Construction Injury Prevention
There are various steps that construction companies should take to prevent accidents and injuries, including:
Everyone on the construction site should have the proper instruction and qualifications for their job. They should also be trained in proper safety standards and accident prevention.
To ensure workers adhere to the appropriate safety standards, all work sites should be adequately supervised. Supervisors on site also ensure accountability when someone is careless and creates risk. If you were injured in a building site accident, and believe it was because of lack of proper training or supervision, call our construction accident lawyers right away.
One of the ways you can be hurt in the construction industry is due to defective, old, and poorly maintained tools, equipment, and machinery. When you are working with powerful and potentially dangerous equipment, you should be confident that it will work properly and not put you in harm’s way.
Personal Protective Equipment (PPE)
You should have the appropriate safety equipment for your position, such as a hard hat, safety glasses or face shield, gloves, steel-toed boots, high-visibility clothing, and ear protection. If you have to work at tall heights, you may require a personal fall arrest system. Whatever your task that day, you should have the right PPE, and it should all be well maintained.
Clean Work Environment
One of the best ways to avoid certain construction accidents, like slip and falls, is to maintain a clean and orderly building site. Letting clutter, debris, or garbage accumulate on the ground is dangerous. So is allowing cords or rope to lie in walkways.
Everyone on a construction site needs to be aware of their surroundings. When unauthorized people are in the area, the risk of an accident increases. To ensure that non-employees enter work sites and endanger workers, appropriate security measures should be in place.
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Construction Accidents and Their Causes
At Begum Law Group, our construction site accident lawyers have handled all types of construction accidents, including:
- Slip and falls/trip and falls
- Falls from heights
- Falling objects/struck by objects
- Transportation accidents
- Heavy equipment and machinery accidents
- Defective equipment/poorly maintained equipment accidents
- Scaffolding and ladder failures
- Fall prevention equipment failures
- Electric shock and electrocution
- Exposure to hazardous substances
These accidents are almost always caused by someone’s failure to be as careful as they should. In other words, they are due to negligence. Falls, struck by accidents, transportation accidents, and other dangerous scenarios can all occur when someone does not maintain their work environment, ignores proper safety procedures, or simply does not pay attention to what they are doing.
These incidents can be the result of a willful and wanton disregard for others’ safety. This can be considered recklessness. Someone may have acted with complete disregard for their training and worksite safety procedures, knowing that it would put you and others at risk.
Your construction injuries could also have been the result of maliciousness. This is typically true in workplace violence situations. If you were harmed by someone who came onto your building site for the purpose of harming you or others, call our construction injury lawyers right away.
If you are not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, or someone from another company working on the site is at fault, then you need to speak with a construction injury attorney about filing a third-party claim. By hiring an experienced lawyer, you have someone to thoroughly investigate the accident that led to your injuries. Your lawyer will gather evidence of who is at fault and which individual or business is liable to compensate you for your losses.
Common Construction Injuries
Our team at Begum Law Group have represented construction workers suffering from:
- Bone fractures
- Joint dislocations
- Soft tissue injuries
- Crush injuries
- Neck and back injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Nerve damage
- Hand-arm vibration syndrome/vibration white finger
- Hearing Loss
- Vision loss
When you are suffering from one or more of these injuries, do not be afraid to obtain legal representation. Our construction accident lawyers understand how devastating it can be to get hurt at work. Depending on the type and severity of the injury, you may be out of work for days, weeks, or months. In some cases, you may not ever be able to return to your previous job if you are dealing with a possible disability. While you are out of work, you have to figure out how to make ends meet and address the medical bills.
You may or may not have workers’ comp benefits at this point, and even if you do, they will not cover everything. To discuss your right to pursue compensation through a third-party claim, call Begum Law Group right away.
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Compensation for Construction Accidents
If you have a valid third-party claim following a construction accident, Begum Law Group will work hard to obtain you the compensation you deserve. We will strive for you to receive compensation for your:
- Medical costs
- Lost wages
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Physical limitation
- Lost earning capacity
If there is evidence that the at-fault party was reckless or malicious, then we may also ask for punitive damages. The other damages you can pursue are compensatory damages. They are meant to compensate you for your physical, emotional, and economic injuries. Punitive damages are different. They are meant to punish the wrongdoer. They are only available in limited circumstances, so you should speak with a construction accident lawyer about whether punitive damages are appropriate in your case.
If your loved one was killed in a construction accident, do not hesitate to call us for advice. We will conduct an in-depth investigation into a construction fatality to find out what happened, why, and who is responsible. Depending on the facts of the case, we may advise of your right to pursue compensation through a Texas wrongful death claim. Your family may have the right to seek compensation for:
- Lost wages
- Lost employment benefits
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of household and parental services
- Loss of companionship, society, and love
- Grief and emotional distress