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Construction Accident Attorney in Austin, TX
Construction Sites in Texas are Dangerous Places to Work
The Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that Texas has led the country in the past two years in fatal occupational injuries. The alarming part is that while the number of fatal occupational injuries in Texas increased over that time, nationally the number decreased. Although injuries can occur in any occupation, injuries in the construction industry are higher than any other industry. When you consider the level of activity at a construction site, with power tools, heavy machinery, high voltage, numerous trades working independently, and of course the weather, it’s not surprising. To receive fair compensation for your construction site injury, you may have to file a claim against your employer, a general contractor or an owner, or a combination of the three.
Worker’s Comp and Liability
Some employers in Texas carry worker’s compensation insurance and some don’t. If your employer does have worker’s compensation insurance you only need to show that your injury occurred on the job, you don’t have to prove fault. If your employer does not have worker’s compensation insurance, being injured on the job isn’t enough, you must also prove that your employer or someone else was responsible for your injury. If you are an independent contractor, you will need to file a claim against the party, or parties, responsible for your injury.
Common Construction Site Accidents
• Auto/Trucking Accidents
• Heavy machinery accidents
• Faulty/defective machinery or tools
• Trench collapse
• Scaffolding collapse
• Insufficient training/safety equipment
Because of the complexities of construction site accidents, with potential parties including contractors, subcontractors, property owners and employers, as well as liability issues and worker’s compensation insurance questions, having an experienced construction accident lawyer on your side can make all the difference. An attorney with the financial backing and experience to handle these cases from start to finish is an absolute must to get fully compensated for your loss. Earl Straight has handled these cases for 26 years, has a proven track record and is available to answer any questions you may have about defective product claims. Call 512-454-1331 for a free consultation.
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