If you were injured in a construction accident in McKinney, Texas, the first thing you should do is see a doctor as soon as possible. Only after your injuries have been treated should you start to think about your legal options for recovering compensation.
Why Medical Treatment Is Important
You should see a doctor, first and foremost, because your health is the most important thing. However, the type of medical attention you seek will vary from case to case. If you suffered a severe injury (for example, you are bleeding profusely), call 911 and go to the hospital immediately.
Other types of injuries are not so urgent. You may even feel well enough to go back to work within a day or two. In such cases, you should still make an appointment with a doctor as soon as possible. Some injuries are not readily apparent but can still cause serious harm. A doctor’s visit can make sure that you are truly all right.
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 for claims you make in your case.
Your medical records can help prove to an insurance company that:
- You suffered an injury
- Your injury happened when, where, and how you say it did
- Your injury has had a measurable, negative impact on your health
- The insurance company’s client was responsible for your injury
You Can Pursue Compensation for Your Construction Accident Injuries
If you were injured on the job, you may be able to pursue compensation for your damages. There are two main ways to go about this; however, if you would like legal assistance, a lawyer from our firm can help you.
You also do not have to wait for your injuries to heal to pursue compensation. If you decide to work with our legal team, we can handle your case on your behalf while you focus on your recovery.
The following methods are legal routes we can take to pursue compensation.
Method One: A Workers’ Compensation Claim
First, you can apply for workers’ compensation. Per the Texas Department of Insurance (TDI), you may qualify for workers’ comp benefits if:
- Your employer provides workers’ compensation insurance.
- You were injured while on the job.
- You report your injury to your employer within 30 days.
If your workers’ compensation claim gets approved, you may receive compensation for lost wages and your medical expenses. These benefits are based on the type of injury you have and how long you may be out of work to recover.
If your loved one was killed while working, you may be able to apply for death benefits.
If your claim gets denied or you disagree with the amount of benefits you were granted, you can have a lawyer from our firm help you file an appeal or dispute your claim.
Method Two: A Personal Injury Lawsuit
Your second option is to sue the liable party for monetary compensation. You could qualify for compensation for both your economic and non-economic damages—that is, for both your financial losses and your physical and psychological injuries. A few examples are included below:
- Medical expenses (past and future)
- Loss of wages
- Loss of earning capacity
- Loss of employment
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring or disfigurement
- Disability (physical and mental)
- Loss of quality of life
When working with our legal team, we can advise you on which legal route to take based on your financial needs and personal circumstances.
Hire a Lawyer from Underwood Law Office After a Construction Accident
Whether you are filing a personal injury lawsuit or a wrongful death lawsuit, you have two years to get started, per Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code §16.003. Contact our law firm as soon as possible to find out how our team can help you.
Our legal services frequently include:
- Offering legal advice: We can help you understand your available options and decide which option is best for you.
- Investigating the accident: Our team can strengthen your case by collecting evidence from medical records, witness statements, and more.
- Filing forms: Both workers’ compensation applications 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.
Start with Your Free Consultation
After receiving medical attention for your construction accident, call Underwood Law Office at (972) 316-4236. 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.