Those in construction are among the hardest-working members of our society, yet they are frequently overlooked and don’t receive the credit they deserve. Not only do they work hard, but they also work in what are frequently unsafe conditions. If you were injured on the job, contact a Kaufman County, Texas construction accident lawyer from Harrell & Paulson, LLP to learn more about how we can help you get the compensation you need.
Injured in a Construction Accident in Texas? Our Kaufman County Lawyer Can Help.
If you are someone who was injured on a residential construction site, an oilfield, a heavy construction/transport construction site, or otherwise, a Kaufman County, Texas work injury lawyer from our firm is here to help. Don’t make the mistake of proceeding without dependable legal assistance.
Basic Information Regarding Construction Accidents
Construction sites are, unfortunately, relatively common places for accidents to occur. People are constantly operating large, complex machinery and literally building structures from the ground up. When things go wrong, people can sustain serious injuries. Some of the most common causes of construction accidents, along with common injuries from those accidents are as follows:
- Scaffold collapses
- Negligent supervisors
- Chemical/thermal burns
- Cave-ins or structural collapses
- Defective ladders
- Defective harnesses
- Insufficient safety training/enforcement
- Dangerous property conditions
- Defective tools or machines
If you were injured on the job in a construction accident, you’ll most likely qualify for workers’ compensation. However, in some cases, you may qualify for even greater compensation in a third-party claim.
Workers’ Compensation Vs. Third-Party Claims in Texas
When someone is hurt on the job, they’ll frequently file a workers’ compensation claim. If awarded, they will receive compensation to cover a portion of their lost wages and the cost of the medical bills pertaining to their injury. To win a workers’ compensation claim, you will simply have to prove that you were injured on the job.
In some cases, as previously mentioned, if you can prove that you were hurt by a negligent party who is not your employer, such as the manufacturer/designer of a defective machine or power tool, we can file a third-party claim. There is no cap on recoverable damages in a third-party claim, and filing one shouldn’t impact your job, as you’re not suing your employer for your injuries.
Notifying Your Employer
Notifying your employer of your injury timely is critical to both workers’ compensation and third-party claims. In Texas, you are required to notify your employer of your work-related injury within 30 days of your accident or within 30 days of realizing your injury or illness was caused by your line of work. Failing to notify your employer within this timeframe will most likely result in you losing your right to compensation. If possible, you should report your injury either the day it happened (or the very next day) and speak with an experienced Kaufman County, Texas construction accident lawyer before bringing your claim.
Contact a Kaufman County Construction Accident Lawyer
Injured construction workers can rely on the experienced and aggressive legal team here at Harrell & Paulson to fight for the full compensation to which they are entitled. Our goal is to help you heal and get your life back as soon as possible. Contact us today to schedule your free case evaluation with our legal team.