Workplace Injury Lawyers in Dallas & Fort Worth
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration is a federal agency charged with promoting and enforcing safe conditions on the job at construction sites. Contractors and subcontractors must adhere to OSHA safety regulations to avoid preventable accidents. In 2015 alone, OSHA found that 937, or 21.4% of work related deaths in 2015 were in construction. Approximately two-thirds of these deaths resulted from what is commonly known as the “Fatal Four”: those struck by an object, electrocutions, and people caught in-between equipment and other objects. With the prevalence of construction injuries and fatalities, it’s important to understand what is in place to keep you protected.
OSHA’s rules are designed to prevent:
- Equipment-related injuries
- Forklift accidents
- Ladder falls
- Crane accidents
- Scaffolding accidents
- Trench collapses
- Injuries caused by defective aerial lifts
- Injuries caused by welding rod defects
- Roof falls
- Toxic substance injuries
- Industrial fires
- Hearing losses caused by excessive noise
- Road construction accidents
Falls on construction sites can cause serious head or spinal cord injuries, resulting in paralysis and even death. Being struck and run over by a forklift or caught in the collapse of an excavation can cause serious harm and even death. The work injury attorneys at Frenkel & Frenkel consult with a variety of medical experts, skilled life care planners and economists to understand your immediate medical conditions and predict future needs. Our collaboration with these professionals help build a strong case for you.
Along with OSHA regulations, the goal of workers’ compensation, a state-regulated insurance program, is to ensure against work-related injuries and illnesses. In addition to medical care for injuries related to work, workers’ compensation may also provide:
- Lost income due to absences from work injury or illness.
- Death benefits and compensation for expenses for dependents of employees killed on the job.
Injuries on the job must be qualified in order to be covered under workers compensation. Those that don’t qualify include:
- Self-inflicted or intentional harm
- Voluntary drug or alcohol usage
- Voluntary participation in an off-duty recreational event
An employee may be able to get compensation in cases of gross negligence and death even when the employer carries workers compensation. The majority of employers provide this insurance but some fail to cover their construction workers. Also, some workers choose not to subscribe to workers compensation. In any case, work-related injuries and illnesses may still be compensated for with help from a lawyer. When our workplace injury lawyers in Dallas and Fort Worth conduct a thorough investigation into the causes of a construction accident, we sometimes discover that the negligence of a third party — equipment manufacturer, subcontractor or delivery service — played a role.
To schedule a free consultation with our workplace lawyers, please contact Frenkel & Frenkel via phone at 1-800-834-0000 or email.