Construction has surged in Longview and throughout East Texas. At The Sloan Firm, we have the highest respect for the thousands of construction workers whose skill and labor has made this surge possible. We also believe these workers and their families deserve to have a passionate advocate on their side when things go wrong at construction sites, causing workers to suffer serious or fatal injuries.
If you have been hurt or lost a loved one in Longview construction accident, you can count on our work injury lawyers to aggressively protect your rights. We can put more than 150 years of combined legal experience on your side. We will give your case our full attention and tirelessly pursue all compensation you are entitled to receive for your losses.
Contact us today to discuss your case in more detail and learn about the legal options available to you after a construction accident. We can provide a free consultation through our Longview office or assist you from our offices in Houston and Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Common Types of Construction Accidents in East Texas
If you or a loved one works in construction in East Texas, then you know how dangerous it can be at residential and commercial construction sites. All too often, these hazards contribute to serious accidents. Some of the most common construction accidents involve:
- Falls from heights such as roofs, ladders and scaffolding
- Slip and falls due to holes or cluttered and poorly lit work areas
- Getting struck by objects such as tools and building materials
- Electrocution, including incidents that involve buried power lines, exposed wiring and defective power tools
- Getting caught in or between heavy equipment, including cranes, forklifts, bulldozers and tractors
- Fires and explosions
- Trench collapses and other excavation problems
- Exposure to chemicals and other hazardous materials.
With our experience in construction accident litigation, the attorneys of The Sloan Firm know how to identify the causes of these accidents. We can use our background and knowledge to help you and your family to explore all legal options available to you.
Can You Sue Your Employer If You Were Hurt in a Construction Accident in Texas?
If you or your family member works for a construction contractor that subscribes to the Texas workers’ compensation system, you could not sue the employer after a construction site accident. Instead, you would be limited to filing a workers’ compensation claim.
Workers’ compensation benefits can cover the costs of injury-related, employer-approved medical treatment and replace a portion of the wages you may lose due to a temporary or permanent disability. To receive these benefits, you do not need to prove that your employer was at fault.
On the other hand, if the employer does not subscribe to the workers’ compensation system, you would have the right to bring a personal injury or wrongful death claim directly against the employer. In this type of claim, you would need to establish that the employer was at fault. For instance, a worker could suffer injuries due to the employer’s failure to provide safety equipment or to properly train employees.
A personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit can provide full recovery of your past and future medical expenses, regardless of whether your employer approved the treatment. Additionally, you could recover all of your lost income and diminished future earning ability – not merely a percentage of lost earnings. Furthermore, a claim could seek pain and suffering damages, which workers’ compensation does not cover.
The Sloan Firm can provide a thorough review of your case. We will determine whether your options include filing a personal injury or wrongful death claim against an employer who is responsible for the construction accident that has impacted your life.
Other Legal Options for Injured Longview Construction Workers
Regardless of whether your employer carries workers’ compensation insurance, your legal options after a construction accident in Texas could include filing a claim against a negligent non-employer who caused your injuries or the death of a family member. This type of claim commonly is called a “third-party liability claim.”
When The Sloan Firm takes on your case, we will focus on whether you have the right to bring this type of lawsuit. Potentially liable third parties include:
- A construction site owner
- Building architect
- Other contractors or sub-contractors at the work site
- Negligent motor vehicle driver
- Manufacturer of a defective tool, piece equipment or safety device.
Our attorneys understand the important role that compensation plays in one’s recovery from a construction injury. We believe it is crucial to conduct an exhaustive investigation that identifies and explores all liable parties and available sources of compensation for our clients.
How Our Law Firm Can Help After a Longview Construction Accident
A construction accident can result in severe, life-changing harm. Some common construction worker injuries are:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Back and spine injury
- Hearing and vision loss
- Loss of limbs (or use of limbs).
Throughout your construction accident case, we will work tirelessly to pursue compensation for the physical, emotional and financial harm that you and your family have suffered. We will:
- Thoroughly investigate your accident.
- Review all of your medical records.
- Consult with experts about the cause of the accident and/or the nature and severity of your injuries.
- File all necessary paperwork.
- Aggressively pursue a settlement or take your case to trial.
Additionally, we can coordinate our work on your personal injury or wrongful death claim with any potential claim you have for workers’ compensation benefits. Our goal would always be to maximize the amount that you receive.
Throughout your case, we would focus on your personal needs and objectives. What matters to you, matters to us.
Contact Our Longview Construction Accident Attorneys Today
If you suffered injuries in a construction accident in Longview or elsewhere in East Texas, allow The Sloan Firm to put our skill, experience, and resources to work for you. Contact an experienced accident injury lawyer at the Sloan Firm today to discuss your case in a free consultation. We can also assist you from our offices in Houston or Santa Fe, New Mexico.
Our highly professional and compassionate construction accident lawyers will give you the highly personalized, one-on-one attention that you deserve during this difficult time. We will charge no legal fees unless we secure a financial recovery for you.