Construction accidents are all too common and can turn lives upside down. At Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel in Los Angeles, we represent victims of such accidents in workers’ compensation claims and in court litigation to recover the money they need to make up for medical and therapeutic expenses, lost wages and future disability. With a combined 150 years of experience, our attorneys will work hand-in-hand with you to investigate the specifics of your accident and to customize a strategy to achieve the best outcome possible.
Construction sites are inherently dangerous. Injuries commonly result from heavy equipment accidents, machine mishaps, faulty scaffolding or guardrails and falls from heights. Sometimes the causes are improper use of equipment or negligence in maintaining a safe work site, and other times the equipment itself is defective. Some of the most serious harm to workers involves bone fractures, back and neck injuries, spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. If you’ve suffered an on-site accident that has left you disabled and unable to work, it is critical to investigate all available sources of compensation.
Attorneys at Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel are experienced in construction accident cases in California and have earned a reputation for carefully investigating the unique facts of each occurrence. In construction accidents, who is at fault is not always obvious. It may be that your employer failed to follow recommended safety protocols, a contractor used equipment improperly and the equipment was faulty. Sometimes serious accidents are the result of a confluence of multiple events, and we can seek monetary recovery from each responsible party whether through workers’ compensation or litigation in court.
Most often, injured workers receive financial relief from workers’ compensation, which is the sole remedy for obtaining money damages from an employer. If you suffer an injury resulting from a construction accident, notify your employer within 30 days that you were injured and that you intend to file a workers’ compensation claim. By California law, your employer must give or mail you a workers’ compensation claim form within one working day after you report your injury or illness or your employer learns about it. Your injury may entitle you to such benefits as medical care, short-and long-term disability payments and supplemental job displacement payments.
If the negligence of someone other than your employer is responsible for an accident, whether in whole or in part, you may be able to seek money damages through the court system. Large construction projects often require teams of contractors such as architects, electricians, equipment renters, scaffolding installers and concrete pourers. Tragic accidents have resulted from swinging or falling cranes that were improperly secured. An accident can also result from defective equipment, for which the manufacturer may be liable. As attorneys who have successfully litigated construction accident cases, we can determine whether you can pursue a legal claim for damages that are the result of third-party negligence.
The attorneys Goldschmid, Silver & Spindel are certified workers’ compensation specialists who fight for construction accident victims pursuing monetary recoveries. Since our firm’s founding more than 40 years ago, we have earned a reputation for achieving excellent results. Call 213-251-5900 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation at our Los Angeles office.