Construction sites are some of the most dangerous work environments. Even when all precautions are taken to ensure the safety of construction workers, there is always a chance that you can fall from a scaffold, get hit by a large object falling from above, or become injured by malfunctioning equipment.
It doesn’t take a San Diego construction accident lawyer to point out the massive amounts of construction and development taking place all throughout San Diego and the surrounding counties. Indeed, the entire state is undergoing massive amounts of new construction. Although the liability of property owners and construction companies may be more obvious with regard to injured civilians, sometimes it’s the subcontractors themselves who are the injured parties. In these cases, the injured individuals are probably not covered by workers’ compensation because they are not employees. Thus, if you are an independent contractor or subcontractor, and you become injured due to someone else’s negligence, you are going to want to contact a lawyer about holding any potentially negligent parties accountable.
In one such California construction accident case, one of the subcontractors got injured when he was attempting to climb down a ladder from the second floor. The worker had to climb through a temporary perimeter safety railing before he could reach the ladder. The perimeter had both horizontal and vertical rails. The man’s coworker went down the ladder before he did without incident. When the worker went to descend the ladder, he placed his hand on one of the horizontal rails. The rail then suddenly and unexpectedly detached, causing him to lose his balance and fall. The worker subsequently brought a lawsuit alleging negligence. The court granted summary judgment for two (Portala and Quality) of the four subcontractors, which was the subject of the recent appeal.