Fort Worth Construction Accident Attorney
Are you struggling with physical, emotional, and financial injuries because you were involved in an accident on a construction site in Fort Worth, TX?
You may be entitled to compensation from your employer, a negligent third party, or an insurance provider.
The experienced Fort Worth construction accident attorneys at Stephens Law Firm, PLLC will work tirelessly to get all of the money you deserve. Give our law office a call today to arrange a free initial case assessment so that you can learn more.
How Will a Personal Injury Lawyer Help Me After a Construction Accident in Fort Worth?
It’s sad, but true – many construction accidents are avoidable. However, they happen because employers, site owners, and contractors cut corners to save costs.
Who gets hurt? The workers who put their health and safety in jeopardy every single day. T
hat’s why you should call Stephens Law Firm, PLLC for help after your construction accident. Our personal injury attorneys in Fort Worth will stand up for you and demand the money you deserve.
Our legal team has been advocating on behalf of injured workers in and around Fort Worth for more than 22 years. Unlike other firms, we take the time to really get to know our clients so that we can appreciate how their injuries affect their lives. Our compassionate and empathy-driven approach help us get the results our clients deserve, time and time again. When you’ve been injured, you can expect that we’ll do everything in our power to help make a difference in your life, too.
How? We will:
- Determine All Potential Sources of Compensation: Do you qualify for workers’ compensation insurance or will you have to file a personal injury lawsuit to recover compensation? Is your employer at fault or are others to blame? The answers to these questions will be fundamental to your personal injury case. We’ll work hard to make sure that we identify all sources of compensation so that we can secure a substantial award on your behalf.
- Investigate the Cause of Your Construction Accident: Why did you get hurt? What factors contributed to the accident that caused your injuries? We’ll break it down and bring in experts who can help us understand exactly how and why your accident happened. Understanding the cause(s) will be critical as we demand compensation from liable parties.
- Stand Up to Employers, Construction Companies, and Insurers: Many times, the people responsible for construction accidents in Fort Worth have deep pockets. They’ll use their vast resources to make it as difficult for injured workers like you to recover the compensation or benefits you deserve. Our attorneys have been standing up to these scrupulous companies for years – and winning. We’ll do the same for you. We won’t let them push you around or bury you in paperwork. We’ll level the playing field and go toe-to-toe with them as we fight to hold them accountable.
- Rely on Experts as We Value Your Case: Calculating things like current medical bills and present lost wages can be fairly straightforward. Challenges can arise when we attempt to figure out how your injuries will likely affect you down the line. What will your medical expenses look like in the future? How much income will you probably lose because of your injury? How will your injury affect your ability to enjoy your life? These are questions that are best answered by experts. So, we’ll bring them in as we navigate the valuation process so that our demands can be as strong as possible.
- Litigate, If Necessary: We’ll never take the threat of going to court off the table. We don’t want insurance companies or at-fault parties to think for a moment that we won’t bring your case to a jury. Why? Our reputation in the courtroom is well known – our attorneys have won some of the largest jury verdicts in state and national history. That’s something most insurance companies don’t want to face in court. So, the threat of litigation can help to leverage a meaningful settlement on your behalf.
It’s important to get started on your construction accident injury case as soon as possible after you get hurt. So, don’t hesitate to call our Tarrant County law firm to schedule a free consultation today.
How Common Are Construction Accidents?
Construction sites are inherently dangerous. That makes sense, since they involve destructing, excavating, and/or building large structures. Despite some tough state and federal safety laws, accidents on construction sites are still quite common.
It’s estimated that one out of every ten construction workers in the United States will get hurt on the job. For three out of every five workers, that injury happens in the first year working in the construction industry.
Fatal Construction Accidents in Texas
Sadly, many construction accidents are fatal. In fact, the construction industry accounts for nearly one-fifth of all fatal workplace accidents. How likely is it that a construction worker will die because of an on-the-job injury? According to one study, for a construction laborer with a 45-year career, there’s a 1 in 200 chance of death.
Year in and year out, Texas is usually the home to the highest number of construction accident fatalities. In 2012, there were 105 fatal construction accidents in the Lone Star State. More recent reports seem to indicate that fatal construction accidents have been on the rise. In 2017, statistics showed that a Texas worker died on the job every 16 hours. Construction laborers accounted for a significant number of those deaths.
The Fatal Four
According to OSHA, there are four major causes of fatal construction accidents. These are known as the “fatal four,” and include:
- Falls (36 percent)
- Struck by an object (10 percent)
- Electrocution (9 percent), and
- Caught in or between objects (2 percent).
These four things caused a staggering 57 percent of all construction industry deaths in 2012. Experts suggest that as many as 435 workers could be saved every year if employers addressed these major issues.
Types of Construction Accidents in Fort Worth, TX
There are a lot of different ways you can get hurt on a construction site in Fort Worth, Texas. At Stephens Law Firm, PLLC, our attorneys are here to help you fight for the compensation you deserve, regardless of the type of accident that caused your injuries. We represent construction workers who have been injured in:
- Brazing accidents
- Crane accidents
- Cutting accidents
- Defective equipment accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Elevator accidents
- Forklift accidents
- Gas explosions
- Motor vehicle accidents, including trucking accidents
- Scaffolding accidents, and more.
When a construction worker in Fort Worth dies on the job, we also help families pursue compensation through a wrongful death lawsuit. If you have been injured or have lost a loved one tragically, our team is here to provide assistance in any way that we can. Just give our Fort Worth law office a call today to arrange a time to sit down with our team.
Fort Worth Construction Accidents Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Not all construction accidents are fatal. The majority leave workers with injuries that they’ll have to struggle with for the rest of their lives. Common construction injuries include:
- Back injury
- Brain injury
- Crushing injury
- Eye injury
- Neck injury
- Soft tissue damage, and
- Spinal cord injury.
We know that you might need time to recover from your construction accident injuries. If you’re unable to come to our law office to talk about your case, our team can arrange a time to visit you. Contact us today to learn more.
Securing Compensation After Your Fort Worth Construction Accident
There are two ways you may be able to secure a financial award after you get injured on a construction site in Fort Worth. Our team will review your case and determine which option(s) are available and best suited for your particular needs.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Most states require employers to carry something called workers’ compensation insurance. This is a no-fault policy that covers the costs of an employee’s medical bills and lost wages after an on-the-job accident. Employees can get money, regardless of who caused their accident or shares blame.
Texas does not have this requirement. However, since employers can be sued for on-the-job injuries if they don’t buy a policy, many have one, anyway. After you get hurt, your employer must disclose to you whether or not they have worker’s compensation insurance. If they do, you may qualify to receive benefits for your medical expenses and disability. If they do not, you might want to consider moving forward with a civil personal injury lawsuit.
Personal Injury Lawsuit
If your employer has a workers’ compensation insurance policy, you’re generally prohibited from filing a lawsuit against them. However, you can recover workers’ compensation benefits and file a lawsuit against negligent third parties. At the same time, your employer is fair game if they opted not to carry an insurance plan.
In Texas, you can potentially recover compensation from anyone who is strictly liable for your injuries or anyone whose negligence caused you to get hurt. This might include:
- Construction site owners
- General contractors and subcontractors
- Engineers and architects
- Other workers and laborers
- Your employer, or
- Companies that manufactured or sold defective machinery or equipment.
When you file a personal injury lawsuit, you can also benefit from a more extensive range of damages, including money for pain and suffering, emotional distress, and disfigurement.
Schedule a Free Consultation With Our Fort Worth Construction Accident Attorneys
There are strict time limits for pursuing compensation, and those limits depend on how you decide to move forward. That’s why it’s important to reach out to our Fort Worth personal injury lawyers as soon as you can after you get hurt. Our accomplished legal team can begin to work on crafting your workplace injury claim as soon as you ask for our help. Your first consultation is free, so contact us to get started today.