Houston Construction Accident Lawyer
Those who work in the construction industry face more risks than the average worker. Due to these hazardous working conditions, it is not uncommon for construction workers to sustain severe injuries. If you or a loved one have sustained a construction injury, Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP is ready to help. Our Houston construction injury attorneys will thoroughly investigate your case in order to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Why Choose Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP For Your Construction Injury Case?
After sustaining construction accident injury, you need an attorney with vast experience handling these types of cases. Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP is here for you.
- We believe in providing personalized attention to every client, which is why we purposely limit the number of cases our attorneys take. This ensures we have the time and resources to devote to your case.
- We have a reputation for success and have secured millions of dollars in compensation for our injured clients through settlements or verdicts.
- We take Houston construction injury cases on a contingency fee basis, which means we will not collect any legal fees until after we secure the compensation you deserve.
How Can An Attorney Help In These Cases?
Victims injured in construction site accidents often lack the resources or legal experience necessary to fight back against negligent parties or insurers who refuse to pay a fair settlement. Your Houston construction injury attorney will be responsible for:
- Obtaining all evidence related to the injury (worksite surveillance, eyewitness statements, accident reports, and more).
- Ensuring a victim is evaluated by a trusted medical professional who will help properly calculate total damages.
- Negotiating with every party involved to obtain a fair settlement.
How Often Do Construction Incidents Occur And How Do They Happen?
According to data available from the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), we know that there were nearly 200,000 non-fatal workplace injuries or illnesses in the construction industry during the latest reporting year.
Types Of Houston Construction Accident Injuries/Deaths
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), data shows that nearly one out of every five workplace deaths in the United States during that year or the result of construction site incidents. According to OSHA, the top four causes of construction fatalities are falls, being struck by moving objects, being caught in a space such as in an unguarded trench, and electrocutions.
Fall Injuries And Deaths
Those in charge of construction sites can be liable for failing to provide proper fall arrest equipment, failure to install and maintain perimeter control, failure to cover and secure and label floor openings, failing to ensure that ladders and scaffolds are used safely, and provision of improper “man lifts” or personnel boxes, among other negligent acts and omissions.
“Struck-By” Hazard Injuries And Deaths
Struck-by hazards can involve heavy equipment, like bulldozers, cranes, backhoes, standard forklifts, telescopic or boom forklifts and other heavy equipment.
Personnel can be struck by the equipment itself or by materials that have been improperly secured to, or loaded on, the equipment.
Falling materials that have been improperly stacked or braced can also cause serious hazards to personnel handling those materials or located beneath or beside those materials.
Failure to use “tag lines” and flagmen when moving large objects, such as concrete pipes, I-beams, and other materials can also create serious hazards, causing personal injuries and death.
“Caught In Between” Hazard Injuries And Deaths
Deaths and serious injuries can occur because of a trench collapse. If the trench is improperly sloped, shored, benched, or shielded, a collapse of the trench can occur, causing blunt trauma, crush injuries, suffocation, orthopedic injuries, and death.
Electrocution Injuries And Deaths
Failure to locate and identify power utilities before starting work and working or operating equipment around live power lines can cause serious electrocution injuries or electrocution deaths. Failure to de-energize lines, enforce safe distance requirements or ground or insulate equipment can cause serious electrical burns, other personal injuries, and death.
Other common construction hazards include chemical exposure, confined space suffocation and death, unguarded presses, saws, mills, conveyors and other machines, and fire hazards associated with heat, vapors, and combustibles.
Death, brain injuries, spinal cord injuries, orthopedic injuries, de-gloving injuries, burns, amputations, and crush-injuries are relatively common construction site injuries.
Other than those leading causes of construction deaths, the following are also common causes of construction injuries:
- Collapsed scaffolding
- Failure to use appropriate protective gear
- Improper or inadequate training
- Motor vehicle accidents
- Exposure to hazardous material or chemicals
- Exposure to loud sounds
- Repetitive motions
What Are The Most Common Construction Site Injuries?
There are many types of injuries that can occur as a result of construction site incidents. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, we regularly help clients who have sustained the following:
- Broken or dislocated bones
- Severe lacerations or puncture wounds
- Open head wounds
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Severe sprains or strains
- Neck and back injuries
Our team also recognizes that many construction site injuries are not immediately apparent. In many cases, workplace injuries or illnesses occur after longer periods of exposure to hazardous conditions. This can include repetitive motion injuries, occupational cancers, chronic respiratory illnesses, and more.
How Much Compensation Is Available For A Construction Injury?
Understanding how much compensation is available after a construction site accident can be complicated. In most cases, these cases will be filed as workers’ compensation claims, which is an injured worker’s remedy for obtaining compensation from their employer after an on the job injury. In these cases, the compensation available will generally revolve around:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the injury
- A portion of lost wages and benefits
- Possible temporary or permanent disability coverage
However, if the injury was the result of the negligence of a party other than your employer, you may be able to recover additional compensation through a personal injury claim against that party (i.e. subcontractor, manufacturer of a defective product, etc.). In these cases, you may be entitled to significantly more compensation, including pain and suffering damages.
How Long Do You Have To File A Construction Injury Claim?
There are various time limits in place that dictate how long an injured worker has to file a claim in Houston. An injured worker is required to report their injury to the employer within 30 days of the injury occurring. Under Texas law, the injured worker then has one year from the date of the injury to file a workers’ compensation claim.
In the event that a personal injury lawsuit is necessary, the statute of limitations for these claims is two years from the date the injury occurred.
Speak To An Attorney As Soon As Possible
If you or somebody you love has been injured due to a construction site accident, you may need to seek legal assistance in order to recover full compensation for your claim. At Padilla & Rodriguez, LLP, our qualified and experienced team is ready to thoroughly investigate your claim in order to help you secure full compensation. We understand Texas workers’ compensation laws, and we are ready to file claims against any negligent third party. When you need a Houston construction injury attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation of your case by clicking here or calling (713) 574-4600.