Bader Scott Injury Lawyers are experienced Norcross workers comp lawyers. Our legal team has successfully handled many types of workplace incidents, including construction accidents. Victims of these types of crashes have suffered enough, and they deserve compensation.
There are things you can do to receive compensation while you recover. Workers’ compensation is one of the most common ways victims receive monetary relief in a construction accident case. If you or someone you know has been injured in a construction accident, you should reach out to us immediately. We only have a limited amount of time to build your case and file your claim.
What should I do after I have been injured in a construction accident?
First, you should seek medical attention. In most construction accident cases we handle, our clients have severe injuries. You need to make sure that your health is your priority.
However, there are time limits with any legal process, so we need to act quickly. You should contact your supervisor to inform them of your accident within 30 days. This doesn’t have to be a formal report, but you must make them aware of your accident and injury.
Next, you should start the process of filing for workers’ compensation. You only have a year from the date of your accident to file your claim. So, you need to contact an attorney as soon as possible. It can take a while to get a decision about an application, so you need to start the process early. When you meet with your attorney, try to give them as much information about your accident as possible.
Witness statements can be useful, but it can be difficult to collect after you’ve had an accident. If you are unable to go back to your worksite, you could send loved ones to grab statements. If they aren’t allowed on the job site, we can send our investigators to talk to your fellow workers and employer.
My employer is helping me with my workers’ compensation. Do I need a lawyer?
Yes. Your employer’s insurance company is going to put their needs above your own. It would help if you had an advocate on your side that will represent your interests. Insurance companies only care about their bottom line because they are a business.
So, if they can get away with not paying you, they will. They could claim you missed deadlines, and in the process, your workers’ compensation claim could be denied. Workers can appeal this decision, but you have better odds if you have a lawyer. Don’t risk missing out on your compensation, because you don’t have an experienced lawyer representing you.
What types of claims can I file with a construction accident?
Most of our clients want to file for workers’ compensation. However, there are other claims that you can file depending on the circumstances surrounding your accident. The four types of applications are:
- Workers’ Compensation: This claim is the right of any employee. If you have been injured at work, you are eligible to file a workers’ compensation claim. There is no fault in this type of application. So, it doesn’t matter if you or your employer was responsible, you can file for workers’ compensation. Your employer’s insurance will pay out your claim, so you can receive payments until you are back at work.
- Personal Injury Claim: With this type of claim, we must assign fault. There needs to be a party that was negligent and responsible for your accident. This is the party that we will file a lawsuit against. You are not allowed to sue your employer for your accident, but you can hold a third party responsible. We can seek damages that include: pain and suffering, medical bills, future medical care, lost wages, loss of earning potential, loss of quality of life, and more. In some situations, we can also seek punitive damages. This is compensation that goes beyond your injuries and is meant to punish the negligent party further. Punitive damages can only be awarded when a party has been criminally negligent.
- Product Liability Claim: If a defective product causes your injuries, you can file this type of claim. Typically, we present a product liability claim against a manufacturer or retailer. Companies have a responsibility to provide safe products to workers and consumers.
- Wrongful Death Claim: Losing a loved one in an accident is never easy, and they leave behind families and responsibilities. This type of claim provides compensation for the loved ones that are left behind.
You could file for three of these claims at the same time. We can help you handle any one of these claims for your construction accident. Let us help you determine which application is right for you. Contact our offices today.
Who is responsible for my accident?
If you’re filing a claim for workers’ compensation, it doesn’t matter. The only time that we need to assign fault is in a personal injury claim or product liability lawsuit. We must show that the other party’s negligence is responsible for your accident.
You deserve an experienced construction accidents attorney.
A construction accident can uproot your entire life, and we’re here to help. If you have been injured in a workplace accident, you deserve compensation. Our legal team is experienced and determined to get you compensation for your injuries. Contact a workers compensation lawyer offices today to schedule a free consultation.