How to Calculate the Value of a Construction Injury Claim | Dallas Injury Lawyers
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Construction is an incredibly important job in America, but it’s also one of the most dangerous. About one in five worker deaths in 2015 were in construction.
Injuries from job sites can be serious and life-threatening. If you have been hurt in a construction accident, it’s vital you understand your rights. Our team has years of experience handling injury claims related to construction and workers’ compensation. We are ready to help you so you can focus on recovery.
If you or a loved one has been in an accident while working at a construction site, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our Dallas construction injury attorneys.
How Does Workers’ Compensation Affect My Claim?
After an accident, you may be contacted by your employer’s insurance company. Even though it will be tempting to take a settlement offer, you should not accept it unless you have met with a construction accident lawyer. You deserve a settlement offer that will fully and fairly compensate you for your injury and lost wages.
If you receive workers’ compensation, you cannot sue your employer for your workplace injury. You are entitled to workers’ comp even if you were responsible for your own injury. However, it may not fully cover your medical expenses, lost wages, or other losses. In those situations, it is beneficial to pursue a third-party injury claim.
Valuing Third-Party Claims
A third-party claim may be brought if you were harmed by negligence of anyone who was not your employer. You may be able to name such defendants as engineers, architects, safety contractors, property owners, and even manufacturers of defective construction tools or equipment that played a role in your injury.
In these scenarios, you can pursue damages such as all past and future medical expenses, all lost income and diminished future income, pain and suffering, loss of household services, and any other injury-related expenses.
To calculate these damages, you should first collect relevant documentation, such as bills from doctors’ visits. You can add up bills from emergency room visits, follow-up appointments, and medications. You should speak with your doctors about your required future treatment, and estimated future medical expenses from continued treatment, physical therapy, or counselling.
You can also include damages from lost wages from being unable to work during your recovery. If you will not be able to return to your previous job, you can include an estimation of your future diminished wages.
You should also include damages from extraneous costs you incurred as a result of your injury. For example, if you’re unable to drive your children to school and now need to take a taxi, you should include an estimate of your transportation costs. If you can no longer go to the grocery store and now have to pay extra for delivery, include the extra cost in your calculation.
You may also be entitled to damages from pain and suffering. However, this can be difficult to calculate on your own. If you overvalue how much pain you’re in, it can hurt your credibility in a lawsuit. If you undervalue, you deprive yourself of damages that you’re owed.
It can beneficial to discuss your potential damages with construction injury attorney who has experience calculating damages for similar work related accidents.
Get Help from Dallas Construction Accident Lawyers
It can be difficult to calculate damages after an accident, and you shouldn’t have to. You should be able to focus on your recovery without worrying about the legal process.
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of victims seek justice and the compensation they deserve. We are ready to help.
If you or your loved one has been injured while working at a construction site, contact us at (800) 863-5312 for a free consultation and learn how we can protect your rights.
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