According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2011, about 17 percent of all on-the-job fatalities involved construction workers. Additionally, another 4 percent of all U.S. construction workers that year suffered some sort of work-related injury. Unfortunately, these injuries don’t just come with physical pain; victims of construction site injuries often face steep medical bills and are required to spend time away from work recovering, both of which can take a heavy toll on their pocketbooks. Fortunately, a construction injury attorney can help.
What a Construction Injury Attorney Can Do
While they may not be able to ease a victim’s pain or help them recover more quickly, a construction injury attorney can do a lot to help a worker who’s been hurt on the job.
Specifically, an attorney can help:
- Analyze the situation and determine if the case requires filing for workers’ compensation, falls under an arbitration agreement, or if it lends itself to a legal claim.
- Recommend a course of action for seeking compensation.
- Help the victim file a complaint with OSHA, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, to prevent construction site hazards from injuring other workers in the future.
- Assist the victim in filing any workers’ comp paperwork or insurance forms required.
- Work with any involved insurance companies to negotiate an adequate settlement for the victim.
- Determine the cause of the accident and, if employer or third party negligence/error is suspected, help the victim file a legal claim against them.
Even if victims are unsure as to whether they are due compensation, it is always important to contact a local attorney as soon as possible. In Texas, the statute of limitations of personal injury law says injury claims must be filed within two years from the date of the accident. Failing to act quickly could result in victims forfeiting their right to compensation through a legal claim.
Seeking Compensation through a Legal Claim
In the event the construction injury attorney suspects employer or third party negligence may have led to the worker’s injury, they can help file a claim for damages against the employer or any other parties involved.
These claims can help pay for:
- Medical bills and treatment costs already incurred, as well as those expected in the long run.
- Lost income and wages the victim suffered because of the injury, including time spent recovering, at medical appointments, and more.
- Property damages, if the victim’s property or vehicle was also damaged during the course of the negligence.
- Permanent disability or disfigurement.
- Pain, suffering, and emotional anguish.
- Lost earning capacity and benefits, if the injury has led to the victim being unable to continue their job.
When Fatalities are Involved
A construction injury attorney can also assist families when a loved one has died because of an on-the-job accident or injury. Either through workers’ compensation or a legal claim, an attorney can help the deceased’s family members seek damages for the pain and suffering they’ve endured, as well as recompense for the medical bills, burial costs, and other expenses they have likely incurred.
Families may also be able to seek funds for the income and benefits they’ve lost as a result of their loved one’s death and, if reckless negligence is involved, they could even be due punitive damages on top of it all.
In short, no matter the situation, a construction injury attorney can be a great asset to victims (and their families) who have suffered because of a construction site accident. Were you or a loved one hurt on the job? Learn more about how you can seek compensation by contacting a construction injury attorney at the Law Offices of Pat Maloney today.