Working in construction is inherently dangerous. In fact, the injury and fatality rate tops the list in the private labor sector. Despite the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, whose purpose is to ensure that all Americans are provided a hazard free workplace, potential dangers are still commonplace on construction sites. Injuries occur from falls from scaffoldings, slips and falls, electrocution, unsafe equipment, structure failure, operating machinery run-overs and many others. If you or a loved one is injured due to the negligence of another person on a construction site, an attorney should be contacted as soon as possible. Not just any attorney but a personal injury attorney who is experienced in the area of construction accidents.
A foreman and supervisor are present on every job site to make sure that the site is compliant with all safety specifications. Even with all of the safety measures in place the job is still dangerous by nature. A normal workday can suddenly be changed tragically by a personal injury or even a fatality.
An accident can occur by a mistake caused by another worker but it may also be caused by an error made by an engineer in the planning, a subcontractor, an equipment manufacturer, a delivery vehicle or many others. Workers compensation is required to be carried by all employers but it basically pays only for the medical bills and protects the employer from a lawsuit. Determining the roles of others in the accident can change the amount of awarded damages significantly. Aside from medical bills a work place accident can cause a lifetime of lost wages, rehabilitation, pain and suffering. All of these are not covered by workers compensation. Identifying third party responsibility can change the outcome even if there was only partial responsibility.
Finding a Construction Accident Attorney
As soon as you have received immediate treatment of your injuries you should waste no time in finding a qualified construction accident attorney. The sooner you retain an attorney the faster they can begin an investigation to determine fault. They can quickly compile evidence through witnesses, reports, photos and reconstruction. The attorney should have an extensive background dealing with OSHA standards, construction site management and building site codes.
When looking for a qualified lawyer for your construction site injury, be diligent in your search. Do not hesitate to check an attorney’s AVVO rating online. Check also with the local bar association which can be of great assistance. Look for a lawyer who has experience within the courtroom and not just reaching settlements out of court. You want someone who has the resources and the tenacity to take your case as far as it can go to gain the maximum award. Do not be afraid to ask a lawyer about his or her past results within the specific practice area. Do not trust attorney recommendation sites as they are paid marketing companies.
A construction accident attorney is your greatest asset if you were injured on the job through no fault of your own. The experienced construction accident attorney will know the true value of your case and will not settle for less. Over a lifetime a construction injury can cost a fortune in lost wages, medical bills, rehabilitation, retraining and special equipment. That cash offer from the insurance company may appear like a lot of money, but is it 20 plus year’s income? You owe it to yourself and your family to have the best help available if you cannot work in your chosen career for the rest of you life.
Dolman Law Group has successfully represented countless victims of construction accidents and their loved ones. If you were injured or a loved one was killed in a construction accident, reach out Dolman Law today for a free consultation with a construction accident attorney. Call us today at (727) 853-6275.
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