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 is usually heavy and intricate, a failure can mean serious injury or death. One of the most common causes of worker deaths in the construction industry are “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.
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.
Successes as Your SF Construction Accident Lawyers
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
Our construction site specialists represented a 40-year-old utility worker who was badly burned over more than 60 percent of his body while performing routine telephone line replacement. During the course of his work, a rotted power pole fractured and high-voltage lines carrying in excess of 12,000 volts of electrical current fell on our client, who was standing in his bucket truck. Our attorneys brought suit against the responsible utility and demonstrated that the rotten pole should have been discovered more than five years before this tragedy. Using experts in the fields of plastic surgery, internal medicine, forensic economics and job site management, our attorneys recovered $7 million on behalf of the injured worker. The recovery included reimbursement for lost wages and future wages and benefits as well as past medical expenses exceeding $1 million. As part of the settlement, our attorneys also negotiated reimbursement and resolution of an outstanding workers’ compensation lien in excess of $1 million.
Worker Struck by Earthmover — $7 Million Settlement
Walkup Melodia’s work site injury team negotiated an all-cash settlement in the amount of $7 million on behalf of a laborer who was run over by a front-end loader when its operator inadvertently put the machine in reverse while the plaintiff was directing traffic at a job site. The machine ran over the plaintiff’s left side, causing permanent nerve damage to his left shoulder and arm as well as a fractured pelvis, multiple fractured ribs and lacerations of the spleen, kidney and bladder. Medical expenses exceeded $900,000. The 47-year-old plaintiff was rendered totally disabled and unable to return to his occupation as a laborer and light-equipment operator.
Defective Industrial Lift – $10 Million Settlement
The Walkup Melodia product liability and industrial machine failure team negotiated a $10 million settlement on behalf of the surviving wife and children of a 46-year-old real estate management consultant who was killed when a self-propelled man lift on which he was riding tipped over. The decedent was inspecting work that was being performed on an industrial facility. He was testing the man lift for its suitability for inspecting work at the site when it rolled into a pothole and tipped over. Walkup’s wrongful death lawyers retained and worked with engineers who demonstrated that the design of the industrial machine was faulty and should have included outriggers and a wider wheelbase to preserve its vertical stability.
Defective Computer-Controlled Lathe — $5 Million Settlement
Walkup Melodia’s wrongful death team represented the widow and six children of a computer-controlled lathe operator who was killed when a piece of metal that he was machining came free from its high-speed spindle and broke through the viewing port of the CNC lathe. The decedent was struck by the debris and suffered massive head injuries. He was hospitalized for months before finally passing away as a result of a respiratory infection. The Walkup wrongful death team retained experts in the fields of machine design, industrial safety and machine guarding. They proved that a safer alternative design was possible. The recovery included funds to replace the decedent’s lost income as well as a sum to compensate for the loss of care, comfort and society.
Unsafe Scaffold – $2 Million Settlement
Our construction litigation team obtained a cash and annuity settlement with a value in excess of $2 million on behalf of the survivors of a sheet metal worker who fell four stories to his death through a defective scaffold railing at a construction site near San Francisco. The decedent was working as an independent contractor on a reroofing project at a large private residence. Our attorneys demonstrated that the building, which had been entirely scaffolded by a subcontractor, was in an unsafe condition. Using experts in construction site management, scaffold erection and forensic economics, our wrongful death attorneys proved that the scaffold and its cross arms had not been properly secured and that this error resulted in the decedent’s death. The recovery included economic damages exceeding $1 million, representing the loss of future salary, benefits and household services of the decedent