While most people understand that construction sites are inherently dangerous places to be, few realize just how dangerous—both for workers and through those visiting or passing by. According to Safety and Health magazine, over a 45-year career, a construction worker has a 75 percent likelihood of experiencing a disabling injury and a 1-in-200 chance of being fatally injured on the job. Falls are the greatest cause of injuries to construction workers, including ladder falls, scaffolding falls, and falls from a roof. In 2012, the state of Texas had the highest number of construction site deaths, at 105. If you have suffered injury on a construction site, your injuries may be extremely severe, even catastrophic. If your injuries are severe, you need a strong advocate in your corner—you need an experienced Hurst construction injury lawyer from Noteboom—The Law Firm.
At Noteboom, our Texas injury lawyers handle construction-related accidents in Hurst, as well as in all Texas counties, including Tarrant, Dallas, Johnson, and Wise. We handle construction accidents in Hurst, Euless, Bedford, Haltom City, Richland Hills, North Richland Hills, Watauga, Grapevine, Colleyville, Southlake, Arlington, Keller, Grand Prairie, Dallas, Fort Worth, and more! When we are retained for a construction accident, we immediately begin gathering evidence, including records related to the safety of the premises and compliance with all state and federal construction laws. Our legal team stays in communication with you throughout the process. We are fully aware that this is a difficult time for you, so we give your case all the attention it deserves. Our unique team-based approach has built our quality reputation in Hurst while yielding exemplary results for our clients.
While there are many different accidents that can occur on a construction site, the most common include:
While construction workers may suffer more minor injuries (such as those caused by repetitive motions or those caused by a failure to wear safety gear such as hardhats, safety glasses, and other personal protective gear), the injuries are more often severe, including:
If you are injured while working on a construction site and your employer carries workers’ compensation, what you will do following a construction accident will be different than what you will do if your employer is a non-subscriber. Texas does not require all employers to purchase workers’ compensation insurance, so if your employer is a non-subscriber, it is essential that you immediately contact an experienced Hurst construction injury lawyer as quickly as possible.
Depending on your individual situation, there may be options for you to obtain compensation for your injuries. Some employers may have self-insurance or other forms of insurance available for injured workers. If negligence caused your accident and your employer is a non-subscriber, you have the right to sue your employer to recoup your losses.
In this case, your employer is not allowed to try and blame you for the accident and your injuries. If your employer is found to be just 1 percent at fault in causing your injury, then the employer is on the hook for 100 percent of your damages. Any number of issues can render your employer liable—limited or bad training, inadequate safety policies, or poor or no safety gear to name just a few. If your employer is at fault, they could be liable for your medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disfigurement, and any physical or mental disability or impairment.
If your employer does carry workers’ compensation insurance, you will be covered. Because the rules are very specific, and often complex, it could be helpful to have an experienced workers’ compensation attorney guide you through the process. Your work-related injury or illness will be covered, without regard to fault, so long as it occurred during the course and scope of your employment.
You will be entitled to medical benefits, income benefits, and death benefits. You must file an injury report within 30 days of your accident. If your benefits are denied, you must appeal within 90 days. You must file formal paperwork for your workers’ compensation claim within one year of the injury, but sooner is always better.
While there are many great reasons to have an attorney help you with your construction site injury, some of the best ones include:
Noteboom—The Law Firm has been handling injury claims (including catastrophic loss cases) since 1982. We are never afraid to litigate a case, no matter how big or how powerful the insurance company or your employer. This confidence is a result of our track record of success, along with the fact that our firm has the necessary resources to go the distance. Our strong belief in our abilities is why we tell our potential clients, “If you can find a better law firm, hire them.” Contact a Hurst construction injury lawyer at Noteboom—The Law Firm today for the kind of legal representation you need and deserve.