West Texas Construction Accident Lawyers
Billions Won by Construction Injury Attorneys in West Texas, TX
Few industries endanger workers like the construction industry. According to OSHA, the construction industry is responsible for about 1 in 5 fatal work accidents, and about 1 in 10 nonfatal work accidents. Spend one day on a construction site and it’s easy to see why: construction work requires working at great heights, with heavy machinery, in tight spaces, and surrounded by potentially hazardous materials. Thankfully, we have documented nearly every danger a worker might face at a construction site, creating solutions to prevent injury or death.
The problem is that employers often fail to utilize these solutions, citing either costs or time or other excuses. At Arnold & Itkin LLP, we believe there’s zero excuse for allowing construction workers to suffer injury or death on the job. Our West Texas construction injury attorneys hold companies accountable for failing their workers, and we’ve won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for our clients as a result.
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident in West Texas, speak with our firm. We can discuss your options in a free consultation at (888) 493-1629!
West Texas Construction Accident FAQ
What Is the Fatal Four?
OSHA compiles data on the most frequent accidents in the construction injury, which gives us valuable data on the most hazards every worker is most likely to face. What they’ve found is that the same four hazards are responsible for hundreds of construction deaths every year. OSHA has titled these hazards “The Fatal Four.”
As of 2018, the Fatal Four includes:
- Falls from a height (33.5%)
- Being struck by objects (11.1%)
- Electrocution (8.5%)
- Caught between objects or machinery (5.5%)
Fatal Four accidents are all preventable; any fatalities due to these hazards are all due to lack of safe equipment, training, or staffing. Hundreds of lives could be saved if employers just fixed these four hazards.
Why Do Construction Accidents Happen?
All construction injuries are rooted in human error. Supervisors, equipment leasing companies, or even other workers practice negligence every day, eventually resulting in life-changing accidents. The key to preventing human error is self-inspection, training, and accountability—and sometimes, that accountability has to come from an external source.
Negligence at construction sites also looks like:
- Poor site design
- Poorly marked (or unmarked) hazards
- Safety code violations
- Old or badly maintained equipment
- Overly aggressive completion dates
In most cases involving negligence, accidents come from bad policies. Supervisors and employers cut corners, trying to shave time and money off the budget. Unfortunately, it’s the construction workers who pay the price for it. Getting companies to change means making them answer for every accident, forcing them to provide for every injured worker out of their own pocket. That’s what our West Texas construction accident lawyers do.
What Are Common Types of Construction Accidents in West Texas?
- Scaffolding Accidents: scaffolding causes more than 4,500 injuries annually, with dozens of fatalities. Scaffolds are required to be able to carry four times its maximum intended load to prevent accidents due to support giving way, a commonly cited cause of scaffolding accidents.
- Falling from a height: OSHA reported more than 660 deaths due to falling from a height in 2014. That doesn’t account for the thousands who suffered serious injuries after surviving a fall.
- Poor equipment management: Forklifts, cranes, and other high-stakes machinery are common tools at a construction site. When workers are poorly trained or the equipment is badly cared for, it puts everyone else at risk. Employers need to invest in adequate training, supervision, and equipment maintenance.
- Toxic exposure: Construction companies are filled with substances that corrode, irritate, ignite, or cause other kinds of harm. Employers must meet strict safety standards to ensure their workers’ safety and health.
Call (888) 493-1629 to Speak with West Texas Construction Accident Lawyers
Getting companies to change isn’t an easy thing. Ultimately, companies only care about their bottom line; if you want them to change the way they do business, you’ll need to motivate them using their wallets. That’s why holding construction companies accountable in court is so effective: it attaches a financial cost to every unsafe policy and serious accident.
Arnold & Itkin LLP has won billions of dollars in verdicts and settlements against negligent companies, making workers’ lives safer by forcing their employers to create safer policies and workplaces. Our results include hundreds of settlements and verdicts worth $1 million or more, and dozens of results worth $10 million or more. One of our most famous cases was for a construction worker who lost his leg in a crane accident. Thanks to us, he won a $44 million verdict—the largest verdict ever won for an amputation victim.
Call (888) 493-1629 to learn what our team can do for you. A consultation with our West Texas construction accident lawyers is free.