Construction and industrial accidents most commonly affect workers; however, even a visitor to an industrial site or a pedestrian near a construction site can suffer personal injuries due to accidents. Whether you’ve been injured on the job or as a result of some other construction or industrial accident, you should consider hiring a personal injury attorney to represent your interests and help you receive the compensation to which you may be entitled.
Financial Liability for Your Construction or Industrial Accident Injuries
With construction and industrial accidents that involve workers, it is the workers compensation insurance of the employer that is financially liable for injuries workers suffer. The liability insurance of the business or other entity responsible for maintenance of the construction or industrial site holds financial liability for any accident that involves non-workers at the site. If a business or other entity fails to carry appropriate insurance coverage or the insurance coverage is insufficient for covering your claim, the business or other entity may also be held financially liable for your personal injuries.
The Initial Consultation for a Construction or Industrial Accident Claim
An initial consultation meeting with a personal injury attorney is the first step in securing legal help for your claim. During this initial consultation, the attorney will review all the details of your claim with you, including any documentation you may have of the incident and your medical bills and other expenses and losses that resulted from the accident.
The attorney will use this initial meeting to determine the strength of your claim and will educate you on your legal options, given the personal injury laws in your jurisdiction and the particular circumstances of your case. He or she will also provide you a fee estimate for services and an idea of how long the case may take and the kind of compensation you may be able to receive.
Most construction and industrial accident personal injury lawyers offer a free initial consultation. Most of these attorneys also work on a contingency basis. They are not paid unless your claim is successful. Under a contingency agreement, when you receive compensation for damages in your personal injury case, your attorney would be entitled to a percentage of those damages – the amount of which would be agreed to at the time you hire an attorney to represent you.
What Help can a Construction or Industrial Accident Personal Injury Attorney Provide?
A personal injury lawyer can help you determine what damages you should include in your claim, and can help you collect the necessary documentation for supporting your case. An attorney is a legal advocate and acts on your behalf in all communications with insurance companies, negotiating any settlement or handling the civil trial for your claim if you must proceed to court.
Your lawyer will educate you on the legal options available and will advise you, based on the circumstances of your claim and your personal financial situation, which option may be best – an out of court settlement or a trail. Damages that can be included in a construction or industrial accident personal injury claim can be significant, and your attorney will always work to get you the fairest settlement or amount of compensation possible. Hiring a personal injury lawyer to represent your legal interests can increase your chances of receiving sufficient damages for covering the cost of your medical care and other losses you suffered as a result of your injuries.