Texas Construction Injury Accidents on the Rise
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While working in the construction industry can be relatively lucrative, it can also expose employees to a significant risk of bodily injury. According to statistics published by United States Department of Labor, construction is the most dangerous industry in which a person can work. As we discussed in a recent blog post, the Texas construction market is among the fastest growing in the country, which has led to an increase in the number of construction accidents that occur within the state. Fortunately for people are injured in construction accidents, Texas law sometimes allows victims of negligence or on-the-job accidents to recover by filing a personal injury lawsuit. In addition, families of victims who are fatally injured in construction accidents may also be able to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the party or parties who are responsible. The best way to determine whether you have a claim is to consult with an experienced personal injury lawyer as soon as possible after an accident. These kinds of claims are subject to a strict statute of limitations, so any delay may jeopardize your chance to recover.
There are many different reasons a construction accident may occur, and the injuries that people suffer can be just as varied. If your employer subscribes to Texas’ worker’s compensation program, you may be able to file a claim with the Texas Department of Insurance. If your employer does not participate in the worker’s compensation program, you may be able to sue your employer for damages, depending on the circumstances. Because of the inherent dangers that can be present at construction sites, the industry is highly regulated by the Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA). According to information published at their website, the 10 most common categories of standards most often resulting in the agency issuing a citation include the following:
When contractors and sub-contractors fail to comply with OSHA regulations, it may be sufficient to establish legal liability in the event of an injury-causing or fatal accident. Some of the more common injuries that people can sustain at construction sites include the following:
If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, you may eligible to receive significant compensation. The potential damages available in a construction site accident case include compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, lost income, or loss of quality of life, as well as others. Look for an attorney that has a strong track record helping clients recover the maximum possible amount for their injuries, and who treats clients with respect.
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