San Jose Industrial Accident Attorneys
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.
On This Page
- Federal and California Laws Protecting Workers
- Regulations Set Forth for Your Safety
- Examples of Common Workplace Accidents
- Common Workplace Injuries
- Helping Injured Industrial Workers
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.
Important Safety Regulations
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.
Examples of Common Workplace Accidents
Common types of workplace accidents include:
- Accidents with heavy machinery
- Being hit by an object
- Automobile accidents
- Violent crimes
Common Workplace Injuries
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.
Helping Injured Industrial Workers
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.
Wrongful Death Skydiving Accident $40,030,000
Attorney Paul Van Der Walde recovered a total of $40,030,000 in compensation for a couple bereft of their 18-year-old son in a tandem skydiving accident.
School Bus vs. Pedestrian Accident $8,825,000
School bus vs. pedestrian accident resulting in traumatic brain injury.
Train Maintenance Vehicle vs. Auto $7,411,492
Caputo & Van Der Walde received a jury verdict in the amount of $7,411,492 for a surviving widow, who lost her husband when his pickup truck was involved in a collision with an on-track maintenance of way vehicle.
3rd-Degree Burns During a Pedicure $7,291,986
Paul Caputo received a $7,291,985.58 decision for Plaintiff in a case where a client received severe 3rd-degree burns during a pedicure, resulting in the need for numerous skin grafting procedures.
Paraplegia from Defective Seat $5,650,000
Product liability case involving a defective seat design that resulted in paraplegia.
Pick-up Truck vs. Pedestrian Accident $4,250,000
Pedestrian crossing a four-lane street in the crosswalk, hit by a full-size pick-up truck. Injuries included a left knee dislocation with complete tears of all ligaments and requiring surgery, right scaphoid fracture requiring surgery, right shoulder AC joint separation with clavicle fracture and PTSD.
Auto vs. Bicycle Accident $4,000,000
Bicycle rider attempted to maneuver to his left, around a recessed manhole in the bike lane, and was struck by a vehicle that was driving too closely to the bike lane. Significant injuries included traumatic brain injury, skull fracture, and permanent brain damage.
Big Rig vs. Auto Accident $3,000,000
Big rig vs. auto accident resulting in wrongful death.
Injury Onboard a SCTVA Bus $3,000,000
Injury onboard a SCTVA bus resulting in Complex Regional Pain Syndrome (CRPS).
Police Brutality $3,000,000
Civil rights case involving excessive force by law enforcement.