What should I do if I've been injured by construction equipment in Houston?
Construction equipment can be very dangerous, and it's one of the major causes of accidents at construction sites. Construction equipment is usually very large and extremely heavy, which can catastrophically injure or kill workers if they get hit by it. Also, in some cases the equipment has to be used in confined spaces, which can be difficult. In addition, sometimes the equipment has design or operating defects, which can also make it unsafe.
There are a lot of potential causes of accidents involving construction equipment. The equipment may not have come with proper safety instructions and may be difficult or unsafe to operate. It may not have been properly maintained, which can result in accidents. Workers may not have been properly trained to use the equipment, or they may not have the required safety gear in order to use the equipment appropriately.
Workers who are injured in construction accidents have the legal right to compensation. They may be entitled to workers' compensation, or they may be able to bring a personal injury lawsuit against the responsible party. Typically, the injured worker or his attorney must determine which party was at fault, and in some cases multiple parties are responsible. If a worker was injured while incorrectly using a forklift, and the forklift malfunctioned, both the forklift manufacturer as well as the employer could be responsible. Some types of construction equipment that could cause construction accidents in Houston include: forklifts, cranes, ladders, cables, wrecking balls, tools, and pumps.
If you have been injured by construction equipment while on the job in Houston, you could have a case against your employer, a contractor, the equipment manufacturer, or the property owner. Let the attorneys at Kennedy Hodges LLP help you with your case. Contact us and we will provide you with a free consultation on your case.