About According to a Bureau of Labor Statistics report, there are approximately 150,000 accidents at construction sites every year, and an average of 1000 construction accident deaths occur annually, placing construction high on the list of the most dangerous occupations.
Kinds of Construction Accident Injuries
These accidents often result in extremely serious and disabling injuries, including:
- Brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries with paralysis
- Burn injuries
- Crush injuries
- Internal organ injuries
- Fractured bones
A large number of these injuries and deaths could have been prevented if proper safety procedures had been followed at the construction site. When it can be shown that procedures were not in place, an accident can often be attributed to someone’s negligence.
Beyond Worker’s Comp
If you’ve been injured on a construction job, you will look to Worker’s Compensation to cover your medical expenses. But Worker’s Comp doesn’t cover non-economic damages, such as pain and suffering, loss of ability to enjoy life or to perform everyday tasks, disfigurement, emotional anguish, psychological disturbances, inability to continue normal marital relations, and more.
At Harrison & Bodell, our attorneys know that some of the worst damages you’ve suffered when you’ve been seriously injured in a construction accident are not the financial ones. Non-economic damages need to be compensated as well. So we do a thorough investigation of the accident to try to determine what parties, besides your employer, might have contributed to your accident though their negligence, bringing in building and construction experts when necessary to prove liability. Everyone involved in a construction project shares the responsibility for worker safety and must be held to a high standard.
Possible third party defendants may include premises owners, architects, engineers, site superintendents, contractors and subcontractors, vendors, and manufacturers of tools, machinery, or other equipment used at the site. When our investigation shows that any other party breached their duty of reasonable care for your safety on the job, we will name that party as a defendant in your legal action to recover compensation. This will increase the likelihood that you will be able to recover compensation for all of your economic and non-economic damages.
Pay Nothing Unless We Win
We often hear injured construction workers say that they make do with only Worker’s Comp because they just don’t have the money to hire an excellent attorney. That’s never a problem when you come to Harrison & Bodell, because we will take your valid construction accident case on a contingency fee agreement. We front all the costs of litigating your case and you pay us absolutely nothing unless we win money for you. That makes the fight for justice an equal possibility for everyone, regardless of ability to pay. You get the best representation San Diego has to offer at Harrison & Bodell. Super Lawyers Magazine has selected us as being among the top 5 percent of the area’s attorneys in excellence, an honor we are proud of.
Time Limits for Filing a Construction Accident Lawsuit
To get the experienced and committed lawyers at Harrison & Bodell working for you, call for a free case evaluation. It’s important to remember that if you wait too long, you could lose your legal right to a recovery because California limits the time you have to file a lawsuit. So don’t delay. If you or a family member has been injured in a San Diego construction accident, call Harrison & Bodell today.