Los Angeles Construction Accident Lawyers
Hundreds of Millions of Dollars for Our Construction Worker Clients
The lawyers at Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, are proud to stand up for the rights of people who suffer life-altering on-the-job injuries. We understand the seriousness of workplace injuries, and we see how these injuries derail lives on a regular basis. A sudden work-related injury can damage workers and their families for the rest of their lives, and we fight to better their situation as much as possible by obtaining the full financial recovery they deserve for their losses.
The following are only some of the case results we have achieved for our clients who suffered devastating workplace injuries:
- $78 million settlement – Twelve construction workers suffered injuries when a roof collapsed. Some workers clung to rebar, hanging in the air, terrified, until their rescue. Others fell six stories into a tank holding wet concrete, rebar, and other metal pieces.
- $58 million verdict – A defective O-ring caused severe burns to a worker.
- $25 million settlement – A construction worker was drilling and hit a live electrical line hidden underground, causing severe injuries, limb amputations, brain damage, and third-degree burns on more than 20 percent of his body.
- $3.65 million settlement – A truck pinned a loading dock worker against large containers, crushing his pelvis.
- $2.9 million verdict – A worker was thrown from a crane after a subcontractor failed to warn him about the increased crane load.
- $2.4 million settlement – A cement sewer cone broke loose and fractured a worker’s pelvis.
- $1.75 million settlement (during trial) – A defectively designed oil coker leaked pressurized liquid and severely burned a refinery worker.
- $1.1 million settlement – A cable splicer suffered serious burn injuries.
Even though a construction accident victim may incur millions of dollars in losses, too many only recover a fraction of that amount. Many attorneys and law firms throughout California do not have the requisite experience and resources to handle million-dollar claims, and their clients do not get a second chance to seek the compensation they deserve.
Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, on the other hand, has secured more million-dollar judgments for clients than any other law firm in California. Other lawyers know that we can successfully handle high-value claims, so they regularly consult with our team or refer cases to our firm. Opposing attorneys also know our record of success, which can significantly change their approach in settlement negotiations or the courtroom. They know that large corporations and other seemingly formidable opponents do not intimidate us, because we have the ability and drive to successfully represent our clients in even the most challenging cases.
The GB&W Difference
Our firm was named the “#1 personal injury law firm in California” by Best Lawyers in America, and a Top Tier national firm in Products Liability by U.S. News and World Report’s Best Lawyers. The National Law Journal also recognized us as one of the best plaintiff’s firms in the United States.
The many reasons why Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, is so well-recognized and well-respected include:
- Experience – Our regular experience taking on tough cases and seeking multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements gives us the skill and confidence we need to represent future clients in complex cases. Our attorneys are all highly experienced in complicated negotiations, as well as in protecting clients’ rights at jury trials. Whatever path a case may take, we have the experience to follow it to the best possible outcome.
- Resources – Many of our cases involve highly technical investigations and analysis of liability for accidents and injuries. Our firm has in-house investigators who we have used to gather evidence to prove liability for our clients’ accidents. We have brought opposing parties to our evidence warehouse, where we have conducted live demonstrations showing the proof we have of liability. We also regularly retain well-respected experts who have corroborated our claims. This is especially important in construction accident cases, which can involve detailed and technical analyses of specialized equipment and safety standards.
- Dedication – We know that cases involving catastrophic injuries and losses require dedicated attorneys and highly personalized attention. Our firm does not overload lawyers with too many new cases. Instead, we emphasize the need for the necessary commitment to the clients we currently have. We know what it takes to recover millions of dollars for a catastrophically injured client, and we are fully dedicated to doing so.
- Making a difference – Not only is our legal team known for our success in the courtroom, but also for improving safety and preventing injuries. Our lawyers have testified in favor of stricter safety legislation in California, and our cases have led to new laws and proposals to deter injuries similar to those our clients suffered. When it comes to construction accidents cases, we are always aware of any possibilities to strengthen standards and improve enforcement and compliance.
The above are only some factors that make Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, the best choice for clients with lasting or disabling injuries. Call our office at (310) 576-1200 today to learn more about your options from a member of our legal team.
Highly Dangerous Construction Accidents and Injuries
Despite strict safety regulations for construction sites—and despite a construction company’s best efforts to keep workers safe—life-threatening construction accidents may still occur. Lax enforcement and less-conscientious employers can magnify the chance of accidents and their severity. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), more than 100,000 construction workers suffered injuries, and nearly 1,000 construction workers died on the job in one year in the United States.
Construction accidents happen on a daily basis due to a wide variety of circumstances. Common construction accidents that often cause life-changing injuries include:
- Falls – Falls are one of the most common construction accidents and one of the industry’s “Fatal Four.” Much construction work takes place at heights, whether you are on a ladder, scaffolding, roof, or crane. All of these can collapse, sending you falling many stories to the ground. Falls can result in a wide range of devastating traumatic injuries, including spinal cord injuries, severe traumatic brain injuries, shattered pelvis or limbs, or death.
- Equipment accidents – Construction work requires the use of many different tools and pieces of heavy equipment. Workers regularly use cranes, graders, excavators, bulldozers, pavers, haulers, pile drivers, and many other heavy machines. Many jobs require power tools such as electric saws, nail guns, drills, jackhammers, and sanders. Things can easily go wrong when any of these malfunction, or a coworker uses them negligently or without proper training. Then a construction worker may suffer amputations, burns, head injuries, puncture wounds, and other serious, disabling injuries.
- Electrical accidents – Construction workers often encounter live electrical lines, ungrounded electrical cords, or unfinished electrical systems. Workers can suddenly suffer electrical injuries, especially if they accidentally contact a live electric line. These accidents can result in severe burns, heart attacks, brain damage, and the need for amputations.
- Getting struck by objects – Many people perform different tasks on construction sites. Someone working five stories up on scaffolding may suddenly drop a tool, which then may fall on a worker below. A crane may swing a large piece of building material right into workers. Getting struck by objects can cause head trauma, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, internal injuries, and more.
- Getting caught between objects – Sometimes, a construction worker will get pinned between two objects. This may occur if a truck or piece of machinery crushes a worker against a wall or structure. Construction workers may also get their limbs caught in pieces of machinery. These accidents can result in crush injuries, amputations, and all too often, fatalities.
These are, of course, only some of the countless types of accidents that can happen on construction sites. No matter what caused your severe injuries, never hesitate to discuss your rights to financial recovery with one of our skilled attorneys.
Liability for Catastrophic Injuries
Different legal principles can come into play after a construction accident. First, when an injury happens on the job, your employer’s workers’ compensation insurance should cover your medical expenses and lost wages. In most cases, you do not have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against your employer for work-related injuries and losses. Instead, you must follow workers’ compensation procedures in California to seek this type of compensation.
Still, workers’ compensation is often not the only source of financial recovery after a construction accident—nor is it always sufficient to pay for the enormous damages that victims of the worst injuries might incur.
In many cases, however, the negligence of a third party may have caused or contributed to your accident and injuries. If your injury was caused by someone other than your employer, you may file a personal injury claim against that person or company to recover damages for pain and suffering, in addition to what you receive from workers’ compensation.
Knowing when you can file a claim for third-party negligence is critical if you suffered severe injuries. Catastrophic injuries can cause extensive pain and suffering, which last for years or the rest of your life—and for which victims deserve compensation. The following are some examples of how third parties may face liability in construction accident cases.
- Negligence of third parties on site – Not all of the many different workers on any given construction site work for your employer. For example, a contractor may make a mistake—such as dropping a power tool on your head—that results in your serious injuries. You may then file a claim to hold the contractor (or another third party) liable for your extensive losses. The third party’s employer may also face liability for its employee’s negligence in many instances.
- Defective equipment – Many construction accidents take place because equipment malfunctioned and injured a construction worker. Sometimes, a malfunction occurs because a manufacturer defectively designed or produced the equipment. Manufacturers have the duty to produce safe equipment and to provide ample warnings of any important risks of using the equipment. If a corporation fails to abide by this duty, it should fully compensate anyone who suffers injuries as a result. Victims in this situation might file a products liability claim against the manufacturer in question.
- Road work zone accidents – Many construction workers go to work each day on highways and roads around the Los Angeles area. As they work, traffic constantly passes by—and the risk always exists that a driver may strike a construction worker. Even though California has strict laws for drivers to follow the directions of construction workers, obey signs, and comply with construction zone speed limits, drivers continue to act negligently and put workers in danger. Speeding, distracted driving, aggressive driving, and more can all lead to serious injuries to workers in vehicle accidents. Injured victims can file a claim against the negligent drivers who hurt them and their insurers.
While Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, does not represent clients in workers’ compensation claims, we do represent clients with third-party construction accident claims.
Seeking Full Financial Recovery for Injured Construction Workers
Construction accidents can result in enormous expenses. Damages may include:
- Medical expenses – Catastrophic injuries require extensive medical treatment, which can include emergency trauma care, hospitalizations, surgeries, medical and mobility equipment, rehabilitation, home health assistance, and more. Many injury victims may require ongoing care for the rest of their lives—and they deserve compensation to cover all of those costs.
- Lost earnings – You certainly cannot work for some time after suffering a severe injury, and many construction accident victims may never return to their jobs again due to injury-related impairments. Victims deserve full compensation for both past lost wages and future lost earning potential.
- Pain and suffering – Traumatic injuries can cause excruciating pain, which may last for years—if they ever truly subside. In addition, dealing with injuries and disabilities can cause serious mental suffering, especially if you can no longer engage in regular activities you enjoyed. The law allows victims to seek payment for pain and suffering in third-party liability claims.
- Permanent injuries – Such damages apply to cases involving permanent disabilities, impairments, or disfigurement. If you must live the rest of your life with constant reminders of your injuries and a diminished quality of life, you may seek additional compensation in court.
- Wrongful death – If a family member went to work on a construction site and never returned home, your family is likely grieving and struggling to adjust after this tragic loss. California law allows close family members to file a wrongful death claim to seek compensation for their losses.
When you consider the overwhelming losses stemming from many construction accidents, these claims often reach into the millions of dollars.
Contact Our Southern California Construction Accident Lawyers After a Serious Injury
Seriously injured construction workers have important rights that allow them to seek financial compensation for their injury-related losses. After a severe construction site injury, do not wait to contact our attorneys to discuss your options.
Our clients can tell you how a construction accident and injury can change the course of the rest of your life in a single instant. If you have experienced this yourself, you need legal representation you can trust to best protect your rights and interests. Without the right attorney, you risk losing substantial compensation that you rightfully deserve under the law. There is too much on the line to call anyone else but Greene Broillet & Wheeler, LLP, in this situation.
We know how employers, insurance companies, and corporations try to take advantage of injured construction workers. These parties put their interests first, even when they caused your catastrophic injuries. You deserve representation by a lawyer who will put your interests first and who will fight for the maximum compensation possible in your case.
Contact us online or call (310) 576-1200 to discuss your specific accident and injuries. Our case evaluations are free, and we can answer your questions and discuss a possible claim.