Even after decades of safety improvements and regulatory oversight, construction sites are inherently dangerous places. A worker who suffers a serious construction site injury might be unable to work or permanently disabled, and the collateral effects of that injury can affect his or her life for years to come.
If you were hurt on the job, speak with an experienced Dallas construction accident lawyer. Angel Reyes & Associates can determine whether any shortcuts were taken that jeopardized your safety.
Construction, job, and oil / gas drill site accidents often result in severe personal injuries such as spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injury, quadriplegia, paraplegia, fractures, and death. Industrial and construction workers are also exposed to potential long-term inflictions such as mesothelioma from asbestos exposure and cancer from chemicals and silicosis. Due to the severe nature of such injuries, construction and drill site accidents and injuries are often the subject of personal injury, product liability, and wrongful death lawsuits.
Any employee, contractor or other workers, or even a visitor to an industrial facility, drill site, or other workplace who has been injured should contact an experienced industrial accident personal injury lawyer to learn about their legal rights and remedies. All initial consultations are free, and we charge no attorney fees unless we recover money on your behalf.
What parties can Construction Accident Attorneys in Dallas sue for damages?
An injured Texas construction worker will have an opportunity to claim workers’ compensation benefits for an on-the-job injury, but those benefits rarely cover the full range of losses and expenses that the worker might experience. If the injury was caused by the negligence of a party other than the worker’s employer, the worker may have an opportunity to file a lawsuit against:
- The construction site owner
- Other contractors working at the site
- Architects, engineers, and other professionals who failed to establish a safe construction work environment
- Construction equipment manufacturers or providers
Determining what happened and why an incident occurred is key to establishing responsibility for a construction, drill site, or industrial site injury. We work with investigators to understand exactly what happened, and if any safety rules were violated. Were any recalled and/or defective products or equipment being used on the site? We find out. We compile the facts surrounding your accident and determine whether any shortcuts were taken to finish the job quicker and cut costs while jeopardizing worker safety.
Common construction accident injuries
Typical construction or oil & gas drilling site accidents that could have been avoided with better training, safety procedures, and/or better equipment include:
- Injuries from Cave-Ins
- Crush Injuries
- Equipment Entrapment Injuries
- Crane Accidents
What compensation might an injured construction worker be able to collect?
An injured construction worker’s damages are often far greater than his or her immediate medical expenses and the partial wage recovery offered by worker’s comp. A knowledgeable and experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer will fight to recover:
- Compensation for continuing and future medical expenses associated with a construction accident injury
- Costs for occupational therapy and physical rehabilitation, including expenses associated with commuting to and from therapy appointments
- Lost prospective income and future earnings opportunities
- Damages attributable to pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium, and reduced enjoyment of time with family and friends.
Should an injured construction worker accept a settlement offer from a negligent party’s insurance company?
Insurance companies that cover construction contractors have a strong incentive to settle injury claims, but the initial settlement amounts that they offer are frequently far below the total value of the damages suffered by an injured construction worker.
Workers can protect their rights to recover complete damages by working with a construction injury lawyer who will handle all communications with insurers and review all liability releases and other documents that an insurance company might ask an injured worker to sign.
What damages are available if a construction accident leads to a fatality?
Recent statistics show that 20% of all on-the-job fatal accidents are in the construction industry. If a construction site accident causes a fatality, the deceased worker’s estate representatives or family members will have a right to pursue a wrongful death claim to recover compensation for:
- Lost financial support of the deceased
- Burial costs
- Lost companionship
- Emotional trauma
- Other damages suffered by the worker’s survivors
Dallas Construction Accident Lawyer
Many employers carry workers’ compensation insurance in Texas. This insurance system provides covered employees with income and medical benefits if they are injured on the job or have a work-related injury or illness regardless of fault.
In the case of death, the employee’s family receives partial income replacement benefits for various periods of time; however, the trade-off is the employee’s family cannot sue the employer for actual damages if the employee’s death was caused by negligence.
If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, do not rule out the possibility of a wrongful death case – know what questions to ask ahead of time.
At Reyes Browne Reilley Law Firm, the client always comes first. If you or a loved one has experienced injuries from a construction or drill site accident, please contact our offices by phone, or submit the confidential Case Review form on this page. At your no-fee consultation, we will help lay out the best plan for you and your family to get the maximum amount of compensation to which you are entitled.