Oakland Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction work is a vital part of the United States economy, but it’s not without risk. Construction workers put themselves at serious risk every day to ensure that our office buildings, homes, restaurants, bridges, roads, and other infrastructure are ready for our daily use. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), on average, about 150,000 construction workers are injured on worksites across the country every day.
If you were injured while working on a construction site, Venardi Zurada could help you get monetary compensation from employers, insurance providers, and negligent defendants. We will evaluate whether you may be entitled to more than just workers’ compensation. If someone other than your employer or a co-employee caused your injury, you might have a significant claim for relief. Reach out to our Oakland construction accident lawyers to investigate your claims and determine the recovery you may be owed after your construction accident.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Any number of things can go wrong on a construction site. Based on our decades of personal injury experience, the Oakland construction accident legal team at Venardi Zurada can help you recover the compensation you are owed for all types of accidents that occur on construction worksites. We help injured construction workers recover after injuries including, for example:
- Slips, trips, and falls at ground level or from elevated heights
- Caught or trapped in-between objects and equipment
- Burns caused by welding equipment
- Limbs stuck in machinery
- Struck by flying, falling, or rolling objects
- Vehicle accidents on-site or while traveling between sites
- Crane accidents
- Malfunctioning equipment
- Falls caused by lack of guardrails hole-covers, and/or attendants
- Exposure to dangerous chemicals
- Electrical burns
- Collapse of scaffolding or safety apparatus
More Than Workers’ Compensation
In California, if you are hurt on the job, you are entitled to workers’ compensation. All employers must carry workers’ compensation insurance, and injured employees are entitled to coverage of their medical bills, lost wages, and disability, up to a certain extent. Workers’ compensation has its limitations, however. You are entitled to compensation for your medical costs, lost wages due to partial, full, temporary, or permanent disability, and for other related expenses, but within limits. You can only get two-thirds of your gross wages lost, for example, and you cannot recover other forms of damages such as pain and suffering or emotional distress. In order to recover for these additional damages, you must get outside of California’s workers’ compensation scheme and into the realm of personal injury.
To bring a personal injury claim after a workplace accident, you must have a case outside the standard workplace injury. You might be able to pursue a civil suit against a responsible defendant if, for example:
- Your injury was caused by intentional or reckless behavior, even of a coworker, such as a physical assault.
- Your employer did not meet their legally-mandated requirements, such as by failing to provide workers’ compensation insurance or failing to respond to your claim.
- Your injury was caused by third parties other than your employer or coworkers, such as third-party contractors, the manufacturer of a defective product, or a negligent driver.
The construction accident attorneys at Venardi Zurada will help you evaluate whether you have a claim for damages beyond those provided by workers’ compensation. You have the right to complete recovery for the injuries you sustain as a result of someone else’s negligence. Our Oakland construction injury lawyers can help you get the compensation you deserve.
Trusted Advice and Representation After an Oakland Construction Accident
If you or someone you care about has been injured in a construction accident in Oakland, contact the zealous and effective construction accident lawyers at Venardi Zurada, LLP. Call us today at 925-937-3900 for a free consultation, or contact us using our online form. Tell us about your case and let us see how we can help you. You only pay us if we recover the damages you are owed.