The chances of being seriously hurt at work are higher for construction workers than for most other jobs. This is due to workers constantly being around many dangers, including heavy machinery, hazardous substances, and unsafe structures. It is critically important to adhere to all safety measures when working at a construction site to help avoid accidents. If you have been hurt in a construction accident, it is important to speak to an attorney right away.
Video Examples of Dangerous Construction Accidents
There are four leading causes of construction accident deaths across the United States, known as the ‘fatal four.’ Falling is the most common (nearly 40% of construction accidents), followed by being hit by an object, being electrocuted, and finally being caught between an object or machinery. These types of accidents have several causal factors, as the example videos that follow demonstrate:
(Warning: videos depict graphic accidents)
Getting Caught in or Between Machinery:
What Type of Compensation is Available for a Construction Accident?
Generally, workers’ compensation is available when a workplace injury occurs due to a construction accident. Under California law, workers’ compensation is designed to provide money to employees injured at work. All employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance coverage. The two important parts of this type of insurance are medical benefits and disability pay. Medical benefits cover your necessary medical costs and treatment to recover from a workplace injury. Disability pay allows you to receive a rate of 2/3 of your normal pay if your injuries require a hospital visit or cause you to miss more than three days of work.
Southern California Worker’s Compensation Help is Here
If you are injured in or around Tarzana, Encino, or another neighborhood in the San Fernando Valley, the Accident Defenders are here for you. We help clients across Southern California get compensated for their workplace injuries. To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call us at (323) 591-2829 or contact us online.