On Monday afternoon around 4.30 p.m., a tall construction crane fell over and crashed through the roof of a house in Rancho Palos Verdes, Los Angeles County.
Though nobody was injured the urban search and rescue teams were called to determine the damage caused to the house’s structural integrity.
The crane construction accident was reported on 26th April 2021 at the 30100 block of Cartier Drive. As per the initial reports, the crane was lifting and erecting beams in the backyard, when it lost control and toppled over.
The crane crashed through the roof of the house and fell on the top floor. As the crane crashed the truck anchoring it got lifted off two wheels and fell partly on its side.
Fortunately, nobody was injured in the accident but the house owners suffered serious damages to their house roof and top floor. Construction accidents are very common in California, they are responsible for frequently causing injuries to the workers or the passerby.
The injured workers are generally covered under the Workers’ Compensation Insurance.
If you or your family member has been injured or have suffered losses in a construction accident as a result of safety violations or third-party negligence, there are legal remedies to claim compensation.
Which are the Common Types of Construction Accidents?
Modern construction sites use a number of advanced, complex equipment. Accidents can occur in different ways involving and affecting many different parties. At most of the construction sites, several things are being done side by side at the same time.
Many dangerous and hazardous equipment and materials are under use all across the site. If proper safety standards are not followed by the construction companies and worksite managers, it could lead to disastrous accidents causing severe injuries or even deaths.
Some of the most common construction accidents are crane accidents, scaffolding accidents, slip, and fall accidents, getting hurt by falling objects, accidents while using nail guns, chemical exposures, gas blasts or leaks, defective machinery accidents, excavation accidents, electric shocks, or electrocution accidents, etc.
Who can be held liable for Construction Accidents in California?
In different circumstances, different parties can be held liable for construction accidents.
- No-fault workers’ compensation
In case of an accident and injuries suffered by workers working on the construction site, they can bring a claim against their employer under the California workers’ compensation statute. As per California state law, all construction companies are required to have no-fault workers’ compensation insurance coverage.
The worker’s compensation can help provide coverage for medical expenses, lost wages, and permanent disability suffered in a construction accident.
However, the compensation may not be sufficient to reimburse an injured worker for the total losses suffered. In such cases, the injured construction workers can file a personal injury lawsuit against responsible parties other than their employer, if those parties were responsible for the accident.
Other parties like the equipment manufacturer or equipment Maintenance Company can be held liable for negligence.
- Personal injury claims by non-workers
There are some cases in which non-workers get hurt or injured in construction accidents. Incidents like being hit by a falling object while walking by a construction site on a sidewalk or residents of nearby areas getting injured in a construction explosion etc.
In case of injury due to a construction accident, the victims can file a personal injury lawsuit directly against the at-fault construction company.
If you or your family member has been a victim of a construction accident, it is important to get in touch with a highly qualified, skilled Construction Accident Lawyer as soon as possible.
Contact us at Khashan Law Firm for a free and confidential consultation. Our team of aggressive and knowledgeable Construction Accident Lawyers can help preserve and protect your legal rights and represent you to obtain the compensation you deserve. Contact us today, we handle accident injury cases on a contingency fee basis – No Recovery, No Fee!