The construction industry has its fair share of dangers, and with many various workers cluttering into one job site, the risk of danger can certainly increase. On bigger job sites, there could be hundreds of subcontractors and suppliers working under one general contractor.
In fact, the El Paso area is continuing to see economic and housing growth with more construction jobs, which can result in more potential construction accidents. According to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), El Paso has the fifth-largest housing market area in Texas, and in March 2020, the country’s mining, logging, and construction industry saw a 17.6% economic growth, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS).
Injuries can take place in a variety of ways on construction job sites, and you may be wondering how to take legal action against a project owner or property owner when negligence causes your injuries. If you recently suffered a construction injury, contact Loncar Lyon Jenkins to see how an El Paso construction accident lawyer can help with your case. Our team of personal injury lawyers is prepared to investigate your claim and help you file a lawsuit.
For more information on your legal options, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins at 877-239-4878.
OSHA Statistics with Construction Accidents
In a 2015 Texas Tribune article, lead Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) administrator David Michaels said, “More construction workers in Texas die on the job than in any other state.”
This report came after three construction firms in the Houston area were fined roughly $800,000 due to federal regulations after the companies “put workers in tremendous danger” with poor safety standards.
OSHA also has its own rules and regulations governing the construction industry and has also named its “Fatal Four,” which detail the top four leading causes of fatalities in the construction industry. As of 2018, OSHA reported that 21.1% of all private industry fatalities, which totaled 1,008, were construction-related.
The “Fatal Four” for construction-related fatalities from OSHA includes:
- Struck by object
According to OSHA’s data, these “Fatal Four” injuries to construction workers in America tallied up to 58.6% of all construction worker deaths in 2018. OSHA also states that eliminating the “Fatal Four” fatalities in this industry would save the lives of 591 construction workers each year.
Furthermore, falls on construction jobs accounted for 33.5% of all construction deaths in 2018. Additionally, OSHA reports the workers that are struck by objects account for 11.1%, along with 8.5% for electrocutions and 5.5% for caught-in/between accidents.
If one of these types of “Fatal Four” construction accidents happened to you or a loved one recently in El Paso, you may be able to file a personal injury claim to earn compensation for your damages. An El Paso construction accident attorney may be able to help you prove that your construction accident was caused by unsafe working conditions. We can also help you if you suffered injuries in another way.
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Building an Injury Claim in El Paso
You might be able to recover compensation from workers’ compensation and from an injury claim. However, workers’ compensation coverage is voluntary for most employers in Texas. It also only covers a certain set of damages. If a third party caused or contributed to your accident, you can hold that party liable.
Parties Who Might Share Liability for Your Construction Accident
Any third party who contributed to your accident might be liable for your damages. These parties might include:
- Another contractor: If another contractor’s negligent behavior caused your injury, you can build a case against the contracting company.
- Property manager or owner: The property manager or owner owed all visitors or workers on their property a duty of care. If they failed to uphold that duty, they can be liable for any injuries that result.
- Manufacturer: If a defective part or tool led to your injuries, you can hold the manufacturer responsible for your injuries.
If your employer did not purchase workers’ compensation insurance, you may also be able to file a claim or lawsuit against them if their negligence caused your accident to occur.
Working with an El Paso Construction Accident Attorney
If you are able to file an injury claim against your employer or a third party, you may be entitled to damages. Some of your damages after a construction accident in El Paso may include, but are not limited to:
- Current and future medical bills
- Lost wages
- Limited earning capacity
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
Following your construction accident, you should always seek medical attention if you are hurt in any way. Once you have done so, you may be asked to speak with insurance companies about your accident and concerning any potential claims. Before doing so, consider enlisting the help of an El Paso construction accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins.
Our team of personal injury lawyers can walk you through the insurance process. To learn more about receiving compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim or lawsuit, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today.
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Begin Your Path to Compensation with Loncar Lyon Jenkins Today
After a construction accident, it is important that you receive the medical attention you need to make a full recovery. Once you do so, consider the legal support of a construction accident attorney from Loncar Lyon Jenkins. Our team of attorneys has represented more than 150,000 clients in the Lone Star State, and we are ready to hear from you next. Call our law firm today at 877-239-4878.
We handle cases on a contingency basis, so you owe us nothing up front. We also recover no attorney’s fees unless and until you obtain compensation.