Texas is a place of growth. From new homes to commercial high rises to roads, bridges, highways, and tunnels, Houston alone employs thousands of electricians, carpenters, ironworkers, laborers, masons, painters, sheet metal workers, and plumbers working to support themselves and their families in jobs that are essential to the growth and success of Houston and Texas as a whole.
Despite how important the construction industry is, it is also one of the most dangerous industries in which to work.
In fact, more than 20 percent of occupational fatalities each year are in construction, although the industry only employs roughly eight percent of U.S. workers, according to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health.
Causes of Accidents on Construction Sites and at the Workplace
OSHA has labeled the following four causes of fatal construction accidents as the “Fatal Four:”
- Being struck/by against an object; and
- Being caught in between objects
These “Fatal Four” causes of accidents were collectively responsible for over half of all construction worker fatalities in 2014. In addition to these causes of action, countless more workers have been injured at construction sites by defective products, vehicle collisions, welding accidents, fires and explosions.
If you or someone you love has been injured on a construction site—whether as an employee or as a visitor to the site—then the Stilwell Law Firm is here to help you with your legal rights.
Frequently Asked Questions After an Accident on the Job
- Will I receive adequate treatment for my injuries?
- Who is going to pay my medical bills?
- Will I get reimbursed for lost wages?
- What happens if I can’t return to work or find another job?
- Will those who are responsible for the accident be held accountable?
- Who should I talk to: the general contractor, my employer, an insurance company?
- What happens if I am permanently disabled?
- Is my employer required to offer me light duty work?
Despite deserving compensation for your injuries, it is difficult to get the responsible parties to accept liability and to pay. Regardless of what we come up against, the attorneys at the Stilwell Law Firm have over 25 years of experience representing clients injured on the job. Our team of knowledgeable and experienced Houston construction accident attorneys can determine how are treated and compensated.
How Does Texas Workers’ Compensation Impact My Claim?
If your employer subscribed to the Texas Workers’ Compensation coverage, then your medical bills and lost wages are reimbursed according to strict rules, and you cannot hold your employer liable for the accident. There are exceptions if the accident was fatal and the employer grossly negligent, or if a third party was in part responsible for the accident.
If your employer did not subscribe to Workers’ Compensation, then you can file a claim for medical expenses, lost revenue, and possibly more if gross negligence was involved. Without an agreement on the settlement, you will have to file a lawsuit.
Many times at construction sites there are multiple contractors working for several different companies. Even if your employer carries worker’s compensation insurance coverage, the Stilwell Law Firm may be able to obtain an additional recovery for you from one of these other contractors or companies. Any company on the job site who was at fault, or who contributed to your accident, may be liable to pay for your injuries and damages.
Our construction accident attorneys will determine what rules apply and who can be held liable for your accident or the injuries of a loved one. We will also protect you from the employer and insurer who is well defended and will try to convince you to accept a settlement that is worth much less than what you are entitled. Taking on powerful defendants with well-funded attorneys in court requires aggressive, experienced and skillful lawyers on your side.
What is My Claim Worth?
Getting compensation depends on the nature of your injury and how it impacts your future ability to work. The construction accident attorneys at the Stilwell Law Firm take several steps starting with the day we sign you as a client to help you understand the potential financial recovery for your claim. First, we investigate the facts of the accident as soon as possible following the incident. Next, we identify and retain experts to review your medical files and consider long-term costs such as rehabilitation, future surgery, and long-term disability. Finally, we consider occupational safety rules to evaluate the strength of your case and our ability to hold the negligent party liable. Once we have considered the facts of the accident and the impact of the accident on your future health and ability to work, we will work with you to set attainable goals for financial recovery.
A personal injury lawyer who specializes in accidents on construction sites can help you understand your legal rights as well as the regulations and laws that may affect your ability to recover financial compensation. The best way to receive maximum compensation for a construction injury is to enlist the legal expertise of an experienced Texas construction accident lawyer such as the Stilwell Law Firm.