Construction Accident Attorney in Houston
Construction sites are some of the most dangerous places to work. Given these dangerous working conditions, accidents are all too common. Accidents may cause serious injuries like those involving the spinal cord, brain injuries or even death. In some cases, construction accidents will involve OSHA investigations and could include multiple parties. In the event of an accident, make sure you fully consider the scope of your legal options and discuss them with a lawyer familiar with construction accidents.
What are my options to recover compensation after a construction accident?
In the event of any construction-related accident, seek the advice of a lawyer familiar with Texas state laws as well as federal laws to go over the options you have available.
First, it is important to understand your rights under the Texas Workers’ Compensation Act. These benefits are available regardless of fault and provide medical care to treat the injury as well as partial income benefits to replace a portion of lost wages. So whether your own negligence, your employer’s or a coworker’s negligence caused the accident, you may be able to recover benefits.
Providing workers’ comp benefits protects employers from liability in a personal injury lawsuit, though. So workers may be unable to sue their employer for injuries they sustained on the jobsite when they are covered by workers’ comp.
However, when a third party is to blame for construction-related injuries, the worker may pursue compensation from the third party via a lawsuit. These types of cases are a type of personal injury lawsuit and are not uncommon in construction accident cases given the many parties involved in construction projects. We will analyze the facts at hand and advise you on the best course of action possible.
Third-Party Lawsuits for Construction Accidents
Some of these third parties may include:
- Owners of the construction site;
- Architects of buildings on the site;
- General contractors; or
- Equipment manufacturers.
All of these third parties can be responsible for providing a safe and standards-compliant construction site. In the event of a construction-related accident, we will review all of these and any other associated parties to determine if a third party might be liable for your damages.
If that’s the case, you must establish the third party owed you a duty of care, violated that duty by acting negligently, and that you suffered injuries and damages as a result of the negligence. So if a piece of equipment is defective and causes your injuries, you may be able to pursue compensation from the manufacturer in a product liability case.
Speak to an experienced Houston construction accident lawyer
Some of the Baumgartner Law Firm’s construction injury cases have actually resulted in the third-party manufacturer designing a safer product. We are confident that these safer products will save others from serious injuries or from losing a loved one in the future.
In the unfortunate event you or a loved one are involved in a construction accident work with Houston construction accident attorney Gregory Baumgartner at the Baumgartner Law Firm (281) 587-1111.
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