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Though one might think that pile drivers are too big and noisy for accidents to happen around and under, it happens every year across California. Many times, foremen do not have enough people working whose job it is to monitor traffic and safety. Accidents are common at construction sites due to negligent acts, coworker accidents and people rushing and cutting corners. Pile driver crush accidents can happen because a pile driver operator’s view could be limited or the driver could be distracted, on the phone or not paying attention. Being crushed or hurt by a pile driver can cause major injuries and all pile driver crush victims should be treated by a doctor or surgeon as soon as possible.
There are many types of pile drivers and heavy equipment on a construction site. The most common types of pile drivers to cause accidents include diesel hammer injury pile drivers, two-stroke diesel pile driver, hydraulic hammer injury pile driver, hydraulic press-in pile driver, vibratory pile driver, extractor pile driver, dragline extractor, small piling rig, medium piling rig, 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. Piles drivers are heavy equipment that uses a large weight that slides between guides. The idea behind a pile driver is ancient but the immensity and power of them continue to increase with time.
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 techniques and safety procedures. Some of the main causes for crush accidents are from operators not paying attention, pile driver operator’s view blocked by cargo or bad weather, pile drivers hits tree roots, animals, tree stumps, boulders, farm equipment, pipes, gas pipes, water pipes, electrical lines, construction equipment, and foundations, pile drivers being overloaded, pile driver brakes and stopping mechanisms not working, defective brakes, pile driver operators being drunk or intoxicated, pile drivers being used negligently, and pile driver operator distracted by changing plans, rude bosses, texting, cell phones, walkie talkie, being rushed by their supervisor, or conversations with a coworker. Our experience in pile driver accident law has taught us that there are usually a variety of factors that lead to a pile driver traumatic accident.
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 possible injuries from being crushed by a pile driver include amputation, wrongful death, concussions, electrocution, muscle strains, eye injuries, lacerations, brain injuries, ear injuries, becoming deformed, spinal cord injuries, being crushed, ligament sprains, broken bones, head injuries, and more. Whether you are the victim, a coworker of the victim or the family of the victim, we send our sincerest sympathy for this awful injury.
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 subcontractors, land owners, and contactors. Our hard working pile driver accident attorneys have over three decades of experience maximizing the types and amount of compensation for our clients.
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The Orange County personal injury 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. Our attorneys will come to you if you prefer that and we even make appointments for the weekends and evenings. We are well known throughout California, Orange County, Los Angeles, San Bernardino, San Luis Obispo, San Diego, Central California, Northern California, Sacramento, San Francisco, Riverside, Fresno, and San Jose. 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.
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