What Happens When You Hire a Texas Construction Accident Attorney?

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Construction accidents happen in the blink of an eye, but then, without a Texas construction accident attorney on your side, time seems to slow to a crawl as everyone from your employer’s insurance company to worker’s comp to even the medical establishment seem to drag their feet.

Meanwhile, you and your family are going without a paycheck.

Here’s what happens when you hire a Texas construction accident attorney:

  • The sooner after an accident you hire a lawyer, the more likely it is you’ll navigate the system more quickly and without mistakes that can cost time and money.
  • A lawyer can help you cut through mountains of paperwork and act as your advocate with your insurance company, your employer, and the worker’s comp system to get you the compensation you need as fast as possible.
  • An attorney will know all the ways you can receive compensation for expenses incurred from your injuries, including medical expenses, lost income, and the estimated cost of future treatment, therapy, and negative impact on your future earning potential.

When should you contact a Texas construction accident attorney?

Ideally, no more than one or two weeks after the accident occurred.

What happens after you make the initial phone call?

You will schedule an initial consultation, which is usually free. Remember to bring a few things with you to streamline the process and help the attorney determine the validity of your claims, such as:

  • A copy of the contract you signed when you were hired.
  • Pictures of the scene of the accident. Provide the exact address.
  • Pictures of your injuries, even if they aren’t immediately visible. Photograph where it hurts, and take more pictures hours and even days later, as some bruises and swelling may take time to appear.
  • Copies of medical records, doctor’s notes, names and contact information of all the doctors who examined you, x-rays and their associated reports.
  • A calendar marking the days you’ve missed from work since the accident.
  • Names and addresses of witnesses

Need to schedule a consultation with a Texas construction accident attorney? Call us and set up an appointment. We’ll give you a complete list of items to bring with you to our initial meeting.

Drowsy Driving: How Driver Fatigue Accidents Damage Lives


Are you a male between 18 and 29? Sorry to be the bearer of bad news, but statistics show that you are more likely to be involved in one of a growing number of driver fatigue accidents. Drowsy driving, while often difficult to pin down with hard evidence, is thought to be the cause of up to 30 percent of all crashes. All crashes, not just distracted-driving type crashes.

Here are a few more driver fatigue accident facts:

  • Not only are men more likely to drive drowsy, they’re more likely than women to fall completely asleep at the wheel.
  • Parents with children tend to drive tired more often than childless adults.
  • Shift workers are more vulnerable to driving drowsy due to sleep deprivation.

Too often, there’s a cost involved when someone chooses to drive drowsy. And that cost can be high.

Human Costs

  • Injury, disability, and death are often the result of driver fatigue accidents, affecting a wide circle of people, including spouses, children, other relatives, friends, and work colleagues.
  • For the driver at fault, add pain, psychological suffering, and the personal costs associated with possible jail time to the above.

Economic Costs

  • Driver fatigue accident victims and their families often suffer financially due to lost wages, loss of a career, medical bills that drain savings accounts, and the not-insignificant cost of repairing or replacing a vehicle.
  • Employers are also impacted by driver fatigue accidents. For the victim who isn’t at fault, the employer could be faced with having to hire and re-train a replacement worker, who may not have the equivalent skills and experience of the lost employee.
    Worse, the employer of the driver at fault could be held financially liable if the employee was on the clock when the driver fatigue accident

Driver fatigue can be difficult to prove, but if you find yourself involved in what you suspect is a driver fatigue accident, an experienced attorney can help.

Texas Oil Field Injuries in the News


With drilling taking place on land and offshore, Texas oil field injuries are in the news with almost numbing regularity. Each accident is an example of how better training and well-maintained equipment could mean the difference between health or disability, or life or death.

A few recent examples:

  • An oil field worker in Midland County was electrocuted when the rig he was helping to build touched power lines.
  • Two Mitchell County oil field workers were killed and one injured when a cable from the winch truck they were operating also touched a power line.
  • In Howard County, an improperly secured oil heater tank rolled, fatally pinning a man against another piece of equipment.
  • An oil rig explosion in Upton County killed three members of a service crew and injured one other.

And what appears in the news are a drop in the bucket compared to the number of incidents that go unreported.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that one in every hundred oil field workers will suffer a job-related injury every year. One percent may sound insignificant, but when you consider the industry employs millions of workers in Texas alone, that one percent can represent thousands of lives affected by injuries such as burns, lung damage, broken bones, traumatic brain injury, eye damage, and chemical toxicity.

What should you do if you are involved in an oil field injury accident?

  • Document the events leading up to the incident, such as weather conditions, wet/slippery surfaces, leaking fuel or chemicals, even the amount of training you received for the particular task you were performing.
  • Report the incident to your supervisor and human resources. Texas law does not require that all oil companies carry workers’ compensation insurance, but if your employer carries it, you could qualify for compensation for lost wages.
  • Compensation for pain and suffering will have to be pursued in court. Retaining an experienced attorney will help make this complicated process easier.

Are you the victim of oil field injuries? Not sure if you’re being treated fairly? Give us a call. We can help you get the compensation you deserve.

What Types of Evidence Will Your San Antonio Car Accident Lawyer Need?


San Antonio car accident lawyers agree: if you’re involved in a car crash (even if it’s just a fender bender), your best friend is your cell phone. Its ability to capture video, photographs, and voice recordings will help you gather the evidence your attorney will need to cover all the insurance and legal bases.

If you don’t have a cell phone, or don’t have one “smart” enough to do it all, keep a disposable camera, a notebook, and pen in the glove compartment for just such an emergency.

As soon as possible after the incident, start gathering the evidence your San Antonio car accident lawyer will need:

  • Circumstances leading up to the accident
    – Weather conditions
    – Time of day or night
    – Traffic signals and signs – Present? Working properly or damaged? Blocked by foliage?
    – Your lane position and approximate speed
  • Photographs
    – Position of the cars involved from as many angles as you can SAFELY manage
    – Damage to your car and other cars involved
    – Your injuries and those of others involved, if visible
    – DON’T interfere with police officers on the scene
    – If you are unable to immediately take pictures because of injury, return to the scene as soon as you are able
  • Witnesses
    Do you see any bystanders? Ask if they witnessed the accident and make sure the responding officer is aware that these people may be willing to give a statement. Again, never interfere with an officer on the scene. If possible, record their versions of the incident for future use by your San Antonio car accident lawyer in court or in an insurance claim.
  • After the accident, keep track of:
    – Medical records and doctors’ notes
    – Bills and estimates for medical treatment and car repair
    – Accident reports – you can request a copy of a report the police officer has filed.
    – Gather pay stubs and recent tax returns to establish the amount of lost wages, if necessary.
    – Copies of your insurance policy to make sure you understand what is and isn’t covered.

Do you need a San Antonio car accident lawyer? We can help you navigate the system. Contact us today.