Summer is nearly over, but that doesn’t mean construction-related personal injury risks associated with the season are any less dangerous. It’s important that you keep an eye out for potential dangers during the summer in Northern CA to keep yourself and your work team safe.
The summer months are a popular time for construction because the temperature doesn’t fluctuate as often and the sunlight lasts longer. Unfortunately, this puts construction workers at greater risk for construction accidents. So make sure that you’re following safety procedures and precautions, and wear the correct equipment and workwear.
But what are the most common summer construction-related personal injuries and what happens if you suffer a personal injury because of another person’s negligence or reckless behavior?
What are the most common summer construction-related injuries in Northern CA?
Heat-related illness. California has relatively mild weather, but summers can seriously bring the heat. If you’re not careful to stay out of the sun, stay hydrated, and stay covered, you could be at risk for heat exhaustion or heat stroke. For those who are on the job outside, your employer is responsible for ensuring you take regular breaks and that you’re staying hydrated to reduce the risk of heat-related illness.
Injuries caused by car accidents. Millions of people are injured in car accidents year-round. Summer months and ‘back to school’ are considered to be the most dangerous time of the year for drivers and road workers. This is because there’s more traffic on the roads than usual and new drivers are driving to and from school. That said, stay vigilant on the road and don’t let yourself get distracted.
What’s considered pain and suffering in the eyes of the law?
In the event that you sustain a personal injury this summer due to a construction-related accident, you may be able to sue for your pain and suffering. Pain and suffering is a legal term referring to your injuries (emotional, mental, or physical) after an accident.
There’s no specific rule for how insurance companies will calculate a person’s pain and suffering. However, many plaintiffs’ attorneys will either multiply the plaintiff’s medical bills or lost wages by a certain number or they may use a “per diem” (per day) approach.
Under the per diem method, an attorney may assign a certain value to every day from the day of the accident until the plaintiff was able to reach maximum recovery.
Looking for a personal injury attorney in Shasta County?
If you are injured due to a construction accident, the personal injury attorneys in Redding CA. can help. For more information on personal injuries caused by construction accidents, or to schedule a consultation, contact the law offices of Reiner, Slaughter, McCartney, and Frankel today.