Construction sites pose many dangers to those who work on them. If you were injured in a construction accident, you must take steps to protect your rights. You may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim. This depends on the circumstances surrounding your situation, though. A construction accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can handle every aspect of your Lubbock case.
You are not allowed to sue your employer for the cost of your incurred expenses. However, you still have options when it comes to pursuing compensation. To start a free case review, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today.
Options for Financial Recovery After a Construction Accident
If you are a construction worker who was injured on the job, you must first turn to available workers’ compensation benefits. According to the Texas Workforce Commission, workers’ compensation in Texas operates on a no-fault insurance system. This provides medical and financial benefits to workers who are injured on the job.
If your employer has workers’ compensation insurance, you do not have to prove negligence to get benefits. With workers’ compensation alone, you could have your medical expenses paid for. Additionally, you may receive partial wage replacement for the time you missed from work due to your injury.
However, Texas is one of the few states that does not require employers to provide workers’ compensation benefits. If this is a reality in your case, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim against a third party. We can help you seek compensation for several forms of losses, if you are eligible.
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Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
As we mentioned before, you usually cannot sue your employer for the costs arising from a construction site injury. However, you still have financial recovery options. If your employer does not offer workers’ compensation, you could file a personal injury claim.
For example, if you were hit by a driver in a construction zone, you may be able to file a lawsuit against them.
You would have to prove that:
- The liable party had a duty of care to not cause harm to others.
- The liable party violated their duty of care.
- The liable party caused an accident in which you were injured.
- You were injured and suffered financial losses, as a result of the liable party’s negligent actions.
Under Texas Civil Practices and Remedies Code §16.003, you usually have two years from the date of your injury to take your case to court. If you are able to settle with the negligent party through insurance, you may not have to take this route.
A construction accident lawyer from our team can review the details of your Lubbock case and determine what course of action suits your legal interests.
Recoverable Damages in a Third-Party Injury Case
If you are eligible to file suit against a negligent third party, you could recover compensation above and beyond what is available through workers’ compensation benefits.
You could seek a recovery for:
- Medical bills, including emergency care, surgeries, hospitalization, medication, physical therapy, visits to a specialist, and more
- Lost wages, reflecting paychecks you already missed due to your injuries
- Future loss of earning capacity, reflecting the future impacts to your ability to earn income
- Pain and suffering, including your physical pain and other hardships
- And more
We can help you understand what damages may be available in your case.
How a Lawyer From Our Team Can Help
When you work with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, your legal team will undertake many responsibilities on your behalf. Our goal is to help you recover the cost of your damages following a construction accident. This could be through a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim.
Our team can handle many aspects of the claims process, including:
- Investigating the underlying causes of your accident
- Identifying each responsible party based on evidence
- Researching the law to determine the negligent party’s legal duties
- Reviewing records that show a history of previous workplace accidents or safety violations
- Interviewing witnesses who observed the accident
- Collecting documentation and other evidence to establish how the accident was caused
- Communicating with insurance companies on your behalf
- Taking your case to court, if necessary
What we will do for you rests on the details of your situation. We encourage you to reach out to Loncar Lyon Jenkins today for more information.
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Why Choose Loncar Lyon Jenkins?
When you choose to work with the Strong Arm, you work with a team that helps thousands of injury victims in Texas every year. We will use our experience with personal injury to seek the best possible results for you.
We will also:
Come to You If You Can’t Come to Us
We know some injury victims are not well enough to travel. We will travel to any city or town in Texas to help you get started on a case.
Prepare Every Case for Trial
In many situations, we can reach a satisfactory settlement through negotiation. However, we will prepare your case for trial to signal our intention to seek full, fair compensation for you.
Work Based on Contingency Fees
We don’t ask any upfront fees in order to get started on your case. We only get paid if we secure a settlement or award for you.
Serve You From Our Office in Lubbock
While we can meet you elsewhere in Texas, we are also available to help injury victims from our Lubbock office.
Dangers on Construction Sites
The construction industry has some of the most dangerous job sites. Information from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reports serious details. In 2019, out of the 608 fatal workplace accidents in Texas, 123 happened on a construction site. This statistic reveals that more than one out of every six worker deaths happened in construction.
The following were some of the most frequently cited safety issues on construction sites in 2020, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- Fall hazards. Construction workers must often work at heights, on top of roofs, or on scaffolds, making dangerous falls more likely. Fall safety protection may be lacking on some job sites.
- Machinery dangers. Equipment may be improperly guarded or otherwise malfunction.
- Hazardous energy. Construction workers often work near live wires or may be exposed to energy hazards.
- Lack of eye and face protection. A worker may be exposed to dangerous debris without the proper safety gear for their eyes and face.
These examples represent some of the leading safety hazards on construction sites. However, there are other hazards beyond the ones we have included here. You may have been injured in a cause that we have not listed above.
Either way, a construction accident lawyer from our team may be able to help you. If your Lubbock accident was caused by a negligent party on a work site, we will gather evidence. Our team will help you prove negligence and seek fair compensation.
Call in the Strong Arm to get Started on Your Claim
If you were injured in a construction accident and would like to learn more about your legal options, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today. We can review the circumstances surrounding your claim and the legal options available to you.
Call us today at (877) 239-4878 to get started.