Were you seriously injured on a job site and have questions? Check out these 4 construction accident tips, call our Georgia attorneys today.
1. Common Mistakes To Avoid
One of the biggest mistakes people make in these cases is mot reporting it. They may not even say anything to their boss, the general contractor, the sub-contractor, or whomever is in charge on that job site. If you get hurt at a construction site, tell somebody and put it in writing, either via text or email.
A second mistake people make is that they don’t preserve evidence. Take some pictures on the site as soon as you can. If you don’t have a camera on your phone, somebody next to you does. Get photographs – multiple angles, close ups, far away – of the defect, machinery, or situation that injured you. You will also want to document your injury with photos.
Finally, the third mistake often made in these cases is not contacting an attorney in time.
2. Claim Value
The honest answer is I don’t know what your case is worth, and no attorney you call is going to be able to tell you exactly what your case is worth. There are some components of a personal injury case that are fairly easy to figure out, such as medical bills. There are also lost wages, past and future, to consider, as well. You also have to look at pain and suffering – the mental aspect, the emotional aspect, the actual pain aspect – what’s that worth?
3. Hiring the Best Attorney
There are three components you can look at to determine whether or not you’ve hired the best lawyer. First off, you want an attorney who is educated on the specific aspects of construction accident cases. Do they know building codes? Have they studied building codes? Do they know the particular statutes of your case? Do they know the type of construction that was going on at the time of this incident?
Next, you want an attorney who’s going to take your case and put in the effort. Finally, you want an attorney with experience. Most lawyers will advertise that they do everything – throw out a big net and hope they catch a lot of fish. Then, for the areas of the law where they don’t practice, they’ll just refer it out to other lawyers who are more experienced in that area. That’s not us.
4. Case Timeline
The short answer is, if you’re doing it the right way and if you’re attorney is doing it the right way, it’s going to take a little bit of time… and you want it to. You don’t want this case to settle overnight. If an insurance company calls and throws x number amount of dollars at you in the beginning, you can rest assured there’s a lot more than that that they think this case is worth. They don’t want your lawyer getting in there, digging under rocks, looking at evidence, talking to witnesses, and going through policies and procedures.
While these cases can take time, when you have the right attorney on your case working your case in the long term, the more profitable that case is going to be.
Were you or a loved one seriously injured on a job site in Georgia and have questions about these 4 construction accident tips?
Contact the experienced Georgia construction accident lawyers at Princenthal, May & Wilson, LLC, today for a free consultation and case evaluation.
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