Have you, or a loved one been injured in a construction accident? Have you lost a family member to one of these accidents in Dallas? We understand if you are you looking for help, answers and support.
Our Dallas, Texas office specializes in helping hard-working people like you concentrate on healing and recovery while we take care of the legal work needed to get you the compensation you need to get better and move forward.
After an accident, you and your family will be left with a lot of questions and anxiety. Our staff of experienced attorneys and paralegals will help you get the answers to questions like:
- Who will pay my medical bills?
- What benefits am I entitled to?
- What if I can’t go back to work?
- What if I can’t go back to my old job?
- Who should I talk to about the accident?
- Should I sign paperwork from my insurance company or employer?
Common Construction Accidents and the “Fatal Four”
Every day, construction workers are injured in accidents on the job, and thousands are injured every year. In fact, Texas ranks in the top three states in the nation for the most construction accidents.
According to the Texas Division of Workers’ Compensation, falls, electrocutions and blows from objects and equipment accounted for more than one thousand injuries in 2017, with hundreds of accidents that are even fatal.
Every day, workers fall from buildings, are exposed to damaging amounts of electricity and are struck by construction materials, vehicles or even crushed under or between all of the moving parts that make a construction site so hazardous. OSHA calls these injuries the “Fatal Four” of construction.
If you, or a loved one was injured on the job in a fall, by electricity, by being hit with an object or crushed between objects, you are not alone. These types of accidents happen in Dallas every day.
Why Do I Need an Attorney?
In Dallas, we’re lucky that the growing economy is providing so many jobs in construction, but as OSHA chief David Michaels warned, “workers are not being given adequate protection” on job sites. Many Texas employers do not carry workman’s compensation insurance, and hundreds of thousands of construction and oilfield workers don’t have workman’s compensation insurance.
If you are injured in a construction accident, it’s important for you to seek immediate and complete help to get the care you need. Your employer may or may not carry workman’s compensation or private insurance- but the truth is that you should not assume that the company will take care of you if you are injured.
In Texas, the rules and laws about construction and workplace accidents are complicated. A lot depends on whether your employer carries Texas Worker’s Compensation coverage, if you were a regular employee or a sub-contractor, and if there was gross negligence.
Since the whole system and process is so complex, it’s in your best interests to seek a professional with experience in Texas to help you quickly find out what laws and rules apply in your particular, personal situation. A local accident attorney will be your best bet in taking on the powerful business and insurance companies.
What to do After a Construction or Workplace Accident
The most important thing for employees to know is that any time you are injured on the job, you should report the injury immediately to a supervisor, in writing if possible. It’s important that you do this, because Texas state law requires that you report your injury within 1 year from the date of injury or within 1 year from the date you knew, or should have known, about an occupational illness
In addition, you should:
- Seek medical care immediately- don’t wait until the injury becomes unbearable
- Accept the company’s doctor’s opinion, but also seek an independent evaluation.
- Do not count on your employer or their insurance agency to look out for you
- Resist any pressure to sign paperwork that you don’t fully understand
- Keep all documentation and paperwork offered to you.
- Seek the help of a professional attorney with experience in Dallas construction accidents.
Don’t Be Shy About Getting a Professional Attorney to Help You
If you are injured in an accident, it’s important to remember you are not alone! It’s unfortunate that so many workers are injured every year, but the numbers of injuries mean that we have the experience with your kind of case to help you reach a just and reasonable resolution.
You may hear that you “don’t need a lawyer” or you may have a negative idea about people who seek personal injury attorneys. You should remember that your employer and their insurance have attorneys. If you seek a lawyer, you are just putting yourself in a position to have as much power to protect yourself as they do.
Insurance, company policies and the law can be complex and confusing- more than you will need or want to deal with in the days and months after your accident. Finding a local, Dallas, Texas attorney who both knows and understands the situation that you are in can help you and your family focus on your recovery, with the peace of mind that your situation is being well taken care of.