Construction sites are full of hazards and can be dangerous. Every year, thousands of construction workers are injured, many permanently and some fatally. Employers are required to provide their employees with a reasonably safe place to work. When employers fail in their duty, employees can be seriously injured or even killed.
If you have been injured on a construction site, you should immediately contact the construction site injury and accident attorneys at Hernandez Sunosky, LLP to understand your legal options. Our top-rated attorneys include former insurance defense lawyers who previously defended construction companies employing hundreds of workers.
What Are The Common Types Of Accidents On Construction Sites?
Construction site work can be dangerous. The following are the common types of accidents occurring on construction sites:
- Slip and fall accidents
- Ladder accidents
- Falling Objects
- Building/structural collapse
- Defective equipment
- Fires and explosions
- Lockout/Tagout Accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Falls for heights
- Job-related car accidents
If your construction site injury resulted from the negligence of a third party, then you will have a personal injury claim against those third parties for your injuries and damages. As such, it is very important you determine the source of your injuries.
What Are The Common Construction Site Injuries?
A construction site injury can lead to serious injury or death. Common construction site injuries can include the following:
- Soft tissue damage
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Loss of limbs
- Chemical burns
- Hearing loss
- Vision loss
- Electrical burns
- Hand and finger injuries
- Foot and toe injuries
- Emotional distress
- Post-traumatic stress disorder
Can I Sue My Employer For A Construction Site Injury?
If a Texas employer subscribes to worker’s compensation, it’s rare that an injured worker will have a claim directly against his or her employer beyond the limits of the worker’s compensation laws. Workers’ compensation is a state-regulated insurance program. The supposed purpose of workers’ compensation is to guarantee prompt payment for medical bills and lost wages for those who suffered a work-related injury or illness. In exchange for agreeing to “guaranteed prompt payment” for medical bills and lost wages, a subscribing employer is protected from lawsuits by the injured worker. The amount and type of compensation that an injured worker may receive are strict and set by statute. Unfortunately, in cases of serious injuries or wrongful death, the worker’s compensation recovery is often grossly inadequate to fully compensate the injured worker for his or her injuries and damages.
However, unlike other states, Texas does not require an employer to have workers’ compensation coverage. A Texas employer that “opts out” is considered a “non-subscriber” and can be sued directly by an injured worker. Certain legal defenses, such as the assumption of the risk, contributory negligence, and co-worker negligence are not available to a non-subscriber employer in an on-the-job injury case.
You should immediately contact the Houston, TX Construction Site Injury Lawyers at Hernandez Sunosky, LLP to understand your legal options. We will investigate your accident and determine if you have a viable legal claim against your employer. Call us at 713.981.4100.