SIX REASONS TO HIRE A CONSTRUCTION ACCIDENT ATTORNEYLast updated on: November 4, 2022
Construction accidents injure or kill thousands of Americans every year. There are large pieces of equipment and major forces involved in what happens at construction sites.
The injuries can be significant and common in construction accidents. Many of these injuries are caused by poor safety standards or procedures, the negligence of somebody involved, faulty equipment, or poor supervision. A construction accident attorney can relieve the burden of litigation in the following ways.
If you or someone you love was injured in a workplace accident call Zinda Law Group today for a free consultation. Our attorneys work with a no win no fee guarantee meaning you won’t pay anything unless you win your case.
1. To handle all deadlines, paperwork and details
Each state sets a statute of limitations for personal injury cases. A statute of limitations determines the amount of time you have to file a personal injury claim after the accident occurs, which is usually two or three years. If you fail to file your claim within the statute of limitations, you may lose your chance to receive compensation for your injury.
The statute of limitations is the first of many deadlines you must meet for your construction accident claim, and additional requirements can be difficult for anyone who has not filed a personal injury claim before. For example, you must file a claim upon which relief can be granted, which includes a proper statement of the harm you suffered and the relief you seek. An attorney can enumerate all the elements of your claim and describe the relief you deserve.
Once you have filed your claim, the construction accident lawyer can help you negotiate your settlement. The defendant and the insurance companies will likely try to poke holes in your arguments and get you to say things that hurt the strength of your case. Your attorney can handle all communication with the defendant on your behalf, allowing you to rest assured your case is being dealt with professionally.
2. Increased chances of a bigger recovery
Unrepresented plaintiffs do not fare as well as plaintiffs with lawyers in personal injury cases. Many parties to the case will assume that when you do not have a lawyer, you do not have the resources to represent yourself well. Insurance companies offer you lower settlement amounts, and you are more likely to fail at every stage of litigation.
Not only does hiring an attorney help ensure that you meet deadlines and properly file the correct paperwork, it also establishes professionalism at court. It makes the defendant, judge, and jury take your claim more seriously. It lets the insurance companies know that they cannot take advantage of you.
3. Experience handling construction site accidents
You might already be considering hiring an attorney to help you with your case. However, you should ensure that your attorney has experience handling construction site accidents.
A lawyer who has already handled cases similar to yours understands the kinds of issues that will come up in your case. He or she can draw on experiences with past clients to respond to the defendant’s claims and determine the amount of compensation you could receive for your injuries.
A construction accident attorney will also have access to expert witnesses who can testify on your behalf. Your lawyer can also help you during the process of discovery to gather all of the necessary evidence from your construction site accident.
4. Expertise About Other Sources of Compensation
A personal injury attorney’s job is to try and maximize the amount of compensation his or her client receives from filing a claim. The categories for compensation in personal injury cases include economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages include the monetary reimbursement for your medical bills and missed wages from time you took off work. Non-economic damages are meant to cover the pain and suffering you experienced from the accident. An experienced attorney knows where else to look for damages within those categories, such as lost earning capacity or loss of enjoyment of life.
Your unique case might offer other opportunities for compensation. Speak with a lawyer to learn about whether your damages can be compensated. Our attorneys at Zinda Law Group have helped victims of construction accidents assess their damages and negotiate their compensation.
5. Ability to navigate complicated cases
Construction-accident cases can be complicated in a few ways.
First, a construction company might refuse to accept fault for the accident. The matter of fault is a major factor in personal injury cases, since you will probably not recover for your injuries if you cannot prove that the defendant caused your accident.
Second, it may be difficult to determine the party to sue, since construction companies typically hire subcontractors.
For example, if you were injured because of a piece of safety equipment, whose fault is it? That question could be complicated in the context of contractors and subcontractors.
Who supplied the equipment? Who was responsible for training the employee’s use of the equipment? Should someone have been supervising the use of the equipment?
Third, certain injuries make cases more complicated. An injury might require more time and treatment than you originally anticipated, which affects the relief you will request.
A construction accident lawyer can prepare for each of these circumstances and can help you through the twists and turns of your case. A skilled attorney will have the knowledge and resources to navigate the difficult aspects of your case.
6. To represent you if your case goes to court
You and your attorney will probably try to negotiate a settlement with the defendant. Maybe the defendant does not offer a settlement amount equal to what you deserve. Perhaps you would rather have the sense of justice from a court ruling to legally show that you were not at fault for the accident than a settlement amount.
If either of those possibilities is true in your case, your attorney may recommend that you go to trial. Cases rarely go to trial, since settlement allows both parties some level of control of the outcome and trial puts the outcome in the hands of the court. Nonetheless, your construction accident attorney should be prepared to advocate for you at court.
At trial, each side will present its evidence to a jury which will give a ruling. The attorney will understand the legal proceedings at trial and explain the process to you. Often, in personal injury cases, lawyers will hire expert witnesses to explain the standard of care that the defendant should have taken.
Frequently asked questions
Should I hire a Construction Accident Attorney?
If you meet with an experienced lawyer, they can help you evaluate who may be at fault and achieve a recovery from those responsible parties. It takes a detailed analysis of the liability and the responsibility of those involved to properly estimate what your compensation could be.
If you are undecided about whether you need an attorney, Zinda Law Group offers free consultations. Our lawyers can also advise you whether to even pursue your claim at all. If your claim is unlikely to succeed, you can save your time, money, and effort by being advised against filing.
Because of our No Win, No Fee Guarantee, you only pay us if we win your case for you. That means our attorneys are motivated to fight for you to receive maximum compensation for your damages.
As we mentioned before, you are more likely to succeed if you are represented by an experienced attorney. The defendant’s lawyers and insurance companies are less likely to try and manipulate you by pushing you to accept a low settlement amount. A jury is more likely to trust your legal arguments.
What is the value of a construction accident claim?
According to a study by the Bureau of Justice Statistics, plaintiffs won a median award of $24,000 in cases resolved by civil bench and jury trials.
However, the exact value of your claim depends on the injuries you suffered, whether you were partially at fault for the accident, and whether you go to trial.
How can an attorney help your construction accident case?
A construction accident attorney can handle your deadlines, increase your chances of recovery, draw on experience and knowledge of the law, navigate complicated cases, and represent you at court.
As you can tell, it’s a lengthy process to financial and medical recovery in these cases. Which is why it’s best to procure an attorney as soon as possible so they may help you in winning your case despite the complicated procedure.
If you were in a construction accident, call our compassionate attorneys at Zinda Law Group. Call 888-330-5194 to set up your free consultation today.