Legal Help if You Suffered Injuries
In a Construction Accident
Every year thousands of construction workers are killed on the job in construction accidents, scaffold accidents, crane accidents, forklift accidents, and more.
The worst part is that usually these construction accidents could have been avoided. In most cases construction accidents happen because of a corporation’s or a person’s negligence or carelessness.
Construction accidents are traumatic, painful, and sometimes deadly.
A non-fatal construction accident can leave you with serious personal injuries for life. A construction accident may also leave you emotionally distressed and fearful.
Any construction accident can be costly. Even a modest construction injury can cost a lot of money in medical bills — and can result in lost wages.
Construction Accidents and The Law
Generally, if you’ve been injured on the job, you can file for workers’ compensation benefits, even if you were entirely responsible for your personal injuries. These benefits typically tend to be modest.
Usually if you qualify for workers’ compensation benefits, you cannot sue your employer for your personal injuries or for a wrongful death. But you can pursue a construction accident lawsuit against other responsible parties.
Many people are responsible for keeping a construction site safe. Aside from your employer, those liable for your construction accident might include:
- Property Owners/Landlords
- General Contractors
- Equipment Manufacturers
- Equipment Suppliers
- Other Construction Workers
Construction Accident Lawsuits are Complicated
The key to winning a construction accident lawsuit is discovering who is liable for the accident. Liability in construction accident lawsuits can be complicated.
California has a comparative negligence law. This means that liability may be spread around to include all parties responsible.
For example, the court may decide that the contractor was 10% liable for the construction accident, the forklift supplier was 60% responsible, and the engineer was 30% responsible. Each would have to pay that part of the compensation you were awarded.
This is why even if you were partially responsible for your construction accident, you may still have a construction accident lawsuit.
To ensure that you have the best chance to win your construction lawsuit, you need your construction accident attorney – such as David Olan of Olan Law – to be experienced in this practice area. For instance, David Olan brings more than 30 years of experience representing people who suffered serious personal injuries in a construction accident.
Types of Damages You Can Recover
Damages you may be able to recover in a construction accident lawsuit, include:
- Physical injuries
- Emotional distress
- Loss of a loved one who is killed or disabled
- Medical costs
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Damage to other physical property
The Cost of a Construction Accident Lawyer
In most situations, Olan Law takes cases on a contingency basis. This means that you pay no fees or costs until your construction accident lawsuit is resolved.
In fact, it will cost you more in the long run if you don’t consult with a construction accident attorney. On average, personal injury victims who are represented by lawyers recover six to seven times more than victims who represent themselves.
Time Limits to File a Construction Accident Lawsuit
You want to contact the construction accident attorneys at Olan Law as soon as you are medically able.
There are statutes of limitation (deadlines) by which you must file your lawsuit. If you miss the deadline, then you are giving up your rights to ever file a construction accident lawsuit for the damages or losses you suffered.
The sooner you contact Olan Law, the better it is for your case. David Olan will:
- Investigate the facts of the case
- Determine all of those who are liable for your construction accident injuries
- Obtain evidence before it is destroyed as construction progresses
- Interview witnesses before their memories of the construction accident fade
- Obtain your records to ensure that evidence in your construction accident case is not lost
Free Consultation with a Construction Accident Attorney
Contact David Olan at Olan Law today for a free, no-obligation consultation.
FAQ: Construction Accidents
Q: I was injured in a construction accident. How do I know if I can bring a construction accident lawsuit?
A: The best way to find out if you have a construction accident lawsuit is to discuss your situation with a construction accident lawyer. That is why Olan Law offers a free, confidential, and no-obligation consultation. Once we hear your situation, we will be able to tell your legal options.
Q: Can a lawsuit be filed for all construction accident injuries?
A: No. If the accident was completely your fault or completely the fault of your employer, there is no lawsuit to bring. It takes an experienced construction accident lawyer to look into your situation to determine if there is a legal remedy for the injuries you received in a construction accident.
Q: Can I file a lawsuit for injuries in a construction accident if I get worker’s compensation?
A: In most cases, yes. In most cases you cannot sue your employer if you are injured in a construction accident. Worker’s compensation is the only remedy. But someone else may be responsible for all or part of the negligence or carelessness that caused your accident, and that individual or company can be held liable for their part in the accident.
Q: If I get a settlement or verdict for the injuries I received in a construction accident, do I have to pay back the worker’s compensation benefits I received?
A: Usually you will have to pay back the money you received from worker’s compensation. But worker’s compensation also may have to pay a portion of your attorney’s fees and court costs. Often the amount that needs to be repaid to worker’s compensation can be negotiated so you do not have to pay back all the money you received.
Olan Law is experienced in negotiating these amounts and know how to maximize client recovery.