With so much construction going on in the city of Irvine and by the city’s Planning and Development Department, the likelihood of construction accidents is possible. Construction accidents are considered to be one of the most dangerous worst place accidents since employees are vulnerable to several different types of dangerous objects, and dangerous conditions around them.
Construction accidents could lead to life threatening injuries. If you or a loved one have been injured from a construction accident in Irvine, give our Irvine lawyers a call to discuss your accident. Construction accidents could get very tricky, especially because there are so many technical words used to describe equipment and practices in the construction field. That is why having a skilled attorney who is specifically knowledgeable in construction law is one of the most important things you could do for yourself and your Irvine construction accident lawsuit.

If you were to hire an attorney who is not so well versed in construction law, things could get very complex and difficult, making you vulnerable for insurance adjusters and opposing attorneys to take advantage of you and offer a low settlement amount.  A skilled attorney will begin investigating your circumstance as soon as possible to gather all the right evidence to hold the other party responsible. 

Why are construction accidents common in Irvine?

According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, construction workers are exposed to four different dangerous conditions. These four different dangerous conditions are referred to as the “fatal four” and include:

  • Electrocution
  • Falls from high areas
  • Being struck by heavy objects
  • Being caught in between construction equipment

Could I file a workers’ compensation claim for my construction accident?

Workers’ compensation is a form of insurance that an employer, which may include a construction company, must have to compensate their employees in the event that they have been injured while doing a work-related task. But, there are several eligibility requirements that you must meet in order to file a workers’ compensation claim. For example, you cannot be an independent contractor and should be considered an employee. Further, the injuries that you have suffered must be related to a work-related task.

When filing a workers’ compensation claim, you could receive benefits such as your medical bills, temporary disability, permanent disability, and lost wages. But, workers’ compensation is slightly different than filing a civil lawsuit in court. Workers’ compensation deals with insurance companies and adjusters. We recommend that you speak to our workers’ compensation attorneys for more information.

Could I file a lawsuit for my construction accident injuries?

In California, you have the right to file a workers’ compensation claim and to file a lawsuit individually against the party responsible for your injuries. There are a variety of parties that you could hold responsible for your injuries. It takes a highly qualified Irvine attorney to look into the circumstances and determine which party is liable. 

Examples of parties that could be held responsible in a  construction accident lawsuit include:

  • Construction company: the construction company is responsible for overlooking and overseeing the project. There are also responsible for properly training their employees on how to use equipment. They should also maintain a safe work environment.
  • Other employees/ other construction workers: other employees, such as subcontractors who are also working at the construction site could be negligent and cause injuries to others around them.
  • Equipment manufacturer and equipment retailer: if the equipment has a defective part, and that caused the accident, the equipment manufacturer and retailer could be held responsible.
  • Project engineer: if the accident was caused by a poorly designed construction site, the engineer or the architect could be held responsible.
  • Property owner
  • Government entities:  government entities could also be held responsible in the event that they are funding the project, or the project is concerning a public building.

We recommend that you contact our attorneys as soon as possible after you have been involved in a construction accident. Things happen fast immediately after an accident, and you should seek medical attention. But, after, you should contact an experienced lawyer to piece together the cause of the accident, and to determine the liable parties since there could be so many. 

Irvine Construction Laws

  • All buildings in Irvine must follow the proper building codes, including fire safety and accessibility.
  • Almost all construction projects require permitting and inspections, approved by the city of Irvine.
  • Construction workers are protected under employee state laws and must follow 
  • All construction sites must follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations. 

Irvine Construction Accident Attorney

Our Irvine construction accident attorneys are ready and able to help every step of the way. Construction accidents could get very complex and could have several different terms used by all parties. Make sure that you have a skilled Irvine lawyer on your side. 

Our attorneys offer free case evaluations where we sit with you and discuss your case one-on-one. During this time, some questions that our Irvine lawyers may ask are:

  • Where were you when the accident occurred?
  • Did you speak to anyone after the accident occurred?
  • Who was at the construction site at the time the accident occurred? 
  • Were you working at the construction site at the time the accident occurred?
  • What injuries did you have after the accident?
  • What treatment did you get after the accident?
  • Are you currently still treating or seeing a doctor?
  • Did you take time off work?
  • Did you return back to work?
  • Has it been difficult to get around and do certain tasks at home?

What causes construction accidents?

There are several reasons why construction-related accidents could occur in Irvine. Some of the most common causes include:

  • Toxic soil
  • Exposure to chemicals
  • Improper ventilation
  • Improper wiring
  • Not following building standards
  • Improper warning signs
  • Absence of warning signs
  • Improper roof design

What should I do after a construction accident in Irvine?

Whether you are an employee, or a third-party pedestrian who was injured while out of construction site, there are certain steps that you should take. This includes:

  • Seeking medical attention: you should seek medical attention right away. Usually, construction accidents could result in severe injuries that could have permanent effects. Make sure that you have been evaluated by a proper medical provider.
  • Take photos of the accident scene: in order to prove a construction accident, you must show exactly what caused the accident and what caused your injuries. That is why the more pictures you could take of the accident scene and what caused it, the better it is for you.
  • File a workers’ compensation claim: if you were an employee at the time of the accident, you could file a worker’s compensation claim with your employer.
  • File a personal injury lawsuit: contact an Irvine construction accident attorney to get started with your construction accident lawsuit.
  • Keep medical records, photos, videos, and construction records at all times.