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The Salamati Law Firm of Los Angeles, California sees all too often the heavy toll of substandard workplace safety on workers, particularly those who work in construction. Falls are among the most common and deadliest accidents on construction sites. Data from the NIOSH Fatality Assessment and Control Evaluation program reports that 42% of all construction fatalities were the result of falls.

A large portion of construction worker deaths occur in California. According to the California Department of Industrial Relations, the construction industry ranks second in occupational deaths, beyond only the transportation industry. During 2016, there were 54 deaths on construction sites throughout the state. In 2015, there were 69.

Here at The Salamati Law Firm, our construction accident attorney team believes these statistics are unacceptable. Even one fatality in a workplace is one too many. Each of those deaths represents a loved one who will never again go home. Each of those deaths represents a family left bereft. And each of those deaths should have been preventable.

Common causes of construction falls

Employers and supervisors are required to follow a vast number of OSHA regulations in order to make each worksite as safe as possible. Unfortunately, construction accidents are all too common. A fall at a construction site may be a slip and fall incident or it may involve a fall from an elevation. Either of these can result in catastrophic injuries, although falls from elevated positions tend to be more serious. Some possible causes and contributing factors to construction falls can include the following:

  • Lack of guardrails/improperly installed guardrails
  • Lack of access to a personal fall arrest system
  • Failure to provide necessary safety training to workers
  • Improperly constructed scaffolding
  • Unstable walkways
  • Slippery surfaces
  • Failure of a competent person to perform routine safety inspections

These are just a few of the types of cases seen by the Los Angeles slip and fall attorneys at The Salamati Law Firm.

What slip and fall attorneys in Los Angeles say about liability issues

When an employee sustains an injury during the course of executing job duties, there can be complex liability issues involved. Workers’ compensation is an insurance program designed to protect workers from job-related medical expenses and to protect employers from liability. When an employee sustains a covered injury on the worksite, that employee is eligible to recover workers’ compensation for the related medical expenses and a portion of the lost wages. It is not a requirement of workers’ comp to prove that the worker was not at fault for the injuries. That is, a worker might have been wearing improper footwear, which caused the slip and fall injury, and the worker could still be eligible for compensation.

Although an employer cannot typically be sued for a workplace injury, an outside party may be held liable. The Salamati Law Firm carefully considers whether third parties may be involved in a construction fall case, such as whether the manufacturer of a personal fall arrest system could be held liable for making substandard equipment. It may also be possible to hold a third-party contractor responsible, such as if the safety supervisor was a contractor from a different company.

Injured on a construction site? How a personal injury attorney in California can help

You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries sustained during the course of your employment. Workers’ compensation covers you regardless of whether or not you were at fault for the accident. Unfortunately, workers’ comp claims aren’t always straightforward. An insurance carrier may try to avoid paying the claim or avoid paying the full amount that the worker is entitled to. The insurance company may try to hurry the employee back to work before he is fully recovered. A personal injury lawyer can address these problems, letting you focus on your recovery.

Additionally, it’s important to note that you don’t always have to settle for workers’ compensation alone. You may be entitled to additional compensation. Talk to a Los Angeles personal injury attorney at The Salamati Law Firm to determine if outside parties may be at fault for your injuries. You could have the basis for a personal injury lawsuit.

Contact a Los Angeles construction fall attorney

The results-driven construction fall lawyers at The Salamati Law Firm are determined to ensure that each of our clients receives the maximum compensation they deserve. We believe our record speaks for itself; just ask about our history of securing significant compensation for clients involved with complex cases, including those with multiple liable parties.

If you or a loved one were injured in a fall at a construction site, get in touch right away to discuss your case and learn about the compensation you may receive. Our construction fall attorneys work on a contingency basis, which means that there is never a legal fee unless we obtain money damages on your behalf. We accept clients in the greater Los Angeles area and throughout Southern California.

Additional resources on construction falls:

  1. Safety and Health Magazine, 42 percent of construction worker deaths involve falls, new database shows, https://www.safetyandhealthmagazine.com/articles/16646-percent-of-construction-worker-deaths-involve-falls-new-database-shows
  2. California Department of Industrial Relations, Fatal Occupational Injuries in California, https://www.dir.ca.gov/OPRL/CFOI/Fatalities_Report_2013-2016.pdf