Elsa Man Dies In McAllen Construction Site Accident
The Valley construction community is reeling after a construction worker fell to his death earlier this week.
The McAllen Police Department has identified the man as 24-year old Adonlis Soriano Ramos of Elsa, Texas. McAllen PD Lt. Joel A. Morales Jr. said Ramos died at approximately 5:14 PM, Tuesday evening on the 1900 block of West Dove Ave. in McAllen, which is the construction site of Las Palomas, a multi-family housing development project.
Little information surrounding the circumstances of the incident has been made public as authorities continue their investigation into the Ramos’ untimely death.
McAllen Housing Authority executive director, Arnold Padilla, offered his condolences to the grieving family, saying “Unfortunately, we’ve got this complex under construction and there’s been an accident this afternoon where a young man lost his life. Again, our thoughts and prayers go to the family of the young man. Outside of that we obviously, we have no comment on the accident itself. It’s under investigation and will be reviewed in its entirety to see what occurred.”
Texas Workers Are Dying At An Alarming Rate
According to statistics by the US Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2017, there were a total of 534 worker deaths in Texas. If you do the math, that number equates to one Texas worker death every 15.6 hours. Comparatively, that’s more deaths than murders committed in Houston, Dallas, Fort Worth and Austin combined during the same timeline. In fact, Texas has ranked at the top in the country for work-related fatalities every year since 2009.
According to the US Department of Labor, the majority of these fatal injuries were caused by transportation incidents (43.8%) while a large portion of these fatalities was due to falls, slips, and trips (17.4%), such as Ramos’ incident.
An analysis made by the Dallas Morning News in 2014 paints a grim picture for Texas workplace fatalities as they reported the following findings:
- Texas’ construction sites are 22% deadlier than construction sites in any other state.
- Texas workers are 12% more likely to be killed on the job than their out-of-state counterparts.
- Texas had 4,593 deaths; the expected toll was 4,014.
- Texas had the highest rate of excess deaths among the 10 biggest states.
Should I Talk To A Wrongful Death Lawyer If My Family Member Died In A Construction Site Accident?
If your parent, child, or spouse died in a workplace accident, you should speak to an experienced wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible to discuss your legal rights.
Victims of lost loved ones should understand that when someone dies from a workplace accident, it may not only affect your family emotionally from their loss but could also potentially impact your family’s financial well being. For example, imagine a scenario where a father is the breadwinner of the family. If that father was suddenly killed in an accident that wasn’t his fault, that family no longer has his income to support the children and could be left to fend for themselves.
Texas law has a special provision that helps families recover monetary damages such as lost wages and loss of future income, loss of inheritance, psychological damages, loss of consortium, loss of companionship, and enjoyment of life for losing a loved one in a negligent accident.
Unfortunately, many insurance companies and workplaces may even try to grossly undervalue these damages and pay families pennies compared to what they should likely receive for their wrongful death settlement. Speaking with a wrongful death lawyer is always the best step forward to continue the healing process for you and your family and to help ensure that your wrongful death claim has a better opportunity to yield significant compensation that you may be owed.
Call The McAllen Wrongful Death Lawyers At Moore Law Firm Today
If you have suffered the loss of a loved one, you and your family may be entitled to compensation. If you need a lawyer for a death in your family, call the McAllen wrongful death lawyers at Moore Law Firm today for free, private consultation today at 1-888-444-2780.