Helping Injured Waco Construction Workers Recover
Were you recently injured in a construction accident in Waco, Texas?
A construction accident can be complex, often involving numerous parties, legal issues, potential safety violations, and more.
It is not something you should try to handle on your own.
Seeking the advice of an experienced construction accident lawyer will help you navigate the road ahead. It is important to know your rights and options moving forward.
The very nature of construction sites are dangerous.
The No. 1 danger in construction zones is gravity — things that cause workers to fall (such as unsteady terrain, scaffolds, and gangplanks) and things that fall on workers (tools, vehicles, cranes, walls, and entire structures.)
Construction is rated the single most dangerous occupation, worse than mining and farming.
A simple mistake can result in lifelong injuries, disabilities, and even death. There are endless possibilities of danger at a construction site.
The Zimmerman Law Firm, are experts in representing injured construction workers, whether that means pursuing an on-the-job injury claim, obtaining Texas Workers’ Compensation, or filing third-party construction accident lawsuits when the negligent company is not their immediate employer.
Reasons Why Construction Sites Are Dangerous Places
Construction sites are inherently dangerous.
They are fluid with an array of tools, objects, and unsecured unfinished spaces throughout. There are potentially endless reasons why construction sites are dangerous places.
Several common reasons include the following:
- Falling Debris and Materials,
- Falling Objects,
- Falls from Heights,
- Falls from Ladders and Platforms,
- Falls from Roofs,
- Falls from Scaffolds and Scaffolding Falling on You,
- Forklift Accident,
- Heavy Equipment and Defective Machinery,
- Truck Tip Overs and Crushing,
- On-Site Vehicle Collisions,
- Accidents Occurring During Loading and Unloading,
- Fires, Explosions, and Chemical Injuries,
- Electrical Injuries,
- Toxic Air and Fume Ingestion, and
- Repetitive Stress Injuries.
No matter the reason or cause of your injury, it is important to discuss your legal options with an experienced construction accident attorney.
The particular circumstances surrounding your accident and employment could determine your path and potential obstacles to recovery.
What Type of Compensation Can I Receive?
Even though construction accidents can cause serious injury, there are limitations on claims that can be made. Whether you are limited to workers’ compensation benefits depends on your employer’s coverage.
Texas is unique from other states because it does not require an employer to carry workers’ compensation coverage.
If a Texas employer chooses not to have workers’ compensation coverage, then an injured employee may sue them for negligence.
However, if the employer does have workers’ compensation insurance, Texas law limits the amount and type of compensation they can receive.
It generally also prevents the injured worker from suing the employer directly.
An injured worker can, however, file a personal injury claim against other contractors or potentially responsible parties.
In cases of fatal accidents, family members may seek death benefits through workers’ compensation, if available, or a construction accident lawyer can file wrongful death claim
s to help you cope with the enormous loss of a loved child, parent, or partner.
Construction accidents, without a doubt, present a very complex area of law.
A construction accident attorney at The Zimmerman Law Firm will be able to guide you through the complexity.
Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction sites are ripe for accidents, and injuries and can happen for a variety of reasons. Often the cause of a construction site accident is much simpler than people may imagine.
Common causes of a construction site accident include:
- Lack of training,
- Lack of or improper supervision,
- Faulty equipment, and
- An unclean work environment (e.g., litter, misplaced tools or equipment, an unattended spill, etc).
All it takes is for the carelessness or negligence of one person to cause a construction accident that can have devastating consequences, including severe injury and even death.
The Zimmerman Law Firm Construction Accident Attorneys
The Zimmerman Law Firm has decades of experience representing injured construction workers, whether that means pursuing an on-the-job injury claim, obtaining Texas workers’ compensation, or filing third-party construction accident lawsuits when the negligent company is not the immediate employer.
A construction accident attorney at our firm can help.
If you or a family member has been injured working on a construction site, call The Zimmerman Law Firm, at 254-237-5620 or 1-800-INJURIES, or email us your questions.
Ask a construction accident attorney to set up a no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation to see where you stand.
We will provide you with the personal attention your case deserves.