Construction sites pose many dangers to those who work on them. If you were injured in a construction accident, it is important that you take steps to protect your rights. You may be eligible to file a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim, depending on the circumstances surrounding your situation. A Lubbock construction accident lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can assist you with many different aspects surrounding your claim.
While you are not allowed to sue your lawyer for the cost of your incurred expenses, you still have options when it comes to pursuing compensation. To start a free case review, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777.
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 that in 2018, out of the 488 fatal workplace accidents in Texas, 105 happened on a construction site. This statistic reveals that one out of every five worker deaths happened in the line of construction work.
The following four causes were responsible for the highest percentage of construction worker deaths in the private sector in 2018, according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA):
- Falls. Construction workers must often work at heights, on top of roofs, or on scaffolds, making dangerous falls more likely. Falls accounted for 33.5% of construction worker deaths in 2018.
- Struck by an object. Tools, construction materials, and debris from a higher level may impact a worker below. These incidents accounted for 11.1% of construction worker deaths in 2018.
- Electrocutions. Construction workers often work near live wires and may be exposed to workplace hazards involving electricity. Electrocutions caused 8.5% of construction worker deaths in 2018.
- Caught-in/between. Caught-in between accidents involve events in which a construction worker was killed when they were caught-in equipment or crushed by them. This category includes incidences in which workers were crushed by a collapsing structure, equipment, or material. This set of accidents was responsible for 5.5% of construction worker deaths in 2018.
While these incidents represent the leading
causes of construction injuries, there are other hazards to the ones we have included here. You may have been injured in a cause that we have not listed above. Either way, a Lubbock construction accident lawyer can still help you.
For a free legal consultation with a construction accidents lawyer serving Lubbock, call 800-777-7777
Options for Financial Recovery
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 that 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 may be able to have your medical expenses stemming from your workplace injury 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.
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim
As we mentioned before, you usually cannot sue your employer for the costs arising from an injury that happened on a construction site. However, you still have financial recovery options. If your employer does not offer workers’ compensation, you could file a personal injury claim against a negligent party.
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, for whatever reason.
- The liable party caused an accident in which you were injured.
- As a result of the liable party’s negligent actions, you were injured and suffered financial losses.
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 an insurance settlement, you may not have to take this route. Your Lubbock construction accident lawyer can review the details of your case and determine what course of action suits your legal interests.
To begin a free case review, call Loncar Lyon Jenkins today at 800-777-7777.
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How a Lawyer Can Help
When you work with Loncar Lyon Jenkins, your legal team will undertake many responsibilities on your behalf. Their goal is to help you recover the cost of your damages following a construction accident, whether through a workers’ compensation or personal injury claim.
Your legal 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 your lawyer 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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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 800-777-7777 to get started.