Worksite Accidents

Texas Worksite Accident Attorneys

Fighting for you if you are injured in the field or on a construction site in Dallas, Fort Worth, and Austin

Increased demand in the oil and construction industries has made workers more vulnerable to serious injuries and even death while on the job. When working with heavy equipment, power tools, scaffolding, ladders, electricity, and high-pressure or hazardous materials, even small mistakes can quickly turn into grave emergencies. For accident victims and their families, these incidents are truly life changing.

Texas is home to these robust construction and oil industries – industries that carry a high risk of worker injury. Many of these workers may not be eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Further, many employees in these industries don’t realize that not all accidents are limited to workers’ compensation. Our experienced team of workplace injury lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger have successfully represented workers who have been involved in a variety of serious and tragic accidents.

“The whole staff at Slack Davis Sanger went above and beyond to make sure that we not only got the best settlement and verdict, but that we were aware, knowledgeable, and comfortable with all that went on before, during, and after the trial.” - Leon Hagerman, Client

How often are Texas workers injured on the job?

According to the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), 608 Texans were killed on the job in 2019, up from 488 in 2018. TDI also reports 187,600 non-fatal injuries and illnesses from the same year. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that some of the highest occupational fatalities in Texas come from the construction and oil/gas extraction industries.

Employers can slow and eventually reverse these heartbreaking statistics through increased safety training and measures, particularly for new workers. The attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger have built a reputation for excellence when it comes to providing experienced counsel to victims of industrial accidents and their families.

Whether you have a catastrophic injury or wrongful death claim, our team can identify the liable party or parties and the best approach to recovering damages for what can be significant losses.

Oil Field Work

What are the risks of oil field work?

The high price of crude oil, combined with new drilling technologies, has created unprecedented demand in the oil and gas industry in Texas and other states. In some cases, companies sacrifice worker and equipment safety as they struggle to keep up with increased demand for these resources. This results in more and more injuries and deaths at job sites. The team at Slack Davis Sanger has decades of experience in litigating these cases and seeking favorable outcomes for workers and families whose lives have been changed forever by an oilfield accident.

Oil rig work is dangerous, and when accidents happen, they can be catastrophic in nature. Workers in the oil and gas extraction industry can experience a wide range of serious injuries, including limb loss, broken or crushed bones, burns (both fire and chemical), hearing or vision loss, traumatic brain injury, or paralysis. Anyone on a worksite is also at risk for motor vehicle accidents, whether on-site or traveling to and from the job.

What are the risks of construction work?

Construction work is another growth industry in Texas, one where deadlines matter. Crew foremen, general contractors, and property owners are responsible for protecting the safety of construction workers. However, in a drive for profit, construction site work can be so fast-paced that workers are at risk of injury or even death from the smallest error in judgment.

Workers involved in construction site accidents are often not sure who is liable for their injuries or how to recover damages. Experienced workplace injury attorneys, such as the lawyers at Slack Davis Sanger, can represent you to secure the most optimal financial recovery – compensation that addresses your injuries and suffering not just today, but also in the future.

The wide range of jobs and tasks on a worksite can lead to wide range of injuries, as well. Workers can experience harm from falling objects, falls, and from large machinery. These can include burns, head injuries, crushing injuries, spinal cord injuries, hearing and vision loss, or loss of limb.

How do industrial accident injuries happen?

When you or a loved one sustains injury in a Texas worksite accident, the attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger immediately get to work determining the cause of your accident, and who or what parties were responsible. If a violation of Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards led to your injuries and losses, we will hold your employer accountable.

According to OSHA, its top 10 cited standards include violations of:

  1. Fall Protection
  2. Hazard Communication Standards
  3. Respiratory Protection
  4. Scaffolding
  5. Ladders
  6. Control of Hazardous Energy
  7. Powered Industrial Trucks
  8. Fall Protection – Training Requirements
  9. Eye and Face Protection
  10. Machinery and Machine Guarding

When these failures are paired with a lack of training and supervision, or overworked and overtired employees, worksites can be a disaster waiting to happen. Serious worksite injuries can take you off the job for weeks, months, or permanently – stripping you of your right to earn a living. Depending on your employment status, you may be eligible for an injury claim to recover compensation not only for your medical bills and lost income, but also for your intangible losses like pain and suffering.

The experienced attorneys at Slack Davis Sanger can help.

Who is liable if I am injured in a worksite accident in Texas?

Industrial accidents, as explained above, can occur for a wide variety of reasons. Whatever the reason, the responsible parties must be held accountable for their actions, as well as ensure that the harm you endured never happens again. Our team of legal professionals will investigate every aspect of your accident to determine the liable party or parties.

Determining the responsible parties is the first step in determining how to move forward after an oilfield or construction site accident that resulted in injury or death. In addition to the worker and employer, the leaseholder on the job site may also be held liable for damages. If defective equipment was responsible for your accident, a lawsuit can be filed against the manufacturer, supplier, and/or seller of that product. Further, since multiple contractors are often present on a well site, your case could also involve pursuing a claim against a third-party contractor.

We understand that these types of cases are not always clear-cut, and we work to assign liability to any and all negligent parties whose actions contributed to your injuries.

How can a Texas worksite accident attorney help me?

Although workers’ compensation insurance provides certain employees with the opportunity to be reimbursed for medical and disability expenses incurred because of a job-related injury, workers’ compensation insurance is not always available to every worker and contractor. Even with workers’ compensation, an experienced attorney can determine whether negligence by third parties may also have put you or a loved one at risk for wrongful death or serious injury.

In these third-party personal injury cases, having a lawyer on your side who has a complete understanding of workplace safety can enable you and your family to recover additional damages.

Further, the legal team at Slack Davis Sanger has the experience and resources to advocate for victims of oilfield accidents that occurred both on land or on offshore rigs. Since offshore accidents can involve overlapping jurisdictions and regulations, having an experienced legal team fighting for your rights is critical in obtaining a favorable settlement.

Strong advocacy when you are injured on the job in Texas

At Slack Davis Sanger, our worksite accident injury attorneys protect the rights of workers throughout Texas. When companies fail to prioritize worker safety and you suffer injury, look to us for help securing financial compensation for your damages and losses. To schedule a free consultation at one of our offices in Austin, Dallas, or Fort Worth, please call 888-340-4028 or fill out our contact form.