Have You Been Involved In a Construction Accident?
I am going to tell you the three things you have to do if you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident.
Construction injuries result in some of the most severe life-changing injuries that I’ve ever seen in my law practice. Construction injuries can sometimes be minorbut oftenthey take a healthy strong workingmanand take away his strengthand take away his livelihood.
The injuries can take away all the things he enjoys doing.
So taking the right steps after construction injury is key.
A lot of people don’t know what to do, or they get bad advice from some guy at work or some guy from the union office. But the stakes in a construction accident are too high to mess around. You have to approach these cases the right way.
The Workers Comp Connection
The first thing you have to do if you’ve been involved in a construction accident is understand that we have to file a workers comp case against your employer.
There are a couple of real important reasons for that.
The first is that in workers comp I can get you paid while you are off work recovering for your injuries.
That’s different than a third-party negligence case in court. Filing a workers comp case when you have had keeps money coming in for your family. That’s probably the most important reason.
But there is another reason.
When you have a workers comp case, the insurance company investigates whether anybody else was responsible for your injuries. I know how to get the insurance companies investigation file. Many times, the insurance companies investigation becomes a roadmap for me that tells me who I should sue and what they did wrong in the construction accident case in court.
So in every construction accident case in my office, we always file a workers comp case.
It gives you an income and helps us prove our construction case.
The second thing you should be prepared for if you or a loved one has been involved in a construction accident is be patient and be prepared to wait.
The way these cases usually go is that we have to know that your medical condition has stabilized or has improved as much as it can.
This may mean surgery and time to recover after surgery.
It could mean multiple surgeries.
But no lawyer worth his salt is ever going to settle the case before he knows that his client has gotten all the medical care he needs and the lawyer has a good understanding of whether the injury is permanent.
Obviously, a permanent injury that means you can never return to work is worth a lot more money than a temporary injury. Pushing for settlement to soon could mean that you’re not getting full value for your injuries.
The other side of this is that most construction accident cases go to court and I have to fight them for a while before they even want to come to the settlement table. The fact is, it takes a lot of work to get these cases in settlement position for an amount of money that is really fair for the injured person.
So I always tell my clients, be patient.
Patience is a virtue.
Experienced Chicago Construction Accident Lawyer
The third thing you have to do if you or a loved one has been involved in a serious construction accident is talk to a lawyer who knows what he’s doing. There are a lot of lawyers out there who think injury cases are easy.
Some of them are.
But construction accident cases are very complex.
They deal with injury law.
The deal with workers comp.
They deal with contract law.
They deal with complex medicine.
They deal with insurance coverage law.
Inexperienced lawyers can sometimes handle a simple car accident case without messing it uptoo much.
But construction accident cases are too complicated and can involve stakes that are too high to let the neighborhood real estate lawyer where the local fender bender lawyer handle.
You want a lawyer who communicates with you and who understands that the stakes are not just the lost income but your whole life and how it changes because of the construction accident.
In court, you get one shot to get fair value.
Make sure you hire a lawyer who you have a connection with. A personal connection.
Someone you can trust.
Not just a face on TV, or the guy with the biggest billboard.
Even if you weren’t sure you want to hire a lawyer, I’m telling you in a construction case you’re doing yourself a disservice if you don’t hire one.
Injury lawyers give free case evaluation, so you’ll have an opportunity to talk to the lawyer before you ever hire him.
It’s the best way for you to protect yourself and your family and your future.
I hope this info helps you and answers your questions.
If you have more questions, I give free case evaluation.
Or, I can send you a free, no obligation copy of my Injury DVD video.
It gets delivered to your e-mail inbox. Or I can mail it you your home, your choice.
Thanks for reading, and give me a call if you have any questions about your constructions accident.
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