Construction sites are dangerous places. Management and workers alike must follow certain protocols to avoid or decrease their risk of accident or injury. However, accidents can happen under hazardous conditions.
An Allen, Texas construction accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can review your construction injury claim to determine if you have a personal injury lawsuit. A lawsuit may help you recover losses that resulted from a construction incident. For example, you and your family may be suffering financially from medical bills and lost income.
If you believe you have a personal injury case after a construction accident, speak to the team at Underwood Law Office by calling (972) 535-6377. We provide free case reviews to injured people in Allen.
Common Construction Accidents
Accidents that happen in specific areas where building, improving, repairing, cleaning, demolition, and other construction-related tasks take place may be considered construction accidents. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) states that more than 5,300 workers died on the job in the U.S. in 2019 and that nearly 20% of those deaths were in the construction industry.
Many construction accidents involve workers and those who are supposed to be at the site, such as electricians and other contractors. Accidents involving workers typically involve machinery and unsafe work zones. To avoid injuries, construction companies mandate safety wear like goggles, helmets, and protective clothing.
However, construction hazards can also cause harm to passersby. Private citizens can fall victim to construction accidents because of dangerous practices. Losses can include damage to personal property, personal injury, or even death.
Some common types of construction accidents include the following:
- Falling from a great height because of unsafe ladders, faulty scaffolding equipment, or a lack of safety equipment
- Falling debris, such as from workers dropping tools or equipment, from structural collapses, or some other item dropping from above
- Electrocution from coming in contact with power lines or improper use of equipment
- Becoming trapped between objects, such as when flooring collapses or material slides until another object stops it
- Damage to eyes or face from not wearing protective coverings
Construction Accident Injuries
Construction site accidents can be much worse than accidents in other workplaces. Due to the environment, equipment, and duties, construction workers may be at risk for serious injuries, such as:
- Brain injuries
- Blindness or deafness
- Back, neck, and spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Amputated limbs
An Allen, TX construction accident attorney from Underwood Law Office can investigate your accident and build your claim. For a free consultation on your case with a member of our team, call us today at (972) 535-6377.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Allen, call (972) 535-6377
Construction Accident Lawsuits
Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003 generally gives you two years to start the legal process of seeking compensation for a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit.
The state pushes the burden of proof onto you. Your legal team must show that the liable party was negligent, that the negligence caused your loss, and that your loss caused significant damages. Some pieces of evidence that are often used in construction lawsuit cases include:
- The accident and police reports
- Medical records
- Photos and videos
- Statements from witnesses
- OSHA investigation reports
An OSHA investigation, for instance, often lists the reason or cause for the accident. Construction companies must follow OSHA requirements, and common OSHA violations include:
- Tripping hazards
- Uncovered holes
- Defective equipment
- Unsafe ladders or scaffolding
- Lack of protective gear
- Unsafe operation of equipment
If you are an employee of a construction company who was involved in an accident, your employer may have offered workers’ compensation. However, workers’ compensation has limits. Filing a fault-based personal injury claim against a negligent third party who caused your accident may allow you to recover compensation for your full range of damages.
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How Underwood Law Office Can Help You
Construction companies may have legal teams on their side to try to deny or decrease lawsuit claims. An Allen construction accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can fight on your behalf for the financial compensation you seek. When we work on your case, you and your family can focus on recovering.
The liable party in your case could be the construction company or a third-party on the construction site. Several factors can affect who may be responsible for paying for your losses. For example, machinery can cause an accident due to poor maintenance, a manufacturer defect, or user error.
An investigation can produce evidence of who may be liable for your damages. Going after the incorrect party can mean wasted time and an unsuccessful case.
One of the ways we can support you is by making sure you ask for the compensation you need. Your lawsuit will request a sum that covers all of your losses, otherwise known as your damages. Recoverable damages may include:
Economic damages are those with a fixed price. Your medical bills and repair costs have a monetary amount tied to them. Your invoices and bills are proof of the financial loss you and your family suffered because of the accident. Your lost wages are also a type of economic damage, as well as your future prospective income loss.
Texas recognizes pain and suffering as recoverable non-economic damage. Pain and suffering is the trauma you suffered because of the incident. This hurt can include the loss of your physical abilities and the mental distress of constant pain.
Our legal team will go through the details of your claim and review your legal options. We can also negotiate with the liable party’s insurance company and legal representatives. If necessary, our attorneys can also take your claim to trial.
Call Underwood Law Office Today
You do not need to manage your construction accident claim or lawsuit alone. An Allen construction accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can build your case and fight for compensation on your behalf.
Our construction accident team can evaluate your case for free today. Call us at (972) 535-6377 to get started.