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Amarillo Personal Injury Attorneys

When the Injured Need Help, Our Amarillo Personal Injury Firm Is Here

At Arnold & Itkin, we've been helping victims of severe personal injuries fight for justice for more than a decade. Throughout that time, we've helped our clients recover billions of dollars—winning the money they need to recover and put their lives back on track. Regardless of whether you have been seriously injured in an accident or if you lost a loved one to wrongful death, we are the advocates that you need on your side. Our top-rated Amarillo accident lawyers have the experience, skill, and resources needed to fight for the future you deserve.

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Amarillo Personal Injury FAQ

What do Amarillo personal injury law firms do?

At Arnold & Itkin, our mission is to make sure people suffering from the negligence of others have a path forward. We investigate accidents to determine who or what could have prevented them. After this, we seek the compensation clients need to pay for medical bills, lost wages, and damages caused by an incident.

What can an Amarillo personal injury attorney help recover?

Anything lost because of your accident might be recoverable with a personal injury claim. This often includes medical bills, lost wages, the cost of future care, and any other monetary losses triggered by injuries. Additionally, compensation for non-monetary losses might be possible with your claim for your pain and suffering. After a serious injury, you deserve to work with the best attorneys. Our legal professionals are ready to put your needs first as we assert your rights and pursue the full compensation you need.

How much does hiring a personal injury lawyer in Amarillo cost?

At Arnold & Itkin, our services are affordable and stress-free. We work on a contingency fee basis, which means that we only collect a fee if we win results with your case. Our firm will cover all fees, investigative costs, and any other expense associated with your claim. If we don't win, you don't pay. It's that simple!

What is negligence, and how does it relate to personal injury cases?

Negligence is described as failing to act with proper caution or care. It is further defined as a deviation from how a reasonable person would act in the same or similar circumstances. For example, a driver who looks away from the road to text a friend, runs a red light, and then hits a pedestrian may be considered negligent. This relates to personal injury cases because the negligent party can be held responsible for any harm caused. In the example above, the driver would be responsible for the pedestrian's injury-related losses and expenses.

Should I accept the insurance company's offer?

Insurance covers most personal injury cases in Amarillo and across the U.S. The individuals and companies responsible for causing harm usually rely on insurance coverage to pay for the damages caused. If the insurance company made you an offer, we highly recommend talking to an attorney before you accept. It is a rare occurrence for an insurance company's first offer to be fair and complete. A leading Amarillo personal injury lawyer can look over your claim, considering all the losses and expenses you've experienced to determine if the offer is truly in your best interests. If it isn't, your lawyer can pursue a fair settlement or award.

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  • $8 Billion Top 3 Largest Jury Verdict in U.S. History Arnold & Itkin LLP tried a Risperdal case against Johnson & Johnson for failing to warn about one of the drug’s most damaging side effects: gynecomastia. Our skill, hard work, and dedication resulted in the third-largest jury verdict ever obtained ...
  • $357 Million Largest Workplace Accident Settlement in Texas history Arnold & Itkin LLP secured a massive nine-figure settlement against a transnational corporation for a workplace incident. The settlement set a Texas record for being the largest personal injury settlement in the state’s history.
  • $222 Million Record-Breaking Verdict for Widow Our firm won $222 million for a woman who lost her husband in an industrial accident caused by a faulty valve. We took the case to trial because the at-fault company refused to take responsibility. The jury saw through the corporate lies and double ...
  • $205 Million Confidential Settlement Obtained for Numerous Clients Arnold & Itkin reached a record $205,000,000 settlement on behalf of clients after several years of hard-fought litigation. The case settled just before trial was set to begin.
  • $139 Million Massive Settlement Achieved for Victims of an Oilfield Incident Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a huge $139,000,000 settlement for injured families affected by an oilfield incident in the eastern United States, settling one week before trial.
  • $117 Million Largest Single-Event Personal Injury Verdict in Louisiana History Arnold & Itkin represented a pregnant woman who experienced stomach pain and called Acadian Ambulance. The driver of the ambulance drove the ambulance into the back of a sugar cane truck causing the plaintiff's spine to be severed at T4 and for her ...
  • $116 Million Confidential Settlement Arnold & Itkin LLP negotiated a massive nine figure settlement on behalf of their clients after several years of hard fought litigation.
  • $110 Million Record Settlement Achieved for Victims of Defective Products Arnold & Itkin obtained a record settlement for individuals harmed by defective, dangerous products. The result exemplifies our commitment to clients and justice for those seriously injured by the conduct of others.
  • $105 Million Record Settlement for Dangerous Product Victims Arnold & Itkin’s legal team helped represent those harmed by dangerous products. We were successful in recovering a $105 million settlement.
  • $97 Million Massive Settlement Secured for Refinery Workers Arnold & Itkin is proud to share that after months of preparation for trial, our firm was able to secure a huge settlement for clients who were injured in a refinery fire. Find out more now.
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Amarillo Catastrophic Injury Attorneys

If a Serious Injury Changed Your Life, We're Here to Fight for Your Future

Catastrophic injuries are so severe that they alter the course of a person's life. They may occur in any type of accident, such as a fall from scaffolding to a collision with an 18-wheeler. Any person may be at risk of suffering a catastrophic injury when an individual or a company fails to act with proper care.

If you or someone you love has experienced a serious injury because of another's carelessness or wrongdoing, your future may seem bleak. Instead of losing hope, work with a team of Amarillo catastrophic injury lawyers who can fight for the treatment, ongoing care, and support that you'll need for the rest of your life. Get the answers that bring peace of mind to you and your family. Recover the compensation that will help you rebuild and move on.

Linking Negligence to Catastrophic Injuries

Nearly every type of catastrophic injury can be linked to a person or corporation's actions (or failures to act). A chemical plant supervisor who ignores reports of a malfunctioning valve. A driver who gets behind the wheel even though he's had one too many drinks. A lifeguard who turns her back on swimmers while she's supposed to be on duty. A manufacturing company that cuts corners and releases an unsafe product to unsuspecting consumers. These are all examples of negligence and wrongdoing that can have catastrophic consequences.

At Arnold & Itkin, we represent survivors of traumatic injuries, including:

  • Brain Injuries
    A direct blow to the head or the sudden impact of a fall or collision may cause a brain injury that leaves a person with diminished cognitive abilities, memory loss, a changed personality, speech problems, and a host of other problems that forever impact their ability to work, communicate, and live.
  • Spinal Cord Injuries
    Spinal cord injuries include any type of damage to the spine or spinal cord, which can lead to partial or total paralysis. Loss of sensation and function may occur in part or all of the body, depending on the location of the spinal cord injury and its severity.
  • Severe Burns
    One of the most painful injuries to endure, a severe burn can cause scarring and disfigurement. Burns can damage nerves, muscle tissue, and even bone. They can also lead to loss of muscle control and function, and the road to recovery is typically long and challenging.
  • Broken Bones
    Fractures and crush injuries can lead to broken bones that cause permanent challenges for a survivor, affecting gait, balance, fine motor skills, and mobility.
  • Amputation/Loss of Limb
    An extremity or limb may be traumatically amputated in an accident or may require surgical amputation if it is so severely damaged that it cannot be salvaged. This will leave a survivor dealing with physical and emotional challenges of living and working without a finger, toe, hand, foot, or limb.
  • Hearing or Vision Loss
    Catastrophic injuries may also affect vision and hearing. Exposure to light or loud noise can leave a person with permanent damage, as there is no way to restore sight or hearing once lost fully. Exposure to chemicals or physical trauma can also lead to blindness or deafness.

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Amarillo Burn Injury Lawyers

Helping Burn Survivors Get the Treatment & Support They Deserve

Of all catastrophic injuries, severe burns are often the most painful. They involve long roads to recovery, and even with reconstructive surgery and the latest skin grafting techniques, a burn survivor may experience scarring and disfigurement. That doesn't even include the emotional impact of a burn injury, potentially leading to feelings of fear, anxiety, depression, and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Arnold & Itkin has a long history of fighting for burn injury survivors and their families. We have represented oilfield workers, people who have been injured in serious truck accidents, construction workers, and countless others who have experienced severe burns. As top-rated Amarillo burn injury lawyers, we are known for our results. These include over $10 billion for the injured and wronged all across the country.

Some of our notable burn injury case results include:

  • $92.7 million settlement for a client who was severely burned in a workplace accident.
  • $87 million settlement for a client who experienced life-threatening burns in a refinery accident.
  • $39.7 million verdict for a client who experienced serious burns in a dust fire and explosion.
  • $12.5 million settlement for a refinery worker in Corpus Christi, Texas.
  • $12 million settlement for a plant worker who was seriously burned when a safety valve failed.

The Lifetime Cost of a Burn Injury

Although burn injuries account for only about 1% of all hospitalizations in the United States, their treatment adds up to more than $10.4 billion every year. Treatment for a moderate burn injury may equal more than $200,000. Treatment for severe burns may add up to more than $1.6 million. Those figures do not take complications into account, which may include infection, disfigurement, delayed healing, and psychological trauma. Successful treatment for a severe burn may cost upwards of $10 million with these complications.

Common Causes of Burn Injury Accidents

Burn injuries can be caused by fires and explosions, as in the case of refinery accidents, factory fires, or motor vehicle accidents. They can also occur due to exposure to chemicals or heat, as in the case of industrial accidents or chemical plant spills. When a person experiences severe burns on the job or in any setting, they're facing an uncertain future at best. At worst, their very life is in danger.

Our Amarillo burn injury attorneys help those who have been injured in:

We also help those who have been burned by defective products, from heavy machinery to motor vehicle parts to household goods. Our lawyers help people get the medical care and financial support they need to move on.

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Amarillo Wrongful Death Attorneys

Choose a Top-Rated Amarillo Wrongful Death Firm with Billions Recovered

Losing a loved one because of someone else's negligence is devastating. An average of 146,571 unintentional injury deaths occurred in 2005—that is 45.6 deaths per 100,000 people, according to the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention. If you have lost someone you love because of someone else's carelessness, you have the right to seek justice and compensation. Although financial compensation cannot replace your loved one, it can help you support your family and hold the at-fault parties accountable for the harm they caused.

Arnold & Itkin understands what you are going through. Our Amarillo wrongful death attorneys can help you and your family fight for the compensation you rightfully deserve. Our firm has helped thousands of people rebuild their lives, fighting for the financial security and loss of peace that negligent people took away from them. We have fought the largest companies in the world, bringing them face-to-face with the people they've hurt and winning record settlements and verdicts. We can fight to do the same for you.

Filing Survival Actions in Amarillo, TX

For families who have lost loved ones, there is another option to consider. This is a survival action. A survival cause of action is slightly different than a wrongful death lawsuit. In Texas, most survival actions are filed by the deceased's estate representative instead of a surviving family member. Whereas the focus of a wrongful death case is the family's losses and suffering, like loss of financial support, loss of companionship, medical expenses, and the like, a survival action focuses on the suffering of the person who died. The damages awarded in a survival action are similar to what would have been awarded if the person had survived their injuries and pursued a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party or parties. In a survival action, the estate of the person who died receives the final settlement or award, not the family. The estate can then distribute the funds as needed.

The following damages may be awarded in a survival action:

  • Medical expenses
  • Lost earnings
  • Property damage
  • Pain and suffering

A family can pursue a wrongful death claim and a survival action against the party or parties that caused their loss. As Amarillo wrongful death attorneys with experience in both types of cases, our team at Arnold & Itkin can help you review your options and seek justice on behalf of your family member in every way possible.

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Amarillo Motor Vehicle Accident Lawyers

Representing the Victims of Car, Truck, Motorcycle & Bus Accidents

In this day and age, our reliance on motor vehicles continues to grow. However, while cars can be a convenient mode of transportation, they can also significantly endanger those who drive in them—and the statistics prove it. Every day, thousands throughout the nation are in serious collisions, resulting in life-threatening injuries and even death. If you or a loved one has found themselves in this situation, you should not hesitate to get the help that you need from a lawyer you can trust. Contact our Amarillo injury attorneys to request a free case review.

We offer help in motor vehicle accident claims of all kinds, including:

  • ATV accidents
  • Car accidents
  • Bus accidents
  • Boat accidents
  • Motorcycle accidents
  • Truck accidents

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Amarillo Car Accident Attorneys

Our Amarillo Car Crash Law Firm Has Helped Our Clients Win Billions

The National Highway Traffic & Safety Administration reported that the number of people dying on America's highways and in Amarillo is rising. Last year was considered the deadliest since 2007, and the numbers keep increasing. Traffic deaths have increased 8%, and there has been a 12% increase in Amarillo, which is 50% higher than the national average. Car accidents can result in tragic injuries that leave victims with extensive medical bills and physical pain. The weeks following a severe car accident are incredibly overwhelming, especially after suffering severe injuries. Fortunately, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses.

At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we can evaluate your case, help you file a claim, and make sure that your compensation meets your needs. After a car accident, it is crucial to avoid admitting liability or making any other statements without the guidance of an experienced Amarillo car accident lawyer. A lawyer can advise you on what to say, when to file, and what information to use, so you receive the maximum compensation possible.

What Are the Common Causes of Amarillo Car Accidents?

Every car accident is different and occurs for a variety of reasons. However, all car accidents have one thing in common: they are often caused by someone else's negligence or reckless behavior. When these causes lead to catastrophic injuries, drivers and their insurance companies should be held accountable.

The most common causes of Amarillo car accidents include the following:

  • Aggressive Driving & Road Rage
    Although traffic can trigger tempers, it doesn't excuse dangerous driving. Aggressive maneuvers are incredibly unsafe, especially if tailgating, excessive lane changes, and speeding is involved.
  • Defective Equipment
    Some accidents are caused because of car part defects. Examples of a defective vehicle may include improperly aired tires, brakes that give out, or a locked steering wheel.
  • Distracted Drivers
    A driver that is texting and not paying full attention to the road is cognitively distracted. Although these distractions might take seconds, it takes all the time for an accident to occur.
  • Tired Drivers
  • Drivers commuting after a long day or for long distances can become fatigued. Driving fatigued is extremely dangerous because drivers nod off and become hazards to those around them.
  • Unsafe Roadways
    When the state fails to take care of problems on the road, it results in hazardous conditions. Potholes, roads with limited visibility, and missing traffic signs can contribute to severe accidents.

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Amarillo Truck Accident Lawyers

The Best Attorneys Get the Job Done. We've Won Billions for Our Clients.

More than 5,000 people will die in trucking accidents this year. As many as 700 of them will be truck drivers themselves. Despite making up less than 5% of the vehicles on the road, large commercial vehicles are responsible for 1 in 10 vehicle fatalities. Weighing between 10,000 and 80,000 pounds, big rigs weigh up to 20 times more than the average passenger vehicle. The accidents they cause are life-altering and, in some cases, life-ending. Truck accident survivors and victims' families deserve a chance at justice.

Recovering from a trucking accident or recovering from the wrongful death of a loved one is costly—medical costs, the loss of regular income, and the compounding expenses of providing for a family can leave people in a financial hole that's impossible to escape. Meanwhile, the company that caused the accident may try to avoid paying a single dime. As a top-rated Amarillo truck accident law firm, Arnold & Itkin wants to change that.

We can take on truck accident cases involving:

Truck Accidents in Amarillo, TX: Causes & Liability

Why? This is the first question on the mind of most truck accident survivors. Families of victims who have lost their lives in trucking collisions have the same question. They want to know why they've lost someone they love. Survivors and families alike deserve to get their questions answered. At Arnold & Itkin, we work with professional investigators and experts in accident reconstruction to determine what caused a truck accident.

The following are examples of situations and behaviors that cause truck accidents:

  • Inexperienced truck drivers
  • Unsafe lane changes
  • Following too closely
  • Fatigued truck drivers
  • Trucks with imbalanced loads
  • Overloaded trucks
  • Improperly secured truck cargo
  • Poorly maintained trucks
  • Speeding
  • Drunk driving
  • Distracted driving
  • Texting while driving

Determining the cause of a truck crash is important because it reveals who is responsible, or liable, for a victim's injuries. Liability may lie with a trucking company, a truck driver, a shipping company, the manufacturer of a defective truck part, a motorist, or any person or company that contributed to the collision. Our Amarillo truck accident lawyers find out why and hold at-fault parties accountable. We do this so our clients can get the medical treatment and money they need to put the pieces of their lives back together.

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Amarillo Motorcycle Accidents Attorneys

Our Amarillo Motorcycle Injury Firm Fights for Results Clients Need

Motorcycles can weave through lanes and between neighboring cars because of their small size. Unfortunately, these advantages also make them vulnerable to life-threatening collisions. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, motorcycle-related deaths have increased by 55% since 2000. An average of 4,900 people were killed in motorcycle accidents in 2017. Since motorcyclists have little protection, they are more likely to suffer severe injuries that require extensive medical treatments and other related expenses.

If you were a victim of a severe motorcycle accident or lost a loved one in a crash, you have the right to seek compensation for your losses. An Amarillo motorcycle accident attorney from Arnold & Itkin LLP may be able to develop a strong case on your behalf. Our firm has beaten the most prominent manufacturers and companies in the world in some of the highest-profile cases in recent history. Our firm has won billions of dollars for our clients, helping them get medical care, provide for their families, and rebuild their lives.

The Common Causes of Motorcycle Accidents

Since motorcycles lack the protection that vehicles provide, riders have a 35% higher chance of being involved in a severe accident. Many people might think that motorcyclists cause most motorcycle-related accidents, but that's a misconception. It's car drivers who cause most motorcycle accidents.

Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents include:

  • Negligent Drivers
    Motorcyclists' are trained to avoid the dangers they face with other vehicles on the road, but drivers are not trained to look out for motorcycles. Any time a driver disobeys traffic laws or drives while distracted, they are negligent. When another person fails to pay attention, fails to check blind spots, or swerves into a lane abruptly, they might unknowingly hit a motorcycle rider. Even if a distraction only lasts a second, a second is all it takes to cause a tragic accident.
  • Driver Blind Spots
    One of the most common negligent behaviors is failing to check blind spots. Every vehicle has blind spots, so all drivers need to check their blind spots frequently when changing lanes. Because motorcycles are much smaller than vehicles, there are many cases where a driver failed to check their blind spot and changed lanes without realizing they were about to collide with a motorcycle. Failing to take this simple precaution can result in a catastrophic accident.
  • Dangerous Roadways
    Dangerous roadways can also be a major hazard. Hazards include potholes, uneven pavement, and other similar hazards. These are dangerous because they can cause motorcyclists to lose control and swerve more than they would for a four-wheeled vehicle. A case like this would hold government entities and contractors responsible for not maintaining roads.
  • Defective Parts
    Another often-overlooked cause of motorcycle accidents is faulty equipment. It is common for motorcycle components or designs to be defective. The motorcycle might have been designed to be safe but manufactured poorly in other cases. In such cases, your Amarillo motorcycle accident attorney can conduct a thorough investigation to determine which company would be held liable for producing and selling your defective motorcycle.

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Amarillo Aviation Accident Lawyers

Securing Results for Amarillo Helicopter & Plane Accident Survivors

After airplane or helicopter accidents, victims and their families deserve answers. Our team has the experience required for the complex investigations required. When it comes to recovery, our Amarillo aviation accident lawyers investigate every aspect of a crash to make sure the proper parties are held accountable. Whether you were a passenger or lost a love because of one, we're standing by to provide the help you deserve.

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Amarillo Work Accident Attorneys

Put Leading Amarillo Workplace Injury Lawyers on Your Side

Although there has been a decrease in workplace injuries throughout the years with the help of the Occupational Health and Safety Administration, on-the-job accidents continue to be a problem nationwide. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, over 2 million workplace accidents were reported in 2017. Over 5,000 of those workers were killed on the job, many in accidents caused by negligence. Employers are duty-bound to keep workplaces as safe as possible; when they fail to do so, the people who are injured should hold them accountable in court.

If you or a loved one sustained injuries in a work accident, you have the right to seek compensation, but you may need the help of an Amarillo work accident lawyer. Your employer is likely already working to prevent a lawsuit or figuring out how to weaken your case. We know that because Arnold & Itkin has filed hundreds of work accident claims, helping our clients get medical care, provide for their families, and rebuild their lives.

Facts About Work Accidents

Research shows that workplace injuries and illnesses occur every day—including wrongful deaths. Most of the injuries that occur result from employers' negligence, meaning they could have been prevented. Losing a loved one is one of the most devastating experiences in a person's life. If your loved one was killed in a workplace accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim and seek compensation. The Amarillo workplace injury attorneys at Arnold & Itkin can fight to get the best possible outcome,

The following statistics show the danger of injuries in the workplace, including:

  • About 50,000 workers die from occupational diseases each year—that's 150 workers each day.
  • Over 24,000 serious injuries and 803 workers were killed because of workplace violence.
  • Fall protection in the construction industry was the most violated OSHA standard in 2013.

Common Workplace Accidents in Amarillo

Our Amarillo work injury lawyers help all types of workers across all industries. We take on work accident cases across the U.S., fighting to help our clients recover while focusing on improving conditions for others.

We can take on workplace injury cases involving:

  • Accidents during evacuation
  • Chemical plant explosions
  • Construction accidents
  • Hospital accidents
  • Ladder accidents
  • Offshore accidents
  • Oil drilling accidents
  • Scaffolding accidents
  • Work vehicle accidents
  • Workplace falls

What Causes Injuries on the Job?

Negligent or inexperienced employers are the most common cause of workplace accidents. Employer and co-worker negligence can put other workers in danger—especially if they fail to provide a safe work environment. Our Amarillo work accident law firm has seen employers fail to protect workers too often. Instead of being safe, employers may take a gamble and cut corners. When something bad happens, workers suffer the most.

Many forms of negligence can lead to injury, including:

  • Equipment Failures: Failure to maintain machinery can result in severe accidents. The most dangerous equipment is usually used in industrial transportation.
  • Falling Objects & Flying Debris: It is common for construction sites, logging sites, factories, warehouses, and shipyards to have flying objects and debris.
  • Slips & Falls: Slippery and cluttered floors often occur at hospitals, construction sites, factories, warehouses, ships, and drilling rigs. These accidents can lead to life-changing injuries.
  • Failure to Comply with Safety Regulations: Employers often fail to obey federal OSHA standards to keep employees safe—leading to many injuries and deaths.
  • Inadequate Inspections: Employers need to perform regular inspections on ladders, scaffolds, derricks, cranes, and other equipment. It helps employers identify any possible risks or hazards and allows them to prevent serious accidents.
  • Insufficient Training: Employers must provide adequate safety training to ensure that workers are aware of potential hazards in the workplace and what to do to avoid them.

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Amarillo Construction Accident Lawyers

Construction Accidents Account for 1 in 5 Occupational Fatalities

Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) data shows that of all nationwide fatal workplace accidents, 21% of them occurred in the construction industry. About 1 in 10 of every non-fatal workplace accident happened in the construction industry. Construction sites have workplace hazards that make fatalities more common in this industry than any other. The high risks require employers to use safety practices that prevent workers from getting injured. Without proper safety measures to protect workers like you, catastrophic incidents are more likely to occur.

Whether workers are in building trenches underground or working near a busy street, they are put in dangerous situations every day. Although construction work is naturally risky, most incidents are preventable through vigilance and commitment to safety practices. These numbers demonstrate that employers fail to provide the maximum safety procedures for their workers. Even a small amount of negligence can lead to fatal injuries. When that happens, our Amarillo construction accident attorneys will be there to hold them accountable.

The "Fatal Four" Construction Accidents

Every year OSHA releases an annual research report to identify the most common construction accidents. OSHA identified the most common fatalities as the "Fatal Four."

The Fatal Four is comprised of:

  • Falls: 39.9% of total construction fatalities
  • Struck by Object: 8.4% of total construction fatalities
  • Electrocution: 8.5% of total construction fatalities
  • Caught in-Between: 4.3% of total construction fatalities

Unfortunately, hundreds of construction accidents could be prevented if employers complied with safety procedures as required. OSHA estimates that 500+ lives could be saved every year by eliminating the Fatal Four alone. A majority of these deaths occur due to failures of structure or equipment; faulty scaffolding alone causes over 4,500 worker injuries and kills 60 workers annually.

Most Common Accidents at Amarillo Construction Sites

  • Scaffolding Accidents: Construction workers often work on scaffolding. Scaffolds are, unfortunately for workers, often erected wrong and are unsteady as a result. Over 4,500 scaffolding accidents occur annually, and more than 70% of those injured said that the incident was caused by a lack of support or a falling object.
  • Falling from a Height: Another common cause of construction injuries is falling from another level. Construction workers are asked to work up high—whether it is on a roof, scaffolding, or ladder. OSHA reported that 660 fatalities occurred due to falling from a height in 2014.
  • Ladder & Stairway Accidents: OSHA statistics show that more than 24,000 injuries and 35 fatalities occur annually because of a fall from a ladder or a stairway on the construction site. More than 50% of these injuries require time off work. Ladder accidents commonly occur because the wrong ladder was used for the job, was in poor condition, or was misused.
  • Defective & Dangerous Equipment: One of the most significant risks on construction sites is workers' complex machinery and equipment. If this equipment is not used correctly or is defective, it can cause serious injuries. Whether it is cranes or forklifts, construction workers need to be trained on how to operate machinery safely.
  • Harmful Chemicals & Toxic Exposure: Many construction workers are exposed to chemicals that can pose serious health risks—such as irritation, flammability, corrosion, and more. OSHA has a stringent Hazard Communication Standard that spreads the proper information about these dangerous chemicals. If these safety standards are not followed, workers can become unwittingly exposed to chemicals. This can lead to burn injuries and even fires or explosions.

One of the most devastating types of accidents at construction sites are those involving cranes. When cranes fall, they cause mass destruction, serious injuries, and, more often than not, death. Unfortunately, Texas is one of the most common locations for crane accidents in the nation. A lack of safety standards, poor training, and other common causes of crane accidents mean that they're almost always preventable. Our Amarillo crane accident lawyers can help you and your family recover the compensation you deserve.

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Amarillo Oilfield Accident Attorneys

Our Texas Oilfield Injury Lawyers Help Workers Recover

In Texas, oilfields are a vital part of the state's economy. Besides helping to extract the energy that the nation needs, Texas oilfields help employ workers throughout the state. While a source of income and opportunity for workers, oilfield work can be dangerous. Heavy equipment, dangerous substances, and other qualities found at oil exploration and extraction sites mean that workers are constantly exposed to dangers throughout their shifts.

However, the danger in oilfields doesn't mean that accidents are excusable.

Employers and the managers of oilfield worksites are required by law to prevent accidents. When they fail to take the proper steps, workers unfairly suffer and have their lives changed by accidents' serious repercussions. At Arnold & Itkin, our team of Amarillo oilfield accident lawyers is focused on helping workers recover financially after they've had their life unfairly changed. No one deserves to struggle because a company failed to be responsible.

Dangers of Amarillo Oilfield Accidents

Oil rigs and derricks are filled with dangers for workers. Employers and the companies that profit from these sites are expected to protect employees from the dangers known to exist at them. From heavy equipment to flammable oil products, safety must always be the top priority of every company. When companies cut corners and neglect even a small safety practice, workers pay the steepest prices after an accident.

Amarillo oilfield accidents often involve events such as:

  • Explosions, Fires, and Toxic Exposure: Oil is toxic to humans and highly flammable. One spark or leak can cause a significant fire or explosion. Workers who suffer from one of these accidents usually do so because of their company's poor planning, maintenance, or safety management.
  • Slip and Falls: While it's easy to blame a person's clumsiness for a slip or fall, doing so blames the wrong person. Poor maintenance, slippery surfaces, and inadequately marked hazards can result in a worker suffering from an accident that wouldn't have happened with safety practices.
  • Falling Objects: Oil rigs are often tall, placing workers at risk from objects falling. Tools used at heights should be adequately secured, and machines must be anchored to protect workers. Often, many injuries caused would have been prevented by installing a safety net.
  • Malfunctioning Equipment: An oil rig's equipment needs to work perfectly. Yet, many companies neglect to maintain their equipment after getting too comfortable. Just one mechanical failure can be enough to trigger a catastrophic accident at an oilfield worksite.
  • Gas Truck Accidents: Often, oilfield activity brings heavy traffic to rural roads that weren't designed to handle it. Once you add the large gas and oil trucks that service these roads, accidents become common and devastating for everyone on them. Adding to the likelihood of a gas truck accident is the fact that oilfield workers often work long and hard shifts—making them exhausted and prone to driving mistakes as they head to and from their oilfield worksites.
  • Pipeline Accidents: Pipelines are an important part of any oilfield operation. However, poor maintenance to inadequate safety standards place workers at unnecessary risk of explosions, toxic exposure, and intense fires that are difficult and dangerous to extinguish.

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Amarillo Train Accident Lawyers

Our Amarillo Railroad Accident Attorneys Handle Complex Cases

If you've been involved in a railroad accident, our team is ready to help. Often, multiple companies are responsible for causing serious train accidents. When you call Arnold & Itkin, you're turning to Amarillo train accident lawyers who have the resources and experience required to make sure the right parties are being held accountable for your injuries. Whether you're a worker who was injured in the yard or a passenger injured during a collision, we're standing by to provide the support and assistance that your future deserves.

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If you would like to discuss your case with a top-rated, experienced personal injury lawyer in Amarillo, contact our accident law firm as soon as possible. We offer free, confidential consultations where you can talk through your story with our team and let us know what happened. We can discuss your legal options so that you can better understand your next steps and how our Amarillo injury law firm can help. To take advantage of this free consultation, all you need to do is give us a call at (888) 493-1629 or fill out our online form.

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