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Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one out of every five workplace fatalities is a construction worker.

Because of the dangerous nature of the job, injuries are oftentimes serious and life-threatening.

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Negligence at Construction Sites Leads to Catastrophic Injuries and Death

When employers fail to follow worker safety regulations and implement proper safety programs, construction workers are put in danger. Thousands of workers in the construction industry suffer from serious on the job injuries due to the negligence of construction companies. Many workers that have suffered life-changing injuries could be living normal lives if employers put their safety and well-being before profit. At Thomas J. Henry, our job injury lawyers are dedicated to achieving the compensation injured workers deserve.

The immediate aftermath of a construction injury can be overwhelming. You have likely just sustained a serious injury along with severe pain and uncertainty. Your employer and insurance companies may approach you and attempt to have you sign your rights away as an injured worker. It is important that you know your rights and that those rights are protected. By hiring the experienced work injury attorneys at Thomas J. Henry, you are ensured that your case is handled properly and efficiently and that your best interests are secure. Allow us to handle the hassles and legal processes while you focus on healing.

By following these simple steps, you can put yourself in a better position to achieve the compensation you deserve for your injuries. Remember, Thomas J. Henry Injury Attorneys are available 24/7, nights and weekends to take your call and evaluate your construction accident.

  1. Seek medical attention immediately
  2. File a report with your employer as soon as possible and receive copies of all documentation
  3. If possible, take photographs of the work site and any tools or equipment involved in the accident
  4. Collect names and contact information of witnesses to the accident, including coworkers and bystanders
  5. Document any changes in your health due to the construction accident as well as any visits with a doctor
  6. Contact an experienced construction injury attorney

As is the case in most personal injury cases, construction accident lawsuits benefit from starting the legal process as soon as possible. Our work injury lawyers will take immediate action on your case and start collecting and preserving evidence, researching case law, and determining which expert witnesses to utilize on your behalf

Furthermore, our experienced construction accident lawyers will begin investigating into whether a third party was involved in your accident. If negligence or misconduct from a third party (such as a contractor, architect, engineer, or equipment manufacturers) lead to your injury, a lawsuit may be filed to recover damages in addition to a worker’s compensation claim with the employer.

Common Causes of Construction Accidents

The “Fatal Four” causes of construction accidents — falls, struck by an object, electrocutions, and caught-in/between — accounted for 64.2 percent of all construction industry deaths in 2015. Eliminating the “Fatal Four” would save approximately 602 workers’ lives every year.

Falls

The leading cause of fatalities in the construction industry, falls claim the lives of 362 workers on average each year. Hazards that cause the most fall-related injuries and deaths include:

  • Unprotected sides, wall openings, and floor holes – Many work sites have unprotected sides, edges, and uncovered holes in the floor and wall at some point during construction. Unprotected openings can cause injuries due to falls and falling objects.
  • Improper scaffold construction – When heavy equipment and building materials are present on a scaffold with limited space, falls can occur. Without properly installed guardrail systems or the use of fall protection, serious injuries and death can be a result of a fall.
  • Unguarded exposed steel rebars – Protruding steel reinforcing bars are extremely hazardous. Stumbling onto an unprotected/unguarded steel rebar can cause impalement, serious injuries, and death.
  • Misuse of portable ladders – Ladders that are positioned improperly create a big fall risk. If a ladder is on uneven ground, is unsteady, or defective, falls can cause injuries or death.

Struck-by

These injuries can be caused by vehicles, falling objects, or in the process of building walls. In 2015, 83 construction workers were killed after being struck by a non-vehicle object.

  • Vehicles – Approximately 75 percent of struck-by fatalities involve heavy equipment such as trucks or cranes
  • Falling or flying objects – Objects can fall from construction machinery, scaffolding, or anywhere that overhead work is happening.
  • Falling masonry walls – Most incidents occur when jacks or lifting equipment are used to position slabs and walls, or when shoring is required until structures can support themselves

Electrocutions

In 2015, there were 81 electrocution deaths in the construction industry. Electrocutions can be caused by several different accidents, including:

  • Contact with power lines – Fatal electrocution is the main risk, but burns and falls from elevations are also hazards.
  • Issues with ground-fault protection – This can cause electrical burns, explosions, fire, or death.
  • Improper use of equipment
  • Human error can cause severe injury or death.

Caught in-between (Trenching)

In 2015, 67 deaths in the construction industry were a result of a caught-in or caught-between, trenching, or excavation injury. Lack of oxygen or exposure to harmful chemicals can be deadly in some instances. Causes of these injuries include:

  • No protective system
  • Failure to inspect trench and protective systems
  • Unsafe spoil-pile placement
  • Unsafe access/egress

Expert Witnesses to Assist with Your Construction Injury Lawsuit

At Thomas J. Henry, we employ an array of experts to provide expert reports and testimony in every construction injury case. Finding the right expert for your unique situation can prove to be crucial in achieving a positive result. Expert witnesses provide expertise and specialized knowledge that an average person may not have.

We have spent years finding the best expert witnesses from across the country to employ on our clients’ behalf. Each witness undergoes a thorough examination and questioning process before ever taking part in any aspect of a case. In a construction accident lawsuit, we may employ the services of the following experts:

  • Workplace safety compliance experts
  • Industrial accident reconstruction experts
  • Premises maintenance experts
  • OSHA consultants
  • Safety equipment experts
  • Ladder experts
  • Occupational and environmental health experts
  • Hazardous chemicals experts
  • Process safety management experts
  • Physicians, psychical therapists, and other healthcare professionals
  • Fire and explosion investigators

Expert witnesses can provide detailed information regarding your construction site injury. Our construction job injury lawyers are always looking for intuitive ways to use experts in construction accident cases.

Contact an Experienced Construction Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one sustained a serious injury in a construction accident, contact Thomas J. Henry. Accidents that occur on construction sites can cause severe, life-altering injuries, causing physical, emotional, and financial pain. Our experienced construction injury attorneys work diligently to make sure our clients are comfortable and informed throughout the entire process. At Thomas J. Henry, we have a record of achieving real results for our clients.

Let us assist you with your construction accident injury. Our firm has offices in Corpus Christi, San Antonio, and Austin, serving clients across Texas and nationwide. Call us today for a free case review.

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Your Construction Accident Questions Answered

We have straight answers to difficult questions to help you make critical decisions, navigate legal process and help you get justice.

Following a construction accident, there are always more questions than answers. At Thomas J. Henry, we’re here to answer any questions you have about your injury case.

Texas is unique in that employers are allowed to opt-out of offering workers’ compensation; however, a caveat is that if an employer who does not offer workers’ compensation is determined to be even 1% at fault for an employee’s injuries, they are liable for any and all resulting damages.

Workers’ compensation is a benefit offered by some employers which helps pay for hospital and medical expenses associated with an injury that was sustained on the job. Workers’ compensation may also provide disability payments if you are unable to work following your injury.

While workers’ compensation does cover most injuries, even those caused by the employee’s negligence, it is important to note that there are exclusions. For example, injuries that occur while an employee is intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Other instances in which workers’ compensation may not imply include:

  • Self-inflicted injuries
  • Injuries suffered while an employee is committing a crime
  • Injuries sustained by an employee while not on a job
  • Injuries suffered by an employee acting in a manner that violates company policy

Employers often benefit from offering workers’ compensation because it preempts them from being held liable for most on the job injuries. As such, a worker who receives workers’ compensation cannot sue their employer for the injuries they suffered in the workplace.

If you are injured on the job and your employer does not offer workers’ compensation, contact a personal injury attorney immediately.

State law says that any employer who fails to provide workers’ compensation can be held liable for all damages sustained by the employee even if they are only determined to be 1% responsible for causing that employee’s injuries.

Most employers who have opted out of providing workers’ compensation understand this law. Because of that, they may scramble to offer something like workers’ compensation to mitigate their liability. Do not be fooled into signing your rights away. You have no obligation to accept their offer or to see a company-selected doctor, and any offer that comes from such an employer after an injury occurs will be well below what they are actually liable for.

Generally, a construction site will have several different contractors and employers on-site at any given time. Because of this, it can sometimes be difficult to determine who is liable for your injuries. This is why it is a good idea to get in contact with an experienced construction accident attorney. Not only can an attorney help identify all the entities responsible for your accident and injuries, but they can also help you recover compensation from the entities even if your employer has already begun paying out workers’ compensation.

Some instances in which liability may go beyond your employer are:

  • A commercial vehicle operator striking scaffolding, causing fall injuries.
  • Electrocution that occurred at an apartment complex with poorly maintained wires.
  • Injuries caused by a construction worker being exposed to asbestos at a job site.
  • Injuries caused by a defective piece of machinery or equipment.
  • Injuries caused by a co-worker who acted negligently while under the influence of a narcotic or alcohol.

If you have been injured in a workplace accident, there are a few things you can do to help secure workplace compensation as well as strengthen any claim to additional recoveries you may have.

Seek medical attention. First and foremost, you should seek treatment for your injuries. Understanding the extent of your injuries is not only important to make a full recovery, but will also help you gauge how much that recovery is going to cost you. If you do not feel completely comfortable with the company doctor, go to your own physician for a second opinion.

Report your injury. Workplace injuries need to be reported in a timely manner. Also, keep your supervisor or manager up-to-date on any subsequent developments. If your doctor has diagnosed an injury that was not immediately evident at the time of your initial report, let your supervisor know.

Get a written report of the accident. Your employer must take a report of the accident. You are entitled to a copy as well. Do not let your employer deny you a physical copy of your report for your own records.

Identify witnesses. If someone witnessed your accident, get their information. You may need to refer back to their account of the incident later.

Take photos. Take photos of the area, including any tools or equipment that may have played a role in the accident.

Write an account. You will likely be asked to make statements about your claim multiple times. Having a detailed account that was written while the accident was still fresh in your mind can help keep your statements concise and accurate.

Contact an attorney. Even if you plan on going through workers’ compensation, contacting an experienced attorney can help ensure you are receiving a fair amount. Thomas J. Henry offers free consultations to all injured victims. Our attorneys are available 24/7 – seven days a week.

While workers’ compensation does cover most injuries, even those caused by the employee’s negligence, it is important to note that there are exclusions. For example, injuries that occur while an employee is intoxicated or under the influence of illegal drugs are not covered by workers’ compensation.

Other instances in which workers’ compensation may not imply include:

  • Self-inflicted injuries
  • Injuries suffered while an employee is committing a crime
  • Injuries sustained by an employee while not on a job
  • Injuries suffered by an employee acting in a manner that violates company policy

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Net to Client: $22.2 Million

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Net to Client: $6.7 Million

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