Construction accidents often injure others in addition to construction workers. Such accidents can happen to people working on a building project, visitors to the site or those just passing by. Each of these people is entitled to compensation if their injuries are a result of the work being done.
Construction accidents can involve scaffolding or cranes, electrical shocks, explosions, open trenches, improper netting, or frayed support ropes. They can be caused by welders, concrete pourers, demolition crews, or steel-beam installers. Texas law does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance. As a result, construction accidents in this state fall into two categories – those that are covered by workers’ compensation insurance and those that are not. Even employers who do not carry this insurance have a responsibility to keep workers and the public safe in and around their businesses and worksites.
In some cases, parties other than the immediate employer may be held responsible. This could be the architects, general contractors, subcontractors, engineers, equipment manufacturers, or the owners of the building site.
If a particular job site or responsible party has had repeat violations, or the situation is deemed to be putting people at grave risk, then additional damages may be awarded. Irresponsible employers may also be shut down or required to clean up the situation.
If you are involved in a construction or work-related accident, then you must report your injury to your employer within 30 days from the date it happened if you are covered by workers’ compensation insurance. If you miss this deadline, then you may lose your right to obtain benefits.
Once you ask us to represent you, we will conduct a thorough investigation to determine the cause of the accident and appropriate compensation amounts; negotiate with the responsible parties and/or insurance companies; and represent you in court. We will take the stress off of you, so you can recover from your injury and get on with your life.