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For over thirty years the San Bernardino California construction accident attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have been there for construction workers when they needed them most: after an injury from a work accident. During that time, we have seen the full range of possible injuries from muscle strains and amputations, to welding injuries and table saw accidents.

We work hard every day to continue being the best San Bernardino work injury attorneys, and we can help you get the maximum compensation that you deserve for your construction site injury. Our winning reputation throughout San Bernardino as a top construction accident attorney speaks for itself: We are successful and experienced construction accident lawyers who will work tirelessly for their clients.

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How to File a Construction Lawsuit Claim in California

If you or your loved ones have questions or concerns as to how to properly file a construction lawsuit claim or how to file a workers’ compensation claim for a construction accident, call us today at (909) 436-4610. We would be happy to discuss your claim during your free consultation:

  • How we can make your injury case as simple, efficient, and successful as possible.
  • What’s involved in filing your legal claim(s) for workers’ comp and/or third-party personal injury.
  • Answer questions about how we can help you and your family navigate the legal system during this tough time.
  • Potential litigation issues including pleadings, investigation, written discovery, law and motion, types of causes of action, expert and lay witness depositions, legal evidentiary standards of proof and legal requirements, potential special and general damages including bodily injury, medical treatment, loss of earnings and other damages and benefits you are entitled to recover.
  • The financial commitment that is needed and the expenses that will be incurred for preparing for the case, litigation, and going to trial and how our law firm could help you with that aspect of the legal process.

Our experienced San Bernardino County injury lawyers and staff are available to take the load, stress, and pressure of a lawsuit off your shoulders. We want to offer you the peace of mind that you are in good hands. If after meeting with us, and hearing about all the steps needed to file and handle your construction accident claim, know that we are always here for you. We wish you and your family all the best and we hope you have a speedy and healthy recovery.

How Our Law Firm Can Help

You need the best lawyer you can find. We can confidently say that your case would be better served by our experienced and local construction attorneys. We can guide you throughout the process, properly investigate your case, and ensure you are receiving comprehensive medical care. To make our services even better is the fact that our law firm is very affordable. The initial case consultation and case evaluation are free. We will then work on a contingency basis if you choose to go forward so you will not owe or pay our firm anything unless and until we win your case.

You can rest assured that we will work tirelessly for you because the Better Business Bureau gave us their highest award of an A+. We are ready to start your San Bernardino work injury, workers’ compensation, and personal injury case so call us today at (909) 436-4610.

San Bernardino Construction Injuries and Workers’ Compensation

Unfortunately, the construction industry is one of the highest-risk jobs for work-related accidents and injuries. However, the state of California requires that all construction workers are covered by workers’ compensation insurance regardless of whether they are temporary, part-time, or full-time employees. Your employer isn’t allowed to fire or penalize employees for filing a workers’ comp claim. Frequently, employers are required to pay their hurt employee’s disability out of their workers’ comp insurance.

It is important to know that workers’ compensation insurance does have limits including that it does not allow for damages for pain and suffering. The workers’ compensation insurance that is paid for by your employer could pay for:

  • medical expenses,
  • income,
  • death benefits,
  • disability,
  • permanent disability compensation, and
  • vocational rehabilitation.

One common example of a claim for construction workers is musculoskeletal disorders. MSD injuries build up over a period of time from the injured person’s motions, tasks, or assignments on the job such as twisting, bending, exerting too much force, or working in an uncomfortable position. Be sure to call our San Bernardino workers’ compensation lawyers to talk about your workmen comp claim.

We will answer all your questions clearly and completely. This includes if you are wondering what the workman comp benefits would be specifically for you and your case, how State Disability Insurance (SDI) works, and how much a workers’ comp lawyer costs or how much a work injury attorney costs. Due to the fact that we work on a contingency basis, you will not have to pay anything unless and until we win your case.

Third-Party Liability

Construction sites can be very complicated with different crews doing different jobs at different times all over the job site. Many people, workers, machines, and vehicles are going in all directions so that means that many construction accidents not only qualify for workers’ compensation because you were hurt on the job but they also may qualify for a civil third-party work injury claim. A third party is when one or more additional responsible parties are found to be at fault for your job injury or job accident other than just your employer.

Recover Additional Damages Beyond Workers’ Compensation

Including the third party gives you the chance to receive compensation that is above that which is called for by the California workers’ comp laws, torts, and rules. To be compensated the equivalent of your complete lost income and for pain and suffering, our firm would need to look into your case and the injury scenario and determine that there is a responsible third party like that of a building owner, the equipment or tool manufacturer, subcontractor, the training company, developer, the landowner, or the general contractor.

Call one of our local San Bernardino workers’ compensation accident lawyers today to go over the case and your options. It is especially important to have our prudent guidance since the cases that might have a third party need to be handled correctly at all points in the process since a mistake in any of the trials or procedures could affect the other(s). You will have excellent San Bernardino workers’ compensation attorneys and work injury lawyers who will be with you every step of the way.

Construction Accidents and OSHA’s Safety Standards

The mission that is stated by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is to keep work environments as safe, healthful, and injury-free as possible. According to OSHA, “Every day in this country, more than 14 workers lose their lives in preventable workplace tragedies.” Because of that unfortunate reality, they are continually attempting to improve the rules, safety standards, and workplace injury prevention programs so that fewer people get hurt on the job, crushed at the factory, amputated by a punch press, maimed at the construction site, hit by a falling tool, cut by a power saw or injured in any other method while on the job.

OSHA’s goal is to set standards and laws in place to avoid construction accidents and construction injuries and keep the construction job site safe. OSHA is determined to help construction employees avoid injuries by also improving training standards. OSHA states that they will keep the names of all employees or contractors who complain about unsafe working conditions, OSHA violations, unsafe work hours and potential construction accident risks anonymous if the employee requests it.

Common Construction Accidents in San Bernardino

A construction site is unfortunately full of dangers for construction workers. This ever-present danger is the reason why it is so critical that OSHA, employers, and supervisors do all that they can to follow the Occupational Safety and Health Administration workplace safety code to keep employees protected from accidents.

The following are just some ways in which a construction worker can be injured while working in San Bernardino:

  • being caught in, between, or under machines, equipment or objects;
  • hammer injury or drill slip;
  • accidental electrocution;
  • lifting injuries;
  • slipping or tripping and falling;
  • falling off of a roof or other height;
  • tunnel or trench cave-in;
  • tilt-up injuries;
  • rebar impalement injury, reinforcing bar injury,
  • gas or chemical explosions; and
  • being struck by a falling beam or piece of equipment.

Other accidents that can happen at a build site include crush injury, pallets failing, being struck or crushed by a truck, crane, bulldozer, grader, pile driver or trencher, a tool or load not being strapped in or harnessed correctly, compressed gas injury, corrosive chemical injury, derrick injury, forklift, tractor, or dump truck, a nail through a boot or shoe injury, scraps and debris falling injury, exhaustion, heatstroke, asbestos, and safety rail failures.

Due to the high frequency of injuries and how serious those job injuries can be, most construction sites will have plans for what to do in the case of an injury, but it is smart to also call 911 to be safe.

Possible Permanent Effects of Construction Site Injuries

If you do not have your own doctor for your construction injury, we can help you find a local doctor who will give you the medical treatment that you deserve. Many results of construction job accidents and construction site injuries could be traumatic.

These are just some of the possible outcomes of construction accidents and job site injuries. Since 1979, the construction injury lawyers of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo San Bernardino have helped construction workers with their legal injury cases for the above injuries, results, and much more.

Machine & Tool Injuries on Construction Sites

A construction site is filled with different types of heavy machines, dangerous tools, and machine operators with a whole range of skills and training.

Possible tool and machine injuries on the job include table saw injury, saw, drill or hammer injury, chainsaw injury, ladder injury, automobile or car accidents, nail gun or power stapler injury, conveyor belt injury, lathe accident, being caught in a baling machine or punch press, welding injury, motorcycle accidents, tractor injury, sheet metal injury, power tools injury, backhoe injury, scaffolding collapse, scaffold injury, radial arm saw injury, load shifting accident, catwalk fall, load dropping injury, needle scaler injury, concrete saw and circular saw injury, ceramic tile cutter injury, angle grinder accident, floor sander injury, impact wrench accident, defective machines, crane injury, disc sander accident, air compressor injury, jointer accident, heat gun injury, biscuit joiner and bandsaw accident, and jigsaw injury.

These and other injuries are why caution is needed while working in the construction industry.

Additional Potential Dangerous Building Equipment

Some more common industrial or residential remodeling construction products for employers and employees to receive safety training on are the pneumatic torque wrench accident, trimmer accident, diamond blade injury, scrollsaw injury, sabre saw accident, rotary tool injury, wood router injury, alligator shear injury, elevator injury, reciprocating saw accident, jackhammer injury, random orbital sander injury, concrete accident, or defective products. Some of the biggest makers of construction tools are Stanley, DeWalt, Husky, Ryobi, Craftsman, Snap-On, Ridgid, Amada, Black & Decker, Porter-Cable, Old Milwaukee, Caterpillar, Hitachi, Bobcat, and Makita. It is important to keep all tools and machines maintained and to be on the lookout for other coworkers or subcontractors who are using tools and machines that are not functioning properly.

Construction Vehicle Safety

There are also many vehicles and pieces of heavy equipment that can cause harm, catastrophic injuries, or on-the-job accidents to someone with only a quick slip or mistake.

On a job site, it is possible to have a scraper accident, highway bottom dump accident, backhoe loader and backhoe injury, asphalt paver accident, feller buncher injury, excavator or bagger injury, dragline excavator injury, yarder injury, aerial work platform or lift table injury, drilling machine accident, street sweeper injury, vibratory compacter injury, cure rig accident, concrete batch plant injury, articulated hauler and articulated truck accident, soil stabilizer accident, dredger injury, harvester injury, forklift injury, lowboy injury, pneumatic tire compactor accident, roller, road roller and roller compactor injury, dump truck injury, wheel forwarder accident, slip form paver injury, steam shovel accident, fresno scraper accident, rotary tiller accident, stomper concrete drop hammer injury injury, bulldozer accident, wheel tractor-scraper accident, cherry picker injury, telescopic handler accident, tunnel boring machine accident, track loader, track skidder and track-type tractor injury, front shovel accident, underground mining equipment injury, or a venture mixer injury.

It is critical to be alert on the construction site for danger and harm and to demand that your general contractor requires all the employees working on the site to have adequate training for all the machines and tools they’ll be using.

How Construction Accidents Occur

A construction site usually consists of many people all doing separate but interconnected jobs. It can possibly be quite a chaotic scene. The trades that may be occurring all at the same time include work by roofers, carpet layers, carpenters, project managers, plasterers, pipefitters, fencers, electricians, inspectors, landscapers, tin knockers, concrete finishers, heating and air conditioning technicians, bricklayers, laborers, plumbers, street fixers, tile layers, welders, truck drivers, architects, tile setters, geologists, supervisors, diggers, concrete pourers, concrete mixers, crane operators, painters, janitors, and heavy equipment operators.

Keeping Job Sits Safe is a California Law

Injuries happen on a construction job for many reasons including worn-out tools, misusing equipment, faulty equipment or wiring, lack of adequate training for construction workers, lack of adequate construction or trades workers, damaged or defective machines, lack of proper safety protections or safety inspections, defective products, lack of safety gear (ie: hard hats), substance abuse by coworkers while they are working, and sub-contractor negligence, general contractor negligence, foreman negligence, coworker negligence, and property owner negligence.

As you know all too well by now, construction accidents also happen because someone was just trying to do something the quick and easy way. Landowners should also be aware of premises liability as they could be held responsible for any injuries that happen on their land. In many cases, an injury victim will have a workers’ compensation claim to file and a third party case if the party partially or fully responsible for the injury might not be the employer.

Government Oversight and Liability

Our federal, state, and local levels of government all have rules and regulations in place to try to keep construction workers and the general public safe. These standards are continually refined and updated as new technologies and risks are discovered. This includes inspecting projects at the important and final stages, developers, issuing permits to builders, and manufacturing and continuously improving the codes for safety standards, work environment, and procedures. This government oversight can create a duty and responsibility of the building, safety, permit, and/or planning division of any municipalities, state, and federal governments.

Most cities, counties, or statewide agencies have a building and planning division that oversees commercial and residential construction projects. We have over three decades of experience with government liability cases in San Bernardino and statewide and we can help you. We are actually even very involved in the statewide consumer protection group called Consumer Attorneys of California.

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Call Our San Bernardino Construction Accident Lawyers For a Free Consultation

If you choose our firm, we will work for you on a contingency basis so you will not owe us anything unless we win your construction accident or injury case. The San Bernardino construction accident attorneys at DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo make house calls as we come to you at your home or your hospital room if you are unable to come to our office. We are available to meet during the normal hours of Monday through Friday between 8:30 am and 5:30 pm and we will also meet you, by appointment, on Saturdays, Sundays, and in the evening. Many people throughout San Bernardino consider us to be the best construction accident attorneys around and we will do our best to maintain that excellent reputation as construction lawyers. Contact us today at (909) 436-4610.