California Construction Accident Lawsuit - How & Why to File a Case

Why File a California Construction Accident Lawsuit?

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June 3, 2014

Ellis Law Corporation


Many construction workers would not think of filing a lawsuit after a California construction accident because they assume that worker’s compensation will provide them with all the funds they will need to cover their expenses. They also mistakenly believe that taking legal action is not possible in the wake of a terrible injury or tragedy sustained in the construction field, given that it is not permissible to sue one’s employer. These are misconceptions, however, and a worker injured on the job, or a family who has lost a loved one in construction, should consider contacting the Los Angeles construction accident lawyers at Ellis Injury Law as soon as possible for a free & comprehensive review of your legal options.

Filing a California construction accident lawsuit

Construction jobs are, statistically, some of the most dangerous jobs around, and California has added more construction jobs than any other state in recent years.

In just the past two weeks, there have been news reports of two California fatalities involving construction accidents.

In one case a worker was crushed by falling rebar while on site at the San Diego airport.  In another, a worker plunged to his death as he was dismantling a railroad bridge over the 91 freeway.  When the section of the bridge that he was working on collapsed, he fell with it because he was attached to the bridge by a harness.

Construction workers risk death and serious injury in California every day. Accidents that result in paralysis and other forms of debilitating injuries may mean that a construction worker can no longer stay on the job.  And the loss of a worker in a construction-related fatality can mean that a family can no longer depend on crucial financial support.

Workers compensation is available to construction workers injured or killed on the job; however, it rarely provides sufficient funds to cover lost income and pay medical bills.  Filing a California construction accident lawsuit may be the best way to get the necessary compensation for you and your family.

How Los Angeles construction accident lawyers can help

Although it is not possible to sue your employer directly for compensation, our Los Angeles construction accident lawyers know how to structure a lawsuit in order to get you the kind of compensation that you need.  For instance, it may be possible to sue a sub-contractor that your employer hired, or the manufacturer of faulty equipment implicated in the accident.

At Ellis Injury Law, our LA personal injury lawyers know how to locate liable parties and how to investigate and document the details of the accident to demonstrate liability.

Remember that the statute of limitations for a personal injury lawsuit in California is two years, so it is important to contact a lawyer who has the experience necessary to help you win in court.  If one of the liable parties is a government entity, you must file your claim within 180 days of the accident.  Our attorneys and support staff will make sure that all of your paperwork is completed so that you do not miss this crucial deadline.

The construction accident attorneys at Ellis Injury Law can help you get the compensation you need and deserve in the event of construction-related injury or death. Call 310-641-3335 to arrange for a free, no-obligation consultation in which we can discuss your options going forward.