Houston Construction Accident Attorneys
Representing Injured Construction Workers & Their Families
Construction sites rank among some of the most dangerous places to work. With heavy machinery, power tools, power lines, and unsecured heights everywhere, the possibilities for a tragic accident at a construction site seem endless. Not only do workers face daily risks of serious accidents, but even innocent bystanders can suffer catastrophic or life-threatening injuries due to a construction site accident.
Because there are so many trades and companies working on a jobsite, there may be many potentially liable parties after an accident. Accident victims should seek advice from an experienced Houston construction accident lawyer as soon as possible to learn about their legal rights.
The attorneys of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC have nearly four decades of combined experience helping injured construction accident victims recover full compensation after life-altering injuries. Let us fight for you now. Contact our firm for a free case evaluation with a knowledgeable construction accident lawyer. There are no upfront fees for us to begin work on your claim, and you only pay us if we recover money for you.
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What to Do If You’ve Been Hurt on a Construction Site
If you’ve been injured on a construction site, you should take the following steps to help protect your legal rights:
- Notify the site manager or foreman of the accident and your injuries. If they prepare an accident or incident report, request a copy for your records.
- Get the names and contact information of any bystanders who may have witnessed the accident in case your attorney needs to obtain statements to support your claim.
- If possible, take photographs of the accident scene, including whatever may have caused the accident and your injuries, any safety equipment, warning signs, lighting conditions, or any obstructions to your view.
- If you were injured by tools or equipment that you suspect may have been defective, request that they be preserved for later examination.
- Go to the emergency room or an urgent care clinic or schedule an appointment with your primary care physician. Follow your treatment plan, including recommended rest and time off work.
- Contact Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC for a free case review with an experienced construction accident lawyer as soon as possible. Our team will launch an independent investigation and work quickly to preserve evidence in your case.
We are ready to fight for you and the full, fair recovery you are owed. Do not hesitate to reach out to our Houston construction accident lawyers to request a complimentary consultation.
Types of Construction Accidents
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that the majority of work-related accidents and injuries occur within the construction industry. Contractors, subcontractors, roofers, electricians, and other construction workers are at risk of all types of serious and even life-threatening workplace accidents nearly every single day.
Some of the most common construction accident cases our firm handles include:
- Scaffolding accidents, including holding subcontractors who erected the scaffolding responsible for negligence, or the manufacturer of the scaffolding materials responsible for design or manufacturing defects
- Trench collapse
- Crane accidents, including crane collapses, falls from cranes, or accidents caused by materials dropped from cranes
- Accidents involving dangerous equipment, including when accidents are caused by defective equipment or tools
- Car accidents, including holding negligent drivers accountable for construction zone crashes
- Fall accidents, such as falls from roofs or from exposed heights
- Crush accidents, including accidents involving being pinned by machinery, equipment such as forklifts, or by falling materials
We have the experience, resources, and skills to effectively advocate for injured construction workers and the surviving family members of fatal construction accident victims. Our firm has a long history of success and is ready to fight for you and your recovery.
Types of Construction Accident Injuries
Due to the dangerous nature of the job, the construction industry sees some of the highest rates of on-the-job accidents, injuries, and deaths.
Common types of injuries suffered in construction accidents include:
- Severe lacerations
- Electrocution injuries
- Broken bones
- Dislocated joints
- Sprains and tears of soft tissues, such as tendons, ligaments, and muscles
- Neck and back injuries, including herniated and ruptured discs
- Internal organ injuries and internal bleeding
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Head injuries, including eye and ear trauma and skull fractures
- Traumatic brain injuries
These and other construction accident injuries can have serious, long-lasting effects on victims and their loved ones. At Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC, we are committed to helping injured construction workers and the families of those wrongfully killed fight for the justice and fair recoveries they are owed.
Pursuing Compensation After a Construction Accident
As a construction worker injured on a jobsite, you may be entitled to workers’ compensation benefits. However, workers’ compensation will only provide partial compensation for some of your losses, such as lost earnings, while providing no compensation for non-economic losses, such as pain and suffering or lost enjoyment of life.
It is important to note that Texas does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, and yours may not have it. Additionally, your construction accident may have been caused by the negligence or recklessness of a third party, such as an independent contractor or property owner. In these instances, and certain others, you may be entitled to seek full compensation for all your losses by filing a personal injury claim.
Examples of compensation you may be entitled to in a personal injury claim after a construction accident include:
- Outstanding medical expenses, such as hospital bills, doctors’ appointments, physical or occupational therapy, prescription medication, and other out-of-pocket expenses
- Long-term care costs, such as home health and general assistance services necessitated by disabilities caused by injuries
- Lost wages and lost earning capacity caused by time missed from work or by disabilities that prevent you from returning to full duty
- Physical and mental pain and suffering, including future pain and suffering, emotional distress, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), anxiety, and depression
- Lost enjoyment or quality of life due to physical disfigurement or by the inability to perform daily tasks or to partake in life’s activities
Our experienced Houston construction accident lawyers can help you understand what kinds of compensation you may be entitled to following an accident. Our goal is to recover the maximum payment you need to be made whole again.
How Our Houston Construction Accident Attorney Can Help You
Don’t try to cope with the aftermath of a serious accident on your own. Instead, let our skilled construction accident attorneys help you with your claim and your recovery.
We are ready to:
- Review your case for free to determine your options for pursuing compensation
- Help ensure that you have access to comprehensive medical treatment for your injuries
- Keep consistent communication with you throughout your case to help you address any other impacts to your life caused by your injuries
- Investigate the facts and circumstances of the construction accident and, in collaboration with accident reconstruction and engineering experts, determine how the accident occurred and who may bear responsibility
- File claims for compensation on your behalf and vigorously pursue settlements that provide you with fair and full compensation
- Advocate for you at trial, if necessary, to obtain a judgment in your favor
We understand the burdens a serious injury can place on you and your family. With our firm, you never have to worry about paying upfront fees for our advice or representation. You only pay us if and when we win compensation in your case.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident anywhere in the Greater Houston Area, the attorneys of Pines & Goldenzweig, PLLC can help. We offer aggressive legal representation, coupled with personal attention and a client-focused approach. We truly care about helping you get back on your feet so that you can move forward with your life.
Contact us today at (713) 609-1930 for a free consultation with one of our dedicated Houston construction accident lawyers.
Texas places a limit on the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim after a construction accident. This time limit, known as the statute of limitations, is two years from the date of your injury. If you wait too long seek legal help and file your lawsuit, the court will dismiss your case, and you will lose your right to seek compensation.
There are very few exceptions to the two-year statute of limitations. However, if you did not and could not have discovered your injury right away, you may have two years from the discovery date (the date on which you actually did or reasonably could have discovered your injury) to bring your claim in court.
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How much does it cost to hire a Houston construction accident lawyer?Personal injury lawyers, including those who handle construction accident claims, offer their legal services on a contingency fee basis. This means that clients do not pay upfront attorney fees or most litigation-related costs. Instead, the firm fronts these costs and only collects payment if/when it recovers a settlement or verdict on behalf of the client. At this time, a percentage of the total recovery is used to pay the attorney’s legal fees and other litigation-related expenses.
How long will my case take to resolve?The amount of time it will take to resolve your claim depends on many factors, including the overall complexity of your case. Generally speaking, more complex cases involving more severe injuries take longer to resolve than simpler claims. Other factors that influence the amount of time it will take to resolve your case include the length of your physical recovery, the amount of time it takes for you to reach maximum medical improvement, whether the defendant disputes liability or argues that you were partly at fault, and the defendant’s willingness to settle.
I'm partially at fault for my construction-related injury. Do I still have a case?
Being partly at fault for the accident or injury does not necessarily bar you from seeking compensation for your damages. Workers’ compensation is a no-fault system, meaning you can receive benefits regardless of whether or not you were at fault. If you are not eligible for workers’ compensation, or if you wish to file a third-party work injury claim in addition to a workers’ compensation claim, you could still have a case if you were partly at fault—as long as you are less than 51% to blame.
Texas follows a comparative negligence rule with a 51% bar when it comes to shared fault. Under this rule, you can file a personal injury claim against another party if you were up to 50% at fault for the incident that caused your injury. However, you will not be able to recover the full amount you are seeking in damages if you share some of the blame. Instead, your recovery will be reduced by your percentage of fault. So, for example, if you are found to be 30% to blame for the incident that caused your injuries, and you are seeking $100,000 in damages, your damages would be reduced by 30%, or $30,000. This means that you would only be able to recover up to $70,000.
How much is my construction accident case worth?Many construction accident cases involving catastrophic injuries, meaning they tend to be relatively high in value. However, the exact value of your claim depends on the severity of your injury, the impact it has had on your life, and numerous other factors. Our attorneys can review the details of your unique situation during a free consultation and provide more information regarding how much your specific claim might be worth.