeles workers’ comp lawyer costs or how much a work injury attorney costs. Remember that since we work for injured clients on a contingency basis, you will not have to pay anything unless and until we win your case. We do this so that everyone can have their day in court and that you can focus on healing during the trial and not on bills.
Construction sites have the potential to be rather chaotic with many different people, delivery trucks, machines, workers, equipment, and vehicles all moving in different directions with differing speeds. Due to this, many construction accidents not only qualify for workers’ compensation because of the victim was injured on the job but they also may qualify for a civil third party work injury claim.
Recover Damages In Addition to Your Workers’ Comp Benefits
A third party is when one or more additional responsible parties are determined to also be at fault for your job accident other than just your employer. By adding the third party case, you and your family have a chance to receive compensation that is above that which is limited by the workers’ comp laws. A third party on a construction site could be a developer, building owner, the training company, subcontractor, the land owner, the equipment or tool manufacturer, or the general contractor. Call one of our local Los Angeles workers’ compensation accident lawyers today to discuss this and all of your many options. It is especially important to have our prudent guidance early on since injury cases that have third parties also at fault need to be coordinated at all points in the process since a mistake in any of the trials or procedures could affect the other(s). You will have excellent workers’ compensation and work injury attorneys who will be by your side every step of the way.
Our federal, state and local levels of government all have regulations in place to try to keep construction workers and the public safe. These standards are continually refined and updated as new technologies and risks are discovered. This includes inspecting projects, working with developers, issuing permits to builders, and manufacturing and continuously improving the codes for safety standards, work environment, and procedures. There are also many ways that a government can be directly at fault as well. We have over three decades of experience with government liability cases in Los Angeles and statewide and we can help you. This government oversight can create a duty and responsibility of the building, safety, permit and/or planning division of any municipalities, state and federal governments. Most cities, county or statewide agencies have a building and planning division that oversees commercial and residential construction projects. One example of government liability is when their oversight process is negligent. We are actually even very involved in the statewide consumer protection group called Consumer Attorneys of California.
One arm of the government that tries to keep American workers safe is the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (www.osha.gov). They have many missions but one of their main tasks is to keep work environments as safe, healthful, and injury-free as possible. The men and women who work for OSHA devote their careers to preventing job injuries so they were troubled to report that even now after decades of adding layers of safety to jobs across America: “Every day in this country, more than 14 workers lose their lives in preventable workplace tragedies.” Due to that reality, they are continually attempting to improve the rules, safety standards and workplace injury prevention programs so that less people get hurt on the job, amputated by a punch press, hit by a falling tool, maimed at the construction site, crushed at the factory, cut by a power saw, fall off of a ladder, pinned by a machine, inhaled too much smoke or chemicals, or injured while on the job. Their goal is to set standards and laws in place to avoid construction accidents and construction injuries and keep the construction job site safe.
OSHA Hopes to Decrease Construction Site Injuries
OSHA is determined to help construction employees avoid injuries by also improving standards for what counts as training or continuing education, how often training needs to occur and who can be a certified trainer. OSHA states that they will keep the names of all employees or contractors who complain about their job site’s OSHA violations, unsafe working conditions, work equipment’s worn status and potential construction accident risks anonymous, if the employee requests it.
A construction site is filled with different types of heavy equipment, dangerous tools and machine operators who have a whole range of skills and training. Possible tool and machine accidents on the Los Angeles, Bakersfield or Ventura construction sites include chainsaw injury, ladder injury, scaffolding collapse, scaffold injury, table saw injury, concrete accident, saw, drill or hammer injury injury, automobile or car accidents, lathe accident, welding injury, motorcycle accidents, conveyor belt injury, sheet metal injury, being caught in a baling machine or punch press, tractor injury, nail gun or power stapler injury, radial arm saw injury, backhoe injury, catwalk fall, load dropping injury, load shifting accident, concrete saw and circular saw injury, power tools injury, angle grinder accident, floor sander injury, impact wrench accident, needle scaler injury, crane injury, ceramic tile cutter injury, air compressor injury and jointer accident. Employers, supervisors, general contractors and distributers must be aware of potential injuries and proactively work to prevent them.
Additional Potential Dangerous Construction Tools
A few other industrial or residential remodeling construction gear for employees and laborers to receive safety adequate training on are heat gun injury, disc sander accident, jigsaw injury, defective machines, steel off saw accident, trimmer accident, biscuit joiner and bandsaw accident, pneumatic torque wrench accident, sabre saw accident, rotary tool injury, diamond blade injury, scrollsaw injury, elevator injury, wood router injury, jack hammer injury, alligator shear injury, reciprocating saw accident, random orbital sander injury, or defective products. Some of the biggest makers of construction tools are Stanley, DeWalt, Husky, Black & Decker, Makita, Ridgid, Amada, Snap-On, Porter-Cable, Old Milwaukee, Caterpillar, Hitachi, Bobcat and Ryobi. It is important to be on the lookout for other coworkers or subcontractors who are using tools and machines that are not functioning properly or are worn down.
Heavy Equipment Vehicles Can be Dangerous
There are also many vehicles, machines and pieces of heavy equipment that can cause everyone on the job site harm, catastrophic injuries or work accidents. On a job site, it is possible to have a scraper accident, backhoe loader and backhoe injury, highway bottom dump accident, excavator or bagger injury, asphalt paver accident, feller buncher injury, aerial work platform or lift table injury, drilling machine accident, yarder injury, vibratory compacter injury, cure rig accident, concrete batch plant injury, dragline excavator injury, soil stabilizer accident, dredger injury, harvester injury, street sweeper injury, lowboy injury, pneumatic tire compactor accident, forklift injury, articulated hauler and articulated truck accident, wheel forwarder accident, slipform paver injury, roller, road roller and roller compactor injury, dump truck injury, rotary tiller accident, stomper concrete drop hammer injury injury, steam shovel accident, wheel tractor-scraper accident, cherry picker injury, tilt-up injuries, fresno scraper accident, tunnel boring machine accident, track loader, bulldozer accident, front shovel accident, underground mining equipment injury, track skidder and track-type tractor injury, telescopic handler accident, or a venture mixer injury. It is critical to demand that your general contractor requires all the employees working on the site to have adequate training for all the machines, vehicles, equipment and tools that they’ll be using.
A construction site can consist of many workers doing separate but nearby jobs, which can be quite a chaotic scene. The trades that may be occurring all at the same time include work by: street fixers, carpet layers, painters, project managers, roofers, carpenters, fencers, plasterers, inspectors, pipe fitters, tin knockers, electricians, landscapers, bricklayers, laborers, concrete finishers, heating and air conditioning technicians, tile layers, welders, truck drivers, plumbers, tile setters, janitors, geologists, supervisors, architects, concrete pourers, concrete mixers, diggers, crane operators, and heavy equipment operators.
Under California Law, Job-sites Must Be Safe
Injuries happen on a construction job for many reasons including: worn-out tools, misusing equipment, lack of adequate training for construction workers, faulty equipment or wiring, lack of proper safety protections or safety inspections, lack of adequate construction or trades workers, damaged or defective machines, substance abuse by coworkers while they are working, hung-over coworkers, tired coworkers, defective products, lack of proper safety gear, and sub-contractor negligence, developer negligence, foreman negligence, coworker negligence, general contractor negligence, and property owner negligence. As you know all too well by now, construction accidents also happen because someone was just trying to do something the quick and easy way. Landowners should also be aware of premises liability as they could be held partially or fully at fault for many injuries and accidents that happen on their land.
A construction site is most likely full of potential injury risks for construction workers and laborers. The ease of which someone can be permanently or seriously injured on a construction site is why it is so important that OSHA, employers and supervisors do everything they are able to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration workplace safety code to keep employees protected from accidents and injury. The following are ways in Los Angeles that a construction worker can be injured while working: pit cave-in, corrosive chemical injury, scraps and debris falling injury, hammer injury or drill slip, slipping or tripping and falling, being caught in, between, or under machines, equipment or objects, faulty wiring, fire, compressed gas injury, falling off of a cherry picker, trench cave-in, tunnel cave-in, rebar impalement injury, reinforcing bar injury, hole cave-in, falling through a skylight, exploding concrete lines, lifting injuries, being struck by a falling rail, beam, tool, wood board or piece of equipment, being run over by truck, forklift, tractor, or dump truck, crush injury and pallets failing.
Other types of injuries that can happen to employees, sub contractors, and tradesmen include being crushed by a truck, crane, bulldozer, grader, pile driver or trencher, safety rail failures, a tool or load not being strapped in or harnessed correctly, derrick injury, gas or chemical explosions, a nail through a boot or shoe injury, falling off of a roof, building or piece of equipment, exhaustion, heat stroke, lung injuries, asbestos, accidental electrocution, and wrongful death. It is important for all construction workers to watch out for each other and try to help each other avoid these awful injuries.
Permanent Construction Injuries May Affect You and Your Loves Ones
If you do not have your own doctor for your construction injury or if you need help getting medical treatment, we can help you find a local doctor that will give you the attention that you deserve. Many results of construction job accidents and construction site injuries could be traumatic. Concussions, amputation, brain injuries, lacerations, blindness, deep cuts, eye injuries, back injuries, contusions, muscle strains, broken bones, comas, ligament sprains, neck injuries, burns, cuts, becoming deformed, being crushed, heavy bleeding, becoming paralyzed and death are all possible outcomes of construction accidents and job site injuries. Since 1979, the Los Angeles, Bakersfield and Ventura construction injury attorneys of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have helped construction workers with their legal injury cases for the above injuries, results and much more.
We offer a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We are well known throughout Los Angeles, California, Ventura, Bakersfield, San Bernardino, Riverside, Long Beach, San Diego, Orange County, and the San Francisco Oakland Bay Area as top construction accident attorneys who know how to help you. As we do for all of our clients, we will work for you on a contingency basis so you will not owe us anything unless we win your construction accident or injury case. The Los Angeles construction injury lawyers at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo will offer to meet you at your home or your hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We are available to meet during the normal hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30am and 5:30pm and we will also meet you, by appointment, on Saturdays, Sundays and in the evening. Many people throughout Los Angeles consider us to be the best construction accident attorneys around and we will do our best to maintain that excellent reputation as construction lawyers.
Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo
Los Angeles, California
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