Construction Worker Injuries due to Negligence in Texas
Construction sites are dangerous places. The work is very physical. Construction workers also are often required to use powerful machinery, climb to great heights or work on roadsides where traffic accidents may occur. Unfortunately, because of the inherent nature of the work, construction workers face a serious risk of injuries on the job.
Allow a lawyer from the Law Office of Israel Garcia to examine your case and help you to determine whether filing a third-party liability claim or lawsuit is appropriate in your case. We can conduct this case review for free. Simply call us today at 210-LAW-9999 or 210.529.9999 or fill out our online form to learn more. We respond to all inquiries promptly to get you back on track.
Types of Injuries on Construction Sites in San Antonio
There are many different risks that construction workers face on the job. The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has identified the top causes of injuries on construction sites, which include:
- Falling from heights – A worker may fall from a building, scaffolding or piece of machinery to the ground below. Workers can also fall into holes or ditches on construction sites.
- Trench collapse – When a trench collapses, a worker’s air supply can be cut off, and the worker can be buried alive or suffer crushing injuries.
- Collapsed scaffolding – OSHA has strict rules to ensure the safety and stability of scaffolding, but things can still go wrong, causing a worker to plunge to his death or to fall and sustain serious injury.
- Electric shock and or arc flash/blast – Working with generators, power tools, machinery and electrical wiring all put construction workers at risk of suffering electrical burns.
- Failure to use appropriate protective gear – Hardhats, safety glasses and other personal protective equipment should always be worn on construction sites to prevent injury.
- Repetitive motion injuries – When the body is repeatedly asked to do the same things again and again, the muscles and soft tissues can become worn and damaged, limiting mobility and causing pain.
In addition to these top injury causes, workers on a construction site could also be hurt as a result of traffic accidents, a ladder’s collapse, malfunctioning tools or equipment, errors made by other workers and accidents with tools or machinery.
Workers on construction sites who experience these or other accidents can sustain a variety of serious injuries, including:
- Eye injury, including vision impairment or blindness
- Broken bones
- Knee and ankle injury
- Neck, shoulder or back injury
- Spinal cord injury, including damage that can cause paraplegia or quadriplegia
- Illnesses caused by toxic chemical exposure
- Head injury and/or
- brain injury
- In the most tragic of cases, the injuries sustained by the construction worker will be fatal.
Third-Party Lawsuit Claims
If someone other than your employer did something that led to your construction accident, you may be able to seek compensation for the damages, both physically and mentally, that you have sustained. For example, if there was an architect involved and overseeing the project, and the architect’s negligence led to your injury, then you may have a third-party lawsuit claim. If a tool or machine was defective, then you may have a third-party lawsuit claim against the manufacturer of the bad machine.
Third-party lawsuit claims let you obtain compensation not available through workers’ compensation, such as payment for pain and suffering. However, you’ll need to show either negligence or that a product, machine or tool was defective when used as intended in order to successfully make a third-party claim.
How Our Attorney Can Help Injured Construction Workers
If you or a loved one was hurt due to negligence on a construction job, Personal Injury Attorney Israel Garcia can provide you with comprehensive legal representation. The Law Office of Israel Garcia can help you to:
- Determine if a third-party liability claim is eligible due to negligence
- Gather evidence to prove your eligibility for compensation
- Keep your claim moving forward
- Negotiate a settlement
File a third-party lawsuit in court and/or negotiate a settlement with a responsible third party
To learn more about how we can assist you get through this difficult time after your construction accident, give us a call today or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. You will pay no attorney fees unless we secure compensation for you. Get your questions answered today at 210-LAW-9999 or 210.529.9999.