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Construction Accident Attorney Representing Victims in El Paso, TX and Las Cruces, NM
Every year, thousands of hardworking construction workers in Texas and New Mexico become severely injured as they attempt to earn an honest living.
Roughly 20% of workplace fatalities take place in the construction sector. As work takes place in naturally dangerous environments, construction workers are well-aware of the safety precautions they must take. However, even when cautious workers do their part to secure themselves and their coworkers, there can be negligence on behalf of the employer or other work-related factors that lead to severe injuries.
If you or someone you know was recently injured in a construction accident that took place in the El Paso or Las Cruces area, please give our law firm a call. At the Enriquez Law Firm, we help construction accident victims receive necessary compensation to improve their health and secure their financial situation, as many are unable to return to work right away or face permanent disability. Construction accident attorney Humberto Enriquez has been representing construction workers since 1992. He has the necessary experience to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation possible, allowing you to receive money for medical care, lost wages, and other damages.
One in Five Workplace Fatalities are Construction-related
In 2016, 5,190 workers were killed on the job, with roughly 21% of those accidents taking place in the construction sector. Texas has seen more job-related deaths than any other state in the last 14 years. In New Mexico, the number of construction deaths may not quite compare to that of Texas; however, the state saw 50 construction work fatalities in 2014 (Texas experienced 524).
How and Why Do Construction Accidents Happen?
Construction accidents happen for a number of reasons. The working conditions tend to be fast-paced, and the industry sees a high turnover rate, which means there are workers with lack of experience, and perhaps even a lack of proper training. Workers are expected to perform successfully right away. The pressure of these jobs in combination with the risky environment makes for an accident-prone setting. Moreover, the heavy equipment and machinery that workers utilize are also hazardous in nature. Given this context, accidents are more likely to happen at construction sites than most other workplaces.
Different types of construction accidents include:
- Falls- Falls account for 40% of construction accidents.
- Electrocutions – Approximately 9% of accidents are caused when workers come into contact with a power line or improper use of cords.
- Struck by an object – 10.3% of construction accidents are from falling or flying objects.
- Caught between objects – Roughly 2.6% of workers are severely injured or killed when they are pressed between machines.
Other accidents include:
- Equipment-related accidents
- Building collapses
- Fires and explosions
- Heat strokes
- Repetitive motion
Injuries From Accidents Are Typically Severe and Life-Altering
Given the high altitudes, heavy machinery, and labor-intensive environment, the injuries that construction workers experience are usually severe and life-changing.
Construction injuries include:
- Broken bones
- Burns from fires, explosions, or electrocutions
- Cuts or lacerations from machinery
- Loss of vision
- Shoulder, knee, or ankle injuries such as sprains
- Loss of hearing
- Paralysis and other spinal cord injuries
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
- Toxic exposure to chemicals
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)