There is no other occupation more dangerous in the United States than working in the construction industry. According to the Bureau of Labor of Statistics, the construction industry leads all occupations in total worker fatalities. In 2015, there were 937 worker fatalities in the field of construction – a 4 percent increase from 2014, and the largest number of construction deaths since 2008.
No matter how safe and secure you think you may be, construction accidents can happen in the blink of an eye. Some construction accidents are commonly caused by circumstances that could have been easily prevented. If you’ve been the victim of a serious injury or death due to negligence on a construction site, you may be entitled to compensation of all your damages, including pain and suffering.
The San Francisco construction accident attorneys at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger understand the needs of injured construction workers, as well as those who are injured off-premises by activities occurring at construction projects.
The Walkup firm handles construction accident cases throughout the Bay Area and Northern California, including San Francisco, Oakland, Santa Rosa, Pleasanton, Stockton, Modesto, and Silicon Valley. To arrange a free consultation with our award-winning personal injury lawyers to discuss your case, call us at (415) 889-2919 or contact the Walkup firm online
Bay Area Construction Injury Experts
Construction zones are inherently dangerous places. Careful site management, use of proper safety equipment and supervision are required to protect workers and the public from serious personal injuries.
Our San Francisco construction accident lawyers represent workers throughout California. Even though your injury occurred at work, depending on the circumstances of your case, especially if you were injured through the fault or conduct of someone other than your employer, you may be entitled to compensation above and beyond workers’ compensation benefits.
If your construction site injury was caused by a defective product, machine or tool, you may have a defective product liability claim. Inadequate safety precautions, dangerous design, architectural defects or construction management errors can result in other avenues of liability. As with all our cases, we will examine and investigate your construction site injury claim from every perspective.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction zones are inherently dangerous places. Careful site management, use of proper safety equipment and supervision are required to protect workers and the public from serious personal injuries. When equipment is not properly maintained and safety measures aren’t followed, disaster can strike on the job.
Two of the most common causes of construction accidents are machine failures and scaffold falls.
Machine Failures in California Can Be Fatal
Because machines and equipment on construction sites are usually heavy and intricate, failure can mean serious injury or death. One of the most common causes of worker deaths in the construction industry is “caught-in/between” fatalities. In 2015, 7.2 percent of construction fatalities were caused by workers being caught in equipment or crushed and struck by collapsing equipment or machinery.
Machine or equipment failure is usually caused by defective equipment, poorly maintained machinery, or negligence on the part of the contractor or owner of the machine. If you or your loved one has been seriously injured or even killed in California as a result of machine failure, you have the legal right to pursue full compensation for the resultant damages. Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to settle for the amount provided via workers’ compensation – especially if your injury or death occurred due to negligence. In such complex cases, it is imperative that you have legal representation to properly navigate all options and channels.
The construction accident lawyers at Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger are familiar with the unique needs of those who are suffering physically, emotionally, and financially at the hands of a devastating workplace accident. We have the experience and knowledge base to fight for your full recovery and ensure you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Falls are Deadly on Construction Sites
According to OSHA, falls are the leading cause of fatalities in construction accidents – they accounted for roughly 39 percent of all construction deaths in 2015.
Falls from a scaffold are especially dangerous and can cause serious and injury, due to the extreme heights associated with scaffolds. Although workers’ compensation may be able to get you a financial respite from the damages, often it may not be enough for the lasting mental and financial damages.
Examples Of Successful Representation In Construction Accident Cases
Some of our more notable successes involve substantial settlements for a variety of construction accidents, including machine failures and scaffold falls.
Dangerous Construction Site – $7 Million Settlement
Worker Struck by Earthmover — $7 Million Settlement
Defective Industrial Lift – $10 Million Settlement
Defective Computer-Controlled Lathe — $5 Million Settlement
Unsafe Scaffold – $2 Million Settlement
*Click on the individual result to see details regarding the case.
Get Experienced Legal Help
If you or your loved one has been seriously injured in a fall due to negligence, talk to the Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger California construction accident law firm. Our San Francisco wrongful death lawyers can help your family deal with the legal and financial matters you are facing.
Arrange a free consultation to discuss your case by calling us at (415) 889-2919 or contacting the Walkup firm online.