California construction companies are required to ensure the safety of their workers. They must provide the appropriate safety equipment and training for the job workers perform. Despite the safety of the work environment, accidents can and do happen. Most employees know about workers’ compensation, but when it comes to filing an injury claim, they might not know how to get the benefits they need.
Injured workers have certain legal rights, and the first step may be to understand what they are. Due to the many hazards that exist at construction sites, any injuries you suffer could be catastrophic. You could be out of work for an extended period during your recovery. In fact, you might not fully recover, depending on your injuries.
You probably wonder how your medical bills will be paid, and how you will support your family. You might also wonder what will happen if your injuries prevent you from going back to work. If that happens, you need to know what can be done to help you support yourself and your family. An attorney can inform you of your rights, which could put your mind at ease.
A California workers’ compensation attorney could also assist you with the filing of an injury claim. However, there could be more to your claim than you realize. A thorough investigation of the circumstances surrounding your injuries could reveal violations of the regulations of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, defective equipment or that a third party caused them. If any other parties appear to bear some legal responsibility for your injuries, a third party claim might be appropriate.