Construction sites are some of the most dangerous working environments in the world. The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that roughly 150,000 construction site injuries occur each year, many of which result in wrongful death. While many construction site injuries are caused by simple accidents, others could have been prevented if not for the carelessness or negligence of the company that runs the site.
Houston is no stranger to construction. On any given day, you’re likely to see major streets and highways under construction. New infrastructure, building developments, and other improvement projects may be great for the city long-term, but they can also be a minefield for construction-related injuries. Safety regulations at these sites are often ignored. Heavy equipment is not serviced. Employees are not properly trained. Dangerous areas are not marked.
If you have been seriously injured in an accident at a construction site, you are entitled to compensation for the pain you have suffered.
Depending on the circumstances of your injury, different parties may be at fault. If you are a construction worker who was injured on the job and your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, then your employer is immune to personal injury lawsuits related to construction accidents. In this case, it’s common to file a claim against a third party for damages. If the employer does not carrier workers’ compensation insurance, then they can be sued directly for damages.
Under OSHA regulations, both general contractors and subcontractors have a duty to provide workers with a reasonably safe construction site. They must warn of any hazards at the site (or inherent in the job itself) and ensure that employees’ work is being performed according to safety regulations. When an injury occurs, the failure of a contractor or subcontractor to perform these duties may allow an injured worker the opportunity to seek compensation for their losses.
The first thing you should do if you have been in a construction accident is to quickly seek medical attention. Even if you think your injuries are minor, there could be serious injuries lurking beneath the surface. If you were injured on the job, report the incident to your employer and your manager. If you can, get it down in writing. You will also want to get photographs of the injury, the scene, and any equipment that may have been involved in the construction accident.
Whether you hire an attorney or not, make sure to collect the story of the incident from everyone who witnessed it. Take photos of the scene along with any equipment involved. Most importantly, make sure to document your injuries with a physician and take as many photos of the injuries as you can.
If you’re seeking damages for your construction site injury, there’s only one more thing you need to do: hire an attorney.
If you have been seriously injured at a construction site, you need an attorney to help you understand the complicated process to be compensated for the carelessness of the construction site. Regardless of your injury’s circumstances, the developer and the company that operates the site will do their best to refuse any and all accountability for the accident. They’ll shift the blame, downplay your injuries, and try to send you packing with as little as possible.
With an attorney like Sgt. Pike by your side, those companies will think twice about what they believe they can get away with. Sgt. Pike has handled thousands of injury cases in his years as an attorney, and it’s that experience that makes him the ideal attorney to have in your corner.