September 22, 2022 Posted In Work-related injury
Construction accidents cause a variety of injuries, and they are often severe and have long-term repercussions. Workers injured on the job can receive workers’ compensation benefits, but if another party is liable besides their employer, they can also pursue further compensation.
If you have been involved in a construction accident, our San Bernardino construction accident lawyers can help you fight for the compensation you deserve.
Any construction accident can cause severe breaks or bone fractures, but they are common in falls when a worker hits the ground or by an object on the way down. Workers often need surgery and/or a cast, as well as physical therapy and other ongoing treatment.
Explosions, machinery fires, and coming into contact with a live current or dangerous chemicals can all lead to severe burn injuries.
Traumatic Brain Injury
Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) in San Bernardino are a primary cause of fatalities and long-term disabilities. A TBI is most often caused by a sudden impact or blow to the head, disrupting the normal function of the brain.
Spinal Cord Injuries
Spinal cord injuries (SCIs) can vary in severity, with the most extreme cases resulting in paralysis. Workers may require surgical intervention, physical therapy, chiropractic care, and other treatment and may still have to live with chronic pain.
Loss of Limb or Amputation
In a catastrophic accident, a limb can be crushed or brutally mangled, leading to amputation. As a result, victims can suffer permanent pain and lifelong disability.
Internal Organ Damage
The impact of a construction accident or the body being thrown can damage internal organs. This type of injury can quickly become life-threatening if not treated immediately.
Scarring and Disfigurement
Severe lacerations, burns, and other injuries to the skin can cause significant scarring or disfigurement, resulting in a worker’s physical appearance being permanently changed.
When a construction accident causes a worker fatality, it is considered a wrongful death. Therefore, the worker’s surviving family has the right to hold the at-fault party accountable by pursuing a San Bernardino wrongful death claim.
After a construction accident, you can file a workers’ compensation claim for benefits that cover reasonable medical expenses and two-thirds of their lost wages. If a third-party (e.g., property owner, contractor, equipment manufacturer, etc.) claim is possible, you can pursue a personal injury lawsuit for compensation beyond what workers’ compensation covers. For example:
Lastly, punitive damages may be available but are typically only awarded in cases involving a defendant (at-fault party) who exhibited egregious behavior or was extremely reckless.