If you have been seriously injured on a construction site, you will need to contact an experienced Austin construction accident lawyer right away. You are probably seriously injured and missing time from work which can make it really hard to pay your medical bills. You also face the reality that you may not be able to return to the same job after your treatment is done. Austin construction accident lawyer Daniel Smith takes all of this into consideration when you come in for a free consultation. We will work very hard to get you full and fair compensation.
Types of Injuries
You probably already know how dangerous a construction site is due to the nature of the workplace. There is a lot of heavy machinery and raw material that pose safety hazards for workers and bystanders. There is a variety of possible accidents that may happen which include:
- Falling from heights
- Collapsing structures
- Explosions and fires
- Objects falling
- Negligent workers
- Defective tools
- Auto accidents
- Heavy machinery accidents
These all have the potential to be disastrous accidents and can cause some life-long injuries. The possible types of injuries you may be suffering from include:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries; concussion and traumatic brain injury
- Cuts and lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Scarring and disfigurement
If you are suffering from an injury, do not delay medical treatment. You should be seen by a doctor as soon as possible so that you don’t worsen your condition.
First Steps After the Accident
As mentioned, you need to get to a doctor as soon as possible after the accident. It not only ensures that you’re taking care of yourself, but you’re taking care of your case. If you avoid getting to a doctor, then the insurance company will think that you don’t have a strong need for compensation. You don’t want to regret not seeing a doctor when you needed one.
If you are able to stay on the scene after the accident, it’s important for you to collect some evidence. You should try to get as much as you can. Take pictures and videos of the scene as well as your injuries and what you think caused the injuries.
A vital step would be to report this incident to your boss or supervisor. It’s not something that you should just tell a coworker before you head to the emergency room. You want to file an official report on paper with someone in charge. It will strengthen your case later on. You can’t really have a case without having a report because it becomes your word against theirs when you get down to it.
Texas Compensation Rules
Texas law is different than most other states. Usually you are limited to worker’s compensation through your employer unless you have extenuating circumstances. In Texas, construction workers aren’t necessarily going to be protected under worker’s compensation. Your employer doesn’t have to offer you worker’s compensation, so if they do not, you can bring a personal injury claim. When you come to us after your accident, we will look into your employer to see if they have worker’s compensation available to you. Are goal is to be able to get you the most compensation available to you through an injury claim. If you’re going after a personal injury claim, you’re going to need to figure out who the liable party is and prove that there was negligence that caused your accident. An example of this is if your employer did not provide you with satisfactory safety equipment and that resulted in your injury. If you are deemed to be at fault for the accident, that will be reflected in your compensation. Experienced Austin construction accident lawyer Daniel Smith will work hard to make sure you get the fullest and fairest amount.
Statute of Limitations
If you are filing a third-party personal injury claim, you don’t have an unlimited amount of time to file your claim or settle your case. You have just two years from the date of your accident before you are barred from receiving compensation. You do not want to wait until the week before this time limit runs out to talk to an attorney. There is precious evidence to be collected as you know, and it will disappear over time. Witnesses to the accident will forget the important fine details. You need to call and schedule a free consultation with an experienced Austin construction accident lawyer right away so that you know you are getting everything done on time for this to be a successful case.
Call Our Office Today
If your construction accident left you in a rough spot, please call experienced Austin construction accident lawyer Daniel Smith today for a free confidential consultation. We will make sure that your case is on track, the insurance company isn’t hassling you into a low settlement, and that your rights are well protected. We will work hard to get you the compensation that you deserve.
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