San Antonio Construction Accident Attorneys
Protecting the Rights of Construction Workers
Construction sites are dangerous by nature—that is why so many safety precautions are in place to protect you and your fellow workers. If one piece of equipment malfunctions or a subcontractor fails to do his or her job and causes a serious accident, your life may be on the line.
If you or a loved one has been injured on a construction site, you may have the right to file a lawsuit against the construction company or another third party. The San Antonio construction accident attorneys of Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. can help you determine whether you have a valid case and, if so, can help you pursue compensation for your injuries.
Types of Construction Accident Cases We Handle
Our firm has represented numerous injured construction workers and brought their cases to a successful close. We have the resources, knowledge, and experience to see your lawsuit through to the end, including taking it to trial if necessary.
Our attorneys accept cases in San Antonio and throughout Texas for construction accidents involving:
- Falls from ladders or scaffolding: Workers may fall from elevated surfaces like ladders, scaffolding, or roofs due to inadequate fall protection measures, lack of proper training, or unstable working surfaces.
- Falling objects: Construction sites involve the use of materials and tools at heights. Objects such as tools, construction materials, or debris can fall and strike workers below, causing injuries.
- Accidents involving work vehicles: Construction sites often have various work vehicles such as cranes, forklifts, and trucks. Accidents can occur due to collisions, rollovers, or improper operation of these vehicles.
- Injuries caused by heavy equipment: Construction machinery like excavators, bulldozers, and loaders poses risks of accidents. Workers can be injured if caught between moving parts, run over, or struck by heavy equipment.
- Injuries caused by defective equipment: Malfunctioning or poorly maintained equipment can lead to accidents. This includes defects in construction machinery, power tools, safety harnesses, or any equipment used on the site.
- Explosions: Certain construction activities, such as welding or use of explosive materials, can lead to explosions. Failure to follow safety procedures or handle explosives properly can result in severe accidents.
- Fires and chemical burns: Construction sites may involve the use of flammable materials, welding, or cutting activities. Fires and chemical burns can occur if safety precautions are not followed, leading to potential injuries and property damage.
- Electrocution: Construction sites have electrical wiring, tools, and equipment. Accidents involving contact with live wires, faulty wiring, or improper use of electrical devices can result in electrocution.
- Injuries caused by small power tools: Handheld power tools such as drills, saws, and grinders can cause injuries if not used properly. Accidents may result from tool malfunctions, lack of personal protective equipment, or operator error.
In addition to representing injured construction workers, we also assist individuals who were injured on or near construction sites as pedestrians, bicyclists, and other third parties. If you were injured in any type of construction accident, reach out to our legal team right away to learn how we can help.
Common Causes of Construction Accidents
Construction accidents can result from a combination of various contributing factors or causes. Identifying and addressing these factors is crucial for preventing accidents and ensuring the safety of workers on construction sites.
Some common contributing factors include:
- Human Error: Mistakes made by workers, supervisors, or other personnel can contribute significantly to accidents. This includes errors in judgment, lack of training, inadequate supervision, and failure to follow safety procedures.
- Lack of Training: Insufficient training in the operation of equipment, handling of materials, and adherence to safety protocols can increase the risk of accidents. Proper training is essential for ensuring that workers are competent in their tasks and aware of potential hazards.
- Poor Communication: Ineffective communication between workers, supervisors, and different teams on a construction site can lead to misunderstandings and coordination issues. Clear communication is vital for coordinating activities and preventing accidents.
- Unsafe Working Conditions: Hazardous working conditions, such as inadequate lighting, poor weather conditions, or lack of proper safety measures, can increase the likelihood of accidents. Employers must ensure that work environments meet safety standards.
- Inadequate Safety Equipment: Lack of or improper use of personal protective equipment (PPE) can contribute to accidents. This includes equipment such as hard hats, gloves, safety glasses, and harnesses. Employers should provide appropriate PPE and ensure that workers use it correctly.
- Equipment Failure: Malfunctions or breakdowns of construction equipment can lead to accidents. Regular maintenance and inspections are essential to identify and address equipment issues before they cause harm.
- Lack of Fall Protection: Inadequate fall protection measures, such as guardrails, safety nets, or personal fall arrest systems, can result in falls from elevated surfaces. Failure to implement and enforce fall protection measures is a significant risk factor.
- Improper Use of Tools and Equipment: Accidents can occur when tools and equipment are used incorrectly or for purposes for which they were not designed. Proper training and supervision are essential to ensure the correct use of tools.
- High-pressure Work Environments: Tight schedules and deadlines can create pressure to complete tasks quickly, potentially leading to shortcuts and disregard for safety protocols. Stress and fatigue can also contribute to lapses in concentration and increased accident risk.
- Substance Abuse: The use of alcohol or drugs on the job can impair judgment and coordination, increasing the likelihood of accidents. Strict substance abuse policies and testing can help mitigate this risk.
- Inadequate Planning and Risk Assessment: Failure to conduct thorough risk assessments and plan construction activities properly can result in unforeseen hazards. Proper planning and risk mitigation strategies are essential for preventing accidents.
- Lack of Regulatory Compliance: Failure to comply with safety regulations and industry standards increases the risk of accidents. Regular inspections and adherence to guidelines help ensure a safe working environment.
When Can You Bring a Third-Party Work Injury Claim?
After a workplace accident in Texas, you are typically eligible for workers' compensation regardless of who is at fault, so long as your employer subscribes to the plan. However, workers’ compensation may not cover all of your medical and personal expenses.
Our San Antonio construction accident lawyers can investigate your situation thoroughly to show fault on the part of the negligent party or parties.
You may be eligible to bring a third-party work injury claim (in addition to or instead of a workers’ compensation claim) if:
- A third party is involved
- You are not eligible for workers' compensation
- There is a case of gross negligence on the part of your employer
Here are common types of third parties in construction accidents that may lead to a third-party claim:
- Subcontractors: Subcontractors working on the same construction project may be considered third parties. If a subcontractor's negligence or unsafe practices cause an accident, injured workers may pursue a third-party claim against them.
- Architects and Engineers: Design professionals, including architects and engineers, may be held liable if a construction accident is attributed to design flaws, errors, or omissions. If the design of a structure or system is found to be faulty, those responsible for the design could face legal action.
- Property Owners: In some cases, the property owner where the construction is taking place may be considered a third party. If the property owner's negligence or failure to address known hazards contributes to an accident, they may be held liable.
- Manufacturers of Defective Equipment: If a construction accident is caused by a defect in equipment or machinery, the manufacturer of that equipment may be held responsible. This can include defective tools, machinery, or safety equipment.
- Utility Companies: Accidents involving contact with underground utilities or power lines may lead to liability on the part of utility companies. If a construction worker is injured due to the negligence of a utility company, a third-party claim may be pursued.
- Drivers and Transportation Companies: Accidents involving work vehicles, such as trucks or delivery vehicles, may lead to third-party claims against the drivers or the companies operating those vehicles. This includes accidents on or near construction sites.
- Inspectors and Safety Consultants: If a construction accident occurs due to a failure in safety inspections or the advice of safety consultants, these professionals may be held liable for negligence. In such cases, injured workers may pursue third-party claims against them.
- Material Suppliers: Suppliers of construction materials can be considered third parties if defects in the materials or inadequate warnings about their proper use contribute to accidents.
- Government Entities: In some cases, accidents may occur due to the negligence of government entities responsible for road maintenance, signage, or other factors near a construction site. In such instances, injured parties may pursue third-party claims against the government entity.
- Adjacent Property Owners: If an adjacent property owner's actions or negligence contribute to a construction accident, they may be considered a third party. This could include issues like soil erosion, excavation, or construction activities impacting neighboring properties.
Regardless of the specific details of your case, our lawyers will vigorously pursue compensation on your behalf. We work tirelessly to help injured construction workers fight for the maximum compensation they are owed so that they can get back on their feet. If your injuries are temporarily or permanently disabling, we are ready to seek compensation for your future medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering, as well.
Our team will also work closely with your doctors and other medical professionals to track your progress and establish how your injuries may affect your ability to return to work soon or ever. We use this information to calculate what your injuries will cost you throughout your life and work with the negligent party's insurance carrier to cover these expenses.
What to Do If You Are Involved in a Construction Accident
After a construction accident, the first thing you should do is seek medical attention. If necessary, call 911 and go to the hospital. Even if you believe you were not seriously injured, see a medical professional as soon as possible after the accident, as some injuries may take hours or even days to appear.
If you are a construction worker who is injured on the job, be sure to notify your employer of the incident right away. To be eligible for workers’ compensation, you will need to report your workplace injury within 30 days. If you wish to file a personal injury claim after a construction accident, and you are eligible, you must bring your claim within two years of the date of the accident. Failure to meet the statute of limitations will result in your case being dismissed.
After the accident, you should reach out to an experienced attorney as soon as possible. The insurance company will likely go to great lengths to deny liability; it may dispute your injuries or argue that you had a pre-existing condition. It’s important that you have a legal team on your side that can fight back against these tactics and advocate for the full, fair recovery you deserve.
Contact Maloney Law Group, P.L.L.C. Today
Our legal team is ready to represent you in your San Antonio construction accident case. We have decades of experience and a proven record of success in even the most complex of claims. For more than 60 years, we have been proudly representing injured Texans throughout Bexar County and beyond; find out how our firm can help you with your construction accident lawsuit today.
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