Arizona has one of the fastest growing cities in the country and around the state, there is always construction going on. With the growth in the state, you can expect more and more construction. With more construction, unfortunately there will be more accidents. A construction site is extremely prone to accidents due to the nature of the workplace. There is heavy machinery, constantly moving parts, and sometimes a lack of safety precautions. If you have been involved in a construction accident, please call our Arizona construction accident attorney today to set up your free case evaluation. We want to get started right away on your case.
Getting Medical Attention
The most important thing you can do for yourself after your accident is to get medical attention right away. The worst thing you can do is brush it off and try to ignore the pain. You will only increase your chances of making your injuries worse and you don’t want to go that to yourself. The injuries people experience because of a construction accident are often severe. They include:
- Serious scarring and disfigurement
- Broken bones and/or fractures
- Concussions and contusions
- Traumatic brain injury
Any of these things gone unchecked can be disastrous. As mentioned, construction sites are full of hazards. These accidents often happen because someone or a group of people were being careless or reckless. The most common causes of construction accidents include:
- Construction related auto accidents
- Falling from heights
- Explosions and fires
- Falling objects
- Electric accidents
- Slip and falls
Before you leave the site to get medical attention, make sure you tell your supervisor or the site manager that you were injured and file a report. You might also take a few photos of the cause of the accident if you are able to. If you’re taken away on an ambulance, you can have a coworker or friend do these things for you.
How Compensation Works for Construction Accidents
Construction accidents are unique personal injury claims in the sense that compensation doesn’t quite work the same as, say, a slip and fall claim. When you are hurt in a slip and fall, you have the ability to take your claim to the liable party’s insurance company and ask them for compensation. When you get hurt in a construction accident, your first avenue for compensation is workers’ compensation. In Arizona, however, workers’ compensation is often inadequate and doesn’t cover all of your damages. Another uniqueness of these cases is that you can sometimes be eligible for a third party claim. This would be a situation where there was a negligent third party involved in the cause of the accident. You would then be eligible to bring a claim against them and that would cover more damages than workers’ compensation. A third party covers your medical bills in a wider range, your lost wages, as well as your pain and suffering which is not covered under workers’ compensation. It is highly recommended that you call an Arizona construction accident attorney as soon as possible because of the complicated nature of these cases. We want to make sure you are going to get every bit of possible compensation that you deserve and you might not know without an attorney that you have the right to file a third party claim and receive more compensation.
Avoiding Insurance Companies
If you are eligible for a third-party claim, there is almost a guarantee that you will be contacted by the liable party’s insurance company. Now, they may seem pleasant and friendly and they will try to convince you that they just want to be helpful, but they are not truly looking out for your best interest. They will ask you for a recorded and it is in your best interest not to talk to them. They are trained to ask you questions about your case in a way that would implicate you if you answered them the way that they are framed. Anything that you say to them can be used against you. You should be wary about even answering the phone because simply responding to them politely asking, “How are you?’ could be detrimental to your case. A normal response to that would be. “I’m good. How are you?” and they would interpret that as you saying you are okay after the accident. The best way to deal with the insurance company is let your attorney handle all communication.
Frequently Asked Construction Accident Questions
What Should I Do After a Construction Accident?
People who have been involved in a construction accident site need to do a few things immediately. You need to make sure you let your employer know about the incident. Fill out the reports that are required by the employer and make sure you document that. Make sure you get to the doctors you need to and get the treatment that you need. Make sure you comply with your doctors, get the treatment that they tell you to get, and do what they tell you to do.
One of the other things that becomes important is hiring an attorney in a timely fashion. You want somebody to help you preserve the evidence. Things change quickly on a construction site. Witnesses, evidence, and equipment all disappear quickly. You want to get somebody involved to help you preserve all of that evidence.
The final thing is you want to hire the right attorney. You want somebody who has experience with construction cases, and focuses their practice on personal injury, including construction cases so they understand what to be looking for early on, how to deal with all of the regulations, and get the appropriate information.
Finally, you want to get somebody that’s a trial attorney. You want somebody who can take a case from the beginning all the way through it and somebody is not afraid to go to trial if that’s what’s necessary.
How Do I Pick the Right Attorney?
If you’re dealing with a construction accident, and you’re trying to find the right attorney for that, you want to look at three different things. You want to look at their experience, and the focus of the firm. You want them to have experience because there are a lot of regulations that impact construction accidents. You want to know what those are, and how they apply to your case.
You attorney should be somebody who focuses on construction accidents, not somebody who’s a dabbler. You don’t want somebody who’s doing all kinds of different law, but will take a run at a construction accident case. They’re more complicated than that and deserve that attention. You also want to get a trial attorney because, if your case has to go to trial, you want to prepare it from the very beginning to be heading that direction. You also want to let the insurance company know that you’re not afraid to take a case to trial, that you’re preparing that way, that you’ve got an attorney who has the experience and the reputation of going to trial.
What Mistakes Can I Avoid?
People dealing with construction accidents tend to make the same mistakes frequently. Some of those mistakes include not reporting their claim to their employer. Other mistakes would be if they don’t follow up with medical care, don’t do what their doctors tell them to do, or don’t hire an attorney quickly enough.
Hiring the right attorney is critical in these type of cases, and you want to hire somebody who handles these cases regularly and. You want it to be somebody who has construction accidents as a major part of their practice so they’re familiar with those types of issues. You also want to hire a trial attorney because you want somebody who can take the case as far as you need to make sure you get a fair resolution.
Will My Case Go to Trial?
If you’ve been injured in a construction site incident and you’re wondering if your case will have to go to trial, understand that that’s a really tough thing to know initially. Some cases get resolved early on. Some cases get resolved further down the road. In some cases the insurance company won’t make a fair resolution of the case, so it has to go to trial.
One thing that we do as trial attorneys is make sure that, if we go to trial, we’re prepared for it, and that you don’t have to worry about how the trial will go or if you will be ready or not.
How Much is My Case Worth?
People who have been involved in construction site accidents in the state of Arizona are curious about the value of their case. There are many factors that go into determining the value of a case. It depends on how long you’re off of work, the type of work you’re able to do when you return, what permanent limitations you’re going to have, what the medical bills are, and whether you can continue in the same line of work. Once we have a good understanding of what those damages are, we can talk to you about the value of your case and give you a good idea what it’s worth.
How Much Will an Attorney Cost?
If you’ve been injured in a construction accident, you may be wondering how you are going to pay for an attorney. The good news is, when you hire us, we take care of the case, we prepare it, and we do that at our expense as we take care of everything that’s necessary to prepare the case. The only time you pay us is when we get a successful resolution of the case.
Should I Talk to the Insurance Company?
If you’re involved in a construction accident in the state of Arizona, you may get calls from some of the insurance companies involved asking for a recorded statement. While you do have to give information to your employer and you may have to give information to the worker’s compensation carrier, you want to be careful who you’re giving recorded statements to. I recommend that you not give recorded statements without having consulted with an attorney. The insurance adjusters are trained to ask questions and get answers in a format that helps their case and hurts yours.
How Long Will My Case Take?
If you’ve been involved in a construction accident in the state of Arizona, you’re probably trying to figure out how long it will take to get the case resolved and how long it will take to get money for you. The difficulty in determining how quickly that can happen is finding out from the doctors what the problems are, what’s going to work, what’s not going to work, and how long it’s going to take to get you back to your pre-accident condition. Once we know that information, we can go to the insurance company with a demand and try to push the case to a resolution.
From there, it just depends if the insurance company is going to be fair with their resolution or if we have to fight through arbitration or litigation. Of course, that can extend the time. It’s always hard to give a specific timeline for a case.
The one thing that we always do is push the case forward as quickly as we can to make sure that we are attempting to get a fair settlement as soon as possible.
Call Our Office Today for a Free Case Evaluation
If you have been seriously injured in a construction accident, please do not hesitate to contact our experienced and dedicated Arizona construction accident attorneys to set up a free consultation so we can get started working on your case right away. The best thing you can do for your construction accident claim is to contact an attorney early on. We want to make sure we have the best shot at getting the fairest amount of compensation for your damages possible.