Houston Third Party Construction Site Accidents
In the United States, three of four people with 45-year careers in construction are likely to experience a serious work injury. In Texas, which employs nearly 1 million construction workers, this amounts to quite a lot of people injured while contributing to the growth of metropolises—including Texas’ largest city, Houston.
If you work in construction, you have legal protections for your work-related injuries. For example, you might be entitled to workers’ compensation through your employer’s insurance. Whether you seek workers’ compensation or not, a third party could also be liable for your workplace injuries.
The Houston attorneys at Carabin Shaw can help you choose a course of action that provides the best outcome for you. If that action involves a third-party lawsuit, our team can build a strong case and maximize compensation in your settlement.How to Respond If You’re Injured on a Construction Site
After you sustain a work-related injury on a construction site, do the following as soon as possible:
- Seek immediate medical treatment and ensure that you organize your medical records and bills.
- Report your injury to your employer within 30 working days.
- Call the toll-free number 800-862-1260 to set up a free case review and initial consultation at Carabin Shaw. Our English- and Spanish-speaking team is available 24/7.
If your employer has workers’ compensation and you’re covered under it, the insurance company will assess your claim and either offer payment or deny it. Your attorney can be instrumental to a successful appeal of an unsatisfactory insurance decision.
If a lawsuit is an additional (or only) option, the Carabin Shaw personal injury attorneys in Houston, TX, can see your case through from beginning to end.Third Parties in Construction Site Accidents
In third-party personal injury claims, “third party” refers to anyone other than your employer. Although your employer might have insurance or be partly at fault for your on-the-job injuries, other parties are possibly liable.
The following list includes some of the common third parties who might be liable for construction site injuries:
- Equipment manufacturers whose products are faulty
- Contractors or subcontractors who are responsible for providing safe workplaces
- Site owners who maintain control of their land during construction
- Design professionals, such as engineers and architects, who ensure that construction complies with safety codes
On Texas construction sites, the most serious injuries are caused by falls, electrocution, and being struck by or stuck between objects.
These causes can be factors in many accident scenarios. Consider the following incidents that occur on construction sites in Houston and are grounds for a third-party lawsuit:
- A Houston road construction accident involves a commuter driving through a work zone and striking a worker.
- A company sells a poorly designed safety valve that results in an explosion.
- An engineer’s demolition plans aren’t sound, and a worker is injured despite following procedure.
These scenarios represent a few of very many possibilities. Your lawyer can identify liable third parties and build a case to prove their liability and recover damages for you.Hiring Attorneys for Houston Third-Party Construction Site Accidents
With a third-party personal injury claim, you must prove the fault of a third party. This process differs from workers’ compensation, for which you don’t need to prove that another person was at fault to receive benefits.
Your legal team uses deep knowledge of Texas laws and regulations to develop a lawsuit against a third party for a construction site accident. You might also have a case that involves several partially liable third parties and thus several lawsuits. In addition, you can file a workers’ compensation claim while you pursue third-party lawsuits.
In all cases, Carabin Shaw attorneys help you recover financial support for injuries that might be expensive, long-lasting, and distressing. Read Carabin Shaw’s client reviews to learn more about how our team has served our community throughout Texas.