Construction sites are, by nature, a hazardous place to work in. There are rules and safety regulations for a very good reason. There is scaffolding, raw materials, heavy machinery, and other hazards that make these safety regulations necessary. If someone acts negligently or carelessly, there can be catastrophic repercussions. Likewise, if there is a defective tool on the premises or faulty scaffolding, that can yield terrible results as well. If you are here reading this page, odds are you have been seriously injured in a construction accident. We urge you to get in contact with an attorney right away to see if you have a legitimate construction accident claim. We offer free consultations to go over the details of your case with our Texas construction accident attorneys and we will let you know what you rights to compensation are. After you read a little about your case, please give our office a call right away.
Texas Statute of Limitations
Texas permits that, if you are to file a construction accident claim, it needs to be done within two years from the date of your accident. While at first, that may seem like quite a long time, we assure you that it goes quickly in the legal world. A strong case takes time to build and we encourage you to give your attorney as much time as you can. Calling an attorney as soon as possible is an easy way to improve your chances of getting full compensation from the liable party’s insurance company.
How Construction Accident Compensation Works
Texas is unique to many states in the country as they do not require employers to carry worker’s compensation. If you are hurt on a construction site, in most states, you would default to worker’s compensation which covers your past and future medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. That is the easiest path to recovering for your injuries and damages, but it is not always available. When this is the case, you would pursue a third-party construction accident claim which would be brought against whomever was responsible for your injuries. With this type of claim, you would need to prove negligence and prove that your injuries were caused by this found negligence. With a third-party or worker’s compensation claim, you have to always prove your injuries in order to be eligible for compensation. That’s done through medical records.
First Steps for a Successful Construction Accident Case
As mentioned, medical records are needed to prove your injuries. Often, your injuries tell a story and act as evidence to prove that there was negligence on the construction site. We do not have this evidence if you do not seek medical attention. Being in pain is never normal and if you are in pain after your incident, we encourage you to seek immediate medical attention to get treatment for your injuries. Not only will you be ensuring that your injuries are getting treated and not getting any worse, but you will also be protected that evidence. If the insurance company looks at your medical records and notices that you did not seek medical attention for quite some time, they will think that you were either injured at a later time, not involving their insured or that your injuries aren’t bad enough to need immediate treatment, therefore not requiring compensation from them. For these reasons, always get to the doctor, emergency room, or urgent care facility as soon as you can.
We talked a little bit about evidence and the importance of it for proving negligence. This leads us to the actual scene of events. If you are whisked away on an ambulance, you can have a coworker or attorney do this step for you. You need to collect evidence. This will most likely include filing an accident report, but you also want to collect some evidence personally as well. That includes photos of the cause of the accident, whether it be broken scaffolding, exposed wires, or a heavy object that fell and broke your bone. Whatever it was that harmed you, get photos of it as well as the scene surrounding the event. These photos will give us clues as to how your accident happened and who is liable for your injuries.
Call Our Office for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been involved in a serious construction accident, you need to focus on getting better and recovering from your injuries. Our Texas construction accident attorneys will take care of all of the legal aspects of your case so that you don’t have to worry about it. We would be more than happy to take your call and set up a free consultation with our dedicated and experienced attorneys. If you want to see the best possible result, then please do not hesitate to contact our office today.