Construction workers face a range of hazards while on the job which put them at a high risk for a life-altering injury, and in the most serious cases, death. In fact, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) reports that one in five worker fatalities in 2015 across the country—over 21%—were in the construction industry. In 2009, the fatal occupational injury rate for private industry construction workers was nearly three times that of all other workers in the United States. Texas had the highest number of construction deaths in any state in 2012, with 105 fatalities.
The caring and experienced construction accident lawyers at Slack & Davis have spent the past quarter-century tirelessly pursuing claims on behalf of workers and their families whose lives have been changed forever as a result of a construction site-related accident or injury.
Construction Accident Attorneys Who Will Fight For You
From 2002 until 2012, construction workers suffered the highest number of work-related fatalities when compared to other industries. The 2015 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries found that 937 construction workers died because of injuries or accidents which occurred on the job—the highest total since 2008.
Injured workers and their families have enlisted the skilled construction accident attorneys at Slack & Davis to pursue claims related to:
The most common cause of death in construction site injuries is falls. In 2015 alone, 350 workers perished as a result of injuries sustained in a fall, which represented almost 40% of all construction worker fatalities. Over a third of these deaths occurred from a distance of 15 feet or less. Construction workers can suffer life-changing injuries or even death when they fall from a ladder, scaffolding or through a hole, skylight or off a leading edge.
Unfortunately, the number one 2016 health and safety violation cited by OSHA at American workplaces is the lack of fall protection. The knowledgeable team of construction accident attorneys at Slack & Davis diligently work on behalf of victims and their families for just compensation in the event of a tragic incident.
Being Struck By An Object
Construction sites are in a state of constant motion. Workers rely on powerful small and large tools and equipment to do their job. This line of work involves objects which are flying, falling, swinging and rolling through the air, sometimes at high speeds. The impact of an object on the job site coming into contact with a construction worker’s body can result in catastrophic injuries.
In fact, almost 10% of construction worker deaths in 2015 were linked to this type of injury. About three-quarters of these fatalities involved heavy equipment, including trucks and cranes. Texas led the nation in the number of work-related deaths because of cranes in the period from 2003 until 2006 with 42 fatalities.
Employers are responsible for providing a safe working environment for construction workers, outfitting employees with protective gear and equipment and performing safety checks to guard against injuries. The experienced lawyers at Slack & Davis have a comprehensive understanding of workplace safety regulations to enable them to handle these types of cases.
Construction projects often involve working with or near electrical power circuits.
Electrical injuries, sometimes severe, can occur when:
- workers come into contact with power lines, often through the use of tools or equipment
- work sites lack appropriate or adequate ground-fault protection
- conditions cause the path to the power supply to become broken or missing
- equipment powered by electricity is misused
- extension cords are damaged, modified or the improper type for the job
Electrical injuries can result in burns, internal damage and injuries related to involuntary muscle contraction, which can all lead to serious consequences, and in some cases, death. Along with falls, being struck by an object and being caught between objects, electrical injuries are part of OSHA’s “Fatal Four”, the top four leading causes of death for construction workers. Electrocution is the reason 10% of construction industry fatalities occurred in 2015.
OSHA regulations govern workplace safety and the lockout and tagging of electrical circuits in the construction industry, as well as the type of equipment and tools that can be used. The construction accident lawyers at Slack & Davis apply their thorough knowledge of federal, state and local laws to determine who is at fault in these unfortunate incidents.
Being Caught Between Objects
Construction workers can also experience life-threatening injuries and death as a result of being squeezed, crushed or caught in or between two moving objects while on the job. Trenching and excavation work in particular put construction workers at risk of harm. When compared to general construction, excavation work has a 112% higher fatality rate. These accidents can happen when machinery that has moving parts are not properly locked down during maintenance, when workers get trapped in trenches, when walls collapse while demolition is occurring and when workers get pinned by or between vehicles, equipment and structures.
Sadly, in these circumstances, construction workers can experience injuries or death from suffocation, the inhalation of toxic materials, fire, drowning or being crushed. Employers are required to follow standards related to excavations and conduct regular and thorough inspections to protect construction worker safety. Victims of these types of accidents, as well as their families, rely on the caring, compassionate lawyers at Slack & Davis to tirelessly pursue fair compensation in these cases.
The four most common causes of construction site injuries and deaths described above make up more than half of workplace-related fatalities. Other construction site injuries include burns, head injuries, spinal cord injuries, cuts, bone injuries, loss of limbs, hearing loss, repetitive stress injuries, heat stroke and loss of vision.
Case Profiles: Construction Site Accident and Injury Cases
Here are just a few examples of cases that Slack & Davis has litigated related to accidents and injuries related to the construction industry:
- A construction worker lost eight of his fingers when he was operating a machine that manufactures cement blocks. Our lawsuit maintained that the manufacturer should have included a safety guard around the pulley.
- A contract employee who was hurt in a fall from scaffolding negligently erected and maintained by a homebuilder.
- A client who sustained serious injuries when a cold planer crushed him beneath its front track. Our team pursued a claim against the equipment manufacturer and the supervising entity for negligence and omissions.
- An individual who experienced life-altering injuries as a result of falling off scaffolding while installing a mural at a city-owned public facility.
- A group of construction site employees who suffered debilitating injuries as a result of scaffolding collapsing while they performed asbestos removal at a high school.
Why Choose Slack & Davis?
- Faith in the knowledge that the most qualified construction accident lawyers will be advocating on your behalf.
- The conviction that our attorneys will work tirelessly to seek just compensation for your losses.
- Support during a difficult time to help you navigate what can be a complicated and confusing legal process.
- Comfort knowing your concerns will be addressed on a personalized basis, since every case is different.
What We Offer Our Clients
- An unsurpassed team of legal professionals, led by Mike Davis and John Jose, with extensive experience litigating construction-related accident and injury cases.
- Highly-specialized attorneys who have an in-depth knowledge of how to apply local, state, national and international workplace, safety and product regulations to your case.
- Caring, compassionate lawyers who have successfully represented victims of construction accidents and their families for damages due to unsafe work conditions, defective products and third-party negligence.
What Our Clients Are Saying
“Slack & Davis handled our case with the utmost care, understanding and professionalism. Above all we felt like Mike Davis truly cared for our well-being and our future. We appreciate all they did for our family.”
K. Smith, former client
Frequently Asked Questions
- Will workers’ compensation cover all of my losses from a construction site accident or injury?
Depending on the circumstances of the incident, you may be eligible to claim workers’ compensation. This minimal safeguard may entitle you to medical care, temporary disability, permanent disability or vocational rehabilitation in the event of a workplace-related injury.
In some cases, other parties may be liable for your damages, including contractors, property owners or manufacturers. In these cases, having the representation of a legal team experienced in worker and equipment safety like Slack & Davis can be crucial to evaluate your case and advise you on pursuing a claim.
- Who is responsible for making sure that my construction job site is safe?
In most cases, the owner of the property and the general contractor share liability for construction site safety. In some cases, this responsibility also extends to subcontractors. The extent to which each party is responsible varies by the project. The outstanding team at Slack & Davis can determine who is at fault in construction site accidents and help you seek just compensation.
- How long do I have to file a claim?
In the state of Texas, victims have two years from the date of the incident to file a claim in a personal injury case related to damages experienced as a result of a construction site accident. The statute of limitations may vary depending on the state in which you were working at the time of the incident. The skilled attorneys at Slack & Davis have decades of experience working with injured parties to pursue these claims within mandated limits.
- How much will I have to pay a construction accident lawyer?
Victims of a construction site accident and their families can contact Slack & Davis for a free case evaluation. At that time, we can answer any questions you might have about how our lawyers are compensated. Our clients don’t pay our firm a penny until a settlement has been reached.
Are You The Victim of a Construction Accident? What Our Clients Can Expect
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, the first thing you’ll want to make sure to do is to report the accident. If your injury required emergency medical care, your case was already documented.
After the incident has been reported, you will need to seek medical attention. If you intend to pursue a workers’ compensation claim, you will need to visit an approved facility. Having a medical professional evaluate your injuries is an important initial step in seeking damages.
You may be contacted by your employer’s insurance agency following the accident to offer you a settlement. In most cases, these offers are not created with your best interests in mind. Avoid engaging with an insurance company representative or accepting any offers until you have engaged a lawyer that is skilled in construction site injury cases.
Once you contact Slack & Davis by phone or by completing our online form, a case specialist will collect information via a free phone consultation to help our team better evaluate your case. Your answers to our questions will help us determine:
- The severity of your injuries and losses
- The possible party or parties who may be at fault
- Whether statute of limitations laws apply to your case
Once our case specialist has completed this consultation, our lawyers will meet to discuss your case. Soon afterward, we will follow up with you to provide you with recommended next steps.
When the construction accident attorneys at Slack & Davis are engaged to represent you, we will research the details of the incident more thoroughly for the next few weeks or months, depending on the complexities of your case. While we can’t generally give you an accurate estimate of how long it will take to reach a settlement at the outset, after completing our more in-depth analysis, we will be better equipped to discuss a more realistic timeline and approach with you.