Dallas Worksite Accident Lawyers, Texas
Helping TX oil field workers, construction workers, and machinists seek justice
Workers in every industry sector are at risk of suffering an accident. Oil field workers do some of the most dangerous work in the country. They are constantly at risk of injuries from falls, fires, and explosions. Construction workers may fall off a scaffold, be struck by an object, or be struck by a crane.
Industrial workers are in constant danger of being struck by heavy machinery, injured by a forklift, hurt when equipment rolls over, or harmed while working with power tools. Deadly and catastrophic injuries can also be caused by crashes involving offshore helicopters, agriculture machinery, hospital work, and many other industry sectors.
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Dallas worksite injury lawyers represent oil field, industrial, and construction workers who have sustained life-threatening injuries, and we help families whose loved ones are killed on the job. Because so many Texas employees are not covered by workers’ compensation, a personal injury lawsuit may be their only real chance to get justice. Contact us today to learn more.
What are the common causes of oil field and gas extraction injuries?
Whether you are a roustabout, a roughneck, a driller, or a derrick hand – if you work in one of Texas’ many oilfields, you are at constant risk for a serious or deadly accident. Oilfield workers can be injured due to fires and explosions (oil and gas are highly flammable), vehicle accidents, falls from derricks and other heights, electrical hazards, chemical hazards, being caught between objects, and other serious dangers.
Pipelines that explode, catch fire, or contaminate the worksite can be due to corrosion, ruptures, over-pressurization, or other causes. Pipeline accidents can result in death, burn injuries, brain injuries, and other catastrophic injuries.
Slack Davis Sanger also represents workers and site visitors who were injured in offshore helicopter accidents. As one of the premier aviation accident firms in Texas, we have the experience, resources, and technical knowledge to begin an investigation right away.
Why do Dallas construction worksite accidents happen?
Deadly and catastrophic vehicle accidents are quite common in the construction industry. Horrific construction accidents occur when cranes collapse. Tragedies can occur if scaffolding is unstable causing workers to fall to their death or suffer severe injures such as spinal cord damage, and broken bones. If forklifts, bulldozers, or other equipment is defective, workers will likely suffer permanent injuries.
Construction workers can be electrocuted if they are too near power lines or die from electric shock while working with various power tools. They can suffer catastrophic injuries due to falls, exposure to toxic chemicals, carbon monoxide poisoning, and many other causes.
It’s not just employees and contractors who may be injured. Drivers and pedestrians who are not directed away from the construction site may be seriously injured or killed if they get too close to the work site.
Both employers and product manufacturers may be liable for construction site injuries or the death of a loved one.
What are the leading causes of injury to Dallas manufacturing workers?
Manufacturing is a major part of the Texas economy. According to the National Association of Manufacturers, 12.98% of the state’s economy is due to manufacturing. More than 900,000 Texas employees work in the manufacturing sector.
Virtually every manufacturing sector can be found in Texas including aerospace manufacturing, robotics, petroleum, textiles, metals, electronics, furniture, and many more. Common manufacturing job titles include welder, machinist, assembler, engineer, electrician, and many others.
Some of the manufacturing accidents that cause crushing and devastating injuries include:
- Defective equipment, machinery, and tools
- Lack of training by the employer to ensure workers understand how to use their equipment, machines, and tools
- Forklift accidents
- Mining accidents due to exposure to dangerous chemicals and gases - among many other causes
- Exposure to toxic chemicals such as asbestos
What are the most serious worksite injuries?
Catastrophic and severe injuries often mean that the worker can never do his/her job again. While some workers can be retrained for other lower-paying jobs, many workers with catastrophic injuries can never work again. In addition to their lost income, workers with catastrophic injuries often have long-term medical expenses and live with excruciating pain.
Some of the most serious injuries Dallas workers suffer include:
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage including paralysis
- Limb loss
- Burn injuries
- Broken bones
- Internal organ damage
- Vision loss
- Hearing loss
- Nerve damage
- Respiratory injuries
- Chronic back pain
If a worker tragically dies while doing his/her job, the family can file a wrongful death claim against the employer and any other responsible parties. The spouse, children, and parents are entitled to wrongful death damages. Wrongful death damages include the funeral and burial expenses, the loss of income the decedent would have provided the family, the loss of the love, guidance, society, and support the decedent would have provided the family members, and other losses due to the death of your loved one.
When can Dallas workers file a personal injury action against an employer?
Employees (if the employer does not provide workers’ compensation insurance) and independent contractors can file a personal injury claim against their employer. To recover, the worker must show that the employer was negligent. Our Dallas worksite and industrial accident lawyers work to prove negligence occurred.
Employers can be liable for workplace injuries based on their failure to:
- Follow Occupational Safety and Health Administration rules and regulations
- Comply with industry safety standards
- Train workers on how to use equipment, tools, and machinery
- Train workers on workplace safety
- Conduct regular inspections designed to find and evaluate workplace risks
- Provide workers with the proper safety equipment
- Respond to complaints about dangerous conditions
Employers may be negligent for many other reasons depending on the type of work involved.
When can Dallas workers file a product liability claim?
Many workplace injuries and deaths are due to defective equipment such as forklifts and derricks, electrical equipment without proper insulation, cranes, scaffolding, conveyors, and rotators.
If you are hurt when the equipment you used, or another worker near you used, was defective, you can file a product liability claim. There is no need to prove negligence. The manufacturers, distributors, and sellers of the equipment are strictly liable if the product was defective, and the defect caused your injuries or the death of a spouse, parent, or child. Products can be defective due to faulty design, poor workmanship, or unclear instructions.
What damages do Dallas worksite injury lawyers demand in personal injury claims?
Employers who are liable for a workplace injury or illness are required to pay the following damages:
All your medical bills. This can include costs for hospital stays, medications, rehabilitation, home renovations for wheelchair ramps or HEPA filters, adaptive technologies such as prosthetics, and future surgeries.
Your past and future lost income. In personal injury claims, workers can claim 100% of the income they lost and will lose due to their injuries or illness. The claim includes compensation for a disability or for a reduction in earning capacity.
Your physical pain and emotional suffering. In personal injury cases, you can claim damages for your daily aches, pains, anxieties, depression, and worries. Pain and suffering also includes the loss of function of body parts and a reduced quality of life.
Scarring and disfigurement. Many workers who have scars or disfigurements need long-term help with psychologists in addition to specialized medical care such as skin grafts and plastic surgery.
Loss of consortium. This is the loss of intimacy and companionship with your spouse.
Loss of enjoyment of life. When your injury prevents you from enjoying the activities that you did before the accident, then you should be entitled to compensation for that loss.
Speak with a highly respected worksite injury lawyer today
At Slack Davis Sanger, our Dallas worksite and industrial accident lawyers have the skills and resources to file personal injury lawsuits, and product liability cases. We work with your doctors to properly verify your injuries, the medical care you need, and your inability to work. We fight to obtain all the damages Texas laws permit. To discuss your work injury rights in Dallas, please call 888-340-4028 or fill out our contact form.
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