Corpus Christi Construction Accident Lawyers
The construction industry has accomplished amazing things in Corpus Christi. The incredible structures built by construction workers defines our cityscape and skyline. Building such sturdy constructions necessarily requires huge machines, tons of materials, and heavy equipment. Because construction sites are filled with such potentially dangerous tools, machinery, and objects—and because they can involve other risky conditions—employers and contractors have a serious responsibility to ensure the safety of their workers.
Tragically, many construction workers are injured on the job every year. These injuries can often be quite serious, involving long recovery time, large amounts of suffering, and high medical bills. Workers injured on site and facing these problems often feel like they have nowhere to turn. However, the experienced construction accidents attorneys at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys are prepared to help get you the compensation you deserve. If you are legally due monetary recompense, we have the skills and the know-how to fight for you. Visit our homepage to learn more.
Construction Accidents in Corpus Christi
The United States Department of Labor (DOL) has a division called the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, more commonly known as OSHA. OSHA’s 2,100 inspectors are responsible for the health and safety of this nation’s 130 million workers, and their reports on the number of accidents and causes of workplace injuries and deaths help define and restructure our nation’s labor laws.
According to OSHA’s statistics for 2015, 4,836 workers were killed on the job. This amounts to 13 worker deaths each and every day. 937 of those fatalities, or a full 21.4%, were in the construction industry, highlighting just how dangerous this industry can be for workers employed by contractors and construction companies across the nation.
In fact, OSHA has a list it calls the “Fatal Four” of the leading causes of deaths for construction workers. These causes are falls (38% of the 937 construction fatalities), struck by an object (9.6%), electrocution (6.6%), and “caught in-between” (7.2%). Fatal Four accidents accounted for more than half of the total number of fatal construction accidents in 2015, at 64.2%, and if they were eliminated completely, a total of 602 lives would be saved each year in America.
Unfortunately, the construction industry remains hazardous for workers who have to contend with frequent and persistent danger on the job each day. From lacking safety gear or protective equipment to faulty or defective machinery, dangerous scaffolding or temporary structures, falling objects, electrical and wiring components, respiratory protection, and other hazards, Corpus Christi construction workers are put in danger of serious accidents or death each and every day on-site.
Common Causes of Construction Injuries
People can suffer severe injuries on construction sites. Since construction workers often deal with wiring, electrocution is a real threat. Burns are also common. The sheer weight and bulk of the machinery put workers at risk of broken bones, back injuries, head and neck injuries, and torn muscles. The list of potential injuries is practically endless thanks to all the dangerous equipment and conditions constructions workers handle on a daily basis.
A wide variety of construction site problems can result in serious injuries. Among other causes, workers can be hurt by:
- Collapses/structure failures
- Machinery accidents
- Slip-and-fall accidents
Your employer, contractor, or business leader has a legal obligation to make your workplace as safe as possible. Unfortunately, many construction sites wind up being more dangerous than they should be. Employers fail to supply proper training, routine maintenance checks, and other safety measures. When you are hurt in a construction accident, you can struggle with high hospital bills and time lost from work, not to mention the large amounts of physical pain and suffering. The experienced legal team at Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys is prepared to handle your construction accidents claim in the event of an injury.
The Construction Accident Lawyers on Your Side
In the aftermath of a serious accident on site, you may be unsure of who to turn to to help handle your claim. Often, your employer may put pressure on you to visit their preferred doctors, or they may try to force you to accept a quick settlement from their insurance company without consulting an attorney first. That’s why it is important to turn to the legal team that so many people in Corpus Christi have trusted with their injury cases, Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys.
It is our mission to help injured people in Corpus Christi recover from a serious accident and hold the parties accountable responsible for their actions. Our experienced trial attorneys are never afraid to take your case to court and fight for the best possible outcome, regardless of the size of your employer or the power of their insurance company. We are ready to fight for you and will do so with aggressive trial preparation and all of the experience and resources that our firm has.
We know how much your case means to you, and we know that it matters to you and your family that you secure the fair and just compensation that you deserve so that you can pay for your treatment and medical expenses and move on with your life. You didn’t expect for this accident to happen to you, and your employer should value the sacrifices you’ve made to get the job done.
For compassionate, experienced legal help with your construction accident claim, whether it is a slip or fall, machinery accident, electrocution, or any other accident that took place on the job site, be sure to contact us immediately to discuss your case.
Frequently Asked Questions
For years and possibly your entire adult life, you’ve dedicated yourself to your occupation and have worked day-in and day-out for your employer. After a serious accident, you may not feel like they have your recovery or your best interests in mind. That’s why we’ve committed ourselves to helping injured construction workers just like you, and we know that education is the key to helping you understand the often-confusing legal process. Below are the answers to some frequently asked questions. Of course, these are just general answers to common questions we hear, and if you have specific questions about your claim, contact us at (361) 888-8808 so that we can help you.
My employer is pressuring me to see their doctor after a workplace accident. Do I have to go to their doctor?
Following an accident on the job site, it is essential to visit a medical professional as soon as possible to document the injury and get the proper treatment. Your employer may insist on sending you to their doctor or an independent medical examiner (IME) that is often not “independent” at all. It is important to note that you do not have to go to a doctor selected by your employer, and it might be wiser to seek medical examination and treatment from your own trusted doctor. Construction companies and their insurance providers often want you to go to their doctors, who may undervalue or downplay the extent of your injuries to save themselves money.
How soon after an accident should I report it to my supervisor?
You should immediately report any accidents that occur on the job to your employer. It is recommended that you file an accident report immediately, and be specific about the location, time, and exactly what happened (including any injuries if immediately known). Do not rely on simply verbally telling your boss what happened—everything should always be in print. That way, you do not have to worry about a “he said, she said” situation where your boss can dispute what you said and when you actually reported the accident.
Do I need an attorney to handle my injury claim?
Sometimes, workers may find that their employer will pressure them to resolve an accident claim without having an attorney present. They will often downplay the severity of the accident, or they may reassure you that they will “take responsibility” and “take care of you” after the accident if you agree not to hire an attorney. Trusting your employer to do the right thing may be a big mistake, considering that they (like most businesses) are usually only looking at the bottom line, and are often incentivized to pay you as little as possible for your often-serious injury claim. An experienced attorney will be your trusted advocate and will fight to make sure you are fairly compensated for the true costs of your injury. Don’t just trust them to make it right, make absolutely certain you are not taken advantage of following an accident!
Brunkenhoefer, P.C. Injury Attorneys has nearly 80 years of combined experience helping injured parties like you. Since 1976, we’ve been helping innocent people collect on the financial compensation they deserve when they are wrongfully hurt by someone else’s actions. If you or someone close to you has been injured in a construction accident, we are prepared to help you with your claim. Contact us today at (361) 888-8808 to talk to a skilled legal professional about how our firm can best assist you.