Construction accident lawyer Ryan DeHoyos explains Texas accident injury laws and everything you need to know if you’ve been injured in accident in Houston, TX.
In such a thriving and growing city as Houston, it’s no surprise to see construction sites dotted everywhere. It’s a major employer, accounting for around eight percent of the working population here.
Unfortunately, with any construction site comes a high risk of accidents. No matter the precautions taken and safety-first policies introduced, accidents still occur and workers get injured. Many accidents on construction sites are serious, as you might expect from the nature of the work.
Many accidents are avoidable and, sometimes, long hours and unsafe conditions are contributing factors to injuries, leading to workers comp claims or even lawsuits.
Construction companies and contractors should have rigid safety policies in place for their workers but unfortunately, that’s often not the case.
If you are injured on a construction site, trying to get fair compensation for your injuries, and unsure who can be held liable, the team at DeHoyos Law Firm, PLLC can provide the help, support, and legal assistance you need at this tough time.
What are the most common types of construction accidents in Houston?
Construction accident injuries, by the very nature of the working environment, are often very serious and can be fatal or near-fatal.
Around 20 percent of work-related deaths occur on construction sites according to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA). The devastating effects for workers and their families need little introduction.
Accidents often involve heavy machinery or working at great heights. The most common injuries include:
Being struck by an object
Getting caught in machinery
Overexertion when lifting
Fires and explosions
How are construction accidents caused?
Most accidents on construction sites are preventable. This does not make it any easier for the families concerned.
However, if unsafe conditions, inadequate safety equipment/protocols, or negligence from the construction company contributed to the accident and your injuries, you may have a stronger compensation claim.
Most commonly, we see the following causes of accidents on Houston construction sites:
Poor fall protection
Poorly constructed scaffold or guardrail
Failure to comply with safety regulations
Lack of proper safety equipment
Uneven walking surfaces
Exposed electrical parts, poor wiring or overloaded circuits
Malfunctioning tools or equipment
Lack of equipment maintenance
What injuries result from construction accidents?
Heights, heavy equipment, power issues…the hazards on construction sites are obvious but sometimes a construction company fails to take preventative measures, leading to the following types of injuries:
Traumatic brain injuries
Neck, back and spinal cord injuries
Loss of hearing or vision
Polytrauma (multiple injuries to the body)
Been injured in a construction accident in or around Houston, TX?
If you have been injured due to another’s negligence on the job site, call us at (832) 745-4878 or schedule a free and confidential consultation about your case today.
Why hire Ryan DeHoyos as your construction accident lawyer?
Ryan A. DeHoyos has been an established face in the courtrooms of Houston for over a decade. In recent years, he has represented local families affected by personal accident injuries in the city and the surrounding areas.
Ryan went to South Texas School of Law and graduated with a Doctor of Jurisprudence in 2009. Upon graduation, Ryan worked for a local law firm and several large businesses to hone his litigation and trial skills, and today he uses this experience and his holistic understanding of legal matters to obtain favorable results for his clients
His knowledge and understanding of the local court system, the associated procedures, and the personnel involved can benefit your case.
When you choose Ryan DeHoyos to manage your case, you can expect the following:
A compassionate, friendly, and focused approach.
An attorney who is truly focused on your best interests
A detail-oriented examination of your case
Tenacious negotiations with the insurance company of the at-fault party
Open and regular communication to keep you informed at every stage of the process
No “legalese”, Ryan will explain matters in clear English no matter how complex
The expertise of a personal injury lawyer recognized as a “Rising Star” by Super Lawyers
An impressive track record of success in and out of the courtroom
Ryan DeHoyos will fight for your best interests but you still retain control of the ultimate decision: whether to accept a settlement or proceed to a trial. His advice and guidance can prove invaluable when making this decision.
Who is liable for construction accidents in Houston, TX?
Every employee in Texas – regardless of the industry – is entitled to a safe workplace.
Employers owe their workers a duty of care so that preventable accidents are avoided. In the case of construction sites, danger and risk are part of life but this does not release the construction company from its duty of care.
Construction companies must be more vigilant and take extra measures to ensure the safety and security of the workforce.
For instance, safety training must be a priority. Following industry standards and regulations and performing regular checks/maintenance of equipment and machinery must be performed to the letter.
Workers’ comp and suing an employer in Houston
If you suffer an injury while working on a construction site, you will need to file a claim through workers’ comp benefits. These benefits protect employers in Houston from liability in personal injury lawsuits so you cannot sue your employer if you are covered by workers’ comp.
However, a third party may be at fault for a construction site accident, such as one of the following parties:
The construction site owners
Inspectors or maintenance companies
Equipment rental companies
In such cases, it’s best to discuss your options with a Houston construction accident lawyer, who will determine if you have a valid case and help you file a lawsuit against them if you do.
Have you been injured in a construction accident in Houston?
An experienced construction accident injury lawyer like Ryan DeHoyos can help investigate your accident and inform you of your legal options.
Your focus should be on recovery from your injuries. So, if your life has been changed as a result of your construction site accident, Ryan DeHoyos and his team will look after the legal issues and provide all the support you need.
Ryan DeHoyos is an experienced Houston-based personal injury lawyer. Recognized as a “Rising Star” on Super Lawyers (2019), Ryan DeHoyos can help secure the compensation you deserve so that you can move on with your life in the knowledge that you have received some measure of justice. He represents clients who have been injured in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, or any other type of accident and gets them the compensation they deserve. Call him at (832) 745-4878 for a free consultation.
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