Few members of our society work harder than construction workers, though unfortunately, despite all their hard work, they are frequently exposed to a wide array of dangers every single day. Construction workers oftentimes use heavy equipment, and when this equipment is either defective or supervisors do not ensure that this equipment is safe to use or that various precautions are taken, serious accidents can occur. Please continue reading and speak with our experienced Texas personal injury attorneys to learn more about heavy equipment accidents and how we can help if you’ve been injured in one. Here are some of the questions you may have:
How do heavy equipment accidents happen?
In many cases, the use of heavy equipment, including bulldozers, haul trucks, jackhammers, and more can lead to serious accidents. However, these accidents are seldom the construction workers’ fault, and instead, they are often the result of negligent supervisors, property owners, equipment designers/manufacturers, and more. For example, when an employer fails to train a worker how to properly use this equipment, or when an employer does not ensure that the equipment is regularly maintained and safe to use, an accident can happen. Any violation of OSHA regulations can lead to serious injury, and if you were injured because of your job violating OSHA regulations, you may be entitled to compensation. Some of the most common types of heavy equipment accidents are as follows:
- Machinery crushing workers
- Rollovers in trucks or forklifts
- Structure collapses
- Hearing loss because of loud heavy machinery
- Highway construction accidents
What should I do if I was injured by defective construction equipment?
If you were injured because of defective construction equipment, there is a very good chance that you may have a valid product liability lawsuit. As long as you can prove that you were injured either because of a negligent product design or because the product manufacturer was negligent, causing the product to become defective, you should have a valid product liability claim. That being said, no matter your circumstances, you must ensure you file your personal injury claim within the state’s statute of limitations, which is two years. This means that you will have two years from the date of your accident to sue the liable party. We are here to help you today–all you have to do is ask.
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We understand how challenging various legal matters can be, which is why we have dedicated ourselves to helping clients in Texas through a wide array of legal matters, including personal injury law and criminal defense. If you have sustained a serious injury or are facing criminal charges, contact the Gonzalez Law Group today to learn more about how we can help you through every step of the legal process ahead.