Construction Worker Dies in 405 Freeway – Injury Lawsuit

Construction Worker Dies in 405 Freeway Accident in Los Angeles

A 3,000 pound beam struck and killed a construction crew while he was at work on the 405 freeway in Los Angeles California.  The 405 also referred to as the San Diego Freeway is a the most important north-south in the City of Los Angeles Linking the San Fernando Valley to West and Central Los Angeles and South to Long Beach and Orange County Communities.  The 405’s Wes Los Angeles Corridor is undergoing a massive expansion forcing closure of the highway notoriously called Carmageddon by the local media. According to reports the accident took place around 2:30 in the morning of October 11th on the Santa Monica off-ramp of the San Diego Freeway. The Los Angeles Police Department and other investigatory agencies such as rhea California regional office of OSHA [Occupational Safety and Health Administration]have been called to the scene to determine the cause of the falling beam. There were close to a dozen witnesses to the accident who are the fellow construction workers of the deceased individual. As a result of the construction accident death the planned reopening of the off ramp has been delayed.

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Unfortunately, construction accidents are very common. Constructions sites can be dangerous for all parties. Even though construction workers spend a significant amount of time in construction sites, they can face sudden hazards that lead to incidents and injuries – some of which can be fatal. Construction workers typically work around heavy machinery and at high elevations; although there are a number of safety procedures that they must follow, the negligence of workers and contractors alike could increase the risk of incidents at construction sites.

Did you or a member of your family suffer a construction site accident? If so, you might have grounds to pursue a construction injury claim. If the incident resulted in the death of a member of your family, you could pursue a wrongful death claim. Depending on the details surrounding the incident, you and your family could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm suffered. If you are interested in learning more about your right to file a construction site injury accident, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately.

At Downtown L.A. Law Group, our lawyers are ready to provide you with the guidance that you need to reach a successful claim outcome. We are a personal injury law firm with many years of experience handling all sorts of injury claims – including but not limited to construction injury claims. Our lawyers are ready to evaluate your claim and guide you towards a successful claim outcome. If you are ready to discuss your claim with the experts at our firm, contact us at your earliest convenience.

Understanding Liability

Who is liable for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered in a construction site accident? Typically, contractors are liable for the incidents that occur on their construction sites. This is due to the fact that contractors have a duty to ensure that their construction sites are safe for their workers; if any dangerous conditions exist (which are relatively common in construction sites), there must be the necessary warning signs throughout the premises. Although contractors have a duty of care, they can breach their duty of care and fail to identify/address the hazards or dangerous conditions present on the construction site. A breached duty of care can directly lead to incidents which could result in harm; in other words, contractors could be liable for the harm suffered in a construction site incident.

Can any other parties or entities be liable? Engineers, architects, in addition to construction equipment or material manufacturers could be liable if any incidents can be attributed to their work or products. In general, liability is strictly based on the details surrounding the incident; therefore, the best thing that affected parties could do is seek legal assistance to ensure that an expert on construction site accidents can guide them towards a successful claim outcome.

Are you ready to learn more about determining liability and your right to sue? If so, do not hesitate to seek legal assistance with the construction site injury lawyers at our firm at your earliest convenience.

Your Right to Compensation

Based on the details surrounding your construction site injury claim, you could be eligible to recover monetary compensation for the harm that you or a member of your family suffered. What could you receive? Although every claim is different, you could be eligible to recover compensation for some of the following:

  • Medical bills
  • Lost earnings
  • Pain and suffering
  • Funeral and burial costs
  • Loss of consortium
  • Punitive damage
  • Legal expenses

For more information about the potential value of your construction site injury claim and the type/amount of compensation that you could receive, you should seek legal assistance with the experts at our firm immediately. Our lawyers are ready to aggressively fight for your right to recover the maximum amount of compensation available for your claim. It doesn’t matter whether our experts have to negotiate a settlement or take your claim to trial to reach a verdict; you can trust that our experts will not rest until you and your family are rightfully compensated.

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Statute of Limitations for Personal Injury Claims

In California, there is a statute of limitations of two years from the date of the injury to file a personal injury claim. You must take action within this time frame or you will be unable to collect any restitution whatsoever. The statute of limitations exists so that victims can sue within a reasonable amount of time without worrying about their evidence being lost or corrupted, and so that defendants are not expected to be accountable for an unreasonable amount of time after the incident. It is in your favor to take legal action speedily, as you want your bills paid off quickly.

There are some ways that the statute of limitations can be extended, however. If you were under the age of 18 years old at the time of the incident, you can wait until you turn legal age to file a claim. Your parents or guardian can still sue on your behalf until then, though. You may also have been left mentally unfit to sue or physically incapacitated and unable to sue, which can allow you to wait until you return to health and awareness of mind before you take action. Additionally, the defendant may not be present in California, which would delay the statute from counting down until he returns to the state.

Often, many victims simply fail to acknowledge the time limit on their lawsuits. They may not know when the claim expires and they generally wait too long before they take legal action. It is important that you speak with a skilled personal injury attorney to determine how much time remains on the statute of limitations for your claim. We will gladly represent you, gather your proof, write your demand letter for compensation, and file your lawsuit for you well within the deadline.

What Should Affected Parties Do?

If you or a member of your family suffered harm in a construction site accident, you might be eligible to sue. As explained above, you must file your claim within the appropriate deadline. However, there are also a number of steps that you should follow to prepare to take legal action against the liable party or entity.

Consider the recommendations mentioned below:

  • Photograph the injuries resulting from the accident
  • Photograph the hazard that caused the incident
  • Report the incident to the contractor or relevant party/entity (always make a written report and request a formal copy of the report)
  • Never agree to any compensation prior to the necessary legal process (the liable party might offer to cover medical bills or might offer other compensation – accepting any compensation will likely void your right to pursue a claim)
  • Speak to all witnesses and collect their contact information
  • Collect any surveillance footage that might have captured the incident
  • Seek the expertise of a construction site injury attorney immediately

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