What Should I Do If I’m Injured on a Construction Site? | El Paso Injury Lawyers
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Construction is one of the most dangerous jobs in America. According to the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), one of every five workplace fatalities is in construction.
The “Fatal Four” cause 64% of all deaths in construction: falls, being struck by objects, electrocutions, and being caught in or between objects. In 2015, Texas had the most construction worker deaths out of any other state.
At Zinda Law Group, our team has years of experience handling injury claims related to construction and workers’ compensation claims. We are ready to help you. If you or a loved one has been injured while working at a construction site, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our El Paso construction accident attorneys.
What Should I Do After a Construction Accident?
An accident can be life altering. After you’re hurt, things will happen fast. You may be approached by your employer, insurance companies, or even lawyers in an attempt to have you waive your employer’s liability and sign your rights away as an injured employee. It’s important you understand your rights.
After an accident, your first priority should be seeking medical attention. You should make sure you keep any documentation related to your injury and medical care, such as bills or documentation for required future medical care. This documentation will be beneficial later when you are building your case.
Next, file a report with your employer as soon as possible. Tell an honest account of what happened. Most importantly, do not sign anything giving up your rights unless you know exactly what you’re signing.
You should also collect any documentation that will substantiate your case. Take photographs of the work site and any tools that were involved in the accident. If there were other coworkers or witnesses who saw your accident, collect their names and contact information.
Next, closely monitor any changes in your health following the accident and document them, as well as any visits with a doctor. This will help strengthen you case and your potential awarded damages.
Finally, you should contact a construction injury attorney. A lawyer can help you build the strongest case possible by analyzing evidence, researching similar cases, and identifying witnesses to testify on your behalf. It can also be beneficial to have someone with your best interests in mind explain your rights before you speak with an insurance company representative.
Who Can I Hold Liable?
If a third party other than your employer caused your injuries, you may bring a third party lawsuit against them, even while you’re collecting workers’ compensation. You may be able to name other defendants, such as safety contractors, engineers, architects, the manufacturer or distributor of defective construction equipment, or the property owner.
Holding third parties liable will enable you to collect more comprehensive damages on top of what you receive through workers’ compensation. A lawyer can better help you evaluate who you can hold liable in a potential lawsuit.
Our El Paso Construction Accident Lawyers Can Help
Construction work is vital to our country’s infrastructure, but the job comes with many risks. If you have been injured while on the job, you deserve the ability to pay your bills and take care of your family while you recover from your accident.
At Zinda Law Group, our personal injury attorneys have helped thousands of victims seek justice and the compensation they deserve. We want you to focus on recovery while we fight on your behalf.
If you or your loved one has been injured 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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