Construction Related Injuries Attorney
Injured on the Construction job?
When you work in construction, any time you punch in can be the day that results in a work-related injury. In California, millions of construction workers put their lives on the line each and every day.
California has a worker’s compensation program to provide benefits to injured workers without requiring proof of negligence. Such programs may provide compensation to injured workers for “on-the-job injuries” such as:
- Traumatic event
- Repetitive motion injury
- Strained muscle
- Illness from toxic exposure
- Slips, trips, and falls
- Falling from heights
- Hit by falling objects
- Vehicle crashes and collisions
- Toxic substance injuries/illnesses
- Exposure to loud noises
- Fights/assaults at work
- Animal attached
- Machine entanglement
- And wrongful death
Workers’ compensation often covers income and medical costs if you are injured or become ill as a direct result of your job. However, it is important to note that worker’s compensation does not cover illness or injury incurred off the clock or injuries incurred during activities unrelated to your job duties.
Ultimately, worker’s compensation is insurance for employers. Businesses purchase a policy from private insurers or special state funds. This policy provides medical and wage benefits if a worker files and the insurer approves a claim.
If you are injured on the job, and your employer has a worker’s compensation policy, the “exclusive remedy rule” may apply. This means you HAVE to go through the worker’s compensation policy, if it exists. Unfortunately, these types of policies can be very restrictive, and often, they do not fully compensate injured workers for their injuries.
If you have been injured on the job, it is vital that you contact an attorney immediately so that you can explore ALL of your options, not just those your employer presents to you. Again, each case is different, and worker’s compensation may or may not be the path you want to take. Contact us today so we can help you navigate your options and help you make the best decision for you, not your employer.