When you have been injured in a construction accident, if you are an employee in California, you are entitled to worker’s compensation benefits. However, those benefits are severely limited. You receive reduced pay during your recovery, medical treatment that can be slow and incomplete and you are not entitled to pain and suffering damages.
A lawyer, experienced in California law, can investigate the accident to determine if you are entitled to additional financial recovery. You can call us to investigate those possible claims without any cost to you.
While worker’s compensation rights are the exclusive remedy against your employer, worker’s
compensation law does not protect other negligent companies or individuals working around you that caused or contributed to the accident. As an example, if you are working at a construction site and another subcontractor drops a beam or truss because of improper handling, causing you to suffer severe injury, you have a worker’s compensation case, but you also have a case against the subcontractor. You are not allowed to recover duplicate damages. However, what workers compensation does not pay you, your claim against the subcontractor must.
Investigation is very important before evidence is lost. You must also make every effort to involve a good lawyer immediately. This allows the proper documentation of your case early so that it can be won.
Allen, Flatt, Ballidis & Leslie handles construction cases for injured clients and we would be happy to handle your California case. Contact Us.