Construction Accident FAQ
Q: Who Is Liable For My Construction Accident Injuries?
There are many potential parties liable for your injuries, and each case is different. Your employer might be liable due to their negligence. Your employer must ensure that your worksite is safe and follows the standards of care in the construction industry. Additionally, other workers or third parties may also be liable for your injuries. Furthermore, you may have a products liability lawsuit due to negligent construction of safety equipment such as safety barriers, harnesses, and the like.
Q: What Happens If The Construction Company I Worked For Does Not Carry Worker’s Compensation Insurance?
You still have a claim. While it is advisable for every employer to carry worker’s compensation insurance, only 40% of Texas construction companies are covered. You do not have to prove fault if worker’s compensation insurance covers you. On the other hand, you must prove the negligence of your employer if there is no protection in place. Your company will pay for your damages if you prove they are negligent.
Q: What Damages Can I Collect If I Prove My Employer Was Negligent?
You are entitled to damages for medical bills, lost wages, future earnings loss, pain and suffering, mental anguish, to name a few. The family of a construction worker killed in a construction accident can receive the same damages as well. Many factors figure into the amount of money you could receive as damages. Consult an experienced construction accident attorney to learn more.
Q: What Type Of Construction Accidents Do You Cover?
Many accidents can happen at a construction site. We have seen cases where workers suffered injuries from falls. These accident are very common. Workers not only fall from height, like when a ladder fails but falls into holes and other excavation sites. Also, we had seen injuries when construction worker suffered injuries when the hole or tunnel in which they worked collapsed on them. Additionally, we have represented construction accidents caused by negligent use of construction equipment, negligent use of or failure of safety equipment, fires, and building collapses to name a few.
Q: Why Do I Need An Attorney If OSHA Investigated The Accident?
You need an attorney for many reasons. First and foremost, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency charged with protecting workers on jobsites, but they do not represent workers. OSHA will investigate an accident to learn why the accident happened, how to prevent it from happening again, and punish the construction company by fines or suspensions of licenses if necessary. OSHA does not collect money on behalf of the injured construction worker. There is another compelling reason to hire an attorney even if OSHA is investigating: a violation of OSHA’s guidelines does not automatically make your employer negligent. In Texas, a violation of OSHA guidelines helps to prove that your employer was negligent but it is not conclusive proof.
Q: How Much Do I Find Out More Information?
Our Texas construction accident legal professionals are ready to help you 24/7. We have the skill, knowledge, and experience to help you win the compensation you and your family deserve. We understand that there are feelings of confusion, dismay, grief, and anger in the aftermath of a construction accident. Call Hermes E. Flores at 512-947-9103 for a free consultation today and learn how we will get you the compensation you deserve from your construction accident that occurred in Austin, Lake Travis, Lakeway, Bee Cave, Central Texas or anywhere else in Texas.