Construction Accident Lawyers in Houston
There are many types of work within the construction industry including the building of roads (including paving), excavations, demolitions, bridge erection, residential and commercial construction, and large commercial painting jobs.
Construction sites can be hazardous for workers: in fact, construction work is one of the most dangerous jobs in the United States. Construction work can include many hazardous working conditions such as:
- Working at heights
- Working in confined spaces
- Toxic solvents
- Lead poisoning
- Defective power tools and equipment
According to the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH), there were 3.3 million nonfatal injuries and illnesses in 2009 and of these; more than 3.1 million were injuries. Broken down, this means that there were 3.1 nonfatal injuries for every 100 workers. In addition, there were 816 deaths as a result of construction work injuries that same year - or 9.7 deaths for every 100,000 full-time workers – the highest rate of fatalities for any industry in the United States.
At Zinda Law Group, our experienced attorneys handle a wide range of construction injury cases including claims involving dangerous or unsafe working conditions that may happen as a result of:
- Fire, explosions, or electrical shock
- Exposure to toxic chemicals
- OSHA violations
- Improperly constructed scaffolding
- Negligently operated or faulty machinery and equipment
- Respiratory diseases such as asbestosis and mesothelioma
We also represent workers that have been injured or killed as a result of negligently or poorly maintained work sites including:
- Improper lighting
- Poor and or improper ventilation
- Failure to post warnings or inadequate warnings
- Use of old or defective materials
- Improperly stored materials
- Inadequate training
Construction sites that are poorly designed or improperly inspected can be dangerous to both workers and innocent bystanders. There are some incentive programs designed to deter and expose these unsafe conditions before they result in injury or death such as:
- Outreach to non English-speaking workers
- Better injury and illness prevention programs
- Updated exposure limits for chemicals based on recent science
An even greater deterrent would be criminal penalties and/or punitive damages. Unfortunately, very few states have criminal penalties or punitive damages for knowingly or negligently injuring or killing a construction worker. Criminal penalties could send company owners to prison and would be a great deterrent as would punitive damages to compensate for injuries. This leaves filing of a lawsuit the only real remedy for those who have been injured through another’s negligence or indifference.
Whether your injury happened because a person or company was negligent, due to unsafe working conditions, improper training, or because someone was just not interested in providing a safe working environment, you should be compensated for your injuries. The personal injury attorneys at Zinda Law Group are knowledgeable and experienced, and have been successful in bringing successful construction accident and fatality lawsuits. Contact us today for a free, no-fee consultation and let us help you get the just compensation that you deserve.