Injury Lawsuits Based on Negligent Construction

If You Were Injured by Poorly Constructed Building, You Can File a Lawsuit

Structural engineers, architects, and construction companies have to jump through a variety of hoops in order to build large structures like hotels, stores, and parking garages. To keep the public safe, the government keeps a growing list of safety regulations that builders and designers must follow.

It’s sad, but there’s a saying that “regulations are written in blood,” meaning that safety rules are often reactive, not proactive. They are often put in place after fires and building collapses claim dozens, if not hundreds, of innocent lives. In almost all of these tragedies, negligence was committed at some point to save money during the construction process. Disasters such as the Victoria Hall Disaster and the Hyatt Regency Walkway Collapse are  

For example, the phrase “fire hazard” comes from the Beverly Hills Supper Club fire. The popular club had faulty wiring, which started a fire, and they did not limit the number of tickets sold for the event that night, so the building was far over-capacity. Lack of fire exits, confusing mazes of hallways, and the absence of sprinklers and an alarm system made it difficult to escape the building once mass panic set in. The blaze ultimately claimed the lives of 165 people who could not find or get to the exits. A class-action lawsuit resulted in a $10 million settlement paid by General Electric.

In short, negligent construction and building layout can lead to many different types of lawsuits among a wide array of parties. While the Beverly Hills Supper Club’s resulting lawsuit was aimed at the company that installed the faulty wiring that initially caused the fire, a variety of other parties could have been the focus of the lawsuit.

Of course, a lawsuit can arise out of problems much less injurious than a fire. Our construction site injury attorneys typically file negligent construction lawsuits regarding:

  • Property damage caused by negligent construction
  • Personal injury resulting from negligent construction

If you are injured as a result of cheap building materials, poor construction, or lack of safety feature and staff training, you can contact a Newport Beach construction injury attorney to sue the negligent party.

Negligent Construction Lawsuits for Property Damage

Construction projects are only started after a series of contracts is written up and signed. Construction contracts clearly spell out the responsibilities of each party, making it easier to find the subject of a lawsuit should something terrible happen.

Construction projects are held to a certain “standard of care” in order to protect those who will enter the structure after it’s built. A personal injury attorney will understand negligence on construction projects and how failure to meet the standard of care will impact your lawsuit. They can obtain the construction contract to find out which party was negligent and therefore the focus of your lawsuit.

In most building collapses, workers and engineers realize beforehand that the building is unstable, and they will exacuate it beforehand. While occupants have to file out of the building, most only have a few seconds to grab their stuff before evacuating. In many cases, possessions such as cars are left behind to be crushed by the rubble.

Even if something as small as a decorative structure topples over and damages your vehicle, you still deserve compensation for the scratched paint and dented metal. A lawyer will be able to add up the damage to your car so that you don’t have to pay anything out of pocket for the damage.

Your injury attorney will ask the following questions:

  • Do the contracts involved assign liability or provide for indemnification?
  • Which party would a layperson assign fault for the defect to?
  • What would be the cost of fixing the defect?
  • What would be the reduced value of the completed project if the defect were not fixed?
  • Was the defect the result of a flawed plan (such as an engineer’s mistake) or the result of flawed execution (such as a subcontractor’s mistake)?
  • Does the defect create a safety hazard?

Personal Injury Resulting From Negligent Construction

Construction problems can hurt construction workers and patrons. Construction workers perform difficult physical labor using dangerous tool and on top of high scaffolding. These factors make it the most dangerous industry in the United States, and many construction workers have to file workplace injury claims when they are hurt on the job.

Workers also have to anticipate future safety hazards for when they are off the job. Even when the construction site is vacant, passersby can be in danger of falling objects that were not installed properly.

Construction accidents can easily cause soft tissue injuries, lacerations, and head injuries. In some cases, Newport Beach personal injury attorneys have to file wrongful death lawsuits. When the people are injured or killed because of negligene on a construction site, lawyers ask the following questions:

  • Was the injured person in a car?
  • Was the injured person a child?
  • Where was the person located when the injury occurred? Were they on the construction site or outside it?
  • Were they legally allowed to be on the construction site?
  • What warning signs were posted at or near the location of the accident?
  • Was the injured person aware of the construction?
  • Who was responsible for posting adequate warnings?
  • Did the injury occur before or after the completion of construction?
  • Were any industry standards violated?
  • Was there an open and obvious risk of danger?

Regardless of the damage caused by negligent construction, an attorney will be needed. Negligent construction lawsuits can be complex and require extensive knowledge of personal injury law.

If you find yourself in this situation, schedule a free consultiaton with Accident Lawyers Firm.

About Accident Lawyers Firm

Accident Lawyers Firm is a Newport Beach-based law firm that wins our clients maximum compensation for their personal injury lawsuits. Our attorneys work tirelessly to add up your bodily damages, emotional damages, property damages, and overall pain and suffering that the negligent party should pay for. We also tap into our network of accident and health experts to gather thorough research and evidence to make your case for compensation as strong as possible. Contact us if you were injured in a:

  • Car accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Bike accident
  • Rideshare accident
  • Dog attack
  • Construction accident

You don’t need additional stress while you recover from your injuries, so leave the legal battle up to us. With our extensive connections and hard-working lawyers, you can focus on recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally. To set up a free consultation, call us at 949-203-5780 or email us at intake@accidentlawyersfirm.com.

Why Do These Accidents Happen?

Since one in five workplace injuries are in the construction job field, it’s important to understand why these accidents happen.
The construction industry is a high-stress, high-risk, and physically demanding profession, which sets many employees up to be fatigued while at work. Longer hours and overnight shifts are commonplace in the construction industry, and some even work overtime and multiple jobs at once to make ends meet. In addition to being physically demanding, construction work most often takes place outside whether the weather is rain or shine, which leads to more fatigue.

The majority of employers and employees believe that fatigue in the construction industry is a serious problem, but not all employers are sympathetic. It’s an employer’s job to help employees avoid burnout. California has mandated break periods for physical jobs, so your employer should not pressure you to skip any breaks, as it’s illegal.

Communication is also key to safety on construction sites. Worksite supervisors should schedule weekly or bi-weekly meetings with crewmembers to discuss proper safety protocol and how it applies to their specific project. Signage at construction sites can warn employees before they are exposed to a variety of hazards. High voltage signs and slippery surface signs can remind workers to take additional precautions in certain areas on the construction site.

Getting Compensation

If you are injured on the job, you can file a workers’ compensation claim. However, many construction sites make it difficult to get compensated for your injuries. Many workers are employed on a contract basis, and many accept a per diem of cash payments at the end of each day. This makes it very difficult to file for workers’ compensation.

Suffering an injury on your construction site can be overwhelming. On top of handling your injuries and discussions with medical professionals, you may also have to deal with workplace politics and the future of your construction career. You shouldn’t have to worry about your finances during this stressful time, so leave your case to an experienced workplace accident attorney in Newport Beach.

Accident Lawyers Firm is a Newport Beach-based law firm that wins our clients maximum compensation for their personal injury lawsuits. Our attorneys work tirelessly to add up your bodily damages, emotional damages, property damages, and overall pain and suffering that the negligent party should pay for. We also tap into our network of accident and health experts to gather thorough research and evidence to make your case for compensation as strong as possible. Contact us if you were injured in a:

  • Car accident
  • Motorcycle accident
  • Bike accident
  • Rideshare accident
  • Dog attack
  • Workplace accident

You don’t need additional stress while you recover from your injuries, so leave the legal battle up to us. With our extensive connections and hard-working lawyers, you can focus on recovering physically, mentally, and emotionally. To set up a free consultation, call us at 949-203-5780 or email us at intake@accidentlawyersfirm.com.

4 Most Deadly Construction Accidents

OSHA actually distinguishes four specific kinds of construction accidents as the “ Fatal Four” because they account for 60% of construction worker deaths. Knowing the danger of these situations can help employees understand why they need to take them seriously. The four deadliest construction accidents include:

  • Falls (39% of worksite deaths)
  • Struck by an object (8% of worksite deaths)
  • Electrocutions (7% of worksite deaths)
  • Caught in between machinery (5% of worksite deaths)
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