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1) Common Mistakes After a Construction Accident
Anytime you get hurt – especially if it’s the first time you have been injured in a construction accident – you’re probably going to make some mistakes. 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. Give our firm a call; we’d love to speak with you about your Georgia construction accident case.
2) Construction Accident Claim Value
If you’ve got a construction accident injury claim in Georgia, one of the questions you’ve probably asked yourself before even coming to this website is what’s my case worth? 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?
If you have a question about what your case is worth or any personal injury construction-related claim in Georgia, please give us a call. We’d love to speak with you and answer some of these questions.
3) Hiring a Construction Accident Attorney
If you have a construction accident claim in Georgia, one of the things you better be asking yourself is how do I select the best construction accident 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.
At our firm, we have the education and experience necessary, and we’re certainly going to put in the effort that’s needed to make your case as good as it can be. When you’re thinking about the best construction accident attorney in Georgia, to handle your personal injury case, think about our firm. Give us a call; we’d love to speak with you.
4) How Long Will a Construction Accident Case Take?
If you have a construction accident injury claim in Georgia, one of the questions you’re probably asking yourself is how long is this going to take? Well, 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. If you have any questions about any construction accident injury claim in Georgia, please give us a call; we’d love to speak with you.
5) Reporting a Construction Accident Attorney
People are often confused about what to do in the aftermath of a construction accident. Who do I need to tell about this? Should I tell anybody at all? If I tell them, what do I tell them? Giving notice is crucial. If no notice has been given that you’ve been injured, that can actually work to your detriment. It is not recommended that you give any kind of recorded statements; not giving notice, however, may end up being used against you in the future and throw some doubt on your credibility in the case. Even if your motives were perfectly fine in not giving notice, they can make that look as if you are hiding something, which can affect your damages.
After you give notice, though, things can get even more complicated in your construction site accident case. Issues that can come up include whether you are an employee or independent contractor, which affects who you could bring a personal injury claim against. Another issue that can come up is whether your own direct employer on a construction site has liability insurance, whether they have even workers’ comp insurance, and what insurance the general contractor may carry.
Our firm is uniquely suited for these cases thanks to our background in workers’ compensation and personal injuries from construction site accidents. Complicated issues can arise out of these accidents in Georgia. Give us a call, and we’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
6) Suing Your Employer for a Construction Accident
There is a lot of complexity in construction site accidents that take place in Georgia. Clients often have a lot of questions about if they are eligible to file a claim and who they can make the claim against. In the state of Georgia, as a general rule, you cannot bring a personal injury case against your employer. Your sole remedy with respect to your direct employer is workers’ compensation benefits. There are a lot of exceptions, however. For example, if the employer does not carry workers’ compensation insurance, they may try to deny your rights. That is where we can help. We can pursue other avenues of litigation, such as against a general contractor, the owner of the property where the accident happened, or an equipment manufacturer.
The best thing to do is schedule a free consultation with an attorney with experience and practice in this specific area of personal injury law. Contact our office and we will discuss the facts of your case and determine your best options.
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