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Legal Options After Suffering an Injury Working at a Construction Site

 Posted on February 17,2021 in Workers' Compensation

Santa Clara County workers compensation attorney

Construction sites are some of the most dangerous work environments that exist. Workers must often work with hazardous materials, atop scaffolds and rooftops, and among heavy machinery and dangerous equipment. It is for these reasons that construction workers suffer catastrophic injuries and fatalities at much higher rates than workers in other professions. If you or a loved one were injured while working at a construction site in California, it is essential to know your rights. You may be entitled to compensation by filing a workers’ compensation claim as well as through a third-party claim.

Workers’ Compensation for Construction Accidents

The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) lists falling, being struck by objects, electrocution, and caught-between accidents as the top four causes of fatal construction site accidents. Traumatic events often lead to severe injuries on construction sites; however, repetitive stress injuries that develop over time are also commonly suffered by construction workers. Back and spine injuries are typically caused by repetitively lifting objects, working in awkward positions, or uneven weight distribution on tool belts. California workers’ compensation covers traumatic injuries in addition to repetitive motion injuries.

Types of Compensation Available Through Workers’ Comp

California employers are required to carry workers’ compensation insurance by law. The purpose of this insurance is to provide financial compensation for injured workers and the families of deceased workers. California workers’ compensation typically covers:

  • Medical treatment such as doctor visits, surgery, hospitalization, medication, and physical therapy

  • Two-thirds of the injured worker’s lost wages

  • Vocational training if the injury necessitates a career change

  • Death benefits to the family of a deceased worker

Unfortunately, getting the compensation you need and deserve after a construction accident is often harder than it should be. A workers’ compensation lawyer can stand up for your rights during this difficult time in your life and help you pursue the compensation necessary for a full recovery.

Contact a Santa Clara County Construction Worker Injury Lawyer

If you or a loved one were hurt while working at a construction site, you may be able to recover compensation for your medical expenses and lost income. A knowledgeable Gilroy workers’ compensation attorney from Cramer & Martinez, LLP can provide strong legal advocacy throughout your case. Our experienced team can help you file a claim, appeal a denied claim, and seek the compensation to which you are entitled. Call our office today at 408-848-1113 to schedule a free consultation.


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