Safety is your first priority after getting injured on a construction site. If you did not accept medical treatment at the accident scene, you should visit your primary physician or an urgent care center. A healthcare professional can provide clarity into your diagnosis, prognosis, and recovery time.
You should also consider your legal options. To recover the cost of your medical bills and other accident-related losses, you could file a liability claim or lawsuit. The subject of your case will depend on the details of your situation.
Why Medical Treatment is Important Even in Minor Crashes
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) notes that falls, burns, electrocutions, and suffocation are among the most common types of construction site accidents. Yet, you might have walked away from the incident scene seemingly unscathed. At the same time, without even knowing it, you could be struggling with serious internal injuries.
By visiting a healthcare provider, you can prevent your condition from getting worse. If you decide to pursue legal action later on, the fact that you sought medical care could bolster your case.
Your Doctor’s Appointments Will Be the Key to Your Compensation
In addition, medical treatment can help you later on if you decide to pursue monetary compensation. Your medical records can serve as evidence when fighting for damages.
Your medical records can help prove to an insurance company that:
- You suffered an injury.
- Your injuries happened on a certain date.
- Your condition has had a measurable, negative impact on your health.
Construction companies are multi-million-dollar organizations that are focused on completing projects––not paying claims to injured workers. This is why it’s crucial to gather every piece of evidence that could support your case.
We Can Help You Explore Your Legal Options
If you were hurt on a construction site due to negligence, you could have the basis of a construction accident claim or lawsuit. Here, you would assert that because another party failed to keep you safe, they owe you compensation. Liable parties in your case could include another worker, the construction company, or the landowner.
Keep these things in mind as you consider pursuing damages:
Construction Accident Lawsuits Come with a Statutory Deadline
The date you were injured on a construction site has a considerable impact on your ability to pursue damages. This is because if more than two years pass from your accident’s date, you could lose the right to seek damages, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003.
You have all the time in the world to recover from your injuries. You don’t have all the time in the world to file a construction accident lawsuit. This makes considering your options in a timely manner crucial to your case’s outcome.
You Could Pursue Damages Through an Insurance Claim
Whether you were injured as a worker or passerby, you could recoup damages through a premises liability claim. Here, you would file your case with the liable party’s insurer. That doesn’t mean you’re guaranteed to secure damages, though. The insurer could still find a reason to deny your perfectly valid claim.
Additionally, insurance claims only pay compensation up to the liable policy’s limits. You might be offered a settlement, only to discover that it’s not enough. In this instance, you may have to file a lawsuit to seek full compensation for your losses.
You Could Seek Compensation Through a Lawsuit
First things first, insurance claims and lawsuits are two different things. You file an insurance claim with an insurance provider. You file a lawsuit in civil court directly against the party that caused you harm. In this case, you could recover the following:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earning capacity
- Loss of employment
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Disability (physical and mental)
- Loss of quality of life
What You Can Expect When You Partner with Our Law Firm
Our law firm represents injured people in Texas who suffer injuries on construction sites. We can review your situation and craft a plan of action. Since 1997, we have aided our clients by:
- Offering legal advice. We can help you understand your options and decide which one suits your situation.
- Investigating the accident. Our team can strengthen your case by collecting evidence from medical records, witness statements, and more.
- Filing forms. Both insurance claims and lawsuits involve a lot of paperwork, all of which we can take care of for you.
- Negotiating with the insurer. If the liable party’s insurance company does not want to pay what you deserve, we can negotiate for more money. We can even represent you in court if necessary.
- Litigating in court. When presenting your case, we can abide by courtroom protocol and all necessary deadlines. While the American Bar Association (ABA) notes that most cases are settled outside of litigation, we are prepared to take this measure if necessary.
We are confident that we can handle all of your case’s obligations. While you navigate the aftermath of being injured on a construction site, we’ll manage everything else.
Begin Your Free Case Review Today with the Attorneys at Underwood Law Office
To learn more about your financial recovery options, call Underwood Law Office. We can help you figure out what you should do if you were injured in a construction accident, and we can fight for the money you deserve.
Call or text (972) 535-6377 or complete a Free Case Evaluation form