Steps to Take Following a Construction Accident

Construction Accident LawyerConstruction accidents are all too common.  Unfortunately for the workers, often times, building managers and general contractors focus on their bottom line instead of safety.  If a building owner or general contractor fails to properly consider the safety of their workers, it can and does lead to disastrous results. 

If you are a victim of one of these accidents, it is important that you are choosing a firm that knows how to handle these complex cases.  You will want a firm which has the resources to investigate the accident fully, speak to every witness, and has a thorough knowledge of the law.  In many cases, the employers and general contractors have different interests. It is important that these interests are identified in order to uncover the truth of what happened. Once the facts are gathered, they must know the best experts in the field so that they can make sure your case is as strong as possible.  In the field of construction, there are experts on just about everything from ladders, scaffolds and hoists to life nets and equipment failures. By hiring the correct and most qualified experts, your attorney can assure that a jury will understand the failings of the defendants, and exactly how they caused this accident. 

In addition to figuring out how to best present how your accident happened, you will need a law firm that knows how to recover for you given your circumstances.  Are you a member of a union? Then your lawyer must be familiar with both the benefits you receive, and the benefits you would have received in the future. They must also be familiar with how past and future union negotiations could affect those benefits as well. 

If you are not a member of a union, it is still very important to not only recover what you have lost, but what you will lose in the future. This includes any retirement plans you may have had and assets which may have been altered by your accident.

Finally, it is important that your attorney is able to understand the extent of your injuries and what a doctor is predicting about your need for future medical care.  The attorney in any construction accident case must be well versed in medicine and able to explain to a jury, in terms they understand, your needs for the future.  They must then explain the cost of that care, both now and in the future so that you can be properly compensated for your injuries.

Construction accidents are generally very complex cases which require a significant amount of expertise.  After the worst accident of your life, it is incredibly important to make the best decision you can on your attorney. 

Thanks to our friends from the Platta Law Firm for their insight into construction accidents.