Construction Accident Lawyer
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Many construction accidents are caused by negligence, carelessness, and preventable oversights. Whenever these accidents take place, injuries and death can follow. The victims of construction accidents can suffer incredible losses, but they are not without legal options.
At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we are dedicated to advocating the rights of construction accident victims and helping them recover. For more than 20 years, our 5-star construction accident lawyers have gone above and beyond to hold negligent parties accountable while securing full, fair compensation for victims.
No matter how complex your case may be, you can trust us to provide exceptional advocacy when you need it most. We know how to win, and we are ready to help you 24/7. Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers has recovered millions in all types of construction accident cases. Your claim and recovery could be our next victory.
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How Do Construction Accidents Happen?
Heavy machinery, constantly moving equipment, and high elevations are just a few dangers at construction sites. When these or other dangers give rise to construction accidents, they most often include (source: CDC):
- Struck-by incidents
Here is how often each of these construction accidents happens and what types of oversights can contribute to them (source for all data below: CDC).
Falling is the number one cause of death at construction sites, causing well over 1 in 3 fatalities. In many cases, these falls result from missing protective equipment, equipment failures, and other problems. While falling from scaffolding, ladders, and other elevated areas often causes serious injuries, so do same-level falls, including trips, slips, and falls.
On the rise in recent years, struck-by events happen when any object, piece of equipment, or vehicle strikes a worker. These incidents are responsible for more than 1 in every 7 deaths at construction sites.
Direct or indirect contact with a live current causes about 7% of all construction worker fatalities each year. Shockingly, more than 6 in 10 workplace electrocutions occur at construction sites.
While many of these construction electrocutions are caused by contact with overhead or underground power lines, several also result from improper use of extension cords and the misuse of temporary lighting at construction sites.
Causing about 5% of construction worker fatalities, entrapments have also been on the rise recently. These events can involve backovers, collapses, crushing incidents, and entanglements.
Other Causes of Construction Accidents & Injuries
Beyond the Fatal Four, many other factors can also hurt construction workers on the job. These can include (and are not exclusive to):
- Hazardous substances
- Faulty equipment
- Safety violations
- Worker fatigue or impairment
- Failures to train
- Failures to provide legally required safety protections
No matter what type of negligence causes a construction accident, Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can help victims recover. We represent people just like you in all types of construction accident cases, and we can help you fight for justice when it matters most.
Construction Accident Statistics
The facts about construction accidents are stunning. They clearly display how often people are hurt and killed at construction sites every year in the U.S. (source: BLS):
- Over the past 5 years, construction worker deaths have surged by more than 7%.
- The death risk for construction workers is 11 times greater than it is for the average American worker.
- About 75% of construction deaths impact workers at companies with less than 20 employees.
- Most construction worker deaths impact those in building construction. More than 20 building construction workers die every month on the job.
These big-picture numbers don’t speak to the trauma and lasting harm that just one construction accident can cause. When these accidents happen, experienced counsel from a trusted construction accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can make all the difference in your case and your recovery.
5 Steps to Take After a Construction Accident
If you are able to do anything after a construction accident, here are a handful of steps that you can take to protect yourself. Keep in mind that you can cut this down to just steps 1 and 5 if needed.
1. See a Doctor ASAP.
Go to the emergency room or visit your doctor, so your injuries can be diagnosed, documented, and treated. Also, make sure you do not skip any prescribed treatments and that you follow all doctors’ orders regarding any limitations or restricted movements. This can be critical to physically recovering while laying an important foundation for a future claim.
2. Submit a Work Accident Report.
It’s best to file this report with your employer. In Louisiana and Texas, state law provides 30 days to file this report and still maintain eligibility for workers’ compensation benefits. That’s 30 days from the date of the construction accident.
3. Gather & Keep Evidence.
Anything you have or can obtain related to the construction accident could be helpful evidence for a future claim (beyond a workers’ compensation case). Some items that may be important can include:
- Witness information
- Pictures and/or videos of the accident or the aftermath scene
- Accident scene debris
- Employee handbooks or training manuals
- Employer records
- Equipment-related records
4. Be Careful Whenever You Interact with Insurance Companies.
Insurance companies are more likely to be a foe, not a friend, when you’re seeking compensation. They’re in the business of protecting their bottom line and their profits, not your rights. That can mean that:
- You can’t depend on insurers to play fair, explain your rights, or do the right thing when it comes to your claim.
- You should expect insurance companies to push back and undervalue your claim.
- You should be extra cautious when speaking with insurance adjusters.
5. Talk to a Construction Accident Lawyer
The attorneys at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can be the advocate you need when it’s time to recover from a construction accident. We can explain whether you have a personal injury case, beyond a workers’ compensation claim, and we can do everything necessary to set your claim(s) up for the best possible resolution.
Do I Have a Construction Accident Case?
Depending on the circumstances, you could have more than one construction accident claim. To begin to figure out your legal options, you’ll need the answers to the questions below — and it’s best to discuss them with a lawyer who can give you important advice about a potential construction accident case:
- Were you on the clock (working) at the time of the construction accident?
- Are you an employee or contractor?
- When and where did the accident happen?
- How were you injured?
- What injuries did you sustain?
- Was anyone at fault for causing the accident or could it have been prevented?
A construction accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers can help you answer these questions while explaining your rights and the available legal remedies. We can also guide and counsel you moving forward, working diligently to help you secure successful resolutions and the maximum financial recoveries available.
Why Do I Need a Construction Accident Lawyer?
The right attorney will know how to protect your rights and interests while building you the strongest possible construction accident claim. When it comes to these cases, the bottom line is that:
- Pursuing compensation can involve complex processes, strict deadlines, and tough negotiations.
- Injured people can face real challenges securing the construction accident compensation they deserve.
- A lawyer can be the vigilant, fierce advocate you need when you are determined to obtain the best possible outcome.
Without a construction accident attorney in your corner, you can run the risk of missing key deadlines, losing a case, or giving up compensation you may deserve. At Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers, we know what it takes to win even the toughest construction accident cases, and we are ready to fight for you. Find out how in a free, confidential consultation.
How Is Construction Accident Compensation Calculated?
Damage calculations for construction accident cases can be quite complex. That’s because compensation can cover past and future losses, as well as economic and non-economic damages. Specifically, cases that result in compensation for construction accident victims can include damages for (but not limited to):
- Medical bills
- Lost wages, benefits, and bonuses
- Lost earning capacity
- Property damage
- Pain and suffering
- Funeral expenses (after deadly construction accidents)
- Loss of consortium
The construction accident lawyers at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers are exceptionally skilled at securing the maximum compensation for victims and families. We know money can never make construction accident injuries disappear. But we also know that the recoveries from these cases can make all the difference in helping victims heal and move forward.
Get Answers & 5-Star Advocacy from Premier Construction Accident Lawyers
Time to file a construction accident case could be running out. Find out your options now, before it’s too late, by talking to an experienced lawyer who cares, who can help, and who has a winning track record. Contact a construction accident lawyer at Morris & Dewett Injury Lawyers.
Known for excellence in and outside the courtroom, we have decades of experience winning all types of construction accident cases. Discover the difference our team can make in your case and recovery by contacting us today.