According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), the construction industry is one of the most dangerous to work in both here in Texas and across the country. This is because of the high percentage of workers who are killed in construction accidents. Even workers who survive their injuries are often left with catastrophic and permanent disabilities. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction accident, it is critical to have a skilled construction accident lawyer in Houston, TX advocating for you and making sure you get the financial compensation you deserve.
The following are some of the most common types of construction accidents the lawyers at our personal injury firm handle.
Every phase of remodeling a structure or building a new one takes time. From ironworkers putting up steel beams to drywallers installing sheetrock for the walls, and everyone in between. Each of these phases takes time. One important phase is the installation of the structure’s electrical system. This installation, which often takes time, means that there is the risk of being injured by exposure of live wiring and other electrical system components.
Many construction sites have large and heavy pieces of equipment in operation that are used to lift and move building materials. If a worker makes a mistake while operating one of these machines or there is some breakdown or malfunction of the equipment, this could result in injuries to any other workers or bystanders.
Falls and Falling Objects
Construction workers rely on scaffolding and ladders to get to building roofs and other areas of height. A Houston, TX construction accident lawyer knows that one common cause of injury is workers dropping tools, material, or other objects they are holding onto while at these heights.
There is also the great risk of the worker themselves falling from these heights or having scaffolding collapse or a ladder fall.
Due to the excavation that often occurs at a construction site, the ground around the structure is typically unstable during the building process. There are often trenches and holes dug by workers that also contribute to this instability. This can cause a collapse of the ground or parts of the building, resulting in injury or death to anyone in the area when the accident occurs.
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There are many different scenarios that can play out in a construction accident. Although in many of these cases, the injured worker may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits, there are also a great many number of construction accidents where the victim may be able to file a third-party claim, depending on the circumstances.
There are also private citizens who may be walking or driving by a construction site who are seriously injured because of activity or negligence of the construction company.
No matter what the circumstances of your injury, call John K. Zaid & Associates today to meet with a seasoned Houston, TX construction accident lawyer and find out what legal options you may have.