The construction industry plays a critical role in the economy of the United States. Thousands of people are directly employed in construction sites, while millions of others are indirectly involved in businesses that benefit from the construction of roads, commercial and rental buildings. Unfortunately, this sector of the economy has its risks, as construction sites are among the most dangerous places to work in. Although bodies like The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) regulate the operations of this industry, accidents still happen, often as a result of the negligence of another party.
While there’s nothing much one can do about an accident beyond his/her control, there much to be done in cases where negligence results in serious injuries or death. Most personal injury lawsuits are based on negligence, and if it’s established that another party was reckless or negligent in their actions before the accident, they can be sued for compensation. Our Cypress construction accident lawyers can help you file, investigate, evaluate, and present your case for compensation to the insurance company or jury. Normally, our skilled attorneys hold negotiations with the defendant or their insurance company for settlement. But if negotiations do not result in the desired outcome, going to trial is the best way to hold negligent parties accountable.
While construction accidents occur under different circumstances, they are typically the same. Some of the most common types of accidents associated with development sites include:
After an accident, it’s important that you have your case investigated immediately. A Cypress attorney can help you determine liability and how the construction accident occurred. For this reason, you should contact one as soon as possible, before the statute of limitations lapses.
Among the most common questions that we come across concerning construction accidents at Lone Star Injury Attorneys is whether victims qualify for another settlement even after receiving worker’s compensation. To answer this question, you may still be able to file a lawsuit for compensation, even when your employer’s worker’s compensation programs covers you. However, there are a few things you should know about worker’s compensation.
Unlike in filing a claim where liability is based on negligence, you may qualify for worker’s compensation regardless if your employer took the necessary precautionary measures to protect you from harm. This type of compensation is automatic as long as you can prove, with evidence, that you were injured and suffered damages.
For a personal injury lawsuit where your employer has worker’s compensation coverage, you must show how someone other than your employer (or their employees) was negligent in their actions, leading to your injuries. For example, if the negligent party was not your employer, but a separate company, you retain the right to recover damages, even when your employer’s Workers Compensation coverage is paying your medical bills. Additionally, if your employer has Workers Compensation coverage, but your claim is denied, then you retain the right to sue your employer.
Not all construction accidents require compensation in a personal injury action. For example, if you suffered a minor bruise or scratch, it may be difficult to seek compensation, especially if there is no medical treatment. But if someone was killed, or you have suffered catastrophic or permanent injuries such as a herniated disc in the spine, you have good reason to hold the negligent party responsible.
Again, if your injuries have left you physically or emotionally incapacitated to work for days, weeks, or even permanently, filing a claim could be your only way out of the difficult financial situation that follows an accident. Treating serious injuries can be costly. Therefore, speaking with an experienced lawyer as soon as possible can help you prepare and present your building site accident case before it’s too late.
Liability in any personal injury case is based on negligence. As long as you can prove that someone was directly or indirectly responsible for the accident where you were injured, you may qualify for compensation. However, establishing fault is a complicated process. You will have to spend time and resources going through the minute details of your accident when your priority will likely be on making sure your health recovers. To save yourself the stress of determining liability, you should consider hiring a lawyer familiar with construction accident cases.
Liability is dependent on the cause of the accident. Some of the parties likely to be held liable for a construction accident are:
After an accident, you must learn and understand the legal options available for you. There’s no better way of doing this than speaking with a seasoned Cypress construction accident lawyer from Lone Star Injury Attorneys. To schedule a free case evaluation session with one of our lawyers, call us today or reach out to us online.