When working at a construction site, dangers can lie around every corner. While the California Division of Occupational Safety and Health (Cal OSHA) delineates many rules and safety guidelines that must be followed at a job site, sometimes general contractors or subcontractors fall short in maintaining safe conditions under the Cal OSHA rules, as well as their own internal policies and procedures. When this happens, people can be seriously injured. Common accident situations include falling off of a ladder, falling into a trench, being hit with falling debris, electrical tool injuries, or even falling off of a building.
When the injury occurs in the course of your work at the construction site, the typical method of recovering any damages is through the worker’s compensation system. However, if a third party who is not your employer was responsible for creating the condition that led to your injuries, it may be possible to pursue a civil lawsuit.
In 2018, KTL took a construction case all the way to trial, where a jury awarded $2.83 million to an electrician who fell into a trench dug by another subcontractor on the work site, fracturing his ribs. Our team understands the intricacies of finding civil liability outside of the workers’ compensation world, and will leave no stone unturned in finding all responsible parties.