Injured in a Dallas Construction Accident?
Did your workplace injury happen at a construction site?
The lawyers at Tracey Fox & Walters know that construction sites can be very dangerous places to work. There is always a risk of being injured. Workers often do their jobs high off the ground and use heavy machinery and power tools. Heavy equipment and materials are always being moved around. Steps are supposed to be taken to keep workers safe. But when someone is negligent, an accident can happen that leaves workers seriously injured.
Some of the cases our Dallas construction accident lawyers handle include:
- Building Collapse Accidents
- Crane Accidents
- Forklift Accidents
- Heavy Machinery Accidents
- Falls from Ladders and Scaffolding
Construction accident injuries can be very serious. Workers can suffer broken bones, muscle and joint injuries or deep cuts. They could lose a limb. There is the risk of traumatic brain injury (TBI) from a head injury. Injuries to the spinal cord sometimes result in paralysis. Injured workers can suffer both physically and emotionally.
There is also a heavy financial toll. There may be surgeries, hospital stays, medications and physical therapy. And without being able to work, there is no money coming in to pay the bills. Suddenly, the entire family is affected.
How we can help
When our attorneys see construction workers and their families in Dallas struggling because someone was negligent, we think that person should be held responsible. So we take action.
If you've been hurt in a construction accident and your employer does not carry workers' compensation insurance coverage, you need an experienced attorney on your side. We will investigate your accident to learn who was responsible. Construction accidents are often caused by the reckless behavior or negligence of others. These could include:
- The construction company
- Other workers
- Equipment manufacturers
If your employer does carry workers' compensation insurance coverage, you may be able to file a claim if a third party's negligence was responsible for the accident.
Workers hurt in construction accidents may be entitled to damages for medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of earnings, disfigurement or physical impairment. To learn more about your options, contact us to schedule a free case evaluation.
One of the most frightening types of accidents is when a building under construction collapses. A properly designed and constructed building should not collapse for no apparent reason. When this happens, it means there was negligence.
In this type of accident, large pieces of concrete, steel and wood fall onto workers and people walking by the site. Workers who were on a top floor at the time fall to the ground. The resulting injuries can be catastrophic and in some cases, fatal.
There are several possible causes for a building collapse. The design of the building could have been flawed. The construction company may not have taken proper safety measures. The foundation may not have been strong enough. Or perhaps low quality building materials were used in construction. An experienced attorney knows how to identify the negligent parties and hold them responsible.
Cranes are a vital piece of equipment for construction. These large machines are able to lift materials weighing several tons several hundred feet up in the air. But when something goes wrong, people can get seriously hurt-or killed.
There are many different types of crane accidents. A crane could tip over or drop its load. It could hit a power line. The counterweight could fall. Or the crane could hit a worker while in motion.
Crane accidents have many possible causes. The operator could be poorly trained, distracted or impaired by alcohol or drugs. Parts on the crane may be defective. Or perhaps proper procedures were not followed. An experienced construction accident attorney can investigate and determine who was negligent.
A forklift, or powered industrial truck, is a big help on construction sites for moving large amounts of materials and heavy objects. But forklift accidents cause tens of thousands of injuries at workplaces in the U.S. each year, and many fatalities.
When there's an accident, a worker could be hit or crushed by a forklift. Or hit by a load falling from it. Some workers are injured when they fall off the forklift. And in some cases, the forklift can overturn.
A forklift accident can happen because the operator was not trained properly. Or the operator was not paying enough attention. There may have been poor visibility. Another possible cause is a forklift that malfunctions because it did not receive routine maintenance. An attorney can find the cause and hold the negligent party responsible.
Look at any construction site in Dallas, and you'll see heavy machinery. Depending on the work being done, you might see excavators, bulldozers, pavers, rollers, cement mixers or other big machines. Heavy machinery allows construction workers to get a lot of work done in a short amount of time. But it can be extremely dangerous when there's an accident.
There are many ways that heavy machinery accidents can cause injuries or death. A machine may hit a worker or crash into another vehicle. Something the machine is carrying could fall. Or part of the worker's body could become trapped in the machine.
When negligence leads to a heavy machinery accident, an attorney can take action against the party that was responsible. This could include the operator who was distracted or reckless. A company may not have provided enough supervision or training, or may have failed to properly maintain the machine. Or the machine manufacturer could have used defective parts. Whatever the cause, we can investigate your accident and hold the negligent party accountable.
Construction workers often have to do their jobs high above the ground. Sometimes this involves standing on a ladder. Other times, it involves standing on scaffolding. When set up and used properly, both methods are safe and effective. But when there's an accident caused by someone's negligence, workers can get seriously hurt-or killed.
Thousands of workers are injured each year after falling from a ladder or scaffolding set up on a construction site. Others can be injured if an aluminum ladder comes in contact with a power line. Workers can also slip and fall on a scaffolding plank.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has set safety standards for the use of ladders and scaffolding. Some workers and companies do not always follow these standards. In addition, ladders and scaffolding may be constructed with defective parts. An experienced attorney can investigate and help establish negligence.