Construction Sites Pose A High Risk Of Injury
Construction sites present numerous hazards and can prove incredibly dangerous when safety protocols are not met. Even the most responsible workers can sustain serious and often life-threatening injuries, including burns, amputations and paralysis. These accidents can be caused by falling objects, building collapses and equipment failure, as well as negligence on the part of an employer or manufacturer.
If you or your loved one has been injured on a construction site, contact our firm today to discuss your legal options. Construction accident lawyer Shane R. Kadlec in Houston, Texas, has successfully secured significant compensation for work injury victims, and he is ready to go to trial to collect the damages you deserve.
Why Are Construction Sites Dangerous?
By nature, construction sites are dangerous places to work, and even the most safety-conscious workers are vulnerable to injury. Scaffolds and structures can collapse, explosions can occur, machines can fail, cranes can tip over, and chemicals can spill. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one in five workers killed in 2015 were in construction.
Causes of Construction Accidents
The most common causes included:
- Strikes by objects
- Getting caught in-between compressed objects or equipment
The OSHA has termed these accidents the “fatal four.” If eliminated, over 600 American lives could be saved each year.
How Do They Happen?
Unfortunately, many of these accidents are the result of someone else’s negligence, whether that be:
- Lack of training
- Poor signage
- Poor supervision
In these situations, we will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure all responsible parties are held accountable.
Mr. Kadlec has successfully secured significant compensation for work injury victims, and he is ready to go to trial to collect the damages you deserve.
Common Injuries Suffered
Construction accidents can cause serious and often permanent injuries, including:
- Amputation of limbs, fingers and toes
- Broken bones
- Loss of vision
- Loss of hearing
- Paralysis or spinal cord injuries
- Toxic exposure to chemicals
- Post-traumatic stress
Often, these injuries require ongoing medical care, including surgery and physical therapy, home modifications and at-home services, resulting in a significant financial burden on victims and their families.
Damages Awarded To Victims
Construction accident litigation can be complex because multiple parties can be held responsible in an accident. Liable entities include:
Employers must take all reasonable measures to provide a safe working environment for their employees. Should they fail to do so, they can be held liable for an injury.
If there is a dangerous condition on the property and the owner fails to address it, they can be held legally responsible for any injuries that occur.
If a defective machine or tool was directly responsible for an accident, the manufacturer can be found liable.
Regardless of who is at fault, you could receive restitution in the form of lost wages, lost earning potential, past and future medical expenses, and pain and suffering.
Requirements For Employers
Employers are required to purchase workers’ compensation insurance to cover work-related injuries and illnesses. If you wish to collect workers’ compensation, there are several steps involved:
- You should report an accident to your employer in writing using DWC Form-041. This must be completed within 30 working days of the accident.
- Your employer will report the injury to the insurance company within eight days.
- After evaluating your claim, the insurance company will either pay or deny it. Claims can be denied if the insurer concludes there is insufficient information regarding the accident, or the accident was not work related.
- If your claim is denied, you have the right to appeal.
Filing Personal Injury Claims
In addition to workers’ compensation, we can also pursue a personal injury claim, which enables us to establish fault. This, in turn, offers more opportunities for reparations, which extend beyond economic compensation to include damages such as pain and suffering.
Contact Us To Protect Your Rights
Construction accidents can result in long-term physical, financial and emotional suffering. Personal injury attorney Shane Kadlec can alleviate your financial burden and assist you on your road to recovery.
For your benefit, he works on a contingency basis, meaning he will not collect attorney’s fees until he has secured compensation on your behalf. To learn how Mr. Kadlec can help you, schedule a consultation online today or call 281-643-2000.