Texas Construction Accidents Caused by Defective Machinery
- May 9, 2013
- Construction Site Accidents
As a Dallas construction accident attorney, I know that some of the most serious construction site accidents in Texas are caused by defective tools, equipment, and other machinery. Injuries resulting from such accidents might include burns, lost fingers, broken bones, head trauma, or brain injury. Depending on the faulty or malfunctioning item in question and the nature of the injuries caused, the consequences might possibly involve life-long disabilities or even a fatality.
If you or a member of your family has been injured while working on a Dallas area construction job site, it is important that you consult with an experienced Dallas construction accident lawyer in order to determine whether or not you are entitled to additional compensation above and beyond any workers comp paid by your employer.
Although not all injuries caused by defective equipment may result in permanent disability or death, almost every construction site accident will have severe consequences which workers comp will fail to cover. Workers comp covers only your medical expenses and a portion of your lost wages. As a result, accident victims and their families will suffer financially to some extent regardless. An experienced Dallas personal injury lawyer may be able to identify additional opportunities for further compensation.
Dangerous Construction Machinery
Virtually any type of defective, poorly maintained or improperly used machinery commonly used on a construction site has the potential to cause a serious injury to a laborer. As a Dallas construction accident attorney, I know that some of the tools, machinery and equipment more commonly involved in serious construction site accidents include:
- power tools such as nail guns, saws, drills, jackhammers, and sanders
- loaders and fork lifts
- ladders and scaffolding
- harnesses and other safety equipment
- conveyor belts
- other industrial equipment
Filing Your Construction Accident Claim
If you’re injured by defective machinery or equipment on the job, you may have a few options for recouping your costs and damages. In addition to being paid workers comp by your employer, you might also be able to recover additional compensation from other sources. Potential examples of this include damages from another company or individual (if the faulty equipment was not owned by your employer) or even the manufacturer of the defective machinery or equipment if your injuries were due to an inherent design defect, manufacturing error or an inadequate warning label.
To determine which legal route applies best to your particular incident, it’s important to call a construction accident attorney at Guajardo & Marks as soon as possible. Call us today at 972-774-9800 to discuss your case with an experienced Dallas construction site injury attorney.