Did you or a loved one get hurt on the job and need help? Check out these 3 construction accident tips, then give our Texas attorneys a call to get started.
1. What should I do after being injured in a construction accident?
I had a young man that came in the other day who was involved in a horrible construction accident and wanted to know what he should do. There are several things that must be done, one of which is to make sure you notify the employer. You must also notify the general contractor, or the person who’s in charge of the job site. Also, there are federal regulations that apply to construction accident areas. OSHA may be involved. OSHA stands for Occupation Safety Health Administration. The accident may need to be reported to them. Sometimes on a job site, OSHA isn’t contacted.
If you hire an experienced lawyer, which is also important, they can help guide you through this process to make sure that OSHA and all proper authorities are contacted. An experienced lawyer can also help you do additional investigation. There may be evidence and equipment that needs to be preserved and examined. There may need to be videos of the job site that need to be obtained. All of this could disappear very quickly without the help of an experienced attorney. If you have any questions, we are here to help.
2. How do I pick the best attorney for my construction accident claim?
The other day, we received a call concerning a very serious, life-altering construction accident that happened in Dallas. They wanted to know how to hire the best lawyer for their injury claim. When making this decision, there are four things that you should ask. The first thing that you should ask is if the lawyer you’re talking to is a personal injury trial lawyer. That means that the lawyer handles nothing but personal injury trial cases — not divorces, bankruptcies, or family law. The other thing is if the lawyer has had success in handling these kinds of cases. They should be able to show or talk to you about their cases and the results they have obtained.
The third thing is to make sure they are a trial lawyer. A trial lawyer will go to court and stand before a judge and jury to fight for your case. Finally, you’ll want to know if they are a board-certified trial lawyer. This means that the state has recognized them as being a lawyer who is knowledgeable in that area of law. Only the top 3% of the lawyers in the state have that certification. Those are the four main things that you should always ask. If you have any other questions that you feel that you may have, please feel free to call our office.
3. How much is my construction accident claim worth?
There are several factors that we must look at when determining the value of your construction accident claim. It’s not an easy answer, but the factors are, first and foremost, what are the extent of your injuries? How badly were you hurt? This goes to what parts of your body were injured. Was it your back? Was it your neck? Did you suffer some sort of traumatic brain injury? The second thing that’s very important is how and why did the accident happen. We need to figure out what steps went into place that allowed this accident to happen. In that, we need to see if the construction company or the construction manager had been involved in other prior accidents. For example, if they’ve had a prior situation that was very similar to your accident, then it greatly affects the value of the case.
Another thing to look at are the specific regulations that apply in the construction industry. For example, the Occupation Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has specific regulations that apply to job sites. We must look at every single regulation that could have been violated. This is why it’s important to get a lawyer who is experienced in construction accidents. They can do an investigation to determine what applicable regulations there were and which ones were violated. From there, we can determine the value of the case.
Lastly, we want to know how much insurance does the construction company have. When you look at the totality of all these factors, the lawyer can advise you on what the value of your case is. If you have any questions, we are here to help.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured on a job site and have questions about our 3 construction accident tips?
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