The most common injuries at a construction site include:
- Back and neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Cuts and lacerations
- Fall injuries
- Impact injuries
- Chemical exposure injuries
If you were injured at a construction site, you might be able to file a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party.
How Our Firm Can Help You Build a Construction Accident Case
Although construction companies and site managers have to follow clear rules geared towards making them as safe as possible, mistakes and carelessness are far too frequent.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), some of the most common workplace hazards that were cited in 2019 include:
- Lack of appropriate fall protection at a construction site
- Unsafe scaffolding
- Lack of eye and face protection
- Lack of proper guarding on machinery
- Industrial truck accidents
- Lack of respiratory protection
If you were hurt at a construction site as someone passing through the area, then it may not have been readily apparent to you what went wrong. If you work with a lawyer from our firm, we can put the pieces together for you and collect the evidence you need to show how you were hurt and why the other party may owe you compensation.
The Evidence We Can Gather for You
A construction accident lawyer from our firm can build your evidence file for you. This may involve working with expert witnesses who can testify about commonly accepted construction site practices, industry standards, and safety violations.
The evidence we gather for your case may include:
- Investigations and reports prepared by government agencies after the accident
- Photographs of the scene of the accident
- Examinations of any equipment or structures involved in the crash
- Eyewitness testimony
- Testimony from workers at the construction site
- Safety regulations and other guidelines
- Evidence of prior accidents at the construction site
- Your testimony about what happened
Determining Who is Responsible for Your Injuries
If you were hurt at a construction site, there are a few different people that you may be able to hold accountable for your injuries.
A few examples include:
- The construction site owner
- The general contractor
- Delivery drivers
- Delivery companies
- Manufacturers of equipment used at the construction site
Determining who to pursue for compensation can be one of the most overwhelming aspects of your case. When you work with a construction accident lawyer from our firm, we will conduct a diligent investigation into the parties who are responsible for maintaining the construction site and ensure that you pursue legal action against every potentially liable party.
Damages That May be Available in a Construction Accident Case
The medical expenses and other financial impacts of a construction accident can turn your life upside down. If your injuries are permanent or long-term, then you may feel the financial impact for many years to come.
Regardless of whether your injuries are minor or potentially permanent, if someone else caused your accident, they may owe compensation for your damages. A few categories of damages that you can seek in the lawsuit include:
- Medical bills
- Emergency transportation fees
- Physical therapy
- Medical equipment or devices
- Diminished quality of life
- Lost earning capacity
- Missed paychecks
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
There may be other types of compensation available to you. If you think that you may want to pursue compensation, it is a good practice to keep records of all of your expenses. This way, you will have the proof you need to show the value of your injuries and damages.
Keep every receipt and invoice for your accident-related expenses, even if you aren’t sure about whether they are reimbursable. Your lawyer can review them with you and determine whether they should be included in your claim.
The Deadline to Sue in Texas
There are many procedural rules you must follow in a construction accident case, including the statute of limitations. This law requires you to file your lawsuit within a certain timeframe. Otherwise, you may waive your right to sue.
In Texas, the general statute of limitations for personal injury lawsuits is two years, according to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003.
A Lawyer Can Help You With Your Construction Accident Case
There are numerous ways a construction accident lawyer from Underwood Law Office can help you pursue compensation. As your representative, your lawyer will do everything from answering phone calls and emails on your behalf to developing a legal strategy for your case. Most of all, your lawyer will take the stress and headache out of the legal process by guiding you through each step.
Contact Our Attorneys Today
If you have more questions about the most common injuries at a construction site, how your lawyer will help you, or the damages you may be able to recover, call Underwood Law Office now at (972) 535-6377. Our client intake team provides a free consultation so that you can ask the important questions and get the information you need to make a decision about your legal rights. There is no obligation to continue if you speak to us, so you have nothing to lose.