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Worker Injury Archives

Lawsuit Filed in Marathon Oil Fatal Building Collapse

The families of two men killed in a staircase collapse at the future Marathon Oil headquarters have sued the petroleum company and several subcontractors involved in the construction, claiming that negligence in training, safety protocols, and oversight led to the deaths. The lawsuit, filed October 8, 2020, is on behalf of two out of three victims killed by the incident. The family of the third victim, has not yet filed a suit.

Building Collapse: Picking Up the Pieces

Building collapses are a type of devasting and often preventable construction accident that cause injuries to large numbers of workers each year. As hubs of ongoing activity by multiple parties, construction sites rely on a careful balancing act between building owners, project managers, architects, engineers, contractors, and subcontractors to ensure all work is done safely. When this balancing act goes wrong, the consequences can be swift and deadly for workers by no fault of their own.

Offshore Injuries: There Is Still Hope Even If Injury Is First Unreported

Sometimes injuries on vessels go unreported. In the time it takes some offshore injuries to manifest, the injured offshore worker may be long off the rig, boat, or barge before he realizes he was injured on the job and did not report it to anyone. Just because an offshore work injury was not immediately reported does not mean there is no chance to be made whole under the Jones Act.

Austin Crane Collapses

A crane collapsed Wednesday morning in Austin, Texas. The construction crane collapsed causing injury to twenty-two people according to news reports. Of the twenty-two injured workers, sixteen people were taken to St. David's Hospital in Austin. Currently, it is reported that all injured workers sustained non-life-threatening injuries. Everyone reportedly injured was on the construction site at the time of the incident.

Construction Worker Death in Cypress

Yesterday, a construction worker was killed while working in the Bridgeland subdivision in Cypress, Texas. According to preliminary reports, the victim was working near heavy machinery when he was struck by a falling piece of equipment. The impact caused the victim to fall into the nearby 15-foot trench.

Falling Debris from Construction Project Injures Man

In March of 2018, Timothy Duarte was working at an elevator platform at a construction site along Myrtle Beach's Ocean Boulevard. A BMW Rebar worker was using a large crane to lift a piece of a reinforcement bar to the top of a 25-story building that was under construction. The rebar broke as it was being lifted to the top of the building. It fell on the elevator platform and hit Mr. Duarte on his head and body.

Wrongful Death Settlement for Texas Family of Maintenance Technician

Firm attorneys Benny Agosto, Jr. and Lena Laurenzo settled a federal court lawsuit arising out of the death of a maintenance technician employee at a Texas manufacturing plant. The fatality occurred during a maintenance task that was being performed when a large piece of machinery fell on top of the employee. The employee died shortly thereafter due to the crush injuries he sustained. Christmas was only days away, and one of the employee's daughters was to be married in two weeks.

Suit Filed Against Port of Houston Authority after Worker Killed

Houston attorneys Mo Aziz and Karl Long of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Sorrels, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner have filed suit on behalf of a worker who was killed at the Bayport Terminal Yard in Pasadena, Texas.

"The Fatal Four"

The Occupational Health and Safety Administration ("OSHA") released recent statistics for the four leading causes of workplace deaths in the construction industry:

  • $50+ Million Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented nearly 100 victims who suffered personal injuries and damages to property from a large fire and explosion resulting in a settlement of more than $50 million. The firm served as lead lawyers on the steering committee in this litigation.

  • $80 Million Plant Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 270 plaintiffs, taking a lead role in the plaintiffs’ steering committee, who suffered injuries in a large plant explosion resulting in a settlement of nearly $80 million.

  • $50+ Million Plant Fire & Explosion

    The firm successfully represented 45 personal injury victims in a plant fire and explosion, serving on the plaintiffs steering committee, concluding with a settlement of more than $50 million.

  • $22+ Million Worksite Accident

    The firm prevailed in a personal injury trial for a worksite injury client with the jury returning a verdict and resulting in a judgment of over $22 million for the firm’s client.

  • $12 Million 18-Wheeler Collision

    The firm successfully achieved a $12 million settlement for the family of a man who died in an 18 wheeler collision.

  • $48 Million Catastrophic Burns

    The firm prevailed on behalf of three burn victims with settlements totaling nearly $48 million.

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