Sacramento Construction/Dangerous Road Conditions Accident Lawyer
Although a wide range of federal and state regulations have been implemented to ensure that construction sites are safe, construction accidents remain far too common in California and throughout the United States. Unfortunately, thousands of construction workers and innocent passersby are injured and killed in accidents every year.
The team at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. has over twenty-five years of experience and will fight for the maximum compensation for victims of governmental or contractor negligence. Our Sacramento construction accident attorneys know that poorly maintained construction zones can lead to serious personal injury, both on and off the construction site.
- 1 Common Causes of Construction Accidents in Sacramento
- 2 Non-worker Construction Accident Injury Claims
- 3 Steps to Take Following a Construction Accident
- 4 How an Attorney Can Help After a Construction Accident
- 5 Contact the Experienced Sacramento Construction Accident Lawyers at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents in Sacramento
Unsurprisingly, the nature of the construction industry makes it inherently more dangerous than many other workplaces. Construction sites require heavy machinery, dangerous equipment, power tools, electricity, and working from heights. These elements can easily become deadly with even the smallest amount of negligence. When negligence is present, many different accidents can occur. The following are common causes of construction accidents in Sacramento:
- Lack of proper safety equipment or protocols
- Negligent or inadequate construction worker training
- Lack of fall protection for workers
- Construction site defects
- Exposure to hazardous substances or chemicals
- Negligent or criminal coworkers/contractors
- Defective equipment
According to the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), motor vehicle accidents, falls, electrocutions, getting struck by an object, and getting caught in or between equipment are the most common causes of death in the construction industry.
Non-worker Construction Accident Injury Claims
The dangers inherent at construction sites are not limited to workers alone. Construction, especially along busy roads and sidewalks, frequently leads to injured bystanders and drivers. An injured individual would need to file a standard personal injury claim. There are a variety of ways a bystander could be injured at a construction site. A person could be walking by and get hit by a falling object, or there might be a building demolition explosion that causes injuries to someone walking along the street. The injured party has a right to collect compensation from the party who was at fault for their injury.
An injured party would pursue damages from the construction company through a personal injury claim. With this type of claim, the victim would need to prove fault in order to receive any compensation.
Steps to Take Following a Construction Accident
The decisions you make following a Sacramento construction accident will significantly affect any future legal claims you decide to file. To ensure your safety, there are certain steps you should take after an accident. Also, there are certain steps you should take in order to make sure that you are fairly compensated for your construction accident injuries. Such steps include:
- See a doctor
- Report the accident
- Document your injuries
- Refuse early offers from insurance companies
- Call an experienced Sacramento construction accident lawyer
Once you have received the necessary medical care, you should not hesitate to contact a lawyer to help you file a claim. An attorney may be able to help you recover compensation for your injuries.
How an Attorney Can Help After a Construction Accident
Construction accident claims are often legally complex and challenging to handle on your own, especially in the wake of an accident. When you have been injured, the aftermath may be overwhelming as you contend with the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you suffered due to your accident. Experienced construction accident attorneys use their knowledge and skills to hold the negligent party accountable for their careless actions. One of the many ways our highly-qualified Sacramento construction accident attorneys at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. can help you include the following:
Thoroughly Investigating Your Claim
After partnering with an experienced attorney, one of the first things they will do is investigate the construction site and circumstances surrounding your accident. Construction accident attorneys are familiar with the elements that make construction accident claims unique, such as the equipment involved and workers’ compensation law. Although our attorneys at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. do not handle workers’ compensations claims, we can evaluate your claim for any potential third-party personal injury claims, as well as refer you to an experienced workers’ compensation attorney. Depending on your unique situation, your lawyer may visit the accident scene, interview key witnesses, gather evidence supporting your claims, and establish liability.
Negotiating With the Insurance Company on Your Behalf
Unfortunately, your insurance adjuster may not have your best interests in mind. Often, insurance companies will attempt to offer you the smallest amount possible for your injuries. Your attorney can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf to reach a fair settlement and protect the total value of your claim.
Organizing and Filing All Paperwork Correctly and on Time
Following a construction accident, it may seem daunting or impossible to keep up with your medical bills and legal paperwork. A knowledgeable Sacramento construction accident lawyer can help you organize and make sense of these documents as you focus on your healing and recovery. They also help fill out any legal documentation and ensure it is sent to the appropriate person by the correct date. This attention to detail may help the success of your claim while taking the stress off your shoulders.
Representing Your Interests in Court
If your injury warrants a personal injury claim, you may be awarded damages for your medical bills, lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering. While many construction accident claims are settled outside of court, some may proceed to trial. In the event your claim goes to trial, your construction accident lawyer advocates aggressively for your rights and interests in front of the jury. Your lawyer will be experienced with courtroom proceedings and can use strong evidence to establish liability, as well as the full extent of the damages you suffered.
Guiding You Through Each Step of the Legal Process
At Eric Ratinoff Law Corp., we understand how challenging it can be to heal from a life-threatening construction accident. Our experienced team can help connect you with the resources and care you need to recover. We are committed to taking a personalized approach to every claim so each of your unique concerns is addressed. When you partner with us, trust your attorney to fight tirelessly for your rights and interests through every step of the legal process.
Contact the Experienced Sacramento Construction Accident Lawyers at Eric Ratinoff Law Corp.
Have you been injured in a Sacramento construction accident? If so, you may be entitled to recover damages from a negligent third party. Call Eric Ratinoff Law Corp. today to learn how we can help you recover compensation after an accident. During your free consultation, we will review your claim and answer the questions you have. To schedule your free consultation with a Sacramento construction accident lawyer, call (916) 970-9100 or complete our contact form.