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Construction Accidents

Riverside Construction Accident Attorney

Construction Site Accidents

Working in construction can be both rewarding and dangerous. Those who work in this industrious field must be aware of the dangers posed by the many moving and unstable parts that come with working in a construction site. Even with experience and training under your belt and safety precautions in place, accidents can and do happen. In the unfortunate event that you or a loved one is hurt while working in construction, it is important to know where to turn and what to do in order to make the best recovery possible.

At Ryneal & Ryneal, a Law Corporation, our Riverside construction accident attorneys are familiar with construction accident laws and litigation and can prove your claim with our skills and experience. Our firm is backed by an over 45-year history of defending accident victims throughout the Inland Empire. We have recovered multiple million-dollar settlements and jury awards for clients in the past and promise to fight for you just as hard so that you can receive the maximum compensation you deserve.

Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

Construction sites involve many different companies, workers, tools, and machinery. Their cluttered and busy nature often makes it difficult to determine who or what is at fault for a construction accident. By working with an attorney, it will be much easier to determine the exact cause of your accident and establish liability.

The most common causes of construction accidents include:

  • Being hit by a vehicle: Construction workers are at risk of being hit by moving vehicles used for construction, as well as being hit by reckless motorists while working on a road or highway.
  • Caught in or between materials: Being caught in machinery or between a wall and some type of material can cause broken ribs or cut off a worker’s oxygen intake.
  • Electrocution: During the construction process, exposed live wires can pose a danger. Unfinished electrical systems and downed power lines pose a risk as well.
  • Explosions: Explosions, or fires, can be caused by exposed wires and gas leaks.
  • Falling debris: Loose materials, improperly assembled scaffolding, unsecured tools, and other things can fall and strike those working below.
  • Machinery accidents: Defective or improperly controlled machinery can cause serious injury or death.
  • Overexertion: Working long hours in the elements can lead to fatigue, dehydration, or heat stroke.
  • Repetitive stress: Performing the same motion over and over can lead to a repetitive stress injury (also known as cumulative trauma) such as tendonitis, carpal tunnel syndrome, and bursitis.
  • Slip and falls: Slippery surfaces, exposed wires, debris, and other hazards can lead to a worker slipping, tripping, or falling. This is especially deadly when a worker falls from a great height.
  • Trench or ground collapses: Trenches and other construction-related excavations can cause the ground and surrounding areas to become unstable and collapse.

These accidents can lead to serious injuries, including burns, broken bones, traumatic brain injury (TBI), and spinal cord injury. Construction accidents can be deadly as well; according to OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the “fatal four” construction accidents are falls, being struck by an object, electrocution, and being caught in or between an object. In the unfortunate and tragic event that a loved one of yours has been killed while working in construction, we can help you file a wrongful death claim.

To schedule your free consultation with an experienced construction accident attorney, contact us today.

Third-Party Personal Injury Claims

If you or a family member is injured while working on a construction site, you ordinarily would have a workers’ compensation claim against your own employer regardless of whether you or your employer caused your accident. This is because our workers’ comp system in California is not based on anyone's fault but is a "no-fault" system.

However, very often construction accidents are caused wholly or partly due to the fault or negligence of a "third party." This is someone other than your employer, such as the general contractor or another subcontractor working on the construction project.

If this is the case, then you have not only a workers’ comp case against your employer for medical and disability benefits, but you also have a separate third-party claim against the negligent general contractor, subcontractor, or whoever caused your accident.

Unlike with workers’ comp claims, however, there are no limitations on the monetary damages you may recover against negligent third parties. These include general damages for your injuries and pain and suffering, as well as recovery of past and future medical expenses and loss of earnings due to the accident.

If you are involved in a construction accident, you should contact an experienced personal injury attorney who specializes in that field as soon as possible so they can determine from the facts whether your accident was due to the negligence of a general contractor and/or one or more subcontractors working on that project.

In this way, you may be able to significantly increase or maximize your recoverable damages over and beyond the limited workers’ comp benefits you'll be entitled to receive from your employer and its workers’ compensation insurance carrier.

  • Severe Burn Injuries $11,200,000

    Verdict against a construction contractor for client who suffered severe burn injuries due to fire accident

  • Severe Burn Injuries $10,300,000

    Settlement against several utility companies for client who sustained severe burn injuries from a gas explosion.

  • Permanent Injuries $4,200,000

    Settlement for client who suffered permanent injuries due to car vs. big rig accident.

  • Severe Injuries $3,200,000

    Verdict against U. S. government for minor child who suffered severe injuries due to car accident.

  • Serious Injuries $2,600,000

    Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries due to freeway car accident.

  • Permanent Injuries $1,800,000

    Verdict for client who suffered permanent injuries sustained in auto accident.

  • Wrongful Death $1,700,000

    Verdict for family for wrongful death of a sewer maintenance worker killed in gas explosion.

  • Permanent Injuries $1,400,000

    Verdict for minor child who sustained permanent injuries due to medical malpractice.

  • Severe Head & Spinal Injuries $1,300,000

    Product liability verdict for woman who suffered severe head and spinal injuries caused by defective commercial lighting fixture falling on her.

  • Slip & Fall $1,000,000

    Settlement for client who sustained serious injuries in slip and fall accident.

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