No matter how many safety regulations are in place and how many precautions you take, accidents at construction sites happen. These accidents often come with a whole host of medical and financial issues, not to mention the effect they have on your ability to work.
Whether you’ve been severely injured in a construction site accident or an accident has resulted in the death of a loved one, an injury can take a huge toll on your emotional and financial well-being. The last thing on your mind may be figuring out who actually caused the accident and how to get reimbursement for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages. That’s where a qualified construction accident lawyer comes in.
A construction site accident attorney can help determine who was at fault in the accident, gather all the necessary documentation, communicate with insurance companies, and help you get the recovery you need to feel well again. While an attorney may not be necessary in every accident case, there are times when it’s vital to hire a lawyer experienced in construction site accidents.
Ability to Navigate Complicated Cases
Some construction site accidents are pretty straightforward — it’s clear who is at fault and what type of reimbursement is due. Other accidents are extremely complicated and require investigation, deep knowledge of the law, and the ability to effectively advocate each case.
An experienced construction accident attorney will have the skills needed to dig into the circumstances of your case to find out why the accident happened, who is at fault, and how it has (and will) affected you. They’ll work closely with all of your medical providers to see both the short- and long-term impact of the accident and make sure to get all the documentation needed to prove the extent of your injuries.
Most importantly, a lawyer knows the ins and outs of the relevant law, filing a lawsuit, and negotiating a settlement. That means they can deal directly with legal paperwork, insurance companies, and other lawyers so you can focus on healing while they work to get you adequate compensation.
Experience Handling Construction Site Accidents
When you hire an attorney to handle your accident, you don’t want just any attorney. A construction site accident attorney is one who has years of specific experience negotiating and litigating cases related to construction site injuries.
That experience gives them a breadth of knowledge in relevant state and national workplace safety, negligence, product liability, and personal injury laws that are pertinent to your claim. This specific knowledge can help them to look at your case from new angles and have a strong sense of what works and what doesn’t when it comes to getting you financial reimbursement.
A construction accident attorney with years of experience in these types of cases will also have extensive experience dealing with difficult insurance and health care companies that may not want to pay as much as you deserve. An experienced advocate knows how to ask the right questions, present your case, and get effective results.
Increased Chance of a Bigger Recovery
Damages awarded in construction site accident cases can vary greatly. When you attempt to deal with insurance companies and the at-fault party yourself, you may only get the bare minimum.
When you work with a qualified construction accident attorney, however, there’s a better chance you’ll get compensation that covers significantly more of your losses. An experienced attorney knows what to look for and how to negotiate effectively to get you the most compensation possible.
An attorney can help you get more compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, rehabilitation costs, disability, and funeral expenses in the event of a wrongful death case. They can also more effectively prove negligence or reckless behavior on the part of an employer or third-party vendor that led to the accident.
Expertise About Other Sources of Compensation
It’s not always obvious who the at-fault party is in a construction site accident. While sometimes the employer is clearly at fault, in many instances it’s a third party whose negligent behavior caused the accident.
It may be an engineer, construction equipment manufacturer, or a materials manufacturer whose careless behavior led to the accident. A construction accident lawyer knows what questions to ask and how to evaluate the circumstances of an accident to determine who was really at fault.
These cases can be harder to prove, but an experienced lawyer knows how to investigate difficult cases to get compensation from the right party. They’ll spend time investigating the construction site, witness statements, and other parties involved to determine liability.
Many times, the other party is a large corporation that has its own expert legal team. A construction site attorney can go head-to-head with a team of corporate lawyers to make sure your interests are represented.
When to Hire a Construction Accident Lawyer
It may not be the first thing on your mind when you’re in an accident, but it’s best to hire a construction accident lawyer as soon as possible when you experience any of the following injuries:
- Burns and electric shocks
- Fractures and broken bones
- Spinal or neck injuries, like cervical radiculopathy
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Blindness or hearing loss
- Wrongful death
The sooner you begin working with an experienced attorney, the better chance you’ll have of remembering important details of the accident, gathering necessary evidence, and receiving the medical care you need. An attorney can even recommend a medical professional who can evaluate your injury and make sure you get any necessary diagnostic imaging and treatments.
When you have an attorney early on, it also means you have someone who can talk to insurance companies and construction companies so you don’t have to. They can also make sure you’re being offered fair compensation and go to bat for you if you aren’t.
How FVF Can Help
Our experienced construction accident lawyers understand how stressful an accident can be, especially when you’ve experienced the loss of a loved one. We’re here to help after a construction site accident and will fight to get you and your family the best financial recovery. For a free, no-commitment case consultation, contact us today.