Construction Accident Lawyer

A Texas Lawyer Representing the Rights of Individuals Who Have Been Injured in Construction Accidents in and around McAllen, Texas

McAllen has experienced a significant increase in construction in recent years, evidence of largely favorable economic conditions and significant population growth. Unfortunately, more construction also means increased risk of involvement in a construction accident, both for the people working at active construction sites and people simply passing by or visiting. Thepresence of heavy machinery, open heights, power tools, exposed electrical cabling, open excavations, scaffolding, or other common construction site equipment make accidents a very real risk. Thankfully for victims, Texas law often entitles people who are hurt in construction site accidents to compensation or benefits through the workers’ compensation program.

At the Law Offices of George Salinas, we are committed to representing the rights of construction accident victims and know how to get insurance companies to play ball. In addition, we are not afraid to take a case to court or administrative hearing when necessary. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 210-225-0909 or send us an email through our online contact form.

The Injuries Sustained in Construction Accidents Can Change Lives

The kinds of accidents that can occur at construction sites can often result in life-changing injuries for anyone involved. In the most serious cases, victims are left with permanent injuries that can affect their ability to engage in everyday activities that most of us take for granted, which sometimes necessitates around-the-clock care or living in a long-term care facility. Some of the more serious injuries that people often sustain in construction accidents include the following:

Spinal Cord Injuries Spinal cord injuries occur when physical trauma causes damage to the nerves that make up the spinal cord. The trauma can be to the spinal cord itself or to the vertebrae surrounding the spinal cord. Because the spinal cord is responsible for transmitting nerve signals between the brain and the rest of the body, any damage to it can cause serious issues – including paralysis below the site of the injury.
Burns - Many of the injury hazards at a construction site – such as welder’s torches, electrical cables, caustic chemicals, and pressurized gases – are capable of causing explosions, fires, or chemical reactions with bodily tissues that can result in serious burns. Burn injuries can cause serious long-term issues, including disfigurement, permanent scarring, and even permanent respiratory issues in the event the burns are caused by the inhalation of certain gases.
Broken Bones Construction site accidents like falls, being struck by an object, or motor vehicle accidents often leave the individuals involved with broken bones. These injuries can require surgery or traction to treat and often require months to completely heal.
Traumatic Brain Injuries TBIs can occur when head trauma causes a disruption in the way the brain normally functions. Even milder TBIs, like concussions, can require weeks or even months to completely resolve. In more serious cases, TBI victims can be left with long-term issues that can affect their ability to solve problems, communicate, move their bodies, or regulate their emotional responses.
 

If You’re a Construction Worker Who Has Been Hurt, Don’t Assume that Workers’ Compensation is Your Only Option

As a construction worker in the state of Texas, you may have heard from others that you cannot sue after a workplace injury and that the only way to get your medical bills or lost income covered is by filing a workers’ compensation claim. While it is certainly true that the vast majority of workplace injuries do entitle victims to benefits, there are certain situations in which employees can sue after a workplace accident. The reason that it is important to determine whether you can sue after an on-the-job construction injury is that the compensation available in a personal injury lawsuit typically far exceeds the benefits available through worker’s comp. This is because personal injury claims allow victims to seek compensation for losses not covered by workers’ compensation insurance, such as physical and emotional pain and suffering and loss of quality of life. Here are some of the common situations in which construction workers are entitled to file a personal injury claim for injuries sustained in a workplace accident:

  • Accidents caused by defectively designed, manufactured, or marketed tools or equipment
  • Accidents caused by the negligence of a 3rd party, such as an independent contractor
  • Accidents caused by the gross negligence or intentional conduct of an employer

 

Because it is not always clear that a personal injury claim can be filed, every construction site accident should be reviewed by an attorney. Failing to do so can result in missing out on compensation for significant losses.

Do You Really Need a Construction Accident Lawyer?

Many people who are injured in construction accidents receive settlement offers before they even have a chance to talk to an attorney – often making them wonder whether they need to hire one at all. It is always advisable to retain an attorney after an accident, as a lawyer can protect your rights and make sure you receive the maximum amount of compensation available under the law. Most construction accident victims do not have experience negotiating insurance claims, making it possible that they will accept a settlement far below the actual value of their claim. An experienced attorney will negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf and make sure that any settlement you accept adequately compensates you for your losses.

 

Call Us Today to Schedule a Free Case Evaluation with a Construction Accident Lawyer in McAllen

Construction accidents are often capable of leaving victims with serious, life-altering injuries that result in significant losses, both financial and otherwise.  Fortunately, in many cases, Texas law entitled victims to compensation for their losses or certain benefits through the Texas workers’ compensation program. At the Law Offices of George Salinas, we will review the facts of your accident at no cost to you and let you know whether we believe you are entitled to recovery. If you choose to retain us to represent you, you will only need to pay legal fees if we successfully recover a settlement or award on your behalf. To schedule a free case evaluation with one of our attorneys, call our office today at 210-225-0909 or send us an email through our online contact form.

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