Receive Compensation for Injuries Sustained in Construction Accidents
Construction workers are often exposed to many on-site hazards, including dangerous tools, heavy machinery, falling objects, and open pits. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C. in Arlington, TX can fight for compensation to help you get through this distressing time.
Common Types of Construction Accidents
Working in construction is one of the most dangerous occupations. Every year, workers face numerous threats on the job site, including personal injury. The most common types of construction accidents include:
- Vehicular Injuries: Tractor-trailers, bulldozers, excavators, and other heavy machinery are commonplace on a construction site. If a negligent or inexperienced driver is behind the wheel, it can lead to collisions, injuries, and even death.
- High-Level Falls: Many construction workers must climb to high distances at some point in execution of their job duties. Poorly maintained ladders, lifts, platforms, and scaffolds can cause falls with devastating and catastrophic results.
- Flammable Materials: Gasoline, building materials, and gas lines are all present at a construction site. It is the property owner’s responsibility to make sure these items are properly stored at all times.
- Heavy Objects: Bricks, beams, tools, and debris can cause serious injury or death when falling from a high altitude.
- Electrocution: Most construction workers are required to handle electrical equipment while on the job. If the equipment has not been properly inspected, it can result in severe burns or fatalities.
- Slips and Falls: Common in construction sites and offices alike, slips and falls can occur in any work environment. However, when this type of injury happens on a construction site, the result can be catastrophic.
At the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C., our attorneys have been specially trained and board-certified in Personal Injury Law.
Proving Liability in a Construction Accident Lawsuit
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), construction workers are entitled to a reasonably safe working environment and must receive sufficient warning of any inherent hazards. It is the responsibility of both the general contractors and the sub-contractors to make sure this information is readily available and that the proper protocol is being followed. In some cases, engineers and architects may also be required to observe and oversee working conditions.
Determining who is responsible for a construction site accident is largely dependent on the degree of control they have over the job. In a third-party lawsuit, negligent parties may include the site owner, the general contractor, the sub-contractor, or the equipment manufacturer, particularly if faulty machinery or gear is involved.
What to Do if You Have Been Injured in a Construction Accident
If you are the victim in a construction site accident, there are a few things you can do to support your claim and protect yourself. We recommend that you:
- Seek Medical Care: It is extremely important to seek medical care immediately. Aside from addressing your physical health issues, you will increase your chances of receiving compensation for your pain and suffering, medical expenses, and lost wages.
- Report the Injury to Your Supervisor: Immediately inform all necessary parties, and document their names, positions, and contact information.
- Gather the Contact Information of Any Witnesses: Eyewitness accounts can be quite helpful in an injury case. If coworkers or bystanders witness the accident, gather their contact information immediately.
- Preserve Evidence if Possible: Following a construction accident, it is a good idea to gather as much evidence as possible. Faulty equipment should be kept if feasible. If not, photograph the scene of the accident along with any relevant machinery.
- Contact an Injury Law Attorney: It is important to meet with a lawyer as soon as possible following the accident. At our law practice, we can help alleviate your stress and negotiate for you.
Specialized Experience in Injury Law
At the Law Firm of Roger 'Rocky' Walton, P.C., our attorneys have been specially trained and board-certified in Personal Injury Law. Hiring a firm with this type of specialization can give victims a definitive advantage.
Contact Us Today
If you or someone in your family has been involved in a construction accident, our lawyers can help you recover your losses and regain your quality of life. To schedule a consultation, call our office at (817) 429-4299 or contact us online.