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San Diego Workers’ Compensation Attorneys for Construction Accident Claims
Across all industries, construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs out there. Construction accidents occur with alarming frequency and often cause devastating injuries to construction workers, including burns, electrocution, and eye injuries. To cover the cost of such injuries, California construction companies and other construction industry employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance. However, because construction accident claims can be worth a lot of money—due to the serious nature of construction accident injuries—insurance carriers generally try to pay injured workers less than they may be owed, despite the purpose of California’s workers’ compensation system. As your workers’ comp attorney, we won’t let that happen.
Common Types of Workers’ Comp Construction Accidents
Construction work isn’t for the faint-hearted. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), out of 4,674 worker fatalities in private industry in the year 2017, 971 (or 20.7%) were in construction—that is, one in five worker deaths occurred in the construction industry. And according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), construction employment expected to increase over the next eight years, which means even higher numbers of construction accidents may be on the horizon. The leading types of construction accidents are:
- Falls (39.2%)
- Struck by an object (8.2%)
- Electrocutions (7.3%)
- Caught-in/between accidents (5.1%)
Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, no matter the industry. This means that for a construction accident workers’ compensation claim, you don’t need to prove that your employer (or any other party) is legally responsible for causing your injury. Also, even if you did something to cause or contribute to your injury, such as not using proper safety equipment, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits should cover your hospital bills and other medical expenses, including cost of treatment and diagnosis, as well as physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation. In addition, you may be entitled to disability benefits if your injury affects your ability to return to work. To get these benefits, however, there are critical deadlines to meet, important documentation to submit, and an insurance company that doesn’t want to pay you. That’s where your experienced construction accident attorney comes in.
If you did something to cause or contribute to your injury, such as not using proper safety equipment, you are still entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. These benefits should cover your hospital bills and other medical expenses, including cost of treatment and diagnosis, as well as physical therapy and other forms of rehabilitation.
Contact us today for your free consultation: (619) 230-0330.
Contact Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. for Help with Construction Accident Workers’ Comp
If you have been injured in a construction accident and need to file for workers’ compensation benefits, please contact Banker’s Hill Law Firm, A.P.C. in San Diego. We can also help if your construction accident workers’ comp benefits were denied, or if you stopped receiving benefits before being able to return to work. Construction accident workers’ comp claims can be complex, especially if you sustained a serious, long-term injury. Let us take the stress of dealing with the workers’ compensation system off your shoulders and ensure you get the full amount of benefits entitled to you.