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The Severity of Construction Site Accidents

By The Law Office of WT Johnson on March 7, 2014

Though today’s construction sites are a lot safer than they used to be, construction sites are extremely dangerous places to be. Construction has forever been and still is considered to be one of the most dangerous jobs in America. Construction site accidents can result in serious injuries or even death.

Injuries on a construction site typically lead to a loss of work for thirty or more days for recovery. Some accidents may even be so serious that the worker can no longer work in construction anymore, and ruin their career. This is due to the fact that construction is a job that requires intensive manual labor that takes the entire body to perform. If your body is not in tip-top shape, you may be unable to perform the necessary tasks required of a construction worker. The loss of income associated with construction injuries combined with the cost of medical/doctor bills can add up and truly affect a person’s life and the life of their family.

3 Common Causes of Construction Accidents

Common Types of Construction Accidents

  • serious falls

  • misuse of construction equipment

  • falling objects

  • electrocution

  • other construction negligence

If a construction worker is killed on site, the family may be entitled to compensation. Several people, including: the employer of the construction worker, the property owner, the project manager, equipment manufacturers, or insurance companies, could all be held accountable for the death and the repercussions that will come after it. These individuals, or organizations may he held responsible for:

  • workers being exposed to toxic fumes

  • unsafe construction techniques

  • unsafe working conditions

  • fire

  • explosion

  • failure to provide adequate safety equipment for workers

  • safety shortcuts prompted by employer demand

  • negligent management

  • possibly other construction negligence situations

Though construction site accidents are extremely serious, lawsuits for this particular type of accident can be difficult due to the laws surrounding this area being so complex. It is best to hire an experienced attorney for cases like this.

Why These Cases Are Difficult

Unfortunately, these cases are not easy to win. Construction companies have figured out how to manipulate the system. They do this by having multiple contractor and subcontractors working together on a single construction project. By doing so, construction companies think they can keep themselves from having any liability by using these contractors instead of employees.

Construction accidents in Texas can be sorted into two categories: work site injuries that are covered by workers’ compensation and work site injuries that are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Your rights on a construction site will differ depending on the status of your employer. This will also help you determine what type of lawyer you need in a case involving a construction accident or death as well as whether or not there is a compensation cap.

If you or a loved one has suffered from a work-site injury or died on a construction site, you need to contact an attorney today. The Law Offices of W.T. Johnson have experienced lawyers that have dealt with construction site accidents before, and are here to help. Contact our office today toll-free at (800) 738-4046.

 

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