Each day in the U.S workers are injured while on duty. Unfortunately, the number of injuries and deaths is far higher for those working in the construction industry. Any Houston construction accident lawyer will tell you that most on the job injury cases are from the construction sector.
In fact, in 2008, the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics stated that the construction industry has the second highest number of fatalities of all industries in the U.S. The study also revealed that construction workers have a higher-than-average number of days off from work because of illness or injury. Other studies have indicated that one out of every ten construction workers will be injured on the job at some point during their career.
The stakes are even higher for construction workers in the state of Texas. Since 1992, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, Texas has ranked either first or second in the number of annual workplace injuries; construction site accidents accounted for the largest number of those injuries. In 2008, for instance, Texas was in second place with 114 fatalities in the construction sector.
The construction industry is a highly dangerous field that puts workers at serious risk of suffering an on-the-job injury. If you or a loved one has been injured in a construction site accident, contact a Houston construction attorney today, so that you can get the money necessary to help recover from injury.
Construction Accident Facts and Statistics
It is reasonable for any construction worker who enters a work site to assume that all safety precautions and measures have been taken by their company. Part of providing a safe work environment requires employers to properly train employees and provide the proper equipment so that other workers aren’t in danger.
However, this isn’t the case on many occasions. The reality is that thousands of construction workers are injured on the job annually, and on average, over a thousand die. This is where the skills and services of a Houston construction accident attorney come in.
Although many of these injuries are caused by simple accidents, others could have been prevented if it weren’t for the carelessness or negligence of someone else. Common causes of construction accidents are faulty equipment , failure to follow known safety regulation, improperly trained employees and areas of known danger aren’t marked with signage.
Here are some very noteworthy construction accident statistics:
- The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has reported that one out of every ten construction workers are injured each year. They also report that fall hazards are actually the leading cause of injury for construction workers.
- According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 150,000 construction injuries occur every year.
- Construction workers between 25 and 34 are the most likely to be injured
- The majority of construction injuries involve the back, spine, and trunk.
- Fifteen percent of workers’ compensation costs are used on construction workers who were injured while on the job
- In 2005, over 1200 construction workers died on the job, making the construction industry the most dangerous in the U.S.
Sample Construction Accident Injury Case Results
Marilyn’s husband passed away in a single vehicle roll-over accident. After his death, Marilyn sought the life insurance benefits they previously paid for through his employer. Under their policy, Marilyn was entitled to receive $861,856.18 if her husband passed away while on the job. Using an unfair interpretation of the policy exclusions, the insurance company denied Marilyn’s claim. Marilyn hired Sutliff & Stout to help hold the insurance company accountable. The Firm immediately started working on her insurance appeal and gathering evidence to support her position. This work included collecting statements, affidavits, and other records proving that the carrier’s denial of the claim was in bad faith. Sutliff & Stout filed the appeal and 45 days later, the carrier reversed its decision and found that the full amount of benefits should be paid. Net recovery to client was $521,543.75.
Our client was injured at work, and his employer covered all of his medical expenses through workers compensation insurance. His injuries included burns to his body and a separated shoulder. Based on the circumstances, we sued the owner of the facility where the injury occurred and engaged in extensive litigation. After numerous depositions and hearings, we were able to obtain a $600,000.00 settlement for our client. The net cash recovery to our client was $324,773.00 in an addition to an agreement whereby he was not required to repay workers’ compensation for his medical bills totaling over $100,000.00.
Our client was injured while working as an independent contractor at a facility. Her injuries required the amputation of two of her toes. Workers’ compensation insurance for her medical bills were unavailable to her because she was an independent contractor. To make matters worse, the facility where she was injured did not have liability insurance. Nevertheless, Sutliff & Stout got involved and filed a lawsuit against the facility. After over a year of litigation, Sutliff & Stout was able to obtain a $450,000.00 settlement directly from the facility. The net recovery to the client was $250,356.00 in addition to the satisfaction of $17,500.00 in medical bills.
The best course of action for anyone involved in a construction accident would be to acquire the services of an attorney specializing in personal injury cases. For a free case evaluation, please contact Sutliff & Stout online or by phone at (713) 987-7111.