If you have been injured in a construction accident you need to contact an attorney right away because the bills will keep piling up even though you are out of work. Workers compensation will only pay for a portion of the income you are losing. Many people are living paycheck to paycheck, and have not saved up money in case of an accident or a lost job. So for a lot of people being out of work will make them unable to pay basic bills like rent, mortgage payments, food, telephone, electricity, etc. On top of that, workers compensation will often restrict which doctors and patient can see, and may even place limitations on the number of visits to a doctor or physical therapist that a patient is allowed.
A settlement in a civil case is not limited to only a portion of the income that a plaintiff has lost. Rather, in a civil case the plaintiff can be awarded not only for lost income but also money for pain and suffering, medical bills, and punitive damages (if the party causing the injury acted intentionally or recklessly). What this all means is that if you have been injured in a construction accident you cannot afford to not talk to an attorney.
People are hurt in construction accidents in a variety of ways. Many people suffer serious injuries, such as breaking bones, by falling from a great height. Other people suffer injury when heavy machinery goes out of control. Regardless of the cause of injury any specific case, if the party causing the injury was negligent (and in some cases even without negligence), then the injured party may be entitled to compensation for the damages suffered as a result of the construction accident.
It is not uncommon for lifts used in the construction industry to fail, resulting in a fall. Poor maintenance or operation of a crane can also result in a fall from a great height, causing serious injury. It is also not uncommon for construction workers to fall from scaffolding that was not properly erected. Sometimes the foreman, overseer or superintendent does not adequately supervise or direct workers that are under his supervision.
Businesses are trying to cut costs these days more than they ever have in the past. This can lead to poor choices about what type of supplies or materials to use in a given job. The use of substandard materials or materials that are not designed for the job for which they are used can lead to construction accidents and serious injury. A company that fails to use the materials that they should be using may be liable for an accident caused as a result of the use of inappropriate materials.
Another way that companies may try to cut costs is by rushing through projects. Rushing through a paint job may not be that likely to cause an injury. However, rushing to set up the scaffolding or to move heavy equipment around is the type of behavior that can cause construction accidents leading to serious injury or death.
Is not fair for businesses to profit off of your labor while you struggle to make your house payment or pay your medical bills. There is really no amount of money that can adequately compensate a person for a catastrophic injury, such as the loss of limb. But that should not stop a person from trying to obtain compensation that may take the edge off their pain or make life a little bit easier for themselves and their family. There is no shame in talking to an attorney who can advise you of what your options are and help you make a decision about how to proceed. We are always ready to offer a listening ear and valuable advice, at no cost to a person who has been injured. We take cases on a contingency basis, so you will never have to come out of pocket for any costs and we will only get paid if we recover money for you.