McAllen Construction Accident Attorneys
Serving Injured Construction Workers & Their Families. Billions Won.
The construction industry provides some of the most hazardous workplaces in the American economy. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) lists construction jobs as being the most dangerous jobs in the private sector. In 2016, 991 of 4,693 work fatalities happened in construction. 1 out of every 5 fatalities in the private sector happened to construction workers.
OSHA regulations are designed to protect workers from harm. Since 1970, these regulations have successfully helped lower the death rate for workers from 38 workers a day to 14. However, with a small group of OSHA inspectors managing 8 million workplaces, employers must take responsibility for the safety of their workplaces, even if they are not being inspected. When an injury or death occurs, it is a direct result of employers neglecting important safety regulations.
That's when workers call Arnold & Itkin. Our construction accident attorneys in McAllen make sure negligent employers provide for their injured workers, paying for the damage they caused. We've won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements as a result, including hundreds of results worth $1 million or more. Speak with us in a free consultation to learn how we might be able to help you get back on your feet.
When employers allow their construction workers to get injured on the job, the McAllen construction accident attorneys at Arnold & Itkin are prepared to fight for their recovery. Call for a free consultation: (888) 493-1629.
The Four Most Dangerous Threats to Construction Workers
Data collected by the federal government reveals how dangerous construction work is. Each year, OSHA records statistics for annual fatal injuries in construction. Since so many construction workers sustain serious injuries on the job, the organization has grouped together a specific set of data and refers to them as the Fatal Four. These accidents happen most frequently and should be the most predictable and preventable as a result.
The Fatal Four consists of the following:
- Falls (38.7%)
- Struck by object (9.4%)
- Electrocutions (8.3%)
- Caught-in/between (7.3%)
Construction workers spend their days in a hazard-filled environment. Working underground, on high buildings, around deep trenches, or next to busy streets are examples of the dangerous conditions that construction workers face each day. Compounding these dangers is the presence of dangerous equipment, hazardous materials, and heavy objects. However, just because construction is inherently dangerous does not mean that accidents are acceptable. Since these hazards are a known issue, employers have a duty to mitigate their risks. If these accident sources were successfully eliminated, 631 workers that died in 2016 may still be alive today.
Causes of Construction Site Accidents
An employer’s neglect of safety plays a significant role in workplace accidents. To save costs, managers and business owners sometimes ignore safety issues which they consider too expensive to fix. Cutting corners has a dramatic effect on the culture and health of the work site, from encouraging new workers to embrace unsafe practices to putting workers at risk with defective or poorly-maintained equipment.
Common safety violations include the following:
- Poor worksite design
- Improperly secured equipment
- Failing to mark hazards such as holes or trenches
- Malfunctioning and improperly maintained equipment
When safety issues such as the ones listed above occur, workers pay the steepest price. Workers suffer life-altering injuries, the loss of the ability to earn money, and even death because of safety oversights.
Construction site accidents include the following:
- Slips and falls
- Scaffolding accidents
- Exposure to toxic substances
- Accidents involving machines
- Electric shock
- Roofing collapse
- Falling objects
Construction Accident FAQ
Are construction workers in McAllen, TX covered by workers' compensation?
Virtually all employees in Texas are eligible for workers' compensation coverage, but some companies choose to forgo workers' comp insurance. These "non-subscribers" are not afforded the protection that workers' compensation has to offer, which is against lawsuits from employees who have been injured on the job. It will be important to find out if your employer carries workers' comp insurance to determine whether you should file a claim or pursue another avenue of compensation, such as a personal injury lawsuit.
If you have questions about whether you qualify for workers' comp after a construction accident, our attorneys are standing by to help. Contact us for your free consultation!
What compensation can I receive after a construction site injury?
You may be entitled to financial compensation to cover all expenses and losses related to your injury. For workers' compensation claims, you can receive medical benefits and a portion of your lost earnings. If you file a personal injury lawsuit, you can be entitled to more.
A settlement or award for a construction site injury lawsuit may include money for:
- Medical expenses, including ongoing treatment or therapy
- Lost wages, including loss of future earnings
- Emotional trauma, such as pain and suffering or loss of enjoyment of life
Every construction accident case is different and will have a varying impact on a survivor and his or her family. That's why we recommend choosing a legal team that has experience with these complex claims.
Do I need an attorney after a construction injury or the loss of a loved one?
For very minor injuries, you may not need an attorney's help in recovering a fair settlement that gets you back on your feet. For catastrophic injuries or the death of a loved one, however, you may have trouble getting the assistance you so desperately need. Workers' comp insurance companies and big corporations that employ construction workers are notorious for delaying and denying claims or offering extremely low settlements that do nothing to help workers and families recover.
At Arnold & Itkin, we have faced off against some of the most formidable opponents—multi-million dollar and billion-dollar corporations and their teams of defense attorneys—and won record results for our clients. We fight to make sure these businesses are forced to do the right thing, no matter what.
Call Arnold & Itkin’s McAllen Construction Accident Attorneys for Help Today
If you have been injured while working at a construction site, help is available. Arnold & Itkin’s McAllen construction accident lawyers are ready to help you because we know exactly what you’re going through. We’ve seen countless people suffer from the negligence of employers nationwide, and we’ve helped the injured win billions of dollars in compensation. Our attorneys have helped our clients afford their medical treatment, recoup their lost wages, and get compensation for all the hardships associated with their injuries.
Call Arnold & Itkin at (888) 493-1629 for a free consultation. We front the costs of every case, and we only take a fee if you win. There's no risk involved, so talk to us today!