Industrial Accident Cases in California
If you or someone you care about was seriously hurt or killed at work, you should call Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP as soon as possible. We can help you use legal action to seek compensation and justice. But the statute of limitations for your case might be brief, so it is important to reach out for legal help soon.
Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP can protect your rights, help evaluate your case, and work to obtain the best possible financial outcome. We have won millions of dollars for Northern California clients injured in industrial accidents and other types of accidents. We always offer free consultations for potential clients, so there is one less thing you have to worry about.
Federal & California Laws Protecting Workers
Despite federal and state laws designed to prevent accidents at work, industrial accidents are still common. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) reports that there were more than 5,300 deaths at work in 2018. The Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries reported more than 450 occupational deaths in California in 2019.
Thousands more were seriously injured at work; the BLS reports 2.9 injuries for every full-time private worker in 2019. The majority of industrial accidents occur in industries involving the use of heavy equipment or automobiles, such as construction, agriculture and natural resources extraction, manufacturing, and transportation professions.
Even with important safety regulations that have been set by the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA) and similar state laws, workplace accidents can and do happen. In some cases, the accidents are caused directly by the negligence of a third party on the jobsite, which might not have known the safety procedures there. Our legal team focuses on third-party claims for injured workers. For example, if you were hurt on a construction site due to the mistakes of a contractor working for another company, then you could have the option to file an injury claim against that company.
Common types of workplace accidents include:
- Accidents with heavy machinery
- Being hit by an object
- Automobile accidents
- Violent crimes
Examples of workplace injuries that are as serious as they are common are:
Catastrophic injuries can be as painful as they are expensive to treat. Severe injuries can require months or years of specialized care, which adds up to large medical bills. Missing wages while you are recovering all that time can be devastating to your finances as well. If you’ve been hurt due to the negligence of a third party, you have the right to hold them responsible in court.
At Caputo & Van Der Walde LLP, our team of industrial accident lawyers works on injury claims filed against liable third parties, such as subcontractors, vendors, and others that might have been passing through the jobsite. We can help you pursue legal action against a negligent third party even if you are collecting workers’ compensation. You are not barred from filing both types of claims. While working on your injury claim, we can also refer you to a workers’ compensation law firm that we trust for those types of cases. It is all part of how we put your best interests first and see you like a friend in need, not just another case number.