The pain and suffering caused by a devastating construction injury can have a lasting effect on the lives of the victims who experience them. Along with the physical pain that comes with any injury, victims of construction accidents may incur a life lasting condition which radically limits their ability to continue working in this field. In addition to limiting what jobs a victim may be able to perform, these injuries also significantly alter the quality of life that victims have outside of work. Injuries that limit mobility can present with extensive emotional pain as well. Here at Flores & Lopez, LLP., our compassionate Austin construction accident lawyers understand the hard time that you are going through. Our friendly lawyers are here to help you get your life back on track.
Data at a Glance
The construction industry as a whole is one of the largest fields of employment in the United States. Across the country there are an estimated 9 million workers in both public and private sectors. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) there were approximately 646,600 construction workers employed in Texas in 2009 alone. Also detailed in the BLS report is the fact that construction workers statewide experienced an injury at a rate of 3.6 per every 100 employed. These statistics illustrate the potential dangers that construction workers face each and every day. Additional data shows that:
- Falls are the most common source of injury in the construction field
- Being struck by falling objects remains a significant contributor to injury
- Many workers experienced injury due to transportation equipment on the job
The nature of a construction site is often a dangerous place in itself. Injuries can arise from many sources, all of which are common in the day to day activities of a construction worker. Tool lay down areas, equipment, heavy machinery, chemicals, and building conditions all have the potential to cause serious injury. Some common injuries associated with Austin construction accidents are:
- Falls from roofing, scaffolding, or unfinished structures
- Burns from welding equipment, especially to the eyes
- Electrocution from exposed, uninsulated wires
- Struck by or against heavy machinery
- Damage to hearing by lack of proper personal protective equipment (ear plugs)
- Falls into ditches and trenches
A study done by OSHA reveals that falls remain the single largest contributor to construction related injuries and fatalities. If you suspect that the negligence of another person was the causation for your injury, contact one of our professional Austin construction accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., today. Our knowledgeable lawyers have specific insight to the nature of these accidents and know where to look for potential negligence.
Sadly, due to the inherent nature of the construction field many workers die on job sites each year. In 2009, while working on a condo in Austin, 3 construction workers fell 120 feet to their deaths after a scaffolding collapsed. A fourth man on the rig was able to jump to safety as it began to collapse, escaping with minor injuries. The causation of the collapsed scaffolding is currently under investigation. If negligence is found, then the party responsible may be required to pay compensation to the families of those who died in a wrongful death case.
After you suffer an injury in a construction accident as the result of negligence, the compensation provided by Workers’ Comp is all too often not enough to cover all your expenses. A claim of personal injury against the party responsible may be the only way to recover from medical bills, lost wages, and the inability to work in the future.
In this hard time, you need knowledgeable lawyers on your side, each and every step of the way. You’ll want progressive lawyers that aren’t afraid to go to trial and prove your case in court. You’ll want aggressive lawyers who stand by their clients to the very end. Many other firms rely on settling quickly, out of court, for low payouts. The experienced Austin construction accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., have 15 years of extensive litigation experience fighting for the justice of their clients. We realize that serious injuries demand serious attention and we are here for you.
Now is the time to evaluate your case and determine a compensation figure for your injury or loss. Contact the professional Austin construction accident lawyers at Flores & Lopez, LLP., for a free no-hassle, no-obligation case review. Our helpful, friendly lawyers are standing by for you and are willing to take your case to court if needed. As always, if we don’t win your case then you won’t pay any fees.
Please contact us today for your free case evaluation.