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Construction Accident Attorneys in Austin

Representing Injured Workers Since 1995

According to recent statistics, Texas has one of the highest workplace fatality rates in the United States. Many of these fatalities happen at construction sites. In fact, representatives from OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) have publicly commented on the relatively lax safety norms in Texas’s construction industry. And, because Texas is the only state in the U.S. that does not require employers to carry workers’ compensation insurance, countless construction workers are not covered.

At Howry Breen & Herman, we have spent nearly 25 years fighting for the rights of injured individuals, as well as families, businesses, and other entities affected by negligence. If you were injured or your loved one was killed as a result of unsafe or negligent conditions at a construction site, we can help. Our Austin construction accident attorneys have the litigation experience to aggressively advocate for you and your recovery.

Discuss your options with a member of our team; call (512) 430-4844 or fill out an online contact form to schedule a free initial consultation.

Common Types of Construction Accidents

The very nature of construction work makes it a dangerous occupation. Construction workers are required to work with heavy materials, operate machinery, and move around unfinished job sites on a daily basis. Though there many industry regulations and safety standards set forth by OSHA, they are not always followed—sometimes with deadly consequences.

Some of the most common construction accidents include:

  • Falling from unsafe scaffolding and other heights
  • Being hit by falling objects or debris
  • Explosions, fires, and electrocutions
  • Becoming trapped between objects, materials, or machinery
  • Collapsing trenches, leading to burials
  • Vehicle-related accidents, including being hit by passing motorists
  • Misuse of machinery and/or defective machinery
  • Slipping, tripping, or falling

Construction workers can also suffer from overexertion and may develop chronic injuries as a result of long-term physical labor. Because of the highly dangerous nature of these accidents, injuries are often severe and life-altering. Many construction accidents are ultimately fatal, with about 18% of all workplace fatalities resulting from construction accidents, according to a 2010 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

Was Your Construction Accident the Result of Negligence?

As with all personal injury claims, construction accident cases are dependent on proving negligence. In other words, you must prove that another person, company, or entity acted carelessly or recklessly and that those careless or reckless actions directly or indirectly caused your injuries.

A construction accident may be due to negligence if it occurred as a result of:

  • Inadequate or improper training
  • Failure to follow safety rules and regulations
  • Insufficient supervision
  • Negligent management and/or hiring
  • Failure to address an employee’s safety concerns
  • Lack of proper machinery/equipment maintenance
  • Exposure to hazardous materials or toxic fumes
  • Unrealistic employer expectations, leading to safety shortcuts
  • Unsafe procedures or job site conditions

These are just some examples of how negligence can cause construction accidents. These types of claims tend to be very complex due to the number of parties involved, as well as state and federal laws regarding workplace safety. In order to pursue any construction accident claim, you will have to prove that your employer or another negligent party owed you a “duty of care” and that this duty of care was breached. It is important that you speak with an experienced construction accident lawyer in Austin who can help you navigate the process.

Call Howry Breen & Herman for a Free Consultation

A construction accident can have serious, life-changing consequences for both the victim and his or her family and loved ones. In many cases, injured individuals can pursue compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, lost earning capacity, and more. The family members of a construction worker who was killed while on the job may be able to recover compensation for medical treatment prior to death, funeral costs, loss of companionship, and more.

At Howry Breen & Herman, we are dedicated to fighting for your fair recovery. Our attorneys offer a compassionate and aggressive approach to each case they take on. We take the time to meet with you, learn the specifics of your situation, and understand your unique goals. From there, we act as your tireless advocate throughout every stage of the legal process.

To learn more about how our firm can help you, contact us online or by phone at (512) 430-4844. We assist both plaintiffs and defendants in Austin, Georgetown, and the surrounding areas.

Construction Accidents
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    A number of our lawyers are invited members of The National Trial Lawyers – Top 100, a highly respected legal organization that limits its members to trial attorneys who have been nominated by their peers and met strict qualification requirements.
  • Multi Million Dollar Advocates Forum
    We are proud to have numerous attorneys who are members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. In order to become a member, an attorney must demonstrate that he or she has successfully achieved at least one six-figure settlement or jury verdict.
  • Top American Lawyers
    Membership in Top American Lawyers is limited to only 1% of all attorneys in the United States. We at Howry, Breen & Herman are proud to have a number of attorneys who have been accepted as members of this exclusive organization.
  • AV Preeminent
    Martindale-Hubbell® is widely regarded as one of the most renowned peer-review rating organizations in the legal field. Several attorneys at Howry, Breen & Herman have achieved the organization’s highest distinction of AV Preeminent®.
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