Dallas Construction Fall Injury Lawyer
Falls are the leading cause of death in construction industry collisions. In 2014, 39.9% of all construction deaths related to falls. The U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) frequently cites dangerous violations of federal safety standards in the construction industry, most of which result in some kind of injury. Of these violated standards, failure to provide fall protection and improper scaffolding construction topped the list. If controlled contractors did not neglect OSHA fall protection guidelines, they would save hundreds of lives.
When Do the Courts Consider Construction Falls Negligent?
While not every construction collision stems from an act of negligence, many do. Fall collisions in particular often result from someone’s inattention or failure to abide by industry regulations. Employers have a duty to reasonably care for the safety of others at a construction site. Site managers and controlling contractors must provide proper fall protection equipment to workers, including floor hole covers, guard rails, and safety harnesses. OSHA requires these precautions by law if workers are at elevations of six feet or higher in the construction industry.
If an improperly trained worker fails to construct a scaffolding correctly, this can result in significant falling injuries. In this case, the courts would likely hold the employer responsible for failing to adequately train workers. If the coworker was negligent during construction, however, he or she may be individually responsible for subsequent falls and injuries. Determining fault in a fall collision requires an investigation of the collision to locate the source of the problem. Any fall related to someone’s carelessness, recklessness, or failure to follow the rules may count as a personal injury case.
Types of Falling Injuries
Falling injuries are typically severe and can result in a range of bodily harms. Depending on the point of impact, a fall victim may suffer broken bones, a spinal cord injury, a concussion, a traumatic brain injury, or a combination of many different injuries. If a worker falls from a roof, ladder, scaffold, or construction vehicle, he or she may suffer these or other injuries:
- Broken bones or fractures
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head or traumatic brain injuries
- Brain damage
- Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Workers who survive traumatic falling collisions may suffer psychological damages, such as PTSD, that can prevent them from returning to work. Many falling injuries cause temporary or permanent disability in which the victim loses wages and may lose earning capacity. These long-term damages can cost victims in many ways, both financially and emotionally. If someone you know died due to a falling injury, you may have grounds for a wrongful death claim against the construction company or another party. Wrongful death claims can help grieving families pay for funeral and burial costs. Severe falling injuries deserve the attention of an experienced personal injury attorney.
Why File a Personal Injury Claim?
While workers’ compensation can pay for your medical costs and some lost wages, a personal injury lawsuit will typically give you a much larger reward. A personal injury claim will also expose unsafe practices at your workplace, potentially saving other workers from suffering similar or other injuries in the future. A personal injury lawsuit holds controlling contractors accountable for their actions or inactions and rewards you with the compensation you deserve.
No matter what you believe caused your falling injury, contact an attorney to discuss your case. The Law Office of Stephen W. Shoultz in Dallas, TX offers free no-obligation consultations. You have nothing to lose in speaking with us about your collision. You may not realize that someone’s negligence caused your fall injury until a lawyer investigates the collision further. Contact our firm for legal counsel and help moving forward with a personal injury claim.