Midland Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction jobs come in many forms, including road construction, asbestos removal, building houses, and demolition. Regardless of what area of construction you are in, it is a physically demanding job that sometimes results in injuries. A severe or catastrophic construction accident could significantly change your life. At the least, you might be out of work for a few weeks while recovering, and at the worst, you might never be able to work again.
A Midland construction accident lawyer at Hanna Allen, PLLC can help you recover the compensation you deserve. Call our office at (432) 220-2649 for a free case evaluation.
TYPES OF MIDLAND CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS
A construction worker could sustain injuries in many different ways on a construction site. Some of the types of accidents construction accident lawyers in Midland see include:
- Trip or slip and fall accidents.
- Falls from heights, especially in building homes and working on bridges.
- Repetitive motion injuries, such as carpal tunnel. The repetition of certain jobs, such as using a nail gun, often causes problems with the hand and wrist.
- Overexertion injuries, which are usually caused by carrying heavy loads.
- Power tool accidents, which include cutting fingers off with a saw, nailing yourself with a nail gun, and other injuries from drills, jackhammers, and other power tools.
- Electrocution accidents can happen when using power tools, wiring a building, or coming into contact with electrical wires.
- Transportation accidents on or off the site.
- Heavy machinery accidents. These types of accidents, with graders, loaders, forklifts, backhoes and other construction equipment, could cause severe injuries.
- Crush accidents can happen when construction workers get caught between swinging materials on a crane, between a vehicle and another object, or if heavy falling debris falls on a worker or crushes a worker between the debris and a wall.
- Burns, including chemical and thermal burns.
- Asbestos exposure. This type of injury usually happens to demolition workers.
- Poorly maintained or defective equipment.
- Ladder and scaffolding failures.
CAUSES OF CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENTS
In many cases, construction accidents are avoidable. The actions or inactions of another person often lead to accidents, including operating equipment recklessly, improper setup of scaffolding, drinking or drugging on the job, distractions, working with inexperienced workers, or working with improperly maintained or defective tools and equipment.
While co-workers are often responsible for accident injuries, sometimes construction companies play Russian roulette with workers’ lives by not replacing worn safety equipment, not providing safety equipment at all, or by not maintaining large equipment and company vehicles.
WHAT A MIDLAND CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWYER CAN DO TO HELP
After receiving medical attention for a construction accident, the first thing you should do is to call a Midland construction injury lawyer. Our accident team will investigate the accident, review your medical records, and start gathering evidence to ensure you get the compensation you deserve, whether you sustained minor injuries or catastrophic injuries, such as brain injuries in a Midland construction accident.
Once we complete the investigation into your accident, we’ll start negotiations with the insurance companies to help you recover the compensation you deserve. If the insurance companies refuse to pay a fair and reasonable settlement, we’ll be ready to file a lawsuit against them.
CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT INJURIES
Construction accidents happen in all types of places, from home building sites to skyscrapers, roads and bridges, and more. The injuries you could suffer vary, depending on the type of construction you are in. Workers could suffer anything from minor injuries to fatalities in Midland construction jobs, including:
- Cuts, scratches, bumps, scrapes, lacerations and bruises
- Pulled or torn muscles, sprain, strains, and other soft tissue injuries
- Simple and compound fractures
- Crushed bones
- Thermal and chemical burns
- Internal injuries
- Face and eye injuries
- Road rash
- Crush injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Back and spinal cord injuries
- Head, neck and shoulder injuries
- Hearing injuries, including tinnitus and deafness.
CONTACT A MIDLAND CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT LAWYER
Construction accident cases are often complex. They might have more than one defendant; you might have a workers’ comp claim or a third-party claim; or you might have injuries that will lead to permanent disabilities. Our Midland construction accident lawyers will work to get you the compensation you deserve. Contact Hanna Allen, PLLC at (432) 220-2649 for a free case evaluation if you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a construction accident.
Contact a Midland Construction Accident Lawyer
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a Midland construction accident, contact a construction accident attorney at Hanna Allen, PLLC at (432) 220-2649 for a free case evaluation.
What steps do I take if I suffer injuries on a construction site?
Notify your supervisor immediately, then seek medical attention. As soon as possible, contact construction attorneys in Midland for a free case evaluation. Here are some steps that will help you get the compensation you deserve: If possible, take photos of what caused your injuries, including equipment, debris in walkways, etc. Keep a journal that includes notes on the accident, including how it happened; how you feel each day – physically and emotionally; medical records; receipts for expenses; the names of the medical professionals that treat you; and anything else related to the accident or your injuries. Make a note of any witnesses. If you do not know them, obtain their contact information, if possible. Never miss doctors’ appointments unless it is absolutely necessary. The defendant’s attorney will argue that you are not hurt as bad as you say if they find out you missed appointments.
When should I contact a Midland construction accident attorney?
Always contact a Midland construction accident lawyer immediately after an accident. Evidence tends to erode or disappear – or your employer could destroy the evidence. Additionally, you are more apt to remember exactly what happened right after the accident than if you were to wait a few months to call an attorney.
Who is responsible for damages after a construction accident?
In many cases, your employer is liable for your injuries. However, in some cases, a co-worker or another driver might share the liability. Your Midland construction accident lawyer will start an investigation to determine who was at fault in the accident and which parties you can sue.
How much does a Midland construction accident lawyer cost?
Your initial case evaluation is free. We also do not recover attorneys’ fees unless you win your case. We will negotiate our fees and costs into the compensation you deserve. While it ultimately comes out of the award you win at settlement or in a jury trial, the amount is a negotiated amount added to what you need.
How long do I have to take legal action in Texas?
You have up to two years to file most personal injury cases in Texas. However, if you are filing a workers’ compensation claim, you have 30 days to file your initial notification and up to a year to file an official case.
PREVENTING CONSTRUCTION INJURIES
Construction companies must take steps to keep their employees safe, including:
Every employee should have the proper qualifications and training for his or her job. If an employer hires unskilled workers, they should start in positions that are not as dangerous, and the employer should provide the proper training for those employees. For example, if a welder has experience in welding, but not welding bridges, the employer needs to provide training for bridge welding that involves extreme heights. Or, if an employee has never used a forklift before, the employer needs to train the employee in safety issues for using a forklift, plus give the employee hands-on experience in a controlled situation.
Every worksite should have enough supervisors to enforce safety standards and ensure employees do not engage in careless or reckless behavior.
Equipment and Tool Maintenance
Employers should ensure that all power tools and equipment go through regular maintenance and that everything stays properly maintained. If tools and large equipment need repairs, the employer should remove the broken item from the job site immediately.
Clean Work Space
The best way to avoid accidents that involve tripping or slipping and falling is to keep the construction site clean of trash and debris on the ground. Additionally, employees should keep tools picked up and appropriately mark hoses and power cords stretched across floors.
Personal Protective Equipment
PPE is a must for any construction job that requires it – and that is most of them. Employers who provide PPE to their workers must keep the equipment properly maintained and up to date (some harnesses and other PPE might have an expiration date). If the employee is responsible for providing his or her own PPE, employers should check the equipment frequently to ensure the employee is keeping the maintenance current and that no PPE is used beyond its expiration date.
Employers and employees alike should be cognizant of their surroundings and ensure that non-authorized personnel do not enter the worksite. If a non-employee – such as an inspector – must enter the worksite, he or she should wear a hard hat and other appropriate PPE, and a supervisor should escort the non-employee.
RECOVERING DAMAGES AFTER A MIDLAND CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT
After a Midland construction accident, you could recover two types of damages: compensatory damages and punitive damages. The court orders compensatory damages in the form of economic damages and/or non-economic damages in an attempt to make you whole again. Since punitive damages are meant to punish the defendant’s egregious behavior, the court orders the defendant to pay punitive damages only if you can prove that the defendant’s actions or inactions were grossly negligent or intentional.
Economic damages include medical expenses, lost wages, loss of future earning income, replacement of personal property, and death-related expenses, such as funeral expenses and some probate expenses.
If an accident victim’s injuries are catastrophic – expected to contribute to long-term or permanent disabilities, the victim can recover compensation for future medical expenses, including additional surgeries, follow-up appointments, other appointments with medical professionals, occupational therapy, psychological therapy, cognitive therapy, and physical therapy appointments.
Medical expenses also include prescriptions, hand controls for vehicles, and upgrades to a home to make it more accessible, including but not limited to ramps, grab bars and widened doorways.
Non-economic damages include:
- Pain and suffering, including emotional distress
- Loss of quality of life
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of use of a body part
- Loss of a bodily function
- Excessive scarring and/or disfigurement.