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Construction injuries: on-the-job claims can be varied, complex

The California construction industry is varied and complex, so it should hardly be surprising that the sources of risk and personal injury to workers are wide ranging.

Construction projects span the state and are continuously ongoing. Roads are built and repaired. Sports stadiums are constructed. Dams and other waterworks projects require constant attention. Hospitals, schools, residential dwellings, high-rise office buildings, government complexes -- all these structures and more demand the energies and skills of legions of California workers.

That makes, collectively, for a busy workplace and, unfortunately, a sometimes dangerous one, as well.

We note on our website at the Santa Barbara personal injury and employee advocacy law firm of Ghitterman, Ghitterman & Feld that, even when every safety-related detail is closely considered and scrupulously followed through upon at a construction site, "Working in construction can be a dangerous job."

And the injuries that can result are myriad, indeed, including these and more:

  • Falls
  • Burns and electrical injuries
  • Back/spine and neck problems
  • Eye- and ear-related injuries
  • Machinery-related accidents
  • Injuries resulting from highly repetitive motions

Although workers' compensation benefits exist to protect California workers who have suffered on-the-job injuries and illnesses, that protection does not always provide for full and comprehensive coverage. Also, employers and insurers are not routinely cooperative about assisting workers who have suffered work-related construction injuries.

Our firm is. Moreover, it is legally tasked with advocating for every injured client in the manner that best promotes their legal interests, in every case and without exception.

Many injured workers don't know that they might have a legitimate recovery claim in addition to workers' comp against a negligent third party, such as a contractor or machine manufacturer.

Our attorneys seek to obtain the maximum legal recovery possible for all our clients who suffered on-the-job injuries. We welcome readers' contacts.

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