Construction Accident Lawyers
Compensation for a Construction Accident is Your Legal Right.
Construction is a risky occupation- workers face a variety of potential safety risks and health hazards on a daily basis.
If you have been injured while working, you deserve to be compensated for your losses.
At Leinart Law Firm, we pursue workers’ comp benefits on behalf of construction workers in the Dallas, Fort Worth area and throughout North Texas. Importantly, we will also investigate our clients’ cases to see if someone other than their employer may be responsible for their injuries. While workers’ compensation limits the benefits you can seek from your employer, it does not limit the liability of other parties. If a contractor, subcontractor, or other party is to blame for your losses, we may be able seek workers’ comp benefits and pursue personal injury damages on your behalf.
To claim workers’ compensation for a construction site accident..
To claim workers’ compensation for a construction site accident, there are important steps you need to take from the moment you suffer your injury. This includes reporting the accident to your employer and either choosing a doctor out of your employer’s network or opting out of the network. However, even if you do opt out, there are still restrictions on the doctors you can see. These are requirements under the Illinois Workers Compensation Act. If you do not follow these requirements, you may forfeit your right to compensation.
Due to these challenges, you should speak with one of our experienced workers’ compensation attorneys as soon as possible to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits available. At Leinart Law Firm, we have been fighting for consumers since 2005.
Every day, construction workers put their health and safety on the line to get the job done. If you’ve been injured on the job, our attorneys at Leinart Law Firm can help you pursue workers’ compensation benefits and determine whether you may have a personal injury claim.
Although workers’ comp typically limits the damages you can obtain from your employer, other involved parties may be liable for damages if they caused the accident. Depending on the circumstances, our construction injury lawyers may also be able to help you recover compensation in a separate third-party claim if a contractor, a subcontractor or another party is at fault.
Seeking Compensation after a Construction Accident
After any workplace injury, there are important steps you should take to protect your rights. If you’ve been hurt at work, report the accident to your supervisor, employer or HR department immediately. It’s also critical to seek medical attention as soon as you can. Your employer will most likely require you to see a medical provider that is approved by their insurance company. Most employers in Texas carry workers’ compensation insurance to cover medical expenses and a portion of lost income for injured workers.
Although you can choose to see your own doctors, you may forfeit your right to compensation if you do not follow certain requirements. If your employer doesn’t have workers’ comp insurance or if a third party is responsible for your injuries, a lawyer can help you file a personal injury claim. It is vitally important that you contact an attorney after a construction injury in order to ensure that you receive the maximum benefits and compensation you need and deserve. If you have lost a loved one in a construction accident, our attorneys can assess your case and determine whether you have a viable wrongful death claim.
Common Construction Accidents
There are countless ways in which construction workers can be injured on the job. Some common types of construction accidents include:
- Being struck by tools, materials or debris
- Falling from ladders or from heights
- Scaffolding accidents
- Building/ceiling collapses
- Trench collapses
- Trip, slip and fall accidents
- Electrical accidents
- Equipment, machinery and truck accidents
- Defective or malfunctioning tools and equipment
- Lack of proper safety protocols and personal protective equipment such as respirators
- Workplace violence
Employers are required by law to provide a safe workplace. If they fail to adhere to OSHA safety standards or violate other laws or regulations, they may be liable for any injuries caused by their negligence.
Types of Construction Injuries
Workers and visitors on construction sites may sustain serious injuries, including:
- Broken bones
- Neck, back and head injuries
- Traumatic brain injury
- Knee and ankle injury
- Spinal cord injury
- Impaired vision or hearing
- Illnesses caused by exposure to toxic chemicals and materials like asbestos
Many of these injuries are life-changing and may require long-term care. The cost of hospital stays, surgeries, rehabilitation, medications and other treatment can often reach into the hundreds of thousands or even millions of dollars. A debilitating injury may leave you unable to work, which can put you and your family in a perilous financial situation. Our Houston construction accident attorneys know the devastating impact these types of injuries can have on your quality of life. We understand how to accurately value your claim and pursue all potential sources of compensation.
Construction Accident FAQs
Should I get an attorney for a construction accident?
The short answer is yes. Workplace injury cases are complex, and you may not even be aware of all the benefits to which you are entitled. At Leinart Law Firm, we can evaluate your case, help you understand your options and advise you on the best course of action to recover maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.
When should I call a lawyer after a construction accident?
After any accident, the sooner you contact a lawyer, the better. In Texas, if you fail to report an injury to your employer within 30 days, you may lose your right to workers’ compensation benefits. Your employer’s insurance company may also try to deny your claim if it wasn’t reported when the injury happened. In addition, the statute of limitations for filing a personal injury claim in Texas is two years. It’s important to act fast to ensure valuable evidence is preserved and the incident is investigated by our team in a timely manner.
How can a construction injury lawyer help me?
Our workers’ compensation attorneys and personal injury lawyers are skilled litigators with a proven track record of success in helping our clients obtain maximum recovery. Going up against insurance companies on your own is often a losing battle. Unfortunately, insurers are not there to look out for your best interests; rather, they are in the business of making money (or at least minimizing loss) and will do everything they can to deny or severely limit workers’ compensation benefits and personal injury claims. If a workers’ comp claim or personal injury case is handled incorrectly, you may not be fully compensated for all of your injuries, lost wages, past and future medical expenses, and damages (e.g. pain and suffering, mental anguish and physical impairment or disfigurement). Don’t let them take advantage of you when you’re vulnerable. Never accept a settlement without speaking to a lawyer first.
Can I change my construction accident lawyer?
When your health and livelihood are in another person’s hands, it’s vital to trust them 100%. If you’re dissatisfied with the way a lawyer is handling your case, you can hire another attorney to take over. Our construction accident lawyers know how to jump right in and get to work helping you recover the benefits and compensation to which you may be entitled. We can also assist you with appealing a denied workers’ compensation claim.
How much does a construction accident attorney cost?
Our workers’ compensation and personal injury lawyers work on contingency. This means we only get paid if we make a successful recovery for you. Generally, attorney fees are collected as a percentage of your total settlement amount. In workers’ comp cases, the maximum allowed by Texas law is 25% of the injured employee’s recovery. The contingency fee for personal injury cases is usually around 30%, depending on the complexity of the claim.
Is it worth getting a construction accident lawyer?
It depends on the circumstances; however, it’s definitely worth it to have an experienced attorney evaluate your case. At Leinart Law Firm, your initial consultation is always free, so you really have nothing to lose, even if we don’t take your case. We’ll give you an honest, straightforward assessment in language that’s easy to understand so you can make an informed decision about how to proceed.
Contact a Construction Accident Lawyer for a Free Case Evaluation
Our team at Leinart Law Firm is passionate about making things right for our clients and their families. Our lawyers provide solid legal advice you can trust. We can help you hold responsible parties accountable for their negligence and work to recover the maximum benefits and compensation you deserve. For a free case evaluation with a construction accident lawyer, please email us, fill out the contact form on our website or call. We’re proud to serve clients throughout Northern Texas.
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