With the constantly changing environment of a construction zone, you can easily sustain a construction injury such as falling and injuring yourself. One second there could be a completely flat area, and the next second it could be dug up. Similarly, as workers construct different elements of the building, many objects or debris could fall and hit you.
Wiring a building for electricity can lead to electrocution problems and fires, if not completed properly. And finally, the equipment can malfunction or cause injury if not used in the correct way. If you are in a construction accident, it is important to talk with a construction injury attorney about your options.
Construction jobs are some of the most physically demanding and hazardous jobs in the United States. In the state of Texas alone, 123 construction workers were fatally injured on the job; while over 11,000 construction workers were injured on the job. Construction injuries are not something to be taken lightly and they can wreak havoc on your financial and physical health. If you have suffered a construction injury, it is important that you hire a construction injury lawyer to review your case. The attorneys at Paxton Law are ready to do just that!
Construction zones present a large array of ways in which you can hurt yourself. The most common types of accidents that lead to a construction injury include:
Workplace injuries are typically caused by accidents that are a hazard to the job. This can include:
Faulty equipment can malfunction and cause injury. Similarly, an operator of the machinery may not take proper precautions and become stuck or injured by the machine. In addition, a lack of safety protocol can lead to injuries.
For example, if hard hats are not required in the construction zone, a person could suffer a head injury if they are struck by falling debris. In contrast, if proper safety protocol is in place, but it is not followed (i.e. hard hats are required but a worker does not wear one), this can also lead to injury. In general, construction zones are hazardous in nature, and accidents are bound to happen. Some accidents may be minor (such as hitting your finger with a hammer) while others can be much more dangerous (i.e. not watching where your finger is when using a circular saw).
Construction site injuries in Texas offer a unique difficulty. Depending on the situation, circumstances, and injury, you may look to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, a wrongful death claim, or a personal injury lawsuit. Hiring a lawyer can help you determine the best course of action for your specific needs. They will be able to help you understand the claims process, or help you file a lawsuit against the proper entity.
Worker’s compensation insurance is bought by the employer and is designed to compensate workers who have been injured while on the job. This protects the employer from a lawsuit and protects the employee from financial hardship. In the state of Texas, however, employers are not required to have workers’ compensation insurance. This can leave the employee in a difficult situation if they are injured on the job.
If you are injured on the job and your company does have workers’ compensation insurance you can receive compensation by doing the following:
If your claim is denied due to insufficient information about the accident, or the insurance believes the accident was not work-related, you can appeal the decision. In order to appeal the decision and be properly compensated, it is a good idea to hire an attorney.
If your employer chooses not to purchase worker’s compensation insurance, they are considered a nonsubscriber. In order to be compensated by a nonsubscriber, you will need to hire an attorney to file a personal injury case against them. Nonsubscribers don’t want to pay for your injury, so they will attempt to build a case against you and discredit your story. In these instances, it is important you have as much documentation and evidence to support your story. An experienced workplace injury lawyer can help you compile this evidence and build your case.
In some cases, a personal injury lawsuit is needed to receive compensation for your injury. As a contract employee, you are subject to even more technicalities and problems as a worker. In these cases, it is best to pursue a personal injury lawsuit against a third party. These cases are even more complex, and a professional construction injury attorney is absolutely necessary.
With so many moving parts and complicated laws, getting compensated for your construction injury can be an even worse pain than the injury itself. Don’t let the big corporations get away with it. Let the experienced attorneys at Paxton Law help you. Over the past 20 years, we have successfully represented thousands of people who were injured at their workplace and helped them receive reparations. Contact us today for your free consultation! Call us at (281) 978-2244 or visit our website at paxtonlaw.com!
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