The leading types of accidents that can occur on construction sites
A large commercial construction site is full of activity with tradesmen from many different companies all trying to get their jobs finished. They’re also dangerous places. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, here are four of the leading types of accidents that can occur on these sites:
- Falls from heights.
- Being hit by falling objects.
- Getting caught between two objects.
Third Party Liability
There are times when construction workers might be injured as a result of their own negligence. Under those circumstances, they’re still covered by Texas workers’ compensation laws. Sometimes, they’re even injured as a result of the negligence of an employee from another company like when a painter is accidentally injured by an electrician. As per the Houston Texas Workplace Injury Lawyer Hector Sandoval of the Sandoval Law Firm, when that happens, Texas law allows the painter to file a personal injury lawsuit against the electrical contractor at the same time as he is collecting workers’ compensation benefits. In workers’ compensation circles, that is known as third party liability.
The Advantage of a Third-Party Case
Texas workers’ compensation laws typically operate to restrict an injured employee’s benefits to medical bills, temporary total disability and permanent partial disability. They don’t contemplate other non-economic damages that the law allows in actual personal injury cases. That fact makes the personal injury lawsuit potentially more valuable than the workers’ compensation claim for the same injury to the same person.
Workers’ compensation benefits and third-party liability cases both involve complex laws. In order to maximize an injured worker’s proceeds, only experienced and effective lawyers should be involved in such cases. If you believe that there might be third party liability in connection with your work-related injury, contact the Workplace Injury Lawyer Hector Sandoval of the Sandoval Law Firm to arrange for a free consultation. If we’re retained to represent you, no legal fees are even due unless we obtain a settlement or award for you.