Fall Accidents and the Peril in the Shipyard

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Q: If I fall on someone else’s property, are they liable for my personal injury?

“Man overboard!” That could’ve been the cry on January 5th at BAE-Systems in Barrio Logan when a shipyard worker fell into a vessel that was under construction in the shipyard. The fallen worker reportedly fell two decks down and was wedged into a tight space deep in the interior of the under-construction vessel.

It took firefighters and a “specialized technical rescue team” from the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department nearly an hour to reach and safely remove the injured worker. Rescuers needed to employ a pulley system and hoist to reach and retrieve the injured shipman. He was then transported to a nearby hospital for evaluation of possible head and leg injuries.

Work place and/or construction accidents are common in California with falls accounting for 22% of construction site accidents. A post-accident investigation is important to determine whether the injuries were the results of any defective machinery or were caused by a departure from mandated safety practices on the site, so it’s best to get an attorney on your side as soon as possible, before repairs can be hastily made and evidence lost.

In the event faulty or dangerous machinery or a departure from acceptable standard safety protocol caused or contributed to the victim’s serious injury he may be able to commence a personal injury suit on the basis of product liability. While the compensatory damages may differ depending on the particular situation, they generally include reimbursement for current and future medical costs, pain and suffering, lost income and diminished earning capacity. If safety protocol was not followed, punitive damages may also be awarded.

In addition, personal and commercial property owners have a duty to maintain their premises in a manner that is safe to those on site. If you are injured in a slip and fall accident on someone else’s property, you may be entitled to similar compensation through a premises liability claim.

If you’ve been injured in any kind of fall or accident, the personal injury experts at the law firm of J&Y can determine if you have a claim and help maximize your recovery. Call 888-806-6722 for a free consultation. We fight for victims of slip and falls accidents, construction and workplace accidents in Los Angeles, San Diego, Orange County, San Bernardino, San Francisco, Sacramento, Rancho Cucamonga, and all of California.

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About the Author
Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.