Santa Rosa Construction Accident Lawyers
Construction work is a dangerous occupation. Incautious employee conduct, an employer’s failure to provide proper safety equipment, and decreased enforcement of safety procedures are just a few of the hazards that contribute to numerous worksite accidents. California regulates safety protocols designed to make construction sites safe for workers. However, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), over 100,000 construction workers still suffer injuries, and another 10,000 die annually.
Are you the victim of a construction injury? At Henderson Law, Santa Rosa construction accident attorney Michael Henderson believes in fighting for your rights. Henderson Law will make it a mission to provide you with the best possible legal representation, enabling you to receive the highest compensation for your construction-related injuries.
Why Hire Henderson Law for Your Construction Accident Claim?
While there are numerous construction site accident litigation attorneys in Santa Rosa, Henderson Law attorney Michael Henderson goes above and beyond, working tirelessly to obtain justice for you. Motivated by a desire to help people who have been drastically affected by personal injuries, Henderson Law understands the nuances of construction law and can provide:
- Experience—over 25 years of seasoned experience and the judgment of a battle-tested advocate with extensive trial expertise in construction law, wrongful death, and personal injury;
- Skill—an attorney who has successfully tried and settled cases for clients involving complex legal, medical, and financial issues;
- Professionalism—accurate, honest, and practical advice from the moment you first sit down to discuss your case;
- High average settlement—Henderson Law has won tens of millions of dollars for clients over the past two decades;
- Excellence—attorney Michael Henderson was honored as a member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Injury Trial Lawyers in both 2016 and 2017, has served as President of the Consumer Attorneys of Sonoma County, and is a member of the American Association for Justice, a national association of trial lawyers; and
- Knowledge—attorney Michael Henderson graduated in the top two percent of his law class and was inducted into the Order of the Coif, a national honor society that recognizes attorneys who have achieved high distinction in legal education.
When you put your trust in Henderson Law, you’ll receive the dedicated, steadfast legal representation you deserve. Backed by years of passion and experience, we’re committed to giving you the best legal service possible to place you on your path to justice.
Common OSHA Violations and Accident Causes at Construction Sites
Construction work is inherently more dangerous than other professions. Dangerous equipment, heavy machinery, electricity, power tools, and working from heights are all elements of construction work that contribute to workers’ injuries. And many of them can have deadly consequences.
The top OSHA infractions involved in construction accidents in 2020 include:
- Fall protection infractions,
- Scaffolding infractions,
- Ladder infractions, and
- Eye and face protection infractions.
Falls and slips and trips are the leading cause of work-related deaths in construction. They account for more than one in three (36.4%) of this industry’s total number of fatalities. Struck-by incidents (15.4%) follow falls. Electrocutions (7.2%) are the third most common injuries. And caught-in/between incidents (5.4%) are the fourth most common cause of construction-related deaths and injuries. Other contributors are machine accidents, ground collapses, explosions and demolitions, chemical spills, repetitive motion injuries, heatstroke and overexertion, and vehicle accidents in highway construction zones.
Some of the most common construction site injuries include:
- Chemical exposure illnesses,
- Eye injury and vision damage,
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs),
- Spinal cord injuries (SCIs),
- Neck and back injuries,
- Broken bones or fractures,
- Sprains and strains, and
- Cuts and lacerations.
If you suffered a construction work injury, you might be able to recover workers’ comp or personal injury damages. To discuss your injuries with Santa Rosa construction lawyer accident lawyer Michael Henderson personally, call our law offices or inquire online now.
What Kind of Compensation Can I Receive for My Construction Site Injury Claim?
Workers injured on the job in Santa Rosa can file a workers’ compensation claim. In this case, we’ll pursue compensation from the employer. Our aim is to collect complete compensation for losses resulting from a construction site injury, which may include:
- Medical care—payments that cover medical care while recovering from an injury or illness caused by work;
- Temporary disability benefits—payments that cover a portion of lost wages from an injury preventing an employee from doing their usual job during recovery;
- Permanent disability benefits—payments when an employee doesn’t wholly recover;
- Supplemental job displacement benefits—vouchers to help pay for retraining or skill enhancement when an employee doesn’t recover completely and can’t return to work for an employer; and
- Death benefits—payments made to spouses, children, or other dependents if an employee dies from a job injury or illness.
Injured workers may also be able to pursue independent personal injury claims. Some injuries that might necessitate a personal injury claim include injuries from faulty equipment, flawed scaffolding or ladders, or other negligent subcontractors working on the same job. In these cases, damages might include:
- Emotional distress, including post-traumatic stress disorder;
- Pain and suffering; and
- Punitive damages.
If third-party negligence caused your injuries, Henderson Law can pursue actions against the parties or companies responsible.
Who Is Liable for Construction Accidents?
In California, parties that are financially responsible for an injured construction employee’s damages are often the ones most at fault for causing the injuries in question. Responsible parties may include:
- Construction company—if your injury occurred on the job, the company you work for could be liable to pay workers’ compensation;
- Property owner—if your injury is caused by a defective or dangerous property element; or
- Product manufacturer—if your injury is caused by defective products, such as crane collapses or materials contaminated with asbestos.
If you’ve been injured on a construction site, Henderson Law can help you identify all parties liable for your injuries.
Contact our Santa Rosa Construction Accident Attorneys at Henderson Law
If you’ve suffered a construction site injury, it’s essential to contact an attorney to discuss your options. At Henderson Law, we understand the complex law surrounding construction accidents, and will fight for the fair compensation you’re entitled to. Our ultimate mission is to handle your case with compassion, dedication, and skill, so you receive the total restitution you deserve. Call us or visit us online to get started.