You Need an Experienced Construction Accident Lawyer
The right attorney can protect your legal rights
Have you recently been hurt in a construction accident and are concerned about how to proceed to protect your rights? It can be especially complicated to be hurt in a construction zone, whether you’re a contractor or an employee. Knowing your rights is tough. Hiring a Lakeland construction accident lawyer immediately will make all the difference.
A knowledgeable construction injury attorney can evaluate the specifics of your case and make recommendations about your next steps. Don’t try to navigate this solution alone. Get Thomas C. Grajek, Attorney at Law on your side.
Causes of construction accidents
It’s no surprise that construction is one of the most dangerous industries for people to work in. Construction sites are dangerous places at any point in time because they involve tools, heavy equipment, electricity, and sometimes toxic substances. Communication can break down easily between subcontractors, contractors, engineers, architects, and others on site.
Some of the most common types of construction accidents include vehicle accidents, forklift accidents, machinery malfunctions, lifting injuries, explosions, electrical shock and electrocution, exposure to hazardous chemicals, ladder accidents, scaffolding accidents, crane accidents, and errors in truck loading and unloading.
Construction accidents can happen anywhere and at any time on site. Remember, you can only protect yourself. Even a worker who has gone out of their way to wear all safety gear and follow all protocol can find themselves the unsuspecting victim in a construction site accident.
What is a third-party claim?
If you’re hurt on the job, you can seek workers’ compensation to cover the cost of your medical treatment and partial replacement of lost wages through a period of disability. However, workers’ compensation only covers so much. To pursue compensation for excess wage loss, pain and suffering, and other damages not included in workers’ comp, you need a third-party liability claim.
You can’t sue your direct employer over a work accident, but you can sue another company that was responsible for your accident. Examples of third parties in construction accident claims include:
- General contractor
- Property owner
- Equipment manufacturer
Through a third-party claim, you may be eligible to receive compensation for numerous types of damages after a construction injury including lost wages, future medical costs, rehabilitation costs, medical expenses, future wages if you cannot return to work, and non-economic costs such as scarring and disfigurement or pain and suffering. Your attorney can identify the full value of your claim and build a strategy to pursue full compensation.
How a construction accident lawyer can help
Third-party claims are complex, and finding the right evidence in the chaotic environment of a construction site can be difficult. It can be very confusing to be involved in this process when you have been hurt and are attempting to focus primarily on your recovery and next steps. That’s why you need a construction accident lawyer who is thoroughly experienced in this area of the law.
As your lawyer, I will advise you of your legal rights and options, investigate your accident, identify the liable parties, and negotiate with their insurance carriers on your behalf. If the insurance company won’t pay up, I have the experience and skill needed to take them on in court. Throughout the process, I’ll deal with the legal implications while you focus on healing and getting better.
I represent injured construction workers on contingency. That means you don’t pay out of pocket, and you don’t pay me at all if I don’t win your case. The fee is a percentage of your settlement or verdict – and remember, people who hire a lawyer recover much more on average than those who don’t, even taking attorney’s fees into account. You can afford to get a lawyer. What you can’t afford is to go it alone.
Take immediate action after a construction accident. If you hesitate, legal deadlines may expire and critical evidence may disappear. Protect your rights; call or use the online contact form to schedule your free consultation with a Polk County construction accident attorney.