Laredo Construction Accident Lawyer
Helping Individuals Injured in Construction Accidents in the Laredo AreaIf you’ve ever been to a construction site, it likely comes as no surprise that thousands of people are injured in construction accidents every year. Between heavy machinery, people working from heights, scaffolding, power tools, trucks, electrical wiring, and open excavations, there are opportunities for a serious accident to happen at every turn at a construction site. In fact, in cases involving explosions, falling objects, building or scaffolding collapses, and other serious incidents, construction site accidents often injure people who happen to be around the site or in the wrong place at the wrong time. Fortunately for people who are injured in construction accidents, victims are typically entitled to compensation or workers’ compensation benefits under Texas law. Whether you’re a construction worker who was injured on the job or a passerby or visitor that was injured in an accident, you should speak to an attorney as soon as you can. The representation of a lawyer will help ensure that you receive the compensation or workers’ compensation benefits to which you are entitled under the law. To discuss your construction accident with an experienced attorney at no cost to you, send us an email or call our office today at 210-225-0909.
Construction Accidents Can Cause Serious InjuriesConstruction sites are particularly dangerous places, as accidents involving falls from heights, explosions, power tools, heavy machinery, and other construction site hazards are capable of causing extremely serious injuries. Here are some of the serious injuries that are often associated with construction site accidents:
• Traumatic Brain Injuries (TBIs) – Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs) occur when head trauma results in a disruption in normal brain function. They often occur in accidents that involve falls or being struck in the head by an object. In severe cases, TBIs can leave victims with long-term cognitive issues that can affect nearly every aspect of their lives – including their ability to work or live independently.
• Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries have the potential to leave victims completely paralyzed below the site of the injury. They occur when damage to the spinal cord or spinal column interferes with communication between the brain and the rest of the body. Accidents that often lead to SCIs include falls or those which involve an object penetrating the spinal column and severing the spinal cord.
• Burns – Burns are another unfortunately common construction accident injury. Between welder’s torches, exposed electrical wiring, flammable materials, and caustic chemicals, there are many ways that a construction site accident can cause serious burns. These kinds of injuries are usually extremely painful and can leave victims disfigured and with significant scarring. In addition, many people who are exposed to chemicals that can cause burns suffers permanent damage to their lungs or esophagus.In many cases, these and the other serious injuries that people can sustain at construction sites entitle victims to significant compensation or workers’ compensation benefits. For this reason, anyone hurt in an accident at a construction site should speak to an attorney as soon as possible.
In Some Cases, Injured Construction Workers Can File a Personal Injury ClaimGenerally speaking, if a person is injured in an on-the-job accident, they are entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, regardless of whose fault the accident was. In return for this no-fault coverage, however, workers are typically barred from filing a personal injury lawsuit to recover for a workplace injury. In some cases, however, they may, and this fact is important because personal injury lawsuits generally result in significantly more compensation than workers’compensation claims. This is because while workers’ compensation only covers medical expenses and lost income, personal injury claims cover these and non-economic damages such as physical and emotional pain and suffering and diminished quality of life. Here are some of the circumstances in which a construction worker may be able to sue after an-the-job injury:
• When an accident is the result of defectively manufactured, designed, or marketed equipment
• When an accident is the result of the negligence of a 3rd party, such as a construction site visitor or an independent contractor working at the site