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Pile drivers are a centuries old technology that uses basic physics and machinery to produce enormous results. In fact, animals used to be the power source to get the weight up high enough to be effective. The power of a pile driver has advanced and become so great that they can cause catastrophic injuries very easily. We are truly sorry the injury took place to you or your family member.
There are many types of pile drivers and heavy equipment on a construction site. As you may already know, all of them can cause very tragic injuries. Piles drivers are heavy equipment that uses a large weight that slides between guides. Its impact on the ground or an object is what produces the desired result. The most common types of pile drivers to cause accidents include diesel hammer injury pile drivers, hydraulic press-in pile driver, vibratory pile driver, extractor pile driver, dragline extractor, small piling rig, medium piling rig, two-stroke diesel pile driver, hydraulic hammer injury pile driver, and large piling rig. People can be crushed, smashed, hit with, lacerated or rolled over by a pile driver very quickly so be sure to be cautious while working or at the construction site.
It is important for all employers, general contractors, sub contractors and supervisors to fully train all employers, laborers and workers who will be using any type of pile driver on the proper way to use that specific model and type and how to maintain it for optimal safety. Some of the main causes for crush accidents are from operators not paying attention, pile drivers hits tree roots, animals, tree stumps, boulders, farm equipment, pipes, gas pipes, water pipes, electrical lines, construction equipment, and foundations, pile driver operator’s view blocked by cargo or bad weather, pile drivers being overburdened with work, defective brakes, pile driver operators being drunk or intoxicated, pile drivers being used negligently, pile driver brakes and stopping mechanisms not working, pile driver operators not alerting others that they are actively using the machine, and pile driver operator distracted by texting, cell phones, walkie talkie or conversation with a coworker. It is important to keep in mind that the company or factory that manufactured, sold or rented the pile driver to you or your employer may also share part of the fault. We are very experienced in investigating cases to find all angles of fault.
Pile driver injuries can be very catastrophic due to their immense weight of the pile drivers and the force they generate to do their job. Some of the potential injuries include amputation, wrongful death, muscle strains, eye injuries, lacerations, brain injuries, concussions, electrocution, spinal cord injuries, being crushed, ear injuries, deep cuts that need stitches, becoming deformed, head injuries, ligament sprains, broken bones, and more. Most likely, your injuries could be a combination of the above and some that are not mentioned here.
The large majority of pile driver accident injuries happen at work and construction sites. Employees and their families have rights and are protected under the workers’ comp laws in California. Employers are required to not penalize or fire an employee who files a workers’ compensation claim. There are other protections that the law provides so be sure to either research those or call our firm for a free consultation on your rights and legal options. Our firm is very experienced at taking care of work comp claims and investigating every accident for all responsible parties including third parties who were also at fault. A construction site has many third parties including the many renters, coworkers, subcontractors, land owners, and contactors. The hard working pile driver accident attorneys at our firm have over three decades of experience maximizing the types and amount of compensation that are awarded to our clients.
The Orange County lawyers at the Law Offices of DiMarco | Araujo | Montevideo have represented and helped people who have been hurt by a pile driver since 1979 so we have the knowhow and experience to help you win in court. This is true for workers’ compensation, third party injury cases, product defect cases, pile driver defect cases or personal injury cases. Call us today at (888) 516-8530 to schedule a free initial consultation and case evaluation. We will go for the maximum possible compensation for your on-the-job injury or personal injury and you will not have to pay us until and unless we win your case. Our firm is considered by some to be the best in the area for pile driver and construction injury cases.