San Antonio Construction Accident Lawyer
If you or your family member has been involved in a construction accident in San Antonio, it is important that you attain counsel as soon as possible due to the importance of preserving evidence and interviewing witnesses. Construction accidents are often complicated incidents that may involve many parties and circumstances. The sooner you call an attorney to get started on your case, the better. At the Law Offices of George Salinas, our lawyers know that construction accident victims are often left dealing with devastating injuries. We can take over every aspect of your legal case to ensure that you receive the payments you deserve, which allows you to stay focused on your physical recovery. We make the legal process as stress-free as possible and are committed to helping place our clients in the best possible position to move forward with their lives after an accident. Please do not hesitate to contact our office to discuss your options after a construction accident.
Common Construction Accidents and Injuries
Construction sites are inherently dangerous locations, with potential hazards almost everywhere you turn. With dangerous heavy equipment, half-finished and unstable structures, and a variety of workers performing different tasks, accidents involving serious injuries are all too common. Common accidents that occur on or around construction sites include:
- Falls - Many construction jobs require working at heights, including on ladders, scaffolding, and roofs. The risks of injury from falls increase exponentially working at heights. Although construction crews are supposed to use safety equipment to prevent falls, workers often do not properly use the equipment or the equipment provided is inadequate or faulty. When construction workers fall from height, they typically sustain particularly traumatic injuries, including spinal cord injuries, brain injuries, broken bones, and internal injuries.
- Power tool accidents - Construction requires the use of many types of power tools, including power saws, sanders, nail guns, drills, grinders, and more. Numerous mishaps can occur when using power tools, some of which can result in severe injuries. Power tools can cause serious lacerations, puncture wounds, eye injuries, and amputations of digits, extremities, or limbs.
- Heavy machinery accidents - Some construction jobs involve the use or operation of heavy equipment, such as cranes, bulldozers, or dump trucks. If an operator makes an error or if a piece of heavy machinery malfunctions, anyone in the vicinity can be seriously injured. Some construction workers have limbs or other body parts crushed when caught in a piece of heavy equipment.
- Getting struck by objects - Opportunities abound for construction workers to get hit by objects. If a construction worker in a high place drops a tool or a piece of building material, it can strike a person working below, potentially resulting in head trauma and other traumatic injuries. Furthermore, materials moved by large cranes or other equipment can swing and strike a construction worker, causing serious injuries.
- Electrocutions - Part of constructing a building or making improvements often involves working with high voltage tools and equipment, as well as installing, connecting, or disconnecting electrical systems. Often, these systems are left in various stages of completion for days or weeks. Anyone who comes in contact with an electrical system that is ungrounded or unfinished can possibly suffer electrical injuries. Electrical injuries can include severe burns, heart malfunctions, brain injuries, or fatal electrocution.
- Motor vehicle accidents - Roads constantly require maintenance and improvements by construction workers tasked with completing these projects. Road work zones are often in close proximity to passing traffic, as cities will typically try to keep roads open even when under construction. Drivers may speed, be distracted, be impaired, or make other dangerous decisions that cause them to hit construction workers. Despite laws in Texas that double fines for moving violations near construction workers, road zone workers face the possibility of being hit by traffic daily.
No matter what type of accident occurred, injured construction workers often require emergency medical care. They may face a long road to recovery that involves surgeries, time in the hospital, physical therapy, and even permanent disabilities. Losses can be substantial, so it is critical to understand your right to recover just compensation if you have sustained serious injuries.
Seeking Compensation for Your Losses After a Construction Accident
Texas is unique because the law does not require every employer to carry workers’ compensation insurance. Instead, employers can decide whether or not to subscribe to workers’ compensation insurance and your options as a construction accident victim can often depend on your employer’s decision.
If your employer carries workers’ compensation coverage, you will need to file a claim with that insurer. This claim allows you to seek benefits to cover your medical bills and lost wages stemming from your accident, regardless of whether your employer was somehow at fault for the accident. You will need to file a specific process and will not have the right to file a lawsuit unless a non-employer third party was responsible for the accident. Many workers’ compensation claims are wrongfully reduced or denied, however, so you should always contact an attorney for assistance with your claim or to appeal a denial.
If your employer has opted out of the workers’ compensation system, you have the right to file a personal injury lawsuit against the company to seek compensation for all of your losses, including pain and suffering. In that situation, you will need to prove that your employer’s negligence led to your accident. The law limits the defenses available to a non-subscribing employer facing an injury claim, and our office knows how to hold your employer fully accountable for your injuries whenever possible.
We can also identify when a third-party driver, contractor, or another party played a role in causing your accident. In those cases, we can handle any necessary third-party insurance claims or personal injury lawsuits to maximize the compensation you recover. Such claims will also require that you sufficiently prove negligence on the part of the defendant. Our office knows how to gather and present evidence of negligence so we can best protect your rights as an accident victim. Residential & Commercial Construction Law With the many construction projects, both residential and commercial, springing up throughout the state, worker safety is often sacrificed for the sake of deadlines and efficiency. Please call us at (210) 504-4163 or contact the Law Offices of George Salinas today if you need help with a personal injury due to a construction site accident.
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