What You Should Know About Construction Work Accidents in Texas
Construction site accidents are some of the most serious, in Texas and throughout the nation. There are inherent risks that come with working in the construction industry, which is only made worse by the failure to follow safety protocols and other factors. Every single year in Texas, hundreds of workers die and thousands are injured due to unsafe worksites. This fact is extremely hard for many to come to terms with, especially if you’ve lost a loved one in a construction site accident. Approximately 20 percent of all occupational work fatalities take place in the construction industry, which equates to one in five workplace deaths in the U.S.
Construction work accidents take place for a wide range of reasons, but they can often be attributed to safety engineers acting negligently or safety programs failing. Regardless of the cause of the accident, the injured worker is entitled to some type of compensation. Here at Rad Law Firm, we understand how devastating these types of accidents can be and are here to represent you. We will work alongside you to pursue a claim against the construction company, safety engineer, or whoever else was responsible for your injuries. Unfortunately, Texas has a much higher rate of construction site accidents than many other states. There are numerous factors that contribute to this, including the fact that Texas has such a large construction sector, including oil and gas fields.
Construction Accidents in Texas: The Facts
According to the Texas Department of Transportation, work zone fatalities increased by 27 percent in Texas in 2017. When an accident takes place at a construction site, there are numerous serious repercussions. Not only are workers at risk, but pedestrians, cyclists, and innocent bystanders.
In Texas, there are many different types of construction accidents that take place on a regular basis, including:
- Scaffolding accidents
- Slip and fall accidents
- Burn and chemical accidents
- Falling objects
- Structure collapse
- Car accidents
- Exposure to chemicals
In Texas, specialty construction trades account for the most deaths (719 from 2003 to 2012). Texas also has the highest rate of accidents amongst the 10 largest states in the U.S. The Lone Star State can blame falls for the most fatalities in construction, with 300 workers falling to their death from 2003 to 2012.
When it comes to seeking compensation for your injuries following a construction site accident, it is important to understand your rights. Workers’ compensation is often the go-to for recovering damages for your injuries. According to the Texas Department of Insurance, more than 60 percent of families received zero benefits from workers’ compensation following an accident. This is where hiring an experienced Dallas construction accident lawyer could come in handy. We can help you where workers’ compensation cannot and will do everything in our power to ensure you are adequately compensated. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Dallas personal injury lawyers, please contact Rad Law Firm today.