Austin Construction Accidents Lawyers, Texas
Holding third parties accountable for injuries to employees and contractors
Austin is continually improving, continually expanding. New roads and buildings help residents get to work faster and enjoy their communities more. Existing streets and structures often need to be repaired due to wear and tear, changing needs, and other reasons. Construction work can be dangerous to workers, pedestrians, and drivers. There are regulations, industry standards, building codes, and other laws that govern construction work in Austin. Property owners, manufacturers, contractors, and others may be liable if they fail to protect you.
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Austin personal injury lawyers are experienced construction accident lawyers. For 200 combined years, we’ve been fighting for workers who suffer accidents due to falls, exposure to chemicals, electric shock, fires, and other accidents. Our lawyers work with engineers and other construction professionals to show why third-parties should be held accountable. We demand compensation for all your economic and personal losses.
"Slack Davis Sanger represents the ultimate in professionalism combined with a true caring attitude.” - Colonel Ray Toler, Client
What types of construction accidents are common in Austin?
Some of the most common types of construction injuries include:
- Falls include falling from heights such as from ladders, scaffolds, higher levels of a building, and trees. Workers can also fall on level ground if they slip, fall over an object, or if the ground isn’t level (it’s usually not level until the job is finished). Falls can cause traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord damage, amputations, fractures, and other serious injuries.
- Moving vehicle accidents. Workers at roadway construction sites are in constant danger of being struck by drivers. The drivers can also be injured or killed if the construction site doesn’t properly warn drivers that there is construction work ahead. At most construction sites, trucks are regularly bringing in supplies and removing debris. Workers at the construction site often work with cranes, bulldozers, and forklifts. Accidents can occur if a vehicle strikes a worker or another vehicle. Accidents may also happen if a vehicle operator is careless or isn’t properly trained.
- Exposure to dangerous toxins. Many construction products such as asbestos, cleaning agents, and other chemicals can cause respiratory problems as the worker breathes in the toxins, or skin damage if the chemicals touch a worker’s skin. Carbon monoxide poisoning is a common danger.
- Electrical accidents. Many construction workers work near power lines and with power tools. Often the electrical foundation is unstable until the construction work is finished. Electrical exposure can be deadly or cause catastrophic injuries.
- Being caught between objects. Construction workers often work in confined spaces. There is a constant risk of being caught between other workers, machinery, vehicles, and parts of the building structures.
- Fires and explosions. Many construction sites – especially those doing excavation work or demolition, or those working around oil and gas – pose a fire and explosion risk. Workers can sustain serious burns, and/or inhale ash or dangerous chemicals.
- Defective machinery and tools. Many construction accidents are caused by defective tools, machines, and equipment. Crane collapses, defective power tools like nail guns, and malfunctioning machinery pose serious risk of crushing accidents, and can lead to traumatic amputation.
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Austin injury lawyers represent all types of construction workers including people whose jobs include excavation, flooring, electrical work, plumbing, brick masons, tile work, window and glass work, roofing, concrete work, road work, landscaping and tree work, solar roof installers, ironwork, carpentry, painting, and many other jobs depending on the type of project.
What are the “Fatal Four” construction accidents?
Construction work is dangerous. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), about 20% of all worker fatalities each year are construction workers – about 15 people every day. OSHA has identified four hazards – often called the “Fatal Four” – that are most likely to lead to construction worker deaths. Those hazards include:
- Being struck by equipment/vehicles
- Being caught in/or between objects, vehicles, or collapsed trenches
What kinds of injuries do Austin construction workers suffer?
Many victims of construction accidents suffer life-changing injuries. Some victims can never return to work. Many live with chronic pain. Some of the types of injuries that are common in construction work include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Traumatic amputation
- Third-degree burn injuries
- Spinal cord injuries and paralysis
- Multiple fractures, complex, compound, and simple fractures
- Back, neck, and shoulder injuries
- Muscle, ligament, tissue, and nerve damage
- Hearing loss
- Respiratory illnesses
- Skin disorders
We work with your medical team and our network of doctors to fully understand the type of injury you have, the medical help you need, and all the ways your injuries are impacting your work and personal life.
Who is liable for an Austin construction accident?
Our Austin construction accident lawyers file claims against all responsible defendants including:
- Property owners
- Construction site companies
- General contractors
- Governmental agencies
- Parent companies and subsidiaries
We work with investigators, construction industry professionals, local building code officials, and others to help determine who is responsible, and why they are responsible.
What types of claims do you file when construction accidents happen?
We represent workers, pedestrians, drivers, and anyone who is injured due to construction work in Austin. We file the following types of claims depending on what happened:
- A personal injury claim. This claim asserts that the defendant owed you a duty care, breached that duty, and caused your injuries. Damage claims include all your medical bills, all your lost income including income loss due to a permanent disability, your pain and suffering, scarring and disfigurement, and other damages.
- A product liability claim. This claim asserts that a manufacturer’s defective product caused your injuries. Tools, equipment, and machinery may be defective due to improper design, poor workmanship, failure to warn, and improper instructions. The damages are essentially the same as for a product liability claim.
- A wrongful death claim. This claim is filed by a spouse, parent, or child on behalf of a loved one who died due to an Austin construction accident. The basis for the claim is generally the same as for a personal injury claim or a product liability claim. The damages include payment of the funeral bills, the income the family loses because of the loved one’s death, other economic damages, and the personal damages for each family member because their loved one is no longer alive.
All workers have the right to file a product liability claim. All non-workers and all contractors have the right to file a personal injury claim.
The work at construction sites may be governed by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. Texas and Austin also have their own construction and building code requirements.
Do you have a construction accident lawyer near me?
Our Austin office is located at 6001 Bold Ruler Way, Suite 100, Austin, TX. Our Austin construction attorneys also have offices in Dallas and Fort Worth.
Get help now. Speak with our successful Austin construction accident lawyers today
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Austin construction accident lawyers are respected by insurance companies, defense lawyers, and former clients – because of our impressive record of jury verdicts and settlements. We obtained results of one million dollars or more in numerous cases. We understand how devastating your injuries are. Our lawyers guide you through the claims process and answer all your questions along the way. To assert your rights when construction accidents happen, please call 866-531-1657 or fill out our contact form to schedule an appointment.
6001 Bold Ruler Way
Austin, TX 78746
Main Austin Practice Areas