Construction Site Law 101
Construction sites are among the most dangerous workplaces in America. Lifts, ladders, scaffolding, rooftops, power tools, and heavy machinery can all cause serious injury or death if workers aren’t given proper equipment or proper job training. Injuries on construction job sites can be minor to severe, but statistics show that construction sites are very frequently associated with serious injuries and deaths. As a result, our San Antonio construction law attorneys at Carabin & Shaw take construction injury cases especially seriously.
In an ideal world, all employers would put employee safety first, using only the safest and most up-to-date equipment, marking dangerous areas with proper signage, and ensuring that all workers onsite have been properly trained. Sadly, far too many companies utilize dangerously outdated equipment and provide inadequate training in a misguided attempt to save money by cutting corners. Consequently, an average of 1,000 construction workers die on the job every year – and many more are seriously injured. A great number of these fatalities and injuries result from employer negligence; it’s impossible to know for sure how many of these deaths could have been prevented.
According to OSHA estimates, one in five workers who died last year worked in the construction industry. The top four injuries that result in death in the construction industry – frequently called the “Fatal Four” – are falls, electrocutions, struck-by hazards, and caught-between hazards. Texas has the highest rate of construction deaths each year in the nation, and our construction law attorneys serving San Antonio are all too familiar with handling these types of cases.
However, even minor construction injuries can have devastating consequences, because they can result in losing the ability to earn a living, sometimes permanently. Injuries to the head, spinal cord, or back are common among construction workers, and these injuries can lead to lifelong pain issues that make it difficult or impossible to work.
So what do you need to know about construction law? First, it’s important to know that Texas Workers’ Compensation Laws will determine whether or not you are able to make a claim for all damages incurred by your construction site accident. It’s also important to know that not all on the job injuries are covered by workers’ compensation.
The degree of liability on your employer will depend on multiple factors, including:
- Your employment situation
- Are you self-employed, or a sub-contractor?
- Whether or not your employer has workers’ compensation coverage
- Your employer’s conduct or inaction
- The action, inaction, or negligence on behalf of other subcontractors or by the general contractor
- The action, inaction, or negligence on behalf of equipment manufacturers, property owners, engineers, architects, designers, and/or landlords involved
- Whether or not any OSHA standards were violated
By looking at all of these factors, we can help you determine the liability among various involved parties so you can build the strongest possible case. Since so many factors are involved in determining liability in these cases, it’s crucial to get a lawyer who understands the ins and outs of construction law – and that’s where we come in.
After you’ve sought medical attention for your injury, the next crucial step is to meet with a highly qualified construction law attorney in San Antonio who will handle your case with skill and care.
At Carabin & Shaw, our team of lawyers will work to make sure you are compensated for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering resulting from your construction accident. And if your loved one was killed in a construction accident, we want to help. If you or someone you love has been injured and you need our dedicated team of San Antonio construction law attorneys on your side, call us at 1.800.862.1260