Texas construction sites are among the most dangerous environments in the state, encompassing a variety of potential hazards:
- Electrical shock
- Falls from heights
- Scaffold or trench collapse
- Struck by objects
- Dangerous materials
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, there were almost 5,300 work-related fatalities in the United States, and more than 1,000 occurred in the construction industry. Serious injuries often occur when safety programs and safety engineers are absent or negligent. If you were injured on a worksite, you have a limited time to file a claim. A construction accident lawyer can help you file an OSHA compliant claim and ensure you get the medical care you need.
The lawyers at Campos Law Group know how difficult it can be to deal with the aftermath of a construction accident, and we’re here to help you get the financial compensation you deserve. If your property was damaged in a construction accident or you ended up in the hospital, damages and injuries can add up quickly.
Types of Construction Accident Claims
If you sustained injuries in a construction zone, a worksite accident attorney could help you determine if you can pursue one or more types of claims.
Weekly payments are typically a percentage of your weekly earnings. This may not be enough to cover your bills, especially if your injuries result in a temporary total or permanent disability, and you can’t work. Workers’ compensation only covers treatments defined as necessary for a specific work injury. It may not cover the procedures recommended by your medical professionals.
Personal injury lawsuits require that you can prove the negligence of a third party and that your injury resulted from this negligence. The court can hold contractors, owners, architects, and other related parties liable if they do not take the required safety precautions, such as:
- Ensure workers receive proper training
- Warn of site hazards
- Check that safety steps are in place
If the equipment on the job site was defective and you were injured, you may recover compensation from the manufacturer, retailer, wholesaler, or other entities in the distribution chain. Examples of equipment commonly found on a construction site include:
- Power and woodworking tools
- Heavy Equipment (i.e., graters, bulldozers, forklifts, backhoes, tractors)
A construction site accident attorney can discuss the circumstances surrounding your injury and determine if malfunctioning or defective equipment was responsible.
If your spouse or family member was fatally injured while on the job, you may be able to make a wrongful death claim. This is a civil action and must typically be filed within two years from the date of the death.
What to Do After a Construction Accident
After a construction accident, it’s important that you stay calm and follow this procedure. Check all involved for injuries and seek the appropriate medical care. Contact your employer as soon as possible so that you are sure your claim will be valid. Most employers have a ninety-day grace period, but the sooner you report the accident, the better. Once all immediate injuries have been addressed, make sure you fully document the environment of the accident. Photographs of the scene and the injuries at the scene would be the most helpful.
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We’re here to help you get the financial compensation you deserve after a construction accident. If you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident, call us at 512-650-1000 or fill out the form to the right to get your free case evaluation.