Construction projects are a common sight in New Braunfels and throughout Texas. New buildings are erected while others are demolished. Roads and bridges are repaired, and highways are expanded. While construction projects like these are crucial to maintaining a functioning society, they also present severe risks to workers and non-workers alike.
If you or a loved one were hurt on a construction site, you could be facing high costs – both financial and personal. Fortunately, there may be a way for you to recover compensation for these costs.
Workers’ Compensation for Construction Accident Injuries
Construction workers have some of the most dangerous jobs in the country. They often work with heavy machinery, atop high scaffolding, and inside deep trenches. Construction accidents caused by falls, electrocution, malfunctioning equipment, falling objects, and trench collapse can lead to catastrophic and fatal injuries. Some injured workers are entitled to compensation through their employer’s workers’ compensation insurer. If a construction worker dies on the job, his or her family may be entitled to financial compensation through workers’ comp. The injured worker or surviving family may be entitled to reimbursement for medical expenses, lost income, and lost benefits. However, workers’ compensation insurance is not required in Texas, and some employers in the construction industry neglect to carry it.
Filing a Third-Party Claim for a Construction Accident
If a non-worker is injured on a construction site or an injured worker’s employer does not have workers’ compensation insurance, a personal injury claim may be the best way to seek compensation. Employers who choose not to carry workers’ compensation insurance are not shielded from personal injury lawsuits. If a construction company’s negligent actions caused a worker to be injured or killed, the worker or surviving family may have a right to sue the construction company. An injured individual may also be able to sue a third party if that party’s negligence led to the accident. Contractors, subcontractors, and property owners are just some of the parties that may be liable for a construction accident.
Contact a New Braunfels Construction Accident Lawyer
Construction sites pose hazards to workers as well as those passing through the construction area. If you or a loved one were involved in a construction accident, contact a New Braunfels, Texas construction injury attorney to discuss your legal options. At The Bettersworth Law Firm, we help injured clients and their families pursue maximum compensation for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. We can help you explore your options and build a strong case. Call 830-606-0404 for a free consultation.