Work Place Accidents
Avrek Law Firm attorneys help injured workers obtain full compensation for their injuries. Our attorneys have the experience and know how to investigate work site injuries and construction accidents to fully assess liability and damages.
If you have been injured on the job, call us today. We are here to help you evaluate your legal rights and damages.
California Workplace Accident Statistics
Nonfatal occupational injuries and illnesses struck 440,900 Californians in 2011, according to data compiled by the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics. This marked a slight drop from 2010, when 464,100 workplace injuries in California were reported.
Workplace accidents also can be fatal. Causes vary, such as motor vehicle accidents, fires, explosions, and falls. Californians killed on the job in 2012 totaled 339. The vast majority of fatalities were male (315), and the most number of deaths were related to transportation incidents (129).
Causes of Worksite Accidents
Unsafe behavior can lead to work-related accidents, such as:
- Failing to warn others of dangers
- Driving carelessly
- Failing to take safety precautions when operating heavy equipment
- Using unreasonably dangerous equipment
Unsafe conditions can also cause job injuries, including:
- Inadequate or missing machine guards
- Defective tools or equipment
- Fire hazards
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Poor ventilation
- Poor lighting
- Inadequate safety measures
While careless behavior is not limited to any specific types of jobs or workplaces, more common work-related injuries include: construction site accidents; factory accidents; industrial accidents; and auto accidents. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported work-related injuries in California in 2011 included trade/transportation/utilities (92,100 injuries); education/health services (61,400); manufacturing (40,800); warehousing (17,900); and construction (17,200).
Remedies for Injured Workers
Workers who are disabled, maimed, or otherwise injured on the job are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits to help pay medical bills and provide financial support during time away from work. Fault is not an issue in the workers’ compensation system. A worker injured on the job is entitled to benefits.
However, third parties sometimes cause a workplace injury, such as a contractor at a construction site not employed by the injured worker’s employer, or a company that manufactures a defective or unreasonably dangerous work tool. When a third party’s negligence causes a workplace injury, an injured worker has the legal right to seek compensation outside of the workers’ compensation system.
Additionally, power press or punch press injuries are an exception to the workers’ compensation laws in California. The injured worker can sue the employer as a third party and obtain larger compensation.
Building a Worksite Accident Case
Workplace accident cases can be complex. Avrek Law Firm attorneys have the experience and knowledge to dig deep during investigations in assessing who was at fault. We know how to obtain the needed documents and witnesses to help prove liability. We have access to the very best medical experts to help establish the full extent of injuries.
A personal injury claim typically includes compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Compensation varies from case to case, and will depend on a number of factors, including the severity of an injury, the level of disability, and the length of recovery time. A construction worker, for example, will have a claim for substantial damages if he fractured his hips and legs when scaffolding collapsed, underwent extensive physical therapy, and was left with a permanent limp.
Contact an Experienced Orange County Worksite Accident Attorney
If you have suffered a worksite accident, you owe it to yourself to contact an experienced attorney who can help you assess your legal rights. The attorneys at Avrek Law Firm will guide you through what you can expect in pursuing a personal injury claim against a third party. We fight tenaciously for our clients, advocating relentlessly for their interests in obtaining full and fair compensation for their injuries caused by others.