Dallas Construction Worker Injuries
Filing a Claim or Lawsuit Following a Construction Injury
Every single year 15 out of every 100,000 construction workers pass away due to some kind of an accident. Unfortunately, due to constant growth of the DFW metroplex and the downtown area, there is no shortage of these injuries in our city. If you or a loved one has suffered an injury at a construction site, you may have a personal injury claim to recover for your losses.
Covered in This Article
- What Types of Injuries Occur at Construction Sites?
- Who Should be Held Liable for my Injuries?
- Are There Limitations to my Recovery?
Additionally, it is important to note that your lawsuit will be affected by a number of factors. There are some limitations on your ability to recover such as whether or not your employer has chosen to subscribe to workers compensation insurance. In addition, there are a number of different elements of proof that must be established along with procedural guidelines that must be adhered to. This is why you must make sure that you consult an attorney prior to attempting to take your personal injury lawsuit into your own hands. The Dallas workers compensation attorneys at Grossman Law Offices have been handling these kinds of lawsuits for 22 years and as a result we have the necessary experience and skill to make sure that you get the maximum recovery possible.
What Types of Injuries Occur at Construction Sites?
There are a number of different accidents that can occur at construction sites. In Lewisville there were two construction workers killed at a park-and-ride rail station that was under construction off of Hebron Parkway. There was a boom on a concrete pumping truck that collapsed, killing two men and seriously injuring two other workers. However, this is only one of the kinds of accidents that can occur. There are injuries that occur due to falling from high locations, machinery accidents, forklift accidents, lifting equipment failure, roof-related injuries and fires and explosions on sites. Simply put, there are many hazards on construction sites and with this comes the danger of workers becoming injured and who should be held liable when these accidents happen.
Who Should be Held Liable for my Injuries?
There are numerous parties involved in construction site accidents. There are certain legal duties and obligations imposed on these various parties and when they are violated they must be held responsible for these losses. Initially, you may be able to recover against the construction site owner as they are in control of the premises and should ensure that it is not abnormally dangerous or hazardous to the workers that are on the site. Moreover, any general contractors or subcontractors may be subjected to liability. There are also parties called "prime" contractors, which are different than general contractors as they are only responsible for work that is in their prime contract. In addition you may be able to hold an architect or engineer involved in the construction site liable for your injuries as well. It is worth noting that if the injury has something to do with the malfunctioning of some piece of equipment then you may have a claim against the manufacturer of that piece of equipment.
Are There Limitations to my Recovery?
Unfortunately, there may be limitations depending on whether your employer has opted to purchase workers compensation insurance. If that is the case then your recovery may be limited to the amount of workers compensation insurance that your employer has provided. However, the construction company may attempt to escape liability by claiming that you are an independent contractor.
There are certain legal mechanisms that may be used to illustrate the liability of the construction company in the event that they attempt to argue that you were a contractor and thus not granted the protections of an employee.
Construction injuries can be extremely severe because of the heavy machinery and different dangers that are inherent to that environment. If you have suffered an injury because of some event on a construction site, you deserve to be compensated for your loss. However, it is crucial that you have an attorney familiar with these types of lawsuits to handle your case to ensure that you get the maximum recovery possible. To discuss your potential lawsuit, contact the lawyers at Grossman Law Offices at 1-855-326-0000.
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