Fort Worth Construction Site Accidents Lawyers
Construction is one of the most essential industries in the United States – but it comes with a sizable amount of danger. Construction workers face hazardous working conditions and must often contend with third parties near job sites such as traffic, pedestrians, and subcontractors. When construction site accidents happen in the Fort Worth, Texas, area, the attorneys of the Law Offices of Tom Hall are here to help.
A construction site accident that leads to an injured employee will likely involve the state’s workers’ compensation system to some degree, but workers’ compensation benefits rarely offer full coverage for the cost of a serious accident. When negligent third parties cause construction site accidents, the injured party can secure compensation through various types of civil actions, depending on how the injury occurred.
Defective Products and Equipment
Construction workers rely on a variety of tools and heavy pieces of machinery to perform their job duties. Product manufacturers must ensure their products perform as advertised and pose no unnecessary risks during normal use. They must also include adequate safety warnings of known risks of normal use of their products as well as thorough instructions for appropriate use. When defective products cause injuries or construction site accidents, the injured party can file a lawsuit against the manufacturer. The plaintiff will not necessarily need to prove negligence to succeed, only that the product in question was defective and the defect caused the injury.
Construction workers and companies also often deal with vendors, such as equipment maintenance service providers, tool sharpeners, and vehicle repair services. When these entities fail to meet an acceptable standard of care in their work, they may also cause construction site accidents. An injured employee would likely file for workers’ compensation and then explore additional options for legal recourse against the negligent party.
Negligent Third Parties
Sometimes, third parties cause construction site accidents. A driver who does not heed traffic signals or warning signs for road construction could strike a roadside construction worker, a piece of machinery, or a barrier, creating a serious hazard for both construction workers and the other drivers in the area. A driver who attempts to take a shortcut through a construction site could cause a serious injury. When these situations occur, injured plaintiffs must file personal injury lawsuits against the responsible drivers.
Like any other personal injury lawsuit, a third-party lawsuit for a construction site accident will hinge on the concept of negligence. The plaintiff must prove that the defendant owed a duty of care in the given situation and breached that duty in some way, resulting in damages to the plaintiff. The plaintiff must be able to offer evidence of those damages and prove they resulted from the defendant’s negligence and not some other cause.
Injured construction workers can rely on the workers’ compensation system to a degree, and other methods of legal recourse such as personal injury lawsuits or product liability claims can yield additional compensation. Regardless of how a construction site injury occurs, an attorney will be an injured employee’s best asset throughout the entire legal process. An attorney will not only help a client build a case against a negligent party, but also help navigate the confusing workers’ compensation claims system and handle any insurance concerns.
The Law Offices of Tom Hall are available to clients in the Dallas-Fort Worth, Texas, area who have suffered injuries in construction site accidents. We’ve helped clients secure compensation for their medical expenses, pain and suffering, property damage, and lost income in all types of civil claims, and we have 30 years of successful cases behind us. Contact our team today to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, and we’ll let you know your legal options.