I was injured in a roof collapse on a job site. Can I sue my employer?

I’m so sorry to hear you were injured on a job site. Construction workers are exposed daily to dangerous conditions, and they must take safety precautions for themselves as well as their coworkers. Sadly, about 10 percent of construction workers each year experience an injury that requires time off work. It is the responsibility of employers to provide compensation for those injured employees.

When a worker is harmed during a roof collapse, he or she may experience numerous injuries. The severity of the injuries typically depends on how close the workers was to the roof or other falling objects at the time of the accident. Safety equipment can help prevent injuries or can help limit how severe the injuries are. Some injuries that are commonly sustained in a roof collapse include broken bones, cuts, internal injuries, head injuries, paralysis, and in some cases death.

In some cases, workers are limited to obtaining workers’ compensation for their injuries. That means that the worker is insured by the employer in the event of an accident, and compensation is limited to medical expenses, a portion of lost wages, and a flat sum for permanent disability. If the employer does not provide workers’ compensation insurance, or if another party contributed to the accident, the injured worker may be able to sue for damages, which generally results in a higher amount of compensation.

If you have been injured on the job in Los Angeles, call me, Conal Doyle, Los Angeles personal injury attorney, at 310-385-0567. I can help. Call today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation on your case.