When a person wakes up and heads to work each day, they have a right to feel that their safety will be a priority. Even in a field such as construction, which is known to have a high number of accidents and injuries, employers are responsible for doing their part to ensure their worker’s safety. If employers neglect to provide adequate training, ignore standards set by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), or fail to provide their workers with fully functioning equipment, they can be held liable for damages when an accident occurs.
Unfortunately, construction accidents often result in serious injuries, such as crush injuries. Victims of construction accidents and crush injuries should contact Houston, TX attorney Michael E. Shelton to discuss the details of their accident and learn more about their right to financial compensation.
Crush Injury Risks
A construction site contains many hazards that have the potential to cause injury. Construction workers often have to deal with heavy machinery, and are required to work in an environment that may contain dangers such as open trenches, high scaffolding, and hazardous materials. It is because of these risks that it is so important for safety standards to be followed and for all employees to be properly trained in their position. Unfortunately, many employers fail to follow safety standards, and employees suffer as a result. While there are many types of injuries that can occur at a construction site, a crush injury is one of the most dangerous. OSHA classifies crush injury as one of the “fatal four” injuries, meaning it is one of the top four causes of death for construction workers.
Even those who are fortunate enough to survive a crush injury are likely to suffer catastrophic consequences. The damage resulting from a crush injury can keep a person out of work long-term, or may even affect their ability to work altogether. Additionally, these injuries often require extensive medical treatment that places a serious financial burden on the accident victim. Injuries that are commonly caused by a crushing accident include:
- Internal bleeding
- Organ damage
- Tissue death
- Broken bones
- Nerve damage
- Severe lacerations
Fighting for Compensation
Construction site accident victims have a right to financial compensation for damages. Unfortunately, in an attempt to save money, many employers will offer a quick settlement that fails to account for a full range of damages. In some cases, employers or insurance companies may deny liability for an accident, or even attempt to hide damaging evidence.
The best way to protect your rights following a construction accident is to work with an experienced attorney, such as Michael E. Shelton. Mr. Shelton will gather evidence that is necessary to pinpoint liability and obtain maximum compensation for accident damages, including medical expenses, lost wages, and pain and suffering.
Contact Our Law Firm
If you are suffering crush injuries from a construction accident, it is important to contact our law firm as soon as possible to seek legal representation. Michael E. Shelton has experience in work accident injuries. He will work quickly and efficiently to collect the evidence that is needed to prove liability so that you can be rewarded for your losses.