The construction industry employs many people in and around the Dallas area. However, this is also an incredibly dangerous industry to work in. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, our knowledgeable and experienced Dallas workplace accident attorneys are ready to help if do you have been injured or if a loved one has been killed due to a construction incident. We will thoroughly investigate your case and work to secure the compensation you are entitled to.
Why should we be concerned about these incidents?
According to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the construction industry has boomed since hitting an employment bottom in 2012. The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) has indicated that the construction employment numbers will continue to increase over the next eight years.
When looking at the employment numbers for the construction industry, we see that small businesses with fewer than 20 employees account for nearly 93% of all construction establishments and employ approximately 42% of all construction workers in the United States. Companies with more than 20 employees make up the remainder of the construction workforce.
However, we should also be aware the construction accident injuries may continue to rise. According to data from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), we know that approximately 21% of all workplace fatalities in the United States during the latest reporting year happened in the construction industry. It is alarming that nearly one in five worker deaths in this country come from one industry. OSHA even has a name for the leading causes of construction deaths. They refer to the following as the “Fatal Four:”
- Falls (33.5%)
- Struck by Object (11.1%)
- Electrocutions (8.5%)
- Caught-in/between (5.5%)
Nearly all cases of construction accident injuries and death are preventable. It is up to construction employers to properly train every worker to do their jobs. All workers should know how to use the equipment they are asked to handle, and they should have the proper safety equipment necessary for each job site.
Construction accident injury victims should never have to worry about whether or not they will be covered by workers’ compensation insurance. However, when employers or insurance carriers deny a claim, this can be detrimental to injured workers.
Let us get to work on your case
If you or somebody you care about has been injured in a construction accident that was caused by another person’s careless or negligent actions, speak to an attorney as soon as possible. At the Law Office of Julie Johnson, we are ready to get to work on your case. Our goal is to secure the compensation you are entitled to, which can include:
- Coverage of medical expenses related to the incident
- Recovery of lost wages if you are unable to work
- Coverage of physical therapy
- Pain and suffering damages
- Loss of enjoyment of life damages
- Possible punitive damages against a negligent third party
The recent explosion at a construction site in Gatesville Texas is a sad reminder of just how dangerous construction sites can be. Across the United States, work injury rates and fatal work injury rates just keep climbing.
In Texas, hundreds of people die every year in construction accidents, and thousands more are injured. Many never report their injuries and suffer silently. For many years, Texas has lead the nation in the total number of workplace deaths.
Every year, approximately 6 million people suffer non-fatal injuries in the workplace. While a number of these injuries are minor, many leave individuals out of work and struggling to pay their medical bills.
A serious work injury can leave you and your family in a desperate situation. Aside from the financial strain, a disability could affect your ability to get back to work. You may even have an injury you’ll never fully recover from.
Whether your employer has workers’ compensation insurance or you got fired after your injury, you’ll need the help of a qualified work injury attorney.
If you’re thinking about trying to handle the workers’ compensation claim yourself, you may want to think again. It could be a long and arduous process and you’ll need some help along the way.
Let’s look at five reasons you need to find a personal injury attorney.
Nearly 3 million non-fatal workplace accidents get reported each year. How many go unreported? It’s impossible to know.
If you have a job-related injury it’s important to understand how to file a claim and ensure that you’re made whole.
Let’s take a look at 5 common accidents on the job and how you can file a claim if you’re injured.
When a worker sustains an on-the-job injury in Texas, the worker will likely turn to his employer’s workers’ compensation coverage to pay his medical bills and recoup his lost wages. However, workers’ compensation benefits are often not enough to cover all of a worker’s losses. Fortunately, workers’ compensation is not always the only option; third-party workplace injury lawsuits may be available in certain cases.
Drivers of commercial vehicles, like large trucks and buses, are an essential part of the economy. However, for the drivers themselves, driving a commercial vehicle is one of the most dangerous occupations there is.
According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, approximately 475,000 trucks with a gross weight of over 10,000 pounds are involved in crashes that cause roughly 5,360 fatalities and 142,000 injuries every year. Of these, 23 percent of the fatalities are the occupants of large trucks.
If you are a trucker or bus driver who has been injured on the job, read on to learn about your options for compensation.