A construction accident is responsible for many workplace injuries every year. In fact, construction accidents are the second highest cause of workplace fatalities in the United States. They are also responsible for workers missing an above average amount of days from work because of workplace injury or workplace illness. Construction accidents can often be complicated claims to litigate because they involve state Workers’ Compensation laws and may also involve civil suits and multiple defendant contractors. Hiring an Austin construction accident lawyer can provide you with the professional legal assistance that you need to navigate these complex matters.
Several causes of a construction accident exist. Some construction accidents are caused by improper training, construction equipment malfunction, defective scaffolding, defective machinery, lack of safety protocols, slip and falls and other reasons. The general contractor and other subcontractors should warn construction workers of any potential hazard, complete safety checks and provide proper training to the workers before they interact with dangerous tools or chemicals. Although the general contractor and other subcontractors are supposed to follow strict safety guidelines, these individuals sometimes choose not to follow the guidelines or the safety precautions are inadequate. When a construction accident occurs, the injured worker often faces multiple challenges. The worker may be unable to return to the job due to an extensive injury. He may apply for Workers’ Compensation benefits and be denied or the benefits may be drastically lower than the cost of his treatment and the replacement of his wages.
Many construction accidents involve civil suits and multiple defendants, such as subcontractors, product manufacturers, job site managers, engineers and other negligent parties that contributed to the accident.
Construction accidents are complicated because of the probability of naming multiple defendants and the role of the Workers’ Compensation program. Insurance companies may also be involved in the claim and may further complicate efforts for financial recovery. An Austin construction accident lawyer will handle negotiations between the parties and help prove who was negligent and who should be held liable for the accident. Lawyers often have the assistance of a knowledgeable and experienced support staff that can assist with the claim. A lawyer will pursue maximum compensation for your injuries, pain and suffering (in civil cases) and future medical treatments that are a result of the accident. Contact an experienced Austin construction accident lawyer today for a free case review and to explore your legal options.