Las lesiones en obras de construcción son desafortunadamente muy comunes en el mundo de la ley de lesiones personales. Hay varias razones para esto. Obtenga más información en este video.
Along with accidents involving operators of heavy machinery or power tools, falls from a height are among the most common causes of injuries and deaths at construction sites. It’s not hard to see why. If your job takes you up high on a ladder, scaffolding or a roof, you’re at risk for a fall. Construction jobs that are especially dangerous for this reason include high-rise construction, roofing, electrical power line installation and repair and structural iron and steel work.
Machines are an important part of construction work. With modern machinery, construction jobs can be done much sooner. But like all machines, construction machines can be dangerous. They’re heavy, they’re powerful, and they’re often designed for tasks like cutting or digging that can be dangerous.
Construction zones are filled with hazards: falls from inadequate scaffolding, crush injuries from heavy equipment, burns from welding, electrocution from live wires, and many others. Safety must be exercised at all times, and unfortunately, it can take only a moment’s inattention to cause an accident.
The construction and building trades keep America working. But there are a lot of opportunities to get hurt on a construction site, where workers may be working up high, with sharp or electrical objects, or operating heavy machinery.
The law also allows you to recover non-economic damages for an accident. You likely suffered physical pain and mental anguish because of your injuries, and you are entitled to money to make up for that suffering. You can also get money for physical disfigurement you’ve suffered, like scars and burns, and for physical impairment, such as the loss of your ability to perform certain activities. Certain close family members like spouses can even recover money for their personal emotional suffering when a loved one is injured.
Workers’ compensation applies to most Texas workers, regardless of where they work. The Jones Act is different. The Jones Act is only for people who work on a ship, mobile oil platform, or other vessel that can move around in the water.
A workplace injury might be something small like a cut hand at a food prep station in a restaurant, or it could be something much bigger, like an injury at a chemical plant, refinery or offshore oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico. Other very serious injuries can include amputation from machinery or a traumatic brain injury from falling materials at a construction worksite.