At The Mejia Law Firm, we know that the city of Houston, TX depends on the hard work of skilled laborers in the construction industry. Those who work on construction sites do some of the toughest, most difficult physical labor—and bring some of the greatest benefits to our entire city. Tragically, many people are killed while working and serving their communities this way. Statistics gathered by OSHA show that about 15 workers lose their lives in construction site accidents every day in the United States.
A Houston construction accident lawyer from The Mejia Law Firm is available to advocate for you and your family. If you were injured or lost a loved one in a construction site accident, we’ll work to help you win back the compensation you need, deserve, and are legally entitled to. When an accident is caused by someone else’s negligence, personal injury lawyers like us fight hard to protect the rights of injured victims and families.
Common Construction Site Accidents and Injuries
Construction site safety violations result in preventable accidents, injuries, and fatalities. When general contractors, managers, owners, and third-party workers are careless, negligent, or break mandatory safety regulations, employees often suffer devastating consequences. The most common construction site accidents are referred to as the “Fatal Four.” These are the top four leading causes of death in the construction industry:
- Struck-By Accidents
- Caught-In and Caught-Between Accidents
When these types of accident are allowed to happen, they can cause life-altering injuries and death. The most common injuries suffered in construction site accidents include:
- Broken bones
- Amputation or loss of limbs
- Burns and smoke inhalation
- Traumatic brain injury (TBI)
- Crushing injuries
- Exposure to toxins
- Chemical burns
- Spinal cord injuries, including paralysis
- Head, neck, and back injuries
- Eye injuries
- Loss of vision or hearing
- Cuts and lacerations
- Respiratory illness and lung damage
- Dislocated shoulder injuries
- Repetitive stress injuries
- Permanent disability
- Disfigurement and scarring
- Wrongful death
Every year, construction work consistently ranks as one of the most dangerous industries in the nation. Those responsible for the safety of workers have an extremely important obligation to protect the people who dedicate their skills to this essential yet dangerous field. But not every general contractor or site manager upholds their duty to create and maintain a safe work environment. According to OSHA, the most common safety violations last year were:
- Not properly protecting workers from falls
- Not warning about the hazards of dangerous chemicals
- Not safeguarding workers from respiratory diseases
- Not following scaffolding and ladder safety regulations
- Not protecting workers from hazardous energy sources
- Not ensuring industrial trucks are operated safely
- Not administering proper fall protection training to employees
- Not providing adequate eye and face protection for employees
- Not shielding workers from dangerous moving machine parts
How Can a Lawyer Help After a Construction Site Accident?
If you were hurt, disabled, or lost a family member in a construction accident in our area, a Houston construction accident lawyer may be able to help. When you reach out to The Mejia Law Firm for legal assistance, we treat your case with the respect and attention it deserves from the very beginning. We always begin with a meeting with you and your family to better understand your story and how we can help. This meeting is never something you need to pay for, as it’s a way for us both to learn more about each other.
If we decide to take your case, and if you decide that our law firm is best qualified to represent you, we will begin working for you right away. We’ll work to determine what caused the accident, what negligence occurred, what losses you suffered, and how much compensation you deserve to receive. After a construction site injury, we know that medical bills and lost wages can amount to hundreds of thousands of dollars. We want to make sure that the cost of someone else’s mistake doesn’t come out of your own pocket.
It’s important to us that families in Houston who suffer preventable accidents obtain the justice they deserve. We take pride in our community and the hardworking people who have built it. That’s why we use our legal expertise to fight for the rights of individuals who weren’t provided the safe working conditions that the law requires. Reach out to The Mejia Law Firm to learn more about how we protect those injured in construction site accidents in Houston.