Construction company owners across the Golden State may want to double-check their sub-contractor’s licenses. The state’s Contractors State License Board (CSLB) successfully conducted fraud investigations over the past year, looking to unearth unlicensed workers from the rosters of construction companies.
The investigation netted over 100 arrests by CSLB, which posed as homeowners soliciting home improvement bids. The offending workers weren’t the only ones arrested or cited. Crews of construction workers were also cited for not carrying workers’ compensation insurance.
Unscrupulous businesses who would rather work without licenses or workers’ compensation coverage threaten the public’s confidence and safety. Just remember, these practices may sometimes evade scrutiny by the state authorities, but the legal rights of California residents don’t change. Your ability to recover damages in a construction site accident lawsuit require proving the negligence of the parties involved, not that the company failed to pay its dues to the state.
For those injured in construction accidents, they may have the legal right to sue both the business itself and the business owner personally.
Even if you knew that the workers lacked licenses, construction workers (and ultimately their employers) owe you a duty of care from acting negligently or recklessly. More often than not, however, the injured party wouldn’t be able to discover the business practices of a company that hires unlicensed subcontractors.
Southern California consumers who are concerned about hiring licensed contractors should take a look at this helpful informational sheet from the Federal Trade Commission. The article suggests looking out for the following hints of a home improvement scam, including someone:
- knocking on your door for business or offers you discounts for finding other customers
- who just happens to have materials left over from a previous job
- pressuring you for an immediate decision
- who only accepts cash, asks you to pay everything up front, or suggests you borrow money from a lender the contractor knows
- asking you to get the required building permits
- telling you your job will be a “demonstration” or offers a lifetime warranty or long-term guarantee
- who doesn’t list a business number in the local telephone directory.
If you have been injured due to the acts of a negligent construction contractor, you deserve to know your legal rights and remedies. Put the experience of the construction accidents attorneys at the Drake Law Firm to work in your case.