Workplaces generally can be dangerous, but construction sites can be especially dangerous because of the use of heavy machinery and uneven land. This danger was highlighted recently in Bryan, Texas, in a fatal construction site accident.
According to the Bryan Police Department, the construction worker was hit by a hackhoe and killed. The construction is on Nuches Lane, off Highway 21, behind a McDonald’s. BPD are still investigating the construction site accident, but they do not believe there was any foul play.
Unfortunately for our fellow Texans, including this poor man’s family, workplace injury law can be complicated because workers’ compensation insurance is not required in our state. This is why it is so important for workers and their family to know whether their employer is insured, self-insured or uninsured. This effects the compensation amount and approval process and is why experts recommend those injured on the job contact an attorney immediately.
While it does not appear that a third-party was involved in this Bryant, Texas, accident, we simply do not know enough to know for sure. Though, our local, El Paso readers should know that cases, like this one, are not always so straight forward. Third-party liability refers to when someone, other than the employer or co-worker, is liable for a worker’s injury or death.
For example, in this case, if there was some malfunction or defect with the backhoe, there could be third-party liability. Or, perhaps, the co-worker who was operating the backhoe worked for a different contractor or subcontractor, this would also be a case of third-party liability. This is why it is so important to contact an attorney immediately to understand one’s rights and options.