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Dallas Construction Accident Lawyer
If you were injured at a construction site, the party who caused your injury may be liable for compensating for your medical bills and other expenses. But when you are recovering from a serious injury, all you want to do is rest and spend time with your loved ones – not sort through heaps of complicated insurance paperwork and jargon-filled statutes.
The construction accident attorneys of Queenan Law will handle all of the legal work for you, so that all you need to worry about is getting rest and recuperating from your accident. We understand that you and your family are going through a difficult time right now, so we want to do all that we can to lighten your burden and make the process of fighting for compensation as simple and easy for you as possible.
Our skilled, knowledgeable team of personal injury lawyers has more than 20 years of legal experience helping injured construction workers recover compensation. As a former crane operator and construction company owner, attorney Kevin Queenan has unique personal insight into how and why construction site accidents occur. Kevin has experience handling claims involving a wide range of accident types, including:
- Crane Accidents
- Defective Industrial Machinery
- Electrical Burns
- Falls from Heights
- Object Strikes
- Power Tool Accidents
- Scaffolding Accidents
- Slip and Fall Accidents
- Trench Collapse Accidents
- Wrongful Death/Fatal Accidents
Queenan Law is proud to represent construction workers in the Dallas, Houston, Arlington, and Fort Worth areas of Texas, including Irving, Garland, Grapevine, Flower Mound, Pasadena, Pearland, Sugar Land, and more. Call our law offices at (817) 719-8082 for a free, completely confidential legal consultation. Our Texas construction site injury attorneys are on standby 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to help you and your loved ones understand your legal options and fight for compensation.
Common Injuries Caused by Scaffolding and Construction Site Accidents
While all occupations involve some degree of danger, the construction industry has an exceptionally high rate of accidental deaths and injuries – most of which, sadly, are preventable. While many construction companies hold themselves to the highest ethical and safety standards, many others sacrifice worker safety in the interest of slashing costs and maximizing profits. When corners are cut, it's only a matter of time before hard-working employees are injured or lose their lives in an avoidable accident.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) tracks fatalities and injuries by industry and occupation. According to OSHA records, there were 874 construction deaths in 2014. OSHA has also identified construction's “Fatal Four”: the four types of accidents that cause the most construction deaths. The Fatal Four are:
- Falls – 349 deaths in 2014 (39.9%)
- Electrocution – 74 deaths (8.4%)
- Struck By Object – 73 deaths (8.3%)
- Caught-In/Caught-Between – 12 deaths (1.4%)
These and other types of accidents can also cause devastating non-fatal injuries. Queenan Law has handled many claims involving injuries such as:
- Back Injuries
- Broken Bones
- Broken Arm (Fractured Radius, Ulna, Humerus)
- Broken Collarbone (Fractured Clavicle)
- Broken Jaw
- Broken Kneecap (Fractured Patella)
- Broken Leg (Fractured Femur, Tibia, Fibula)
- Broken Nose
- Broken Rib
- Fractured Wrist
- Pelvic Fracture
- Vertebral Fracture (Broken Backbone)
- Bruises and Lacerations
- Bulging and Herniated Discs
- Burn Injuries
- Cracked/Chipped Tooth
- Crush Injuries
- Crushed Hand
- Crushed Fingers/Thumbs
- Crushed Foot
- Crushed Toes
- Eye Injuries
- Hearing Loss
- Facial Injuries
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Spinal Cord Injury (SCI)
- Sprains (Stretched/Torn Ligaments)
- Strains (Stretched/Torn Muscles)
- Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)
- Vision Loss
Getting Compensated: Filing a Lawsuit or Workers' Compensation Claim
When a person is injured because of another person's negligent actions, the injury victim may be entitled to compensation. Negligence – which the injury victim may prove using evidence such as photos, video footage, eyewitness and expert testimony, lab analysis, equipment maintenance records, and medical records – means failing to exercise an adequate, reasonable level of care to avoid a preventable death or injury. Some examples of ways negligence can lead to avoidable construction site injuries include:
- Failing to maintain power tools or other industrial equipment.
- Failing to supervise employees properly.
- Forcing employees to work in hazardous conditions (e.g. working on scaffolding in high winds).
- Hazardous and unsafe job site conditions (e.g. leaks, fraying wires, broken ladders, damaged walkways).
- Improperly delegating complex tasks to inexperienced workers.
Injured construction workers in Texas have a few options for seeking compensation. One option is to file a workers' compensation claim with the Texas Department of Insurance, Division of Workers' Compensation (TDI-DWC). If you intend to file for workers' comp, you must report the injury to your employer within 30 days of being injured – otherwise, you could lose your ability to obtain the benefits to which you are entitled.
Another option, in some circumstances, is to file a personal injury lawsuit against the individual or business that caused the accident to occur. While it is generally not possible to sue an employer who has purchased workers' compensation coverage, you may be able to sue a third party where applicable, such as the manufacturer of the defective power tool that caused your injury. If your employer does not provide workers' compensation, you may want to consider litigation as a means of seeking fair compensation for your losses.
If You Were Injured on a Construction Site in Texas, Contact Our Attorneys
If you were hurt while performing your job because another person made a careless mistake, you could be entitled to compensation for your medical bills, lost earnings, pain and suffering, and other hardships. Call the Queenan Law Firm, P.C. at (817) 719-8082 to learn more about your family's legal options in a free and confidential legal consultation. Kevin Queenan is proud to represent electricians, carpenters, heavy equipment operators, ironworkers, insulation installers, masons, plumbers, pipefitters, sheet metal workers, welders, and other members of the Texas construction trade.