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Los Angeles Construction Accident Lawyers

For more than 20 years, the Los Angeles construction accident attorneys at Ellis Law have been the strongest advocates for victims that have suffered grievous injuries at construction sites. We fight tirelessly to make sure that injured construction workers, site visitors, and their families get the full amount of compensation they deserve when workplace negligence leaves them injured with looming medical and other bills. 

Construction and extraction jobs continue to be notoriously dangerous. In 2019, more than 1,000 construction and extraction workers suffered fatal on-the-job injuries. That figure reflects a 6% increase in fatal accidents over the previous year and marks the highest number of deadly injuries since 2007.  

The lawyers at Ellis Law understand how easy it is for accidents to happen at construction sites. Those sites often feature multiple people coordinating often-competing efforts at a confined location, with heavy machines, live electrical wires, platform scaffolds, and lifts at extreme heights, and specialized tools and equipment that pose any number of risks. The owners and managers of a site are first in line to control these risks, and they bear full responsibility for accidents and injuries that happen when they negligently fail to exercise that control.   

Contact Ellis Law after you have suffered injuries at a construction site 

For more than two decades, the California  personal injury lawyers at Ellis Law have made fighting for injured construction workers their top priority. We work tirelessly to protect the rights and livelihoods of Los Angeles-area construction workers whose injuries keep them from earning a living. We have a verifiable record of recovering millions of dollars for injured parties and we place the same strong effort on every client’s case to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation and that nothing is left on the table in your for your California construction accident lawsuit. You can call us at any time to speak with one of our accident and injury lawyers at no cost to you. We will charge you nothing unless we win your case, and our fees will be paid from the damages we succeed in recovering. You will pay no out-of-pocket costs for our services. 

Statistics for 2019 

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2019: 

  • In California, more than 450 workers died from fatal work-related injuries 
  • Nationally, a worker died every 99 minutes from injuries sustained in on-the-job accidents 
  • Fatalities in private construction industries increased more than 5% over prior years 
  • Employers recorded more than 2.8 million non-fatal injuries and employees cumulatively missed more than 888,000 days of work.  
  • Injuries caused workers to miss a median of 8 days of work, with a resulting reduction in wages for that lost time 
  • Motor vehicle accidents, slip-and-falls, impacts from tools and equipment, and exposure to hazardous chemicals continue to be the leading causes of workplace fatalities and injuries 
  • Workplace fatalities disproportionately affect Hispanic or Latino workers, with 1 out of every 5 deadly injuries being concentrated in that group 
  • The average cost of a workplace injury that required medical consultation was estimated to be $42,000.  

The number of California construction accidents in 2019 that resulted in fatalities and serious injuries continued to increase. The more high-profile incidents include a worker who died at the SoFi Stadium construction site after falling from the Stadium’s roof structure and a 30-year old worker that died at a high school construction site after he was struck by a falling beam. 

Common causes of construction accidents 

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA) tracks workplace safety violations in construction and other industries. The top ten most common OSHA violations in 2019 reveal the common causes of construction accidents: 

  1. Falls from structures that are more than six feet above the ground, or workers on the ground that are struck by tools or construction materials that are dropped from elevations 
  2. Exposure to hazardous chemicals where workers did not receive proper training or equipment to handle those substances 
  3. Poorly-built or overloaded scaffolds that collapse 
  4. Live electrical power lines and energy sources for powered machinery that cause electrocutions and serious burns 
  5. Respiratory injuries caused by failure to provide adequate breathing protection or by working in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces 
  6. Falls from ladders 
  7. Impacts and collisions with construction trucks, forklifts, or motorized hand trucks, with operator error or inadequate operator training as the cause of accidents  
  8. Slip and fall hazards from failure to clear dangerous debris or spills from construction areas 
  9. Guards on power machinery that have been removed or improperly modified, particularly at pinch points and around rotating components 
  10. Ineffective use of eye and face shields, or failure to provide those shields to workers that might be exposed to volatile chemical substances 

This list touches on the most common causes of accidents. Construction workers suffer injuries from multiple other causes, including injuries from collapsing ground trenches, poorly-maintained or improperly used welding equipment, and open or unsecured flame and combustion sources. 

The parties that might be responsible for construction accidents 

An injured construction worker might assume that only his or her employer bears responsibility for a constriction accident and liability for any resulting injuries and their associated costs. The employer’s workers compensation insurance might reimburse some of the costs of a workplace injury, but the injured employee may still have an opportunity to collect a greater amount of damages from other construction site parties that bear some responsibility for the accident, including: 

  • the owner or manager of the construction site 
  • the site’s prime or general contractor and other subcontractors that are providing services at the site 
  • material providers and delivery contractors 
  • architects or engineers that failed to establish safe operating conditions at the site  
  • equipment manufacturers and installers, including producers of tools, scaffolds, heavy machinery, and restraining systems, all of which are responsible for providing products that do not pose excess risks to construction site personnel 

Injured construction workers often mistakenly assume that they can only recover compensation from workers’ compensation insurance when they suffer on-the-job injuries. If their injuries were caused by the negligence of a party other than their employer, they might have an opportunity to sue that party for additional damages that are not reimbursed by workers’ compensation, including damages for pain and suffering and related non-economic costs and expenses. 

Proving that another party is liable for construction accident injuries 

To recover damages from another party in a construction accident lawsuit, an injured construction worker will need to show: 

  • that the other party owed a duty of care to the construction worker 
  • that the party failed to live up to that duty of care 
  • as a result of that failure, an accident happened, and 
  • the accident was the direct and proximate cause of the construction worker’s injuries. 

An injured construction worker will have a better chance of proving another party’s negligence when he or she retains a knowledgeable and experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as is possible after an accident. Construction sites are very dynamic places. Evidence about how an accident happened can disappear very quickly, and witness memories will fade just as fast. When an injured construction worker arranges for legal representation in the immediate aftermath of an accident, his or her lawyer will begin an investigation and secure the facts and evidence that show the causes and the parties that are responsible for the accident and the worker’s injuries.  

Los Angeles lawsuit verdicts 

Lawyers at Ellis Law have negotiated many successful settlements for our clients, including: 

  • $190,000 settlement – A plaintiff making a delivery to the defendant’s office slipped and fell several feet, directly onto his back, when a piece of the office step broke off. 
  • $190,000 settlement – A production control expeditor slipped on water from a cleaning machine, suffering injuries to his hands, wrists, groin, and knees. 
  • $4.1 million settlement – A certified forklift operator attempted to disconnect a portable propane cylinder from a large stationary storage tank when the propane suddenly ignited — causing 2nd and 3rd-degree burns and scarring. The man lost $97,541 in earnings and had medical expenses totaling $251,853.93. 

These verdicts show that construction site lawsuits are not limited to just workers at a construction site. Visitors to the site and pedestrians that are passing by it can also suffer serious injuries due to a construction company’s negligence, including its failure to provide safe pathways around a site and to secure tools and materials that might fall and strike them.  

Construction accidents may result in disabling injuries or even death 

An injured construction employee can lose his or her regular wages when injuries prevent him or her from working, and will also face large medical bills and rehabilitation costs. Medical costs and expenses can extend well into the future when injuries are serious. Successful settlements and jury verdicts are helping California families to handle those and other costs and expenses after breadwinners sustain injuries in the workplace. In 2012, for example, a 54-year-old concrete pump operator fell 20 feet through an unguarded hole at his construction site in San Jose. He suffered multiple fractures, which left him a paraplegic. His accident led to an $11.3 million settlement. 

Costs and expenses will be even higher when construction accident victims lose their lives. Notwithstanding great strides that have been achieved in workplace safety, several California construction workers lost their lives in workplace mishaps in recent years: 

  • an electrical lineman with 20 years of experience was less than a month into a new job with the Palo Alto utility department when he suffered fatal injuries while working to upgrade a transformer 
  • a 45-year old ironworker fell from a steel structure in Bakersfield when his safety system failed 
  • in a widely reported incident, an outdoor gas leak in Murietta triggered an explosion that destroyed a home and killed a utility worker after a contractor failed to call an information line to check for gas lines before digging 
  • a rebar column collapsed at a UC-San Diego campus construction site and killed a construction ironworker who was the father of an 11-year old. 

Talk to a construction lawyer today 

Sometimes the root causes of a construction accident aren’t fully known until a legal team pours through all the details. Experienced LA construction attorneys at Ellis Law understand the physical, emotional, and financial impact that these types of accidents can have on workers and their families. We also have an in-depth appreciation and extensive knowledge of the dynamics of construction sites and the many parties that might be working at those sites. 

A personal injury lawsuit cannot erase what has been done, but it can help recover some of the expenses associated with the incident and help bring a sense of closure in knowing that the lawsuit will raise awareness of the type of accident that led to injuries. That awareness will reduce the risk that a similar accident might happen to someone else due to an unaddressed workplace hazard. 

Please call us at 888-981-9744 to set up a free, no-obligation consultation to discuss your legal options. Call us as soon as you can after a construction accident to preserve your right to recover the full amount of damages you deserve.