This is the next post in our series on the handling back and spine injury cases in Austin, Texas. Our last article discussed the need for experts in back injury cases. It is important to understand that medical and vocational experts are needed to prove damages if one has suffered serious spinal harm. Not retaining qualified experts may limit a victim’s recovery. In this post we will discuss another important topic – third party liability for matters which result from a construction accident. Given the frequency with which construction workers hurt their backs, this is an important topic. Contact our office today to speak with a personal injury attorney.
Many construction accident victims are required to go through the worker’s compensation system. There are cases, however, in which the injury is the fault of someone other than the victim’s employer. Say, for example, that the worker was using a piece of defective equipment and an accident occurred due to the defect. In such a situation the worker would deal with his or her employer through worker’s comp but would also be able to sue the equipment manufacturer directly. In such a situation it is necessary to prove the extent to which the harm was caused by the defective equipment and not some form of negligence on the part of the employer.
Third-party liability in such cases are another situation which may involve the use of expert witnesses. The manufacturer of any defective equipment will likely attempt to pass blame to the construction company itself. They may claim that the company failed to adequately maintain the equipment or that the victim was not properly trained in its use. An expert witness will offer reports and testimony stating whether or not they believe the accident occurred due to the equipment being defective. They will also state whether they believe the accident could have been prevented by better training, etc. When handling such a matter it is important that you retain a lawyer familiar with questioning such experts.
Our Austin injury attorneys regularly handle construction accident cases which result in spinal injuries. More often than one may realize, issues of third-party liability arise. If you have questions about your situation then contact our office today to speak with counsel. We are ready to assist you. We pride ourselves on providing the highest level of service and we have the resources necessary to deal with the largest of defendants. We also service Travis County cities which include Rollingwood, Round Rock, Elgin, Jonestown, Manor, Bee Cave, Lago Vista, Sunset Valley, Lakeway, Creedmoor, the Williamson County cities of Georgetown, Cedar Park, and Leander, as well as other areas of Texas.