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Construction sites are among the most hazardous workplaces. Accidents are all too common in these hazardous working settings. Accidents can result in major injuries, such as spinal cord damage, brain injuries, or even death. In some circumstances, construction incidents will be investigated by OSHA and many parties may be involved.

Compensation you may be able to recover includes:

  • Past and future medical bills
  • Rehabilitation expenses
  • Lost future earning capacity
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life​​​​​​
  • Pain and suffering
  • Emotional distress

WHAT SHOULD I DO AFTER A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT?

If your employer has worker’s compensation insurance, you should do the following:

  1. Get medical care
  2. Notify your employer of the accident
  3. Look for paperwork from the division of workers compensation
  4. Keep all your records of medical appointments
  5. Speak to an attorney

If your employers does not have workers compensation insurance, a knowledgeable lawyer can discuss your right to sue.

WE HANDLE ALL CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT INJURY CASES

Construction is always dangerous. There are countless ways that you can get hurt on a construction site, but the most common injuries are falls from scaffolding and ladders, being hit by falling objects, explosions, electrocutions, chemical exposures, and vehicle accidents. Construction sites can be very dangerous places so it’s important to be aware of your surroundings at all times. Be safe out there!

We handle all construction accident cases, including:

·         Cutting accidents ·       Supervisor Negligence
·         Dangerous or defective                      equipment accidents ·       Structure failure
·         Dumpster accidents ·       Welding accidents
·         Electrical accidents ·       Crane Accidents
·         Elevator accidents ·       Scaffolding Accidents
·         Falls ·       Construction Site Falls
·         Falling objects ·       Run Over By Operating                      Equipment
·         Fork Lift Accidents ·       Electrical Accidents Trench
·         Gas explosions ·       Collapses Fires and Explosions
·         Ladder accidents ·       Welding Accidents
·         Logging accidents ·       Exploding Compressor
·         Nail gun accidents ·       Window
·         Punch press malfunctions ·       Wrongful death and more.

 

WHO’S LIABLE FOR MY INJURIES AFTER A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT?

It’s difficult to go across the city without coming across something that is being built. Because building sites are so common – and because the construction sector employs so many people – the state has enacted a number of labor laws to ensure that the business is as safe as possible. After an accident on a city construction site, these laws frequently govern who is responsible for your injuries.

Liability is usually not an issue in a workers’ compensation claim if your employer has it. It is a no-fault scheme for workers’ compensation. To be eligible for benefits, you do not need to show that you are at blame.

Unfortunately, firms in Texas are not required to have workers’ compensation insurance. If your company is not covered by insurance, you will have to show that you were at fault for the construction accident in order to be compensated.

General Contractors and Construction Site Owners

When a property owner decides to construct or construct a project in the city, they must ensure that construction workers are provided with a safe working environment. Under Section 200 of the New York Labor Law, owners and general contractors are required to “give reasonable and appropriate protection to all people employed within or lawfully frequenting such locations.”

To look at it another way, property owners and general contractors must take precautions to keep building sites safe. Any potential hazards that could injure a worker must be addressed. To execute their jobs safely, workers must have the appropriate safety equipment.

Workers on the jobsite must also be trained in order to complete the work safely. It is the responsibility of the general contractor and whoever owns the building site to ensure that the site is safe.

The “Scaffolding Law” is Section 240 of the New York Labor Law. It explains how to install, secure, and fasten scaffolding and other dangerous construction site equipment. It also allows injured workers to hold property owners and/or general contractors severely accountable if they are injured by or on scaffolding, hoists, stays, ladders, slings, hangers, blocks, pulleys, braces, irons, ropes, or other devices.

If you labored to build, destroy, repair, change, paint, or clean a building or structure, this section applies to you.

You don’t have to establish the owner or contractor was negligent in any manner under strict liability.

Product Manufacturers

Several firms may be involved in the design, assembly, and marketing of a product. A defective product lawyer can look into all of the parties involved in the supply chain to figure out where and when the problem started. If the accident was caused by a defective tool, equipment, scaffold, or other product, you may be able to file a claim against numerous parties.

Subcontractors or relevant third parties

There are a lot of moving pieces on construction sites. When a general contractor wins a bid, he or she may assign some of the work to subcontractors. Subcontractors, like general contractors, are responsible for maintaining a safe working environment. If a subcontractor is to responsible for your injuries, you may be able to hold them liable.

Architects and Engineers

Workers who are injured on a building site in may be able to hold site engineers or architects liable. Buildings and structures are designed by these people. They must follow commonly accepted professional norms when doing so. Architects and engineers must ensure that sites are inspected on a regular basis.

Have you been injured as a result of a building collapse or other structural issue? Was it due to a bad design or a lack of inspection? If this is the case, the engineer or architect may be liable for your injuries.

CAN I SUE MY EMPLOYER IF I’M INJURED ON A CONSTRUCTION SITE?

It depends.  After an accident, all construction employees are eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. When you submit a workers’ compensation claim, you usually give up your right to sue your employer for personal injury. However, if you were injured as a result of improper working conditions or dangerous equipment, you may still be able to sue someone else.

IS THERE A TIME LIMIT ON FILING A PERSONAL INJURY CLAIM?

It all depends on how you want to get compensated.

Workers’ Compensation: You must tell your employer of your construction site injury within 30 days. After that, you’ll only have a certain period of time to file your benefits claim.

Personal Injury  Lawsuit: In Texas, physical injury claims have a three-year statute of limitations.

If you wait too long to assert your legal rights, you will lose your right to get the compensation you deserve.

CALL US NOW!

Have you or a loved one gotten hurt on a construction site? Contact the Houston,TX construction accident lawyers at Roxell Richards Law firm at 1-855-GOT-INJURED for a free consultation. You may have the right to recover compensation for your injuries. We promise to fight to get you the money you need and deserve.

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