Rancho Cucamonga Workplace Injury Attorney
For every 100 employees in California, three to four of them will either be injured, killed or fall ill on the job. With nearly 20 million people in the California workforce, these statistics explain the thousands of workplace injuries which occur every year. While workplace fatalities in California have been on a downward trend since 1999, hundreds of workers still lose their lives on the job every year, primarily due to transportation accidents and slips, trips and falls.
Many workplace accidents can be avoided if employers will see to it their workers are provided with the proper safety equipment and supervision, and that all workers are properly trained on safe work practices. When workplace accidents do occur, whether due to the negligence of an employer, contractor or third party, or even the violent acts of a co-worker, workplace injury attorney John D. Lueck works to hold responsible parties accountable for their actions and obtain a full and fair amount of compensation for the injury victims to deal with the costs and harm done to them. Based in Rancho Cucamonga, the Law Offices of John D. Lueck helps victims of workplace and construction accidents throughout San Bernardino and southern California.
Construction Accidents and the Fatal Four
Construction is a vital and booming part of the economy of Los Angeles and neighboring communities. It is also one of the most dangerous and deadly occupations. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that one in five worker deaths occur in the construction industry. OSHA has further identified the leading cause of construction worker deaths outside of car and truck accidents on the highway. The OSHA “Fatal Four” include:
Falls – Ladder falls are common due to faulty equipment, using the wrong ladder for the job, or using it improperly. Scaffold collapses and falls occur when scaffolds are not properly erected or stabilized, or when workers are not provided with appropriate safety equipment, including harnesses and nets.
Struck by Object – From tools and equipment improperly stored on scaffolds to beams which are not properly secured when being hoisted, deaths caused by a falling object account for one in ten construction fatalities.
Electrocution and Burn Injuries – Workers engaged in electrical work must be properly trained and supervised to ensure vital safety protocols are followed. Beyond that, all workers on a jobsite are at risk during a construction project from exposed wiring, cables and electrical equipment which is not properly grounded.
Caught-in/between – Construction sites are busy hives of activity, and workers are in constant danger of being struck or caught by forklifts, loaders or backhoes, or crushed by a collapsing scaffold or crane. Not only operators but all workers should be properly trained in working around heavy machinery, and the machinery itself should be equipped with working backup alarms and other features which meet applicable safety standards. Trenches and excavations of more than a few feet deep must be properly shored and signed to prevent accidental falls or deadly trench collapses.
Third Party Liability in California Workplace Accidents
The California workers’ compensation system is set up to provide workers injured on the job with payment to cover their medical bills and replace a portion of their lost wages. As part of this insurance-based system, workers are generally excluded from filing a lawsuit against a negligent employer. Unfortunately, workers’ comp benefits do not fully compensate injured workers for all of their legal damages, such as all their lost income or earning capacity and pain and suffering. California law does, however, allow for negligence claims when a third-party was responsible for causing the accident, even if it occurred on the job. Examples of third-party negligence include:
- A contractor is hired to erect a scaffold or crane and does so negligently, or a company rents out defective equipment.
- A worker is injured in a car accident on the job, such as while making deliveries, picking up supplies or driving between job sites.
- Injury is caused by defective power tools, machinery or other equipment which was defectively manufactured or designed.
- A worker is injured in a slip and fall, trip and fall or struck by an object while working off-site on another’s property, and that premises was negligently maintained by the property owner.
Regardless of whether the employee is making a workers’ compensation claim, workplace injury attorney John D. Lueck will proceed against a negligent third party to recover the maximum compensation available for the injured worker.
Get Immediate Legal Help after a San Bernardino Workplace Accident
We spend a third of our lives in the workplace. Whether you work in a hazardous occupation or in an office, the risk is very real that you may at some point suffer from a workplace accident that causes serious injury, pain or short or long-term disability. After a workplace accident in San Bernardino, contact the Law Offices of John D. Lueck in Rancho Cucamonga at 909-484-1963 for a free case evaluation from a dedicated and compassionate southern California workplace injury attorney.