In the United States, construction is a very large industry. It is also a high risk industry where a construction accident can occur. Construction accidents rank third in the rate of injury caused deaths, following mining and agriculture. For every 100,000 construction workers, 15 die due to injury. If you have been injured in a construction accident in Texas, you should contact a Dallas construction accident lawyer.
Examples of a construction accident that can result in death or a serious injury are:
scaffolding accident; falling from a high location; carbon monoxide poisoning; forklift accident; electrocution; machinery accident; crane accident; roof related accident; lifting equipment failure; trench collapses; and fires and explosions.
Certain parties may have different duties and legal responsibilities to a worker after a construction accident. Some parties who may be held liable for a construction accident include:
Construction Site Owner – The landowner is liable for any injury caused by a potentially harmful condition on the land that he either knew or should have known about (this does not extend to obvious conditions);
General Contractors and Subcontractors – The general contractor and subcontractor must provide a reasonably safe construction site;
“Prime” Contractors – A prime contractor, as opposed to a general contractor, is only responsible for the work identified in his prime contract;
Architects and Engineers – The architect or engineer may be under contractual duties to the site owner. Duties may include progress observation (ensuring compliance with specifications) and site inspection (ensuring compliance with code regulations); and
Construction Equipment Manufacturers – Manufacturers may be held liable for the design or manufacturing of a defective product.
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT REGULATIONS
Texas has adopted the safety regulations under the Occupation Safety and Health Act of 1970 (OSHA). These regulations apply to construction sites. Other applicable statutes and laws may govern your particular construction accident.
ACTIONS AFTER A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT
If you are a construction worker who is injured at the construction site, there are certain things that you should do:
seek immediate medical attention for your injuries;
report the construction accident and injury to a superior and record the name and position of that person;
record the contact information of any witnesses to your construction accident and injury; and
try to preserve any evidence of your construction accident and injury.
You should then contact a construction lawyer as soon as possible.
As a victim of a construction accident in Texas, you may be able to collect money for the following types of loss:
Economic damages, which could include medical care and rehab, nursing home care, loss of earnings and loss of earning capacity;
Non-economic damages, such as for your pain and suffering, disfigurement and mental anguish;
“Loss of consortium” (intimate relations) on behalf of your spouse; and
There is a wide variety of injuries that can result from an auto accident including the following:
Spinal cord injury: a spinal cord injury can result in severe nerve damage or paralysis to body extremities either in the form of paraplegia or quadriplegia. The extent of paralysis varies with each individual but always has devastating, life changing effects.
Traumatic brain injury: a brain injury can be in the form of an open head injury or a closed head injury, depending on whether or not the skull was fractured. These head injuries can result in loss or impairment of speech or motor skills, memory loss, confusion, and other long term complications.
Other severe personal injuries: other possible injuries that may result from an auto accident include back injuries, neck injuries, amputations, and severe burns.
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