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Working on a construction project in Fresno often means facing dangers on the job. Whether your work involves pouring concrete at a major development project near Chukchansi Park, repairing the road surface on Route 180, or handling a home renovation in Fig Garden, hazards can arise on a construction site that put you at serious risk of suffering severe, even fatal, injuries.
Victims of Fresno-area construction accidents deserve compensation for their injuries and losses. The experienced Fresno construction accident injury lawyers at The May Firm can help. Contact us today for a free consultation to learn about your options and rights after a Fresno construction accident leaves you or a loved one injured.
The experienced personal injury lawyers at The May Firm have one job: getting their clients the maximum compensation available for accident-related injuries and losses. They also have an impressive track record of success, achieving a favorable outcome for clients in more than 99 percent of the cases we handle, many of which involve multi-million dollar settlements, judgments, or jury awards.
Injured victims of Fresno construction accidents need guidance and support from experienced lawyers to secure full and fair compensation for the harm they have suffered. The May Firm offers them the services they need, and more. Our compassionate team works closely with clients and their families to understand the impact of a construction accident injury on their lives, and then tailors a legal strategy to meet their current and future needs.
Despite our reputation as a firm that delivers for its clients, we can never guarantee results in the cases we handle. We can, however, promise to put the full force of our firm’s experience, know-how, and resources behind our clients’ cases, so that they have the best possible shot at securing the compensation they deserve.
Lots of things that go wrong on a construction site in Fresno can result in an injury to a worker or bystander.
Here are the six most common harmful construction mishaps.
Construction accidents happen most commonly because of human error.
Common mistakes made on Fresno construction sites that lead to injury include:
These are merely a few examples of human error on a Fresno construction site that can lead to serious injuries and fatalities. No matter how a construction accident happens, however, injured workers and bystanders likely have the right to receive substantial compensation for their injuries and losses.
Workers and bystanders on construction sites in Fresno can suffer severe, even fatal, injuries in construction accidents.
At The May Firm, our team has years of experience helping clients recover compensation for a wide range of the injuries those workers and bystanders may sustain, including:
Every construction accident is different with unique injuries. Determining the exact cause of your injuries can help determine how much money you need to recover. Without the help of a trusted legal advisor, however, you could end up missing out on collecting maximum compensation that helps you recover from your injuries and get back to your regular life.
Virtually anyone injured in a construction accident in Fresno has the right to receive substantial compensation for their injuries and losses. Two common sources of that compensation consist of workers’ compensation insurance and personal injury lawsuits in Fresno courts.
With only rare exceptions, Fresno construction industry employers must purchase workers’ compensation insurance (or “workers’ comp”) that covers their employees against the costs of workplace injuries and illnesses.
Workers’ comp covers virtually all Fresno construction workers, no matter how many hours they work, and what job skills they have. It also protects workers no matter what their immigration status—even undocumented immigrants in Fresno have workers’ compensation protection.
Workers’ compensation insurance pays for injured Fresno construction workers’ medical care related to a construction accident. It also pays disability benefits that replace some of an injured worker’s lost income during any temporary or permanent period of disability. And, in the case of a Fresno construction worker’s tragic death in a job site accident, workers’ comp pays a death benefit to the workers’ surviving family members.
Importantly, workers’ comp pays these benefits to workers injured in a Fresno construction accident regardless of who caused the accident. A worker has the right to receive benefits even if his own actions caused the accident that resulted in his injuries, so long as the worker didn’t intentionally hurt him- or herself.
Obtaining workers’ compensation benefits should be as simple as informing your employer about your injury and seeking medical care. In practice, workers’ compensation insurance companies sometimes try to avoid paying benefits to injured workers.
With the help of a skilled workers’ compensation claim attorney from The May Firm, a construction worker injured in an accident on a Fresno construction site can take legal action to force the insurance company to pay the benefits the worker needs and deserves.
For construction workers injured in construction accidents in Fresno, workers’ comp comes with a trade-off. By law, they must receive benefits regardless of who caused an accident, but that also means they may not separately sue their employer or a coworker for causing their injuries.
However, that does not mean lawsuits arising out of Fresno construction accidents never happen. Not by a long shot.
In a lawsuit arising out of a Fresno construction accident, injured victims can typically seek compensation to help them pay for:
The team at The May Firm has represented numerous victims of construction accidents in lawsuits throughout California. Contact us today to learn whether you have the right to sue for damages after suffering injuries in a construction mishap in Fresno.
Construction accident victims in Fresno sometimes wait until they have healed from their injuries, or at least until they have a clear prognosis from their doctor, before contacting an experienced construction accident injury lawyer to learn about their rights to compensation.
At The May Firm, we understand the instinct to focus on healing, and we support it. However, we also encourage victims not to wait to speak with a skilled construction accident lawyer about what happened to them.
In Fresno, construction accident victims have only a limited amount of time—which can vary from a few years to just a few months—to take legal action seeking compensation for their injuries. If they wait too long to speak with an attorney who can begin the process of seeking compensation on their behalf, they may lose their right to receive compensation altogether.
So, do not delay. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a Fresno construction accident, then make contacting the skilled construction accident attorneys at The May Firm a top priority. Quick action can preserve your legal rights and give you the best possible chance of securing the maximum compensation available.
The team of attorneys at The May Firm understands the devastating toll a Fresno construction accident can take on victims and their families. Our mission, in every case, is to ease the burden on our clients by fighting hard to make sure they receive the full financial compensation they deserve for their injuries and losses. Our track record of success in the cases we handle speaks for itself.
Do not wait to connect with the legal help you need. If a construction accident in Fresno injured you or a loved one, then contact The May Firm today or call us at any time at (559) 385-2090 for a free consultation to learn about your rights and options for securing compensation.
At The May Firm we strive to be involved and connected to our local community. For example, this past holiday season we organized bicycle and Christmas tree giveaways for individuals in our community. Our goal is to be a positive force for good in the local community and give back in some small measure to those we can serve. We receive satisfaction and joy from serving our clients and will continue to look for ways to be of assistance to the community as a whole. We receive positive energy from the community when we are involved.
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If you have suffered a personal injury or are a victim of an accident that is not your at fault for, contact our award winning Fresno attorneys 24/7 to schedule your free case consultation. You can also call our Fresno office at 1-(559)-385-2090. Let us be your personal injury and accident advocate.
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Victims of construction accidents who seek our help at The May Firm often have lots of questions for us about their rights and options. Our mission as a team of skilled, compassionate attorneys is to answer those questions as best we can. We offer a free consultation for Fresno construction accident victims.
Anyone looking for information about Fresno construction accident injury claims may also find the general answers to frequently asked questions below helpful.
Not necessarily, but in some cases, a lawsuit may help you obtain the maximum compensation available to you under California law.
As we explained above, your rights to compensation for injuries you sustained in a Fresno construction accident will often first depend on whether they happened in connection with your job as a construction worker. If so, then your first source of compensation will likely consist of workers’ compensation insurance benefits, which you can usually obtain without filing a lawsuit.
However, if you also have rights as a construction worker to seek compensation from a third-party, or if you suffered injuries not as a worker but instead as a visitor or bystander at a Fresno construction site, then pursuing compensation through a lawsuit in Fresno courts could represent your strongest option for securing the money you need and deserve.
In either case, the most reliable way to chart your course forward after getting hurt in a Fresno construction accident is to speak with a skilled construction accident injury lawyer right away.
Fresno lawyers use the word “damages” to refer to the payments a victim of a construction accident has the right to receive from a party at fault for causing the accident, or from someone who has a legal obligation to answer for the actions of the party at fault.
Typically, the way to obtain damages is to demand payment from the party who has a legal liability to you and, as is often necessary, to file a lawsuit against that party.
Every Fresno construction accident happens through a unique set of circumstances, and requires a careful analysis by an experienced attorney to determine who may owe damages for the injuries the accident inflicted.
Generally speaking, however, parties with legal liability for a Fresno construction accident could include:
These are merely examples. As we said, every case differs. At The May Firm, we place special emphasis on exploring the details of every case we handle for victims of construction accidents, to ensure we identify every individual, business, organization, or institution who may owe damages to our client.
No. Your legal rights to compensation for your construction accident injuries do not depend on your physical presence on the construction site itself when the accident happened. If an accident on a Fresno construction site results in injuries to people off-site—for example, to passersby on a street or sidewalk, or people living or working in buildings on properties next door to the site—then those victims can still usually seek compensation through an insurance claim or lawsuit in a Fresno court.
Speak with an experienced Fresno construction accident injury lawyer today to learn more.
Some Fresno construction workers may struggle to obtain workers’ compensation benefits for their construction accident-related injuries. It shouldn’t happen, but it does.
Workers’ comp insurance companies, like most insurance companies, try to pay only what they must to covered individuals, and fight back aggressively against attempted fraud and other false claims. Some, however, go too far in that department by also denying valid claims for benefits from injured workers.
Under California law, workers who receive a partial or total claim denial have the right to appeal the insurance company’s decision. However, at The May Firm, we strongly advise workers not to try to handle an appeal on their own. Making just a small mistake in appealing a claim denial can result in a complete loss of a worker’s rights to receive benefits.
If you receive a letter from the workers’ comp carrier denying your claim for benefits arising out of a Fresno construction accident injury, then we encourage you to contact a skilled construction accident injury lawyer immediately to protect your rights.
This is one of the most common of all the questions we get from potential clients.
Our answer is that every Fresno construction accident case is unique, so there is no way for us to determine exactly how much your case is worth without delving into the details of what happened.
If your only source of compensation consists of workers’ compensation benefits, and you succeed in securing them, you can generally expect payment for your injury-related medical care and disability benefits totaling two-thirds of your income up to a maximum set by law.
If you may seek compensation through a lawsuit, the value of your case will typically hinge on three broad factors:
The May Firm works closely with clients to calculate the amount of damages the law entitles them to receive, and then fights relentlessly to secure as much of those damages as possible.
It varies. Some cases last a few months, some take a year or more. And, remember, there’s never a guarantee that you will receive money, which is why you need a strong, experienced Fresno construction accident injury lawyer fighting on your behalf.
In the Fresno construction accident injury cases we handle at The May Firm, we and our clients have the same basic goal: to secure as much money as possible to pay for our clients’ injuries and losses, and to do so as quickly and efficiently as possible.
To the extent we can, we try to move our clients’ cases along at a good clip.
However, many of the factors affecting the timeline for a Fresno construction accident injury case are beyond our or our clients’ ability to control.
One aspect of your Fresno construction accident injury claim rests firmly within your control, however. The sooner you sit down for a free consultation with an experienced construction accident injury lawyer, the sooner the rest of the process can take its course.
If you suffered those injuries in connection with your job, then you may well have the right to receive permanent disability benefits from your workers’ compensation insurance. Disputes can sometimes arise, however, over whether an injury keeps you from working. A skilled construction accident lawyer can help you make the case for permanent disability benefits to the workers’ comp carrier, so that you get the money you deserve.
If you sustained injuries in a Fresno construction accident that was not connected to your job, then the damages you may seek in a lawsuit can include compensation for your future lost income. An experienced construction accident lawyer will often work with financial planning experts to calculate the value of that lost future income, so that you receive full compensation.
In either case, we encourage you to speak with a member of the team at The May Firm today if a Fresno construction accident injury left you permanently disabled and out-of-work. You deserve compensation and a skilled lawyer can help you get it.
Not yet. Speak with an experienced Fresno construction accident lawyer first before agreeing to any settlement from anyone’s insurance company. That offer may not come close to paying you the amount of money you deserve, and taking it could cost you valuable legal and financial rights.
Insurance companies know that construction accidents in Fresno can throw victims’ lives into turmoil and cause extreme financial strain. Insurers sometimes try to take advantage of that distress and upset by dangling what seems like easy money in front of victims, inviting them to settle their claims quickly and, seemingly, with no fuss.
The problem is that insurance companies often lowball these offers, hoping victims have not yet spoken to an attorney and do not know how much money they should really receive. They also condition payment on the victims signing a release of future claims.
Instead of taking the money, let an experienced Fresno construction accident lawyer negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Chances are a lawyer can secure you a lot more money than the insurance company offered you directly.
As soon as possible.
We understand why hiring a lawyer might not have risen to the top of your list of priorities in the aftermath of a Fresno construction accident. You have injuries that need your attention, and your income has likely taken a hit.
Still, talking to an experienced Fresno construction accident lawyer right away can do you a world of good, perhaps more than you imagined.
While you focus your energies on healing, an attorney can:
Without fail, we have found over our years of law practice at The May Firm that the earlier we can get involved in a client’s case, the broader our client’s options and the higher the chances of a favorable outcome. An initial consultation with our firm is free, so you have nothing to lose and potentially lots to gain by reaching out to us today.
Clients were rear ended by a utility vehicle.
Judgment for wrongful death of pedestrian struck by motor vehicle.
Wrongful death of pedestrian struck while walking his dog.
Clients were rear ended by a utility vehicle.
Car accident causing a traumatic brain injury resulting in a policy limits settlement prior to filing suit.
Policy limits settlement for clients’ who suffered spinal injuries. No surgeries required. The case settled before suit was filed.
Client was rear-ended resulting in low back injury.
Client rear-ended and suffered neck and low back injuries.
Bike vs. motor vehicle collision resulting in low back injuries. Disputed liability.
Speeding vehicle struck client’s parked car.
For client whose truck struck a tire that had fallen from a defective tire assembly.
Motor vehicle vs. bicycle resulting in death of cyclist. At fault driver was underinsured.
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