Austin Construction Accident Lawyer
It goes without saying that construction work is dangerous work. Putting their lives on the line every day, construction workers face serious injuries as they build and maintain our roads, buildings, homes, bridges, utility systems, and so on.
In 2014, 4,821 workers were killed on the job, meaning that nearly thirteen construction workers were killed in workplace accidents every day. When working conditions fail to comply with safety regulations, workers can fall victim to dangerous situations, causing injuries and death.
Due to the hazardous building materials and dangerous tools and equipment construction workers use, safety precautions have to be taken seriously. If you’ve been hurt in a construction accident, odds are that someone’s negligence was to blame for what happened to you.
Sustaining injuries in a construction accident due to the negligence of another requires an Austin construction accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP to evaluate the legal options available to you for recovering damages.
Workers Compensation vs. Personal Injury
In Texas, there are two ways to seek compensation for your construction accident injuries: filing a workers compensation claim or filing a personal injury lawsuit.
Which option is open to you is partially determined by whether your employer carries workers compensation insurance. Unlike many other states, Texas employers are not required to carry this insurance.
If your employer does carry workers compensation insurance, then in most situations, you will only be able to file a claim for workers compensation. There are, however, certain situations in which you can still file a personal injury claim, and your Austin construction accident lawyer can help you determine if you qualify.
Filing a Personal Injury Lawsuit for a Construction Accident
If any of the following conditions applied to your construction injury, you may be eligible to file a personal injury lawsuit in addition to your workers compensation claim:
- An act of malice (intentional harm) caused your accident rather than negligence.
- You were exposed to a toxic substance.
- Defective equipment was responsible for the accident, in which case you may be able to sue the manufacturer for product liability.
- An outside third party, such as a contractor or passerby, caused the construction accident.
Financial Compensation for Your Construction Injuries
In addition to the conditions listed above, if your company does not carry workers compensation insurance, you can file a personal injury lawsuit with help from an Austin construction accident lawyer from our firm.
The benefit of filing a personal injury claim is that you will be able to recover the maximum amount of damages, including any of the following that apply to your case:
- Past and future medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages and income
- Lost future income-earning capacity
- Damage done to your personal relationships
- Expenses related to education and training if you need to change careers
Your Austin construction accident lawyer will discuss the effects of your injuries with you and your doctor in detail to obtain the best possible compensation package for your claim.
Construction Accidents and the “Fatal Four”
The most common causes of construction worker deaths are known as the “fatal four” to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). These four categories are as follows:
- Falls – 39.9 percent of fatal construction injuries involved a fall on the job
- Electrocutions – 8.2 percent of deaths were caused by electrocutions
- Struck by an Object – 8.1 percent of workers died due to being struck by an object such as heavy machinery and falling objects
- Caught In/Between – 4.3 percent of workers killed were caught in or between objects and machinery.
Construction workers who survive the fatal four are most often left with devastating injuries, impacting both their lives and the lives of their families. We will help you recover the maximum compensation allowed for your injury.
Common Elements of Construction Accidents
Employers of construction workers often choose not to make safety a priority. OSHA found that safety standards most often failed on construction sites including these factors:
- Sites with a large fall risk
- Electrical wiring, components, and equipment
- Powered industrial trucks
An Austin Construction Accident Lawyer Will Help You
Suffering an injury or losing a loved one is one of the most harrowing experiences anyone can go through. An Austin construction accident lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP will understand the laws that apply to construction worker accidents and help you determine how to proceed.
Representing clients from all over Texas, Colley & Colley, LLP is dedicated to recovering the compensation you and your family deserve. Call us at 1-877-411-2001 or simply fill out the contact form below.