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Construction jobs generally come with a higher risk of accidents and serious injuries than jobs in other industries.

A construction accident could mean extended time off work and costly medical bills. You should not have to worry about how you are going to afford your expenses after an accident at work.

If you or your loved one suffered injuries in a construction accident, you should contact a construction accident lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your claim. 

Workers’ Compensation

In California, employees generally cannot sue their employers in court for their damages because accident claims must go through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurance policy.

Workers’ compensation benefits should cover the majority of your medical costs and temporary disability. 

Workers’ compensation benefits are generally going to be less than what you can recover in a civil claim in court.

However, it is also a “no-fault” system, meaning that an injured employee does not have to prove someone was to blame for the accident to recover compensation for their losses.

You do not necessarily need a construction accident attorney to handle your workers’ compensation claim. However, it would be wise to hire someone to guide you through the process.

You do not want to risk jeopardizing your chances of recovering as much compensation as possible for your damages.

Insurance Companies

Though you cannot sue your employer, there may be third parties that share liability from whom you can pursue additional compensation.

Third parties can include site management companies, general contractors or subcontractors, manufacturers or sellers of parts or machinery, etc.

Third-party claims can be a way to receive compensation for damages that workers’ compensation does not cover, such as pain and suffering. 

In California, injured employees have two years from the date of the accident to initiate a legal claim in court. 

You definitely should not attempt to handle a personal injury claim for a construction accident on your own. These claims generally go through the defendants’ insurance policies.

The companies involved will likely have their own attorneys to handle their claims. Additionally, their insurance companies will have attorneys.

Their entire job is to make sure they pay you as little as possible to make your claim go away. If you do not have someone with the proper experience handling your claim, you can risk your chances at a successful outcome. 

An experienced construction accident attorney can protect your interests and make sure you are not taken advantage of.

They will guide you through the legal process and work hard to construct a case for a fair settlement for your damages. If a settlement is not possible, your attorney will represent your interests at trial.

Contact the Farzam Law Firm to Speak to a California Construction Accident Attorney

The Farzam Law Firm lawyers have dedicated California personal injury trial attorneys. We understand that construction accident injuries can be life-changing.

We also know how intimidating the legal system can be to someone who has not dealt with it regularly, as we have.

We are well-versed in handling construction accident claims and dealing with insurance companies and the workers’ compensation system.

Contact us today to discuss how we can help with your construction accident claim.

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Joseph Farzam

Mr. Farzam attended Santa Monica high school and worked at McDonald’s and local coffee shops to support himself. Although he worked 2 or 3 jobs, he valued education greatly and earned a bachelor’s degree from California State University, Northridge in biology, and attended the prestigious Pepperdine University School of Law. He graduated with high marks and passed the California bar exam on the first try. Mr. Farzam has received the coveted titles of Super Lawyer, Los Angeles Magazine’s Top Lawyers, and has received The Litigator Awards.  He is a proud member of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles (CAALA) and California Employment Lawyers Association (CELA).

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