Construction Zone Accidents

It seems like traffic and construction are two of the few guarantees in life when living in the state of California. With constant development, the risk of an accident from a construction site increases.

A construction site injury can occur as an on the job incident or can happen to a third party, such as a bystander, at a construction site. Many areas under construction are viewed as innately hazardous. Therefore, rigorous inspections, safety gear, safety signs, and markers, are just a few of the items absolutely necessary to avoid construction site accidents. Often, construction sites are set up in areas with a lot of foot traffic and high numbers of pedestrians. Even seemingly minor areas in construction zones can create severe injuries to employees and bystanders. Most frequently, construction zone lawsuits are filed because of falling objects.

Responsibility to Avoid Accidents From Falling Objects

Companies can take diligent, often simple measures, to prevent such accidents by setting forth detailed safety precautions and training.

Some basic steps to avoid falling object injuries include:

  • Keeping tools in work belts and toolboxes
  • Elevating equipment and items with hand lines and lifts
  • Securing equipment and materials in safe areas where they will not slip, roll over, lose balance, or get blown away
  • Ensuring that employees are informed of what people and objects are beneath them at each stage of the workday
  • Establishing clear warning signs and producing secure barriers for any passersby
Showing Negligence at the Hands of the Other Party

For falling object accidents, as is the case for many lawsuits, negligence or recklessness must be clearly established. These types of cases are typically filed with the construction company for negligence that results in causing an unsafe work environment.

Anyone –an employee or bystander – who sustains an injury at a construction site can sue the managing construction company.

To show negligence, it will be necessary to show:

  • The construction company failed to keep a safe zone at the construction site
  • The construction company failed to execute reasonable safety precautions resulted in injury to the plaintiff
  • The plaintiff sustained damages, both physical and emotional, from the falling object and the company’s lack of concern
California and Non-Economic Damages

The state of California also has guidelines on compensation for victims of accidents, including construction zone accidents. In California, a victim’s pain and suffering damages are considered part of a broader category, referred to as “non-economic” damages. Along with the financial burden, the state recognizes that there are also mental and emotional pains which may always be present.

You may find that your medical bills exceed your policy limits. An experienced injury lawyer can help recover this money and more for you. Without proper legal representation, you may be on the hook for fees you never even considered.

You may also qualify for punitive damages. Punitive damages are also referred to as “exemplary” damages. Such damages may be awarded for a construction zone accident when the defendant's actions were extremely reckless or intentional. Punitive damages are not necessary to compensate the plaintiff for their suffering, but instead to punish the defendant and send a message to prevent others in the industry who may be engaged in similar practices.

For punitive damages, it is necessary to show the defendant engaged in behavior or practices that were:

  • Malicious
  • Fraudulent
  • Reckless
  • Deliberate
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