Construction is dangerous. A contractor’s failure to follow proper safety procedures may result in accidents that cause severe injuries to those who are working on the job or bystanders. All too often, our construction accident lawyers find that profits are prioritized over jobsite safety.
Our Waco construction accident lawyers work with construction experts to determine who is responsible for the injury by using accident reconstructionists and others to show the jury why you should be paid for the construction injury. Construction involves heavy equipment such as cranes, hoists, scaffolds, and ladders. Our Waco construction accident lawyers provide compassionate legal help to accident victims.
How do Waco Construction Accidents happen?
Construction accidents often happen in Waco that results in catastrophic injuries or death. A construction worker may get injured on the job by a defective piece of equipment, like a nail gun, an electric saw, or something more substantial like a forklift. Toxic chemicals, falling debris, improperly set up scaffolding, and a lack of warning signs around hazards can also injure construction workers. Our Waco construction accident attorneys have seen many accidents those involving:
- Crushing accidents
- Electrocutions at work
- Falling debris
- Falls from scaffolding
- Fires and explosions at work
- Machinery accidents
- Stuck or trapped at work
- Worksite vehicles
Whatever the cause may be for the Waco construction accident that causes your injury, it’s essential to hold the person responsible for your damage. Our compassionate and attentive Waco personal injury lawyers are here to carry the burden for you. You likely have many questions that should be answered in a free initial consultation. But you can also read some of our frequently asked questions on this website.
OSHA Violations at Construction Jobsites
The Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) cites the construction industry explicitly as a sector that has the most unsafe working conditions. OSHA cited the following areas of concern for workplace injuries:
- Fall protection, the construction industry
- Hazard communication standards, general industry
- General requirements for scaffolding, the construction industry
- Respiratory protection, general industry
- Powered industrial trucks, general industry
- Control of hazard energy, lockout / Tagout, general industry
- Ladders, the construction industry
- Electrical, general industry
- Machinery/machine guarding, general requirements
- Electrical systems design, general conditions, general industry
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.
Determining Liability for Your Waco Construction Accident
Your Waco construction accident lawyer can work with the police to investigate the cause of your injuries. Other parties that could be responsible for your construction accident in Waco could include:
- A product manufacturer
- The property owner
- The material suppliers
- Architects of buildings on the construction site
- The general contractor or subcontractors
- A government entity
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.
What to Do if You Experience a Waco Construction Accident
As soon as your construction accident occurs, there are steps you should take to increase your chances of obtaining the money that you deserve. After your injury, notify your supervisor of the damage immediately and confirm whether any witnesses were present. It’s also helpful to take photographs at the scene and notice whether any cameras were nearby to catch your accident in action.
You should seek medical attention and make sure your employer files an incident report, so there’s the official documentation of your Waco construction accident. When speaking to your doctor, explain the accident carefully, so you have medical documentation of your injury.
Consult a Waco Construction Accident Attorney
You may be advised to file a worker’s compensation claim, but after taking the necessary steps to seek medical help, you can contact a Waco construction accident lawyer for advice. You should not give up on obtaining money when you know someone else was responsible for your injuries.
To discuss your case with a Waco construction accident attorney from Dunnam & Dunnam, please contact us at 254-753-6437.
Carolina G. Truesdale graduated from Texas Tech University School of Law, Cum Laude.Read More
Eleeza's practice areas include: Personal Injury Law, Civil Trial Law, Commercial Law, Family Law and Pharmaceutical Law.Read More
Gerald R. Villarrial has practiced family law, criminal law and civil litigation for over 20 years.Read More
Jim Dunnam is a Board Certified Specialist in both Civil Trial Law and Family Law.Read More
Mason Dunnam is the fourth generation of Dunnam attorneys at the firm since 1925Read More