Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 11 construction workers out of every 100,000 are killed each year, putting it among the top most dangerous civilian occupations. Construction workers are regularly exposed to heavy equipment and tools, heights and toxic chemicals, all of which can lead to death or serious injuries like amputations, spinal injuries, brain damage and more. Common causes of serious construction accidents include:
- Falls from heights
- Automobile and driving equipment accidents
- Exposure to heavy machinery
- Toxic chemical exposure
- Accidents with nail guns and other dangerous equipment
Because of these dangers, construction sites are heavily regulated by federal and state law. But in an effort to save money, some employers routinely ignore those safety regulations — with tragic results. Other construction accidents arise out of simple carelessness. But in either case, more responsible or careful behavior could prevent the vast majority of construction accidents. If you’ve lost someone or been seriously hurt at a construction site because of someone else’s carelessness, you’re facing a personal physical, emotional and financial catastrophe. You have the right to hold careless people and companies responsible for the results of their actions.
The law firm of Panish Shea & Boyle is nationally recognized as a leader in personal injury and consumer protection law. We have a strong record of recovering large verdicts and settlements for our clients, including more than 150 worth $1 million or more. Our attorneys have extensive experience with the complicated medical and legal issues surrounding construction lawsuits. Our successes include Griggs v. Caterpillar, et al., a $58 million verdict for a worker who was severely burned by a defective construction vehicle that burst into flames while he was using it. In another construction case, Doe v. Oil Refinery, we reached a $6.2 million settlement for workers killed and injured when the roof of a refinery collapsed without warning.
Panish Shea & Boyle Los Angeles accident attorneys have been repeatedly honored for their work in personal injury and consumer protection law. Our partners regularly take leadership roles in high-profile national lawsuits over aviation disasters, defective drugs and other major cases. All of our attorneys are active in professional organizations, often with leadership roles, and regularly write and speak to other attorneys as legal experts. Partners have been honored multiple times with nominations and awards like Trial Lawyer of the Year, Best Lawyers in America, Rising Stars and Super Lawyers.
Construction Accident Verdicts & Settlements
- Vasquez v. Doe Oil Refinery – $6,000,000
- Goldstein v. Brongo Construction – $1,500,000