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San Jose CA construction site injury attorneyConstruction sites are common places for injuries to occur, with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reporting that falls and scaffolding accidents, machinery, and improper hazard communication are some of the most frequent causes. Usually, the workers on these sites are the most likely victims.

If you are injured in the course of your construction job, you are likely entitled to workers’ compensation benefits from your employer, and if you or your employer were responsible for the accident that caused your injury, this may be your only option for compensation. However, many construction site accidents involve the negligence of a third party, in which case you can pursue additional compensation through a personal injury claim.

Negligent Third Parties in a Construction Site Accident

Often, many different parties are involved with a construction project, and it is possible for any of them to contribute to unsafe circumstances that could result in an accident. Possible third parties that could be considered negligent include:

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San Jose workplace accident lawyerAfter sustaining an injury while at work, it often becomes difficult, if not impossible, to continue employment. Without working, there is no paycheck and without that income, daily bills start to accrue. Let us not forget that in addition to those monthly dues there now is the added necessity for visits for medical professionals. Many often stress about making ends meet after an injury. Following a workplace injury at the fault of someone else, the negligent party should be held responsible.  

Understand the Difference

Understanding the various options for claims is the best way to begin the recovery process. There are two potential routes to pursue. The best solution for you is dependent on the circumstances of the incident. The two options available are:

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work-related car accidents, San Jose personal injury attorneyWhen are injured in a work-related accident, many people assume that a workers’ compensation claim is their only way to get compensated for their injuries. However, California law allows you to pursue a claim against someone other than your employer if the other party's negligence caused or contributed to your injuries.

Role of Workers’ Compensation and Personal Injury Claims

The workers’ compensation system was designed to help make sure workers were compensated for injuries sustained in the course of their employment and to protect employers from litigation. Under the workers’ compensation system you cannot usually sue your employer. The type of compensation you are able to collect is also limited.

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