Construction has a long-established reputation as the most dangerous industry in the United States. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, you are three times more likely to encounter a life-threatening situation in construction than in any other industry.
If you were injured on a construction site, then you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, time off work and other losses. If your employer argues that you do not deserve compensation, or if the insurance company denies your claim, contact an injury attorney immediately.
An Austin construction accident lawyer from Robson Law Firm can gather evidence and structure your claim. We have recovered more than $26 million for our clients.
Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation. You can also visit workers-compensation.usattorneys.com/texas to learn more about workers’ compensation claims in Texas.
Here is a brief overview of 10 common construction site injuries:
1. Spinal Cord Injuries
Falls cause most injuries to the spinal cord. Many workers labor at extensive heights and rely on makeshift scaffolding and flimsy ladders. If these support systems fail and the worker falls, a spine injury is likely.
2. Head Injuries
The head is vulnerable to collapsing machinery and falling tools – even when the worker is wearing a hardhat. Common injuries include puncture wounds and traumatic brain injuries.
Lacerations are common among construction workers. If left untreated, an open wound can lead to a life-threatening infection.
Construction sites have an abundance of exposed wires, flammable chemicals, leaky pipes and other explosive dangers. Burns are common, and they can cause permanent scarring and disfigurement.
5. Hearing Loss
The constant noise on construction sites can eventually cause hearing loss. When working with loud equipment, such as jackhammers, it is compulsory to protect your eardrums with earplugs.
Some construction accidents are so severe that amputation is necessary to save the victim’s life. Workers may also lose limbs from malfunctioning tools and machinery.
7. Stress Injuries
Stress injuries occur gradually. They are the results of repetitive movements such as lifting or bending frequently.
Many construction workers succumb to heatstroke during the Texas summer. Temperatures are often brutally hot, yet work continues unabated. Heatstroke can cause organ failure and even fatalities.
9. Sight Loss
Some gases and chemicals cause gradual blindness with prolonged exposure. Workers are also vulnerable to flying debris or projectiles that can damage their eyes.
10. Bone Injuries
Many construction workers have tales of broken bones. According to the Occupational Safety & Health Administration, a large portion of these injuries involve falls and getting caught, trapped or crushed by machinery.
If you were injured on a Texas construction site, contact the Robson Law Firm. An Austin injury attorney can evaluate your accident to determine if you have valid grounds for a claim. You may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, lost income and other damages. Call 512-345-8200 to schedule a free initial consultation.