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The construction profession is inherently one of the most hazardous occupations in Austin. Every year there are thousands of worker injuries and deaths in Texas because of construction site accidents. Construction injuries can be some of the most agonizing and severe. Additionally, with a long road to recovery, you and your family might require considerable compensation from those responsible. There might be a loss of income, medical bills, pain and suffering, and more. If you or a loved one sustain injury in a construction accident in Texas, get in touch with the Austin Construction Accident Attorneys at Dunk Law Firm for a free case assessment.
What Are the Fatal Four of Construction Accidents?
Out of 4,674 employee deaths that occurred across the country in 2017, nearly 1,000 of them (or roughly 20%) happened in the construction industry. To put it another way, 1 in 5 occupational fatalities each year occur on a construction site. These are scary statistics and they indicate a major problem when it involves construction accident injuries and fatality.
The leading causes of employee deaths in the construction industry are:
These common causes of construction accidents and injuries are referred to as the Fatal Four. These causes are responsible for virtually 60% of employee deaths in the construction industry.
Further, while not on the list of four, work zone freeway accidents are also very common. There are many safety initiatives to address this ongoing problem. In addition to criminal penalties, when a driver strikes a worker, there will usually be a civil case as well.
Do Construction Accidents Cause Serious Injuries Often?
In some circumstances, the true effects of an accident might take time to reveal themselves. Some injuries become progressively worse as days and even weeks pass. What might seem minor while at work might in fact be a serious, potentially life-long injury. Occasionally adrenaline masks injuries or they simply take a while to develop.
In other situations, a routine injury may be exacerbated or worsened throughout the course of treatment. For instance, an infection developing during or after surgery, or a greater muscle tear occurring during rehabilitation. Injured employees are protected in these events by the laws of Texas but they are expected to actively seek relief from their injuries. Speaking with a personal injury attorney early can help secure your rights and allow you to recover your damages.
That being said, construction accidents can result in serious or devastating injuries, such as:
Our construction accident lawyers in Austin are here to help you receive compensation and we provide our services at no cost unless we win.
What Are the Top 10 Most Frequent Safety Violations at Construction Site?
The following is a list of the most common health and safety infractions on construction sites. These infractions can result in accidents and injuries that put workers' health and lives in danger. Usually these violations are discovered after an evaluation of the worksite by OSHA.
OSHA releases this kind of information to help prevent injuries, illnesses, and fatalities on work sites. These accidents are easy to prevent when you adhere to safety regulations.
The ten most common construction infractions are:
Should You Request a Free Construction Accident Case Assessment?
Under Texas legislation, an injured employee has the right to file and receive workers compensation benefits for injuries on the job.
Along with workers' compensation benefits, an injured construction worker may also have a third-party negligence claim. The claim could be against a contractor, subcontractor, equipment manufacturer, or other individual or business. There can be a third-party claim as long as the guilty party is not the employer or colleague of the injured or deceased person. Generally, these kinds of claims include either general negligence in maintaining safe working conditions, or products liability for negligently maintained or designed equipment or vehicles.
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed as a result of a construction accident, an accident attorney should be consulted as promptly as possible to review your situation and to protect your rights. Your Austin construction accident lawyer will investigate the cause of the accident, the extent of injuries and the responsible parties.
If the facts of your construction accident case do not call for a third-party negligence claim, you or your loved ones still have a right to receive workers' compensation benefits.